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Champagne castle 4 day hike
Champagne Castle Circuit Hike (3/4 Days)

Champagne Castle Circuit Hike (3/4 Days)

The Champagne Castle Hike 4 Days

The Champagne Castle Hike leaves from the Monk’s Cowl car park. I like to stay at iNkosana lodge the night before so that we can get an early start walking up the mountains. On the first day, we walk past the Sphinx and then head on to lunch with a view at Blind Man’s Corner. After lunch, we have a gentle stroll along the contour path for about 3 km and start to get our very first views of the magnificent Champagne Castle.

Until now it had been hiding behind Cathkin Peak…

This night, we camp in the valley at Keith Bush Camp with these huge cliffs and mountains that tower above us, so it is quite beautiful. From our campsite we can easily see the famous Monks Cowl Peak that Keith Bush, after whom the camp is named, fell from.  Here we can also see the stunning Dragons Back. Up ahead is Gray’s Pass which we will use to get to the top of the Drakensberg Escarpment.

I like to take 4 days to do the Champagne Castle Hike, and we camp on top of the pass near Vultures Retreat.

However if you are pushed for time, the Champagne Castle Circuit Hike can be done in 3 days with just 1 day spent walking up and down Gray’s Pass.

Once on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment, we walk up the 3rd highest peak in South Africa,

Champagne Castle and enjoy the magnificent views it offers. Click here to see who we are.

Champagne Castle is 3377m above sea level, and the views from up there are amazing. We can look South past Injasuthi and on the Giant’s Castle and North past Cathedral Peak and even see the Devils Tooth. Gray’s Pass is 3 km long and rises 900m above Keith Bush Camp. Short and sweet. Once on top, we have lunch at the small Nkosazana River and then take a walk to the top of Champagne Castle. There is also a big Cape Vulture colony which is well worth a visit. Plus the Nkosazana River falling over the edge is beautiful.

The Zulus also call Monks Cowl Nkosazana, the “Princess”.

After a lovely night under African stars on top of Grays Pass, we head back down and along the contour path to camp near Blind Mans corner. Finally, the last day is a stroll back to the cars at Monks Cowl arriving in time for tea. And there we have the Champagne Castle Circuit Hike.

Challenging Drakensberg Hike

Champagne Castle Circuit Hike Difficulty:  Challenging
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Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between different options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

Gold

Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Hiker Porters You carry only a day-pack with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.
Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.You will be carrying a day pack weighing approximately 4kg.
Silver

Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Summit Cathedral peak You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.
Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.
Bronze

Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Mnweni hike You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent which you will put up and take down, and your share of the food.

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

Greater Double-collared Sunbird Drakensberg

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between different options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

Gold

Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Hiker Porters You carry only a day-pack with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.
Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.You will be carrying a day pack weighing approximately 4kg.
Silver

Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Summit Cathedral peak You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.
Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.
Bronze

Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Mnweni hike You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent which you will put up and take down, and your share of the food.

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

Drakenberg Hiking Monk's Cowl Champagne Castle Area

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Champagne castle 4 day hike

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between different options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

Gold

Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Hiker Porters You carry only a day-pack with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.

Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.

You will be carrying a day pack weighing approximately 4kg.

Silver

Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Summit Cathedral peak You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.

Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.

The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.

Bronze

Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Mnweni hike You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent which you will put up and take down each day, and your share of the food.

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

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Souvenir’s of your Drakensberg Hike with us!

On all of our hikes you have the option to add a Souvenir Bundle to remember your hike by (in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come). All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!

We have different Souvenir Bundles to choose from and they include the following:

Basecamp

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R550.00):

 
  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.

Ascent

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1100.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat;
  • a thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

Summit

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1400):

 
  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat;
  • a thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle :-)

Drakenberg Hiking Monk's Cowl Champagne Castle Area
+27 33-396 3906
+27 72-947 1174
ian@drakensberghiker.co.za