Ranastønge Hiking Trail

  • Det vesle tjednet Kulehøla, på veg opp mot Ranastønge.

    Det vesle tjednet Kulehøla, på veg opp mot Ranastønge. Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential info

  • Destination: Vang
  • Season: June-November
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 7.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 950 meters
  • Duration: 6-8 hours

About Ranastønge

Ranastønge is the highest mountain in Vang south of Jotunheimen. It's a great peak with steep sides against Hestebøtten and Smådalen. Not to mentiont Kulehøla in the steep mountainside 1,660 meters above sea level, making many curious about the mountain. The trail passes right by. You'll probably come by car. When you stand at the intersection in the middle of Smådalsfjellet, drive the 700 m south in Smådalen to the information board. Here you can park your car and you will find the signs to Rankonøse. You wade the Smådøla river and follow the Tverråne south side towards Hestebøtten until you reach the creek from Kulehøla which you follow up the east side. Up to about 1500 meters the bedrock is phyllite and you have a rich flora inbetween stones and gravel. Higher up more acidic and hard rocks types in the Jotundekk dominate. You then walk east of the strange Kulehøla and up to point 1870 meters above sea level. Feel free to take a breather here and enjoy the view before proceeding to block fields and past and one or another cairn to the peak 1900 meters above sea level. Follow the same route back down. Alternatively, go Ranastønge lengthwise westwards, turn down the ravine toward Vesle Hestebøttjedn (1310 meters above sea level) And further out on Hestebøtten. But this is a long trip.


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