Memorable 3-Day Champagne Castle Drakensberg Hike
The Drakensberg is home to many multi day hiking tours including this 3-day Champagne Castle Drakensberg Hike. One such tour includes a fantastic 3 day hike to the summit of Champagne Castle. The hike covers about 40km with an altitude gain of over 2300m. Situated in the area known as the Central Drakensberg, this hiking experience is must do for any avid hiking enthusiast. Not only does the area boasts some amazing mountain scenery but is also a perfect test and training ground for our Kilimanjaro treks. The second day of the hike sees completing an ‘up and down’ hike. Basically we set up camp at Keith’s Bush camp the night before and hike to the summit of Champagne Castle and back again in one day. So no heavy backpacks needed. Our campsite is nestled in an incredible valley with Monks Cowl, Cathkin Peak, Dragons Back and of course, Champagne Castle soring majestically above us.
Fitness levels on the 3-Day Champagne Castle Drakensberg Hike
The hike is rated at pretty challenging and hikers need to have a relatively good fitness level. The average distance hiked every day is about 14km over 7 hours. What makes the hike pretty challenging is the gradient. There is nothing better than a bit of gradient in the mountains. Keeps you humble and of course a bit of pain is good for the human spirit. It gives perspective. The outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man so they say.
The Champagne Castle Drakensberg hike follows the traditional protocol of all our Drakensberg Hikes & Tours. Basically we are self-sufficient. Hikers carry their own backpacks. We sleep in tents or caves. Our water is found in the pure mountain streams. The food is cooked over gas stoves and served under the starry skies with nice soft rock as your only source of comfort. This is the best way to hike in the Drakensberg in our opinion. Back to basics and face the elements of nature purist style. And all of this in a remote part of the Drakensberg. In fact we usually never see another soul for the 3 days we are up in the mountains.
Guided 3-Day Champagne Castle Drakensberg Hike
Our guides have done the Champagne Castle Drakensberg hike over 30 times each. So you are in good hands when it comes to your safety and enjoyment. They even cook up one the best Drakensberg Mountain dinners ever!!!
Please note!!! The hike is totally eco-friendly. That means No toilet facilities. No showers. No litter bins. No electricity. So water is taken form the rivers to drink. All litter is carried out. Number 2’s involving the digging of a hole.