Double Summit Adventure - 3 Days

Drakensberg

Activity Description

DOUBLE SUMMIT ADVENTURE – 3 Days
A combination of hiking and climbing to conquer the two highest peaks in the Northern Drakensberg – Mont-Aux-Sources and the Sentinel!

The spectacular Amphitheatre in the UKhahlamba World Heritage site, towers above Natal at 3000m above sea level. The Drakensberg escarpment’s steep walls, great valleys and pinnacles face roughly east and the Lesotho Highlands fill the horizon to the West. From the edge of the Drakensberg, there are spectacular views of the Amphitheatre, the Sentinel & the Tugela falls disappearing into the vast valleys below. If luck is with us, we will be able to see the endangered Bearded Vulture, Jackal buzzards, Mountain Rhebuck and perhaps some baboons. This sensitive and pristine wilderness area is an absolute must in the Drakensberg.

Day 1
Meet at the Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge so that we can transfer to the trail head by 4×4. Leaving the Sentinel car park/ trail head, we hike up to the Mont-Aux-Sources-Plateau, climbing the famous chain ladders to get there. We set up camp along the bank of the Elands River, relax and prepare dinner with awesome views over the Maluti Mountains.
Distance is 8 km approximately 4 hours altitude gain of about 450m to the Escarpment which is about 3100m, these distances and times are approximate and once at camp there are multiple options to take pack off hikes to enjoy the views.

Day 2
We climb (Non technical) to the highest point on the Northern Drakensberg Escarpment, Mont-Aux-Sources 3282m with its commanding views of the amphitheatre and plateau below, weather and time permitting, we’ll explore the Crow’s nest area as well. Camp is set up along the banks of the Tugela River with outstanding views of the Amphitheater, The Sentinel and Tugela Valley.
Distance is 12 km 6 hours highest point 3282m and camp is on the escarpment at about 3100m

Day 3
After breakfast on the Plateau, we hike to the foot of the Sentinel, an imposing free standing peak in the Northern Drakensberg. Standing a proud 3159m above sea level, it poses a great challenge!
We start off with a scramble up steep grass covered scree slopes. Once we reach the base of the climbing pitches, we refresh your memory or teach you all you need to know about the rope work and safety techniques you’ll use during your climb. Ascending the two pitches is great as they are quite different from one another, allowing climbers to experience different techniques of climbing.
Reaching the summit is a triumph that affords an exhilarating view of the Northern Drakensberg escarpment, the Tugela falls and the Amphitheater. After abseiling back down the rock face, we stop for a hiker’s lunch before heading back towards the car park. Depart from car park in the afternoon back to the lodge
Distance is 8 km 5+ hours. Highest point – Sentinel Peak 3159m

Arrangements

ProviderGoVertical Mountaineering & Trekking
DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round
WhereWitsieshoek Mountain Lodge. GPS Co ordinates -28.6855, 28.8986
WeatherAll weather
What to WearPlease see kit list
Things to BringKIT LIST: ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS – We will not proceed with the trek unless you have all of the absolute essentials. • Back Pack MINIMUM 75 liters, must have waist belt ** Available for hire see below • Tent light weight mountaineering tent ** Available for hire see below. If you are using your own tent please let us know what make and model it is. We would like to ensure its suitability. • Sleeping bag sub-zero -8 recommended (it can get cold even in summer) ** Available for hire see below • Sleeping mat – foam or Thermarest - We include foam rubber mats • Waterproof outer shell • Light weight waterproof rain pants • Hiking boots & socks ESSENTIALS • Water bottle 1 – 1.5 liters • Changes of clothing- layering is best with a good fleece for warmth • Gloves • Beanie/ Balaclava • Towel • Sun block • Sun glasses • Sun hat/ Cap • Toiletries (eco friendly) • Toilet paper • Torch + batteries, preferably headlamp OPTIONAL • Personal first aid eg plasters, deep heat, headache tablets, medication etc • Personal Energy sweets and drinks • Hiking staff • Camera AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL • 3 season 2 person mountaineering tents (2.3 kg) • Sleeping bag(-8 C, 1,4kg) with liner • Foam sleeping Mats • Backpack NOTES • Please remember to leave space in your Back pack for the cooking gear, food, utensils and 1st Aid, which will be shared between the group members. • You can expect to carry up to 15 kg in your back pack including your personal gear. • PORTERAGE • Clients carry a day pack and the porters will carry a maximum of 15kg per person which would include a clients personal belongings eg tent, sleeping bag as well as the clients share of food provided by GoVertical. A realistic balance would be 7kg of personal gear and 8kg of food/ provisions. • South African Porters use backpacks, so all your gear would need to be packaged so that it can fit inside their backpacks. • Please ask GoVertical Mountaineering if you are unsure about any items on this list
Guests or SpectatorsUnfortunately not

Requirements

Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelFit
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

• GoVertical Mountaineering guides
• Abseiling and climbing gear
• 7 meals from Lunch on day 1, to lunch on day 3
• 2 nights camping in the Drakensberg
• National Park fees
• 4×4 Transfer from Witsieshoek Lodge

Exclusions

• Medical/ rescue insurance
• Alcoholic beverages
• Transport to the Drakensberg
• Dinner, Bed and Breakfast accommodation at mountain lodge before/ after the adventure

Notes

Optional extra’s available:
• Transfers to the Drakensberg from Johannesburg or Durban (Approximately 5 hours from either city)
• Transfers are done the day before the trip starts so you would need a night of pre trek accommodation
• Dinner, Bed and Breakfast accommodation at mountain lodge before/ after the Adventure
• Gear hire
• Porters
PLEASE INQUIRE FOR THESE OPTIONS

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