Knutshøe, towering 1,517 meters above sea level, is known to many as Besseggen’s tough younger sibling. The trip gives you breathtaking views of the green Gjende river. You’ll even pass a sandy beach and be able to see the masses of hikers scrambling across the Besseggen Ridge. At the top, you get beautiful views of Besseggen, Besshø, Gjendevann, Bukkehåmaren, and Surtningssue.
The hike is quite challenging and you’ll need to scramble through some parts of the hike, so we don’t suggest to hike it if you’re afraid of heights. It’s very important that you only hike in good weather. The trail is not marked, yet it’s relatively easy to follow the path. Avoid veering too far left at exposed places, it is steep and there is a danger of "getting stuck" at a dead end. So, we recommend you do not go alone.
Please note this trip is very demanding for dogs. Dogs who have been on challenging trips, and have experience climbing through loose rock will be better prepared. You will need to assist your dog multiple times throughout the hike, no matter the dog’s size.
Gjendesheim Tourist Lodge is very popular place to stay before and after hiking Besseggen, and it’s conveniently located close to Knutshø. The Gjendesheim bus stop is located very close by and it has plenty of parking available.
Hindsæter Hotel is a small cozy hotel known for their great food. Located only 10 minutes by car north towards Vågå.
The right to roam enables you to camp anywhere for free as long as you follow some basic guidelines.
With the Right to Roam, you are able to camp anywhere for free as long as you follow the guidelines.
From Oslo, take the NOR-WAY 161 Valdresekspressen route to the stop “Vargebakken”. Note that the bus route between Beitostølen and Leirvassbu runs only from mid June through late September.
The parking lot, Vargbakken Parkering, is located on the west side of road 51 (Valdresflya), just south of Gjendesheim.