Duration

4 Days 3 Nights

Country

South Africa

Maximum Traveller

12

Min Pax

Champagne castle 4 day hike

Champagne Castle 4 Day Hike (10-13 May 2025)

Number of Hikers already booked for this Hike

0/12

Bronze Pricing

R5,720 per person*

Silver Pricing

R6,520 per person*

Gold Pricing

R7,320 per person*

*Please note that these base hike prices are subject to change; and private hike prices will differ from our scheduled hike prices.  Your quote for this hike may differ, depending on equipment you may need to hire from us, or additional services you request.

The Champagne Castle 4 Day Hike

leaves from the Monks Cowl car park.

Champagne castle 4 day hike
There are some beautiful camp sites on the Champagne castle hike with Drakensberghiker.

I like to camp at Monks cow the night before so we can get an early start walking up the mountains. We walk past the Sphinx and 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 getting our first views of Champagne Castle.

Until now it had been hiding behind Cathkin Peak…

We camp in the valley with all these huge cliffs above us, so it is quite beautiful. Keith Bush camp is way in the middle of huge mountains that tower all around us. We can see the famous Monks Cowl Peak that Keith Bush fell off.  Here we can also see the stunning Dragons back. Up ahead is Grays Pass that we use to get to the top of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Have a look here to see how to prepare for your hike with us:  Hike Planning.

I like to take 4 days to do this hike and we camp on top of the pass near Vultures Retreat.  Once on top of the Escarpment, we walk up the 3rd highest peak in South Africa, Champagne Castle.

Champagne Castle is 3377m above sea level, and the views from up there are amazing.

We can look South past Injasuthi and on the Giants Castle and North past Cathedral Peak and even the Devils Tooth. Grays Pass is 3 km long and rises 900m above our camp. Short and sweet. Once on top, we have lunch at the small Nkosazana River and a walk to the top of Champagne Castle. There is also a big Cape vulture colony which is well worth a visit and the Nkosazana River falling over the edge is beautiful. The Zulus also call Monks Cowl Nkosazana, the “Princess

Champagne castle 4 day hike
Challenging Drakensberg hikes get you to some incredible places.

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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.

Intermediate-Challenging Drakensberg Hike

Champagne Castle 4 Day Hike Difficulty:  Intermediate to Challenging

DrakensbergHiker Souvenir Packages

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 … 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!

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R700.00):

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

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1250.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1600):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

DrakensbergHiker Souvenir Packages

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 … 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!!

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R700.00):

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

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1250.00):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1600):

  • Stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug.
  • DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black.
  • DrakensbergHiker Beenie or Sun Hat.
  • Thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

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