Sentinel Peak to Champagne Castle Hike (9 Days)Ian Shooter2021-03-30T10:54:09+02:00
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Sentinel Peak to Champagne Castle Hike (9 Days)
Sentinel Peak to Champagne Castle Hike (9 Days) Hike Overview
The Sentinel Peak to Champagne Castle Hike over 9 days crosses the very heart of Drakensberg, from the Northern to the Central Drakensberg. This hike covers the area linking the Amphitheatre with the Champagne Castle Valley. We start the hike at the Sentinel Peak car park and walk to the top of the Amphitheatre using the famous chain ladders.
We use the chain ladders to climb to the top of the Ampitheater on a hike with Drakensberghiker
At the top of the Amphitheatre, we camp near the 2nd highest waterfall in the world. The Tugela Falls plummet almost 1000m down the Amphitheatre cliff face, so you can imagine the views. Click here to see how to prepare for your Sentinel Peak to Champagne Castle Hike. For the next 6 days, we hike along the Drakensberg Escarpment edge to enjoy stunning views. The foothills way down in South Africa on our left and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho on our right.
On day 3 we arrive at an amazing place. Here we camp near a huge Cape Vulture Colony and have views over the beautiful Mnweni Valley. This is where my porters live and they love to show their home off to visitors. On day 4 we walk past Cathedral Peak and on to the Didima Ridge. On the way we walk up one of the most stunning valleys. The Yodeling Cascades is a remote valley in Lesotho where the river falls over rocks. Once on the Didima ridge, we have an easy walk to the top of Grays Pass. We usually arrive here at lunch time, so we have time to summit Champagne Castle in the afternoon. Champagne Castle is the 3rd highest peak in South Africa, at 3377m, so it is worthwhile to do. Day 8 is spent walking back down Grays Pass to join the contour path. On the last night, we camp near Blind Man’s Corner where we can look up to the mighty Cathkin Peak. We have been seeing Cathkin Peak from a long way away so it is good to finally be close. The last day is nice and short arriving at Monks Cowl for a warm shower and our cars. The Sentinel Peak to Champagne Castle Hike is a great option for people wanting a longer hike than just 6 days, but who don’t want to do the Drakensberg Grand Traverse Hike for 15 days.
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