CATHEDRAL PEAK 3005m GUIDED OVERNIGHT HIKE
Fit hikers will enjoy this guided Drakensberg hike. Cathedral Peak is a free standing summit of 3005m, surrounded by the peaks and towers of the main Drakensberg escarpment. The hike starts in the beautiful Mhlambonja wildernesss area climbing over 1500m to the summit. The path is steep and in sections there are 360 degree views as you walk over knife edge ridges on the way up into the spectacular mountains.
A late afternoon start from Cathedral Peak hotel and a two hour hike takes you into the quiet magnificence of the Drakensberg mountains. The path winds through the lower berg, along the Mhlambonja River up to Shermans Cave, the campsite for the night. This short, but energetic hike gains 500m in altitude, bringing you closer to the towering Drakensberg escarpment. Relax & enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery during dinner.
As an early start is necessary to tackle the challenging ridge that leads up to Orange Peel Gap, the gateway to Cathedral Peak, sunrise may well accompany your breakfast. The challenges start after Orange Peel gap, there is a short chain ladder, knife edge ridges and serious scrambling (D grade scrambling) where your guide will put up fixed ropes as hand rails for your safety. The summit is a respectable 3005m and rewards you with spectacular 360 degree outlook over the Drakensberg escarpment and little berg. The Bell, The Horns, Mhlambonja Buttress are all beautiful and clear as you climb Cathedral peak
Depending on the weather and timing, lunch is typically enjoyed just below the summit, before the descent is started, hikers generally return to the car park late in the afternoon. Email us for details.
SO THAT YOU CAN RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR TREK, GOTREKKING AFRICA GUIDES:
- Arrange park fees and permits
- Set up camp
- Provide, tasty, nutritious meals, dietary requirements eg vegetarians are catered for.
- Are trained in rescue
- Carry First Aid
- Carry a satellite phone for emergencies when necessary
- Are knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, geology & flora of the Drakensberg
OPTIONAL EXTRAS INCLUDE:
- Transfers to/ from the Drakensberg
- Equipment hire
- Accommodation reservations