Trongegga from Barstadsætra


Estimated net time 3-3½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Fine path except from lake Storevatnet and up to the start of Trongegga ridge.
Drinking water Easy access to running water from the river Barstaddalselva, close to the path. No reliable access to running water after lake Storevatnet.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (July 2010).
Parking Room for several cars at trail head.
Start height 205 metres
Vertical metres 780 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 8.3 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Trail head by Barstadsætra.
  Route from lake Storevatnet towards Trongegga.


From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solevåg to Festøy. From Festøy continue on road E39 3.4 km and turn left where signed for Erdalen. Alternatively drive another 400 metres and turn left by the general store. From the Erdalen exit drive 2.9 km and turn left onto a gravel road. The alternative exit from road E39 comes in from your right here.

600 metres along the gravel road you have to pay toll (NOK 10 per 2010). Drive another 900 metres and park on the right hand side of the road.

Walk a few metres along the gravel road and fork right, down to a wooden bridge. Cross the bridge, and also the second bridge, and continue on the path past the small cabins. Follow the path on the left hand side of the river Barstaddalselva, all the way to the red cabin by lake Storevatnet. Go off-path around lake Storevatnet on the left (east) side and find your best route up towards Trongegga's south-east ridge. When you get up to the saddle you will find the path coming up from south and you can follow this path all the way to the summit. There is no cairn at the summit, but you will see a trigonometric point located a few metres down in the steep north wall.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



06. July 2010

I had been to Oslo for work a couple of days, and after landing at Vigra this Tuesday afternoon I drove more or less straight to Solevåg and took the ferry across to Festøy. I hadn't decided yet which mountain I was going to hike, but after studying some maps and checking the book "Fotturar på Sunnmøre" I ended up going for Klovetinden. But since I missed the fact that I should have turned right between the two wooden bridges right at the start of the hike I got well on my way towards lake Storevatnet before I realised that I was not on the right track for Klovetinden. Instead of heading across the open landscape to try to find the path leading to Klovetinden I decided to continue towards what looked like a nice ridge towards south-west. The only hesitation I had was that it wasn't very likely that the summit had a primary factor of >100 metres, but decided in the end that it didn't really matter since it seemed like a nice hike. Since I didn't bring any maps I wasn't in a position to check the primary factor, nor did I know the name of my new target.

A little below the summit I met a woman, and when I asked "where am I?" she could inform me that I was about to climb Trongegga. She said her intention had been to hike Masdalhornet, but because of the fog she had decided to turn around. I remembered that Masdalshornet was a ranked mountain, and decided to have a go, but when I heard it was approximately 3 km across a big plateau I also got hesitations because of the thick fog. I thanked her for the information and decided to evaluate the situation when I got to the summit.

At the summit I soon concluded that trying to find Masdalhornet would be a bit dodgy in the fog, so quite soon decided that Trongegga would have to do today.

When I got back down close to trail head I found the exit I should have taken for Klovetinden, and made a mental note of where to exit if/when I was going to hike this mountain.

Photos 06.07.2010