Norwegian Mountains, Oppland
Kyrkja, with its characteristic cone shape, is located close to Leirvassbu, and is one of the most popular day hikes from this popular tourist hut. Kyrkja is located in the "heart" of the Jotunheimen mountain range, and despite the "modest" height, the view from the top is outstanding.
Kyrkja is rather steep near the top, and calls for some caution. A rumour says that "2 of 10 turns around near the top". Whether this is true or not, some will feel uncomfortable about the exposure near the summit.
Kyrkja (Norge 1:50,000: 2032, Ø.K.: - UTM 32 V 462362 6823329) has a primary factor of 279m towards the higher parent mountain Visbretinden (2234m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 462304 6822779) is found in the saddle between Kyrkja and Kyrkjeoksle. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is defined through a fixed point - 1755m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
(all distances are approx. distances)
On highway RV55 (Sognefjellet - Lom), exit towards Leirvassbu. Access to the road requires a fee, paid at the start of the Leirvassbu road. Drive to the Leirvassbu hut, and park there (approx. 20Km).
From Leirvassbu, follow a gravel road going south on the west
side of lake Leirvatnet. As the road turns southwest near point 1459, turn left
onto the Høgvaglen trail. This trail may cross some snowfields, but is easy to
follow. Before the trail descends to Lakes Øvre Høgvaglstjønnun, turn left onto
an unmarked, but cairned, trail up the Kyrkjeoksli ridge.
Trip reports and pictures
No trip report from this mountain. The mountain was visited August 2000, on a very foggy and rainy day, and no pictures were taken.