Norway’s steep mountain stairs – BBC Travel


Their work has an even greater impact on the Sherpas at home in Solukhumbu: Since the start of the project, schools and a hospital have been built in Khunde and neighboring Khumjung, while the proceeds are continuously channeled to the wider community for health and social purposes Improve welfare. Fittingly, inspired by their Norwegian projects, the Sherpas have undertaken similar work on the trails that connect their mountainous kingdom.

While the Pulpit Rock is all about rock platform views, Norway’s other Stairways to Heaven offer a range of secluded vantage points, coastal ocean views, and city-wide panoramas. In Midsund, outside Molde, the stone stairs are a procession of 2,200 steps to Rørsethornet summit, from where you have a carousel view of the sea, fjord and mountains. Other highlights on the outskirts of the Norwegian cities are the 1,300 steps that meander up Bergens Mount Ulriken, and the specially built flight over Tromsø to Fjellstua; The town of Mosjøen is home to Helgelandstrappa, Norway’s longest stone staircase with 3,000 steps carved into the highlands.

For me, the alternative for connoisseurs to Preikestolen is Kjerag, a Sherpa path to the highest peak of the Lysefjord, which includes the same stone steps and deep fjord views, but without the rush of visitors from the nearby neighbor.

Partly due to the Sherpa stairs, hiking by the Lysefjord on a late autumn morning can feel pretty idyllic. In this land of sheer cliffs, the stone stairs symbolize a longer lasting and more sustainable way to climb the mountains, and this is good news for anyone who loves the outdoors. In fact, twice that for anyone worried by the surge in hikers flocking to the wild after the pandemic.

For Norwegians like the Lofoten Rangers a voluntary torchlight project to raise awareness for fjellvettreglene(the country’s ingrained respect for the environment) the Sherpa moves are great news. And they are an aspect of the country, said chairwoman Christina Svanstrøm, who is becoming more and more anchored in Norway’s national psyche.


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