Thabana Ntlenyana Via Mkomazi Pass - 4 Days

Drakensberg

Activity Description

THABANA NTLENYANA VIA MKOMAZI PASS – 4 Days
A scenic 4 day, 3 night Circular Trek in the Southern Drakensberg onto the Lesotho Highland Escarpment and up to the summit of the highest point in the Southern Africa: Thabana Ntlenyana which stands 3482m on the Lesotho side of the Drakensberg. Meals are provided and prepared for you and you’ll be camping in the Drakensberg wilderness each night.

Day 1
Meet the Lemon Tree Coffee Shop in Underberg at 08h00 and then follow your guide through to the Vergelegen Trail head. We may need to transfer in a 4×4 depending on the condition of the road. Gear up, sign mountain register and start the trek up Nhlangeni Pass. The start of the trek is at 1500m and by the time you’ve climbed to the top of the pass on day 2 you will reach a respectable 3200m. Great views over the Mkomazi wilderness area, Vergelegen and of course the great Drakensberg escarpment. First night’s camp is set up along the pass near one of the fresh water streams.

Day 2
After breakfast, the top of Nhlangeni Pass is the goal for the day. It’s demanding hiking but once the top of the pass is reached you’ll have spectacular views of the escarpment cliffs and the valleys far below. Camping that night is on the escarpment at an altitude of around 2 900m

Day 3
The hike to the Summit of Thabana Ntlnyana at 3482m is relatively easy walking in comparison to the achievements of the past two days and the highest spot South of Kilimanjaro is the highlight of this days walk. You’ll be able to relax a little on the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana with it’s commanding views of the Drakensberg escarpment and the Lesotho Highlands, a great reward for all the effort. You’ll start your return hike which is via the scenic 21km Mkomazi Pass . The third night’s camp is spent along the Mkomazi Pass.

Day 4
After breakfast the descent of the Drakenberg escarpment continues along Mkomazi Pass, Vergelegen should be reached mid afternoon

Arrangements

ProviderGoVertical Mountaineering & Trekking
DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round
WhereLemon Tree Coffee Shop in Underberg. GPS Co ordinates -29.7933, 29.4956
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 LevelVery Fit
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

• GoVertical Mountaineering guides
• 10 meals from Lunch on day 1, to lunch on day 4
• 3 nights camping in the Drakensberg
• National Park fees
• 4×4 transfer if required

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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