Grade: Moderate to Severe
Duration: 2 or 3 days
Total distance covered: ±31.1km
Total height gain: ±2010m
(All distances should only be used as a guideline and a detailed route description needs be supplied on confirmation of booking.)
What makes this special: Experience the thrill sleeping in a mountain hut and waking up to a Drakensberg sunrise. If you only ever do one overnight hiking trip in the Drakensberg then this needs to be at the top of your bucket list.
Route: This hike can be tailored to either a 2 day hike or a 3 day hike with a walk to the top of Bannerman Pass before returning back down. The walk down can be lengthened to include Langalibalele Ridge
The first day is about a 10 km hike, mostly uphill to the best overnight hut in the Drakensberg. The hike starts at the day picnic spot at Giants Castle. A short downhill and then a mostly gentle climb for about 4km’s. The last 5km’s are along the contours to the Hut, enjoy the views on the way. The sunrise that awaits you from the hut in the morning is spectacular. The hut is unfortunately only a fraction of its former self and currently servers just as an overnight shelter. This means that we need to bring everything we need with us.
After a good night’s rest in relative luxury and depending on the options, we will pack up and walk back down or we will hike up Bannerman Pass. You have plenty time to get to the top and back before sunset for your second night at Bannerman Hut, take it slow and enjoy every second.
On our last day we will make our way back down via one of two choices (and fitness of the group) – return the same way we came or return via Langalibalele Ridge. The way is mostly downhill, the views all the way down will have you in awe. The Langalibalele Ridge will add quite a bit of distance and time onto the walk and the group needs to be quite fit to make this option work.
Included: Park & overnight fees, rescue levy and first aid kit.
Excluded: All meals and snacks, stove & pots, sleeping bag, backpack, personal gear and equipment, personal medication and footwear.
Gear Hire is available.
Porters can be included at an additional cost.