Trengereidhotten ("Hotten") is a viewpoint on the northeast side of the Gullfjellet massif. Hotten provides great views towards Brøknipa on Osterøy and Hananipa on the other side of the valley, and the mountain is easily accessible from highway 7 at Gullbotn.
Mannaleitnipa is located south of Trengereidhotten, and is a viewpoint that you can visit on your way towards Trengereidhotten or Gullfjellstoppen. Trail description to Mannaleitnipa is not included on this page.
Mannaleitnipa (M711: 593m, Ø.K: 593,47m) has a primary factor of 70m towards the higher Gullfjellstoppen (987m) The saddle is found between the two mountains. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 525m contours on the high route, but not 520m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 523m.
Trengereidhotten (577m, Ø.K: 576,82m) has a primary factor of 89m towards the higher Gullfjellstoppen (987m) The saddle is found S of lake Langatjørna. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 490m contours on the high route, but not 485m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 488m.
Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).
The route to Trengereidhotten is class 1, even if parts of the route runs outside the trail system. The mountain is easily accessible.
Gullbotn - Trengereidhotten (all seasons)
From Bergen, follow highway E16 (Voss,Oslo) and exit onto highway 7 in the roundabout at Trengereid (about 25 minutes from Bergen). Follow highway 7 up the long hill, and a short stretch down to Gullbotn Turistheim. Just before Turistheimen, which is on the left hand side of the road, exit onto a parking area at the right hand side of the road.
Follow the gravel road that runs from the parking. After the first hill, you enter a round-trip trail. Go right. After a few minutes, when the trail makes a sharp right-turn, a distinct shortcut runs straight ahead. Follow the shortcut, which will take you to a odd-looking bridge. Leave the trail you are on, and locate a narrow trail that runs along the stream, on the right hand side. This trail will take you back to your original trail, higher up. You arrive yet another bridge, which you need to cross. The route up to Hotten runs on the left hand side of the stream.
Follow the trail along the stream into the forest. After the first hill, the terrain levels out. Cross the meadow and ascend up to the foothills of the Gullfjellet massif. Locate a large, solid cairn that marks the beginning of the cairn trail to Gullfjellstoppen (987m). At this cairn, turn 90 deg. right and aim for the pass between Trengereidhotten (right) and Steinfjellet (left), across the large meadow in front of you. There *are* trails across the meadow, but you will probably not run into the trail until you are at the south end of Hotten.
When you reach the trail, follow it into the pass. When you see the first larger lake, start heading slightly up to your right. A smaller lake appears on your right hand side. Follow the ridge you're on up to the plateau, and then over to the summit, 10 minutes further away.
From the summit, you can vary the route by hiking straight down to the lake. Back at the cairn, locate a trail that runs on the left hand side of the stream. This trail runs all the way down to the second bridge.
I had promised myself to sleep until I awoke, this Saturday morning. I had been working hard, and needed to refill the "batteries". The weather didn't inspire much for a great endevour. A thick layer of grey clouds was keeping out any ray of sunshine. I decided to continue my Gullfjellet "revisit tour", and decided to hike Trengereidhotten. I visited this mountain in 1999, and had no pictures. I didn't bring a map, as I knew the trail well. 577m was a modest height, but I was under the impression that "Hotten" had primary factor towards Gullfjellet.
I left the car at Gullbotn 11:45AM. The trail was a river of ice all the way up the valley. I made good use of the ice axe I happened to bring along. At the first cairn (the cairns run all the way to Gullfjellstoppen) I took a sharp right turn, and headed towards the pass east of Trengereidhotten. Troll was playing his regular game of "annoy the owner to death", and ended up in the backpack. Halfway up to Hotten, I realized that this mountain could not have 100m+ primary factor. At best, Hotten was a nice viewpoint. I arrived the summit 1:15PM, and enjoyed the views, even if the weather made everything black and white, and nothing inbetween.
At 1:30PM, it felt silly to return home. I looked up towards the 987m high Gullfjellstoppen, and decided to give it a try. "It's only 1,5 hours of hard work", I told myself. "Nothing to it". I was wondering if I would reach the car before the darkness, but decided to worry about that later. I quickly hiked down to the cairn trail, and began the climb 13:50PM. The snow was hard, and I could follow the shortest path up the steep mountain side. Again, the axe came in handy, as there was an icy crust on the snow. At 850m, the snow began to soften, and it started to look like a good winter hike. Especially when winds started whipping snow in our faces. We reached the summit 2:55PM, and I wasn't at all surprised that we were the only ones on the summit. I shot a round of pictures and headed down immediately. I decided to let Troll run all the way down. He had been saving enough energy to fight the soft snow, but ran into problems in the steep sections. Sliding on my feet down the mountain (with the dog under my arm) was great fun. I reached the car 4:00PM, well in time before darkness, and concluded that it had been a good day, after all.
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