Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu

Tripoto
6th Sep 2019
Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

After an astonishing weekend, now it's time to pen down the story of one of the most memorable trip. The story I want to share is about team spirit, selfless acts of kindness and humble friendships that I experienced in the last weekend.A few months back , my work team planned for the hiking trip in Rondvassbu and I joined the same.The travel and accomodations were arranged well in advance, which made our voyage hasslefree.

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Mountain Range of Rondane

Rondvassbu is the centre of Rondane. Located halfway between Oslo and Trondheim, Rondane is packed with excellent hiking trails for all adventurers. The centre of the Rondane park is home to ten peaks reaching over 2,000 meters above sea level, with some of the farthest views in Norway. Rondvassbu is one of the most popular cabins and is the base of multiple peaks. For more information about it, click here.

PS - Since Rondavassbu is a centre for multiple peaks, we have also not finalised the peak for hiking initially, but later we decided to go for Veslesmeden.

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Landscapes
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Landscapes
Day 1

Oslo Central Station

Photo of Oslo Central Station, Jernbanetorget, Oslo, Norway by Shivangi Johri

We started our journey from Oslo Central Station on Friday at 2:00 PM to reach Otta station. The train journey was of approximately 4 hours. We played games, shot some videos, ate snacks and enjoyed the whole journey together.

Otta Station

Photo of Otta stasjon, Otta, Norway by Shivangi Johri

Around 5:40 PM, we reached Otta station.

Taxi to Spranget

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From there we get into our taxi. After a drive of about 45 minutes, we reach Spranget.

The Taxi Ride

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The Trek Begins !

After coming out of the taxi, we all realised the sudden fall in temperature. We all took out our woollens as it was cold in Spranget. It was a parking place. From there we have two options i.e., either to walk down to the cabin or to take the bicycle. Some people opted for a bicycle while others decided to walk.

Walk towards Rondvassbu

Photo of Spranget, Vinstra, Norway by Shivangi Johri

I decided to walk as I wanted to enjoy the view. Nature was overwhelming. The weather was a bit cold, but the landscapes were so mesmerising that we enjoyed each moment of the 6 km walk.

Walk towards Rondvassbu

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri
Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri
Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

The Cabin !

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

We reached the cabin around 8:00 PM. The location of the cabin was astounding. Our dinner time was at 8:30 PM, so we kept our luggage in the room and went for dinner directly. The dinner was a 3-course meal, and it took around 1.5 hours to complete.

PS - The cabin provides food for both vegetarian and non-vegetarians.

Photo of Rondvassbu, Otta, Norway by Shivangi Johri
Photo of Rondvassbu, Otta, Norway by Shivangi Johri

Some stayed back after dinner, and some went straight back to their room. It was chilling cold but what happened the next day was much unexpected.

Day 2

The next morning was even more chilled. We had decided to start the hike around 10:00 AM. We all got ready and had our breakfast. Also, we packed some for lunch, as its a long trek and we would need something to eat during our hike.

Ready For the hike

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

The Beginning of the adventure !

Super excited Team

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

We all were super excited for the hike unknown of what the mountains had to offer us. The beginning was good. We found some sheeps on our way.

Hiking partners

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

The route was beautiful and there were red-coloured T marks for guiding us throughout the hike.

Red-coloured T marks

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Changing Weather

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The Struggle !

After 20 minutes of walk only we started to feel heavy winds. After walking for a few more minutes, slight rain started, firstly we thought its water soon we realised its snow. The snow along with heavy winds seems to be winter storm. The weather conditions suddenly changed and it was getting difficult to move ahead in such windy and snowy weather.

Struggling in snow storm

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

The weather conditions were not in favour, and some of us struggled a lot. As it was snowing, I was not able to walk as my specs were getting fogged with snow and the visibility was very poor. During my struggle, teammates came up for help and kept me motivated to complete the hike. Their humble efforts kept me going throughout the hike.

Although it is a mediocre hike, it turns out to be difficult because of extreme weather conditions.

Relief !

After some time, it stopped snowing. I managed to increase my speed somehow. Even the view was more clear now. This hike was full of ups and downs.

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

The Bigger Struggle !

Wind once again increased while we were heading towards the summit. The weather changed drastically. Some of us felt that we wouldn't be able to reach the summit. But then few team members kept us motivated and helped us to reach the summit in all possible ways they can.

The ridge

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

And it gets difficult

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Victory over Mountains and Extreme Weather Conditions

The team spirit paid off, and we all made it to the top despite all the odds. The weather challenged all of us, but together we all managed to reach our destination. It took us 5 hours to reach the summit.

Finally

Photo of Veslesmeden, Dovre, Norway by Shivangi Johri

Finally we all reach the top. We spend a half-hour at the top due to the weather, but we have conquered the peak which was a great feeling.

Team Work Paid Off !!

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

Tea Time !!

Tea Time

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

Returning was easier as the weather changed and this time in our favour. Now we can enjoy the view and the trail.

Returning Back

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Changing Weather

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And it changed even more

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

Towards the cabin

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Cabin View

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Valley

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

We all managed to return in 3 hours. Though our dinner time shifted from 6:30 to 8:30 but we got some extra time to relax before dinner.

Day 3

The next morning !!

The next morning was beautiful. It was a warm sunny day with no wind. We have to head back after breakfast. We all checked out and roamed around the cabin for a while.

Next Morning

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri
Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

Towards Spranget

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

Sunny Weather and snowcapped mountains

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

Conquering Mountains and Finding Friends !!

Hiking Done

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

We reached Otta early. We spend some time near riverside to relax.

Otta Finally

Photo of Enchanting Conquest Over Mountains - A hike to remember in Rondvassbu by Shivangi Johri

It was a wonderful trip with awesome people. I would remember this hiking experience for the lifetime. The journey ended in Oslo. We all came back with wonderful memories.

How to plan?

Oslo to Otta - Train journey (approx 3.5 hours)

Otta to Spranget - Taxi (approx 45 mins)

Spranget to Rondvassbu - 6 km walk (approx 1.5 hours)

Cost of the trip:

Train tickets - 115.40 Euros

Taxi - 11.60 Euros

Accomodation and Food - 228 Euros

Extra Expense - 5 Euros

Total cost - 360 Euros

PS- You can save in accomodation if you are a DNT member.

What to pack?

1. Most important is hiking shoes.

2. Woollen Socks

3. Winter Clothing as the weather changes drastically in the mountains.

4. Waterproof and windproof jacket

5. Waterproof and windproof hiking pants

6. Hiking bag

7. Hiking Poles

8. WaterBottle

9. Energy drinks

10. Lights snacks

PS - Try hiking shoes before going for hiking. If you wear specs, do carry a cap in case of rain showers or snow.

This hiking trip taught me a lot about how incredible things can occur when there is teamwork. Surround yourself with people who motivate you, whatever the conditions are, you will achieve.

Keep travelling!

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