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Hike Overview


(3 DAYS)
Difficulty: hike-difficulty-3
The Champagne castle circuit hike leaves from the Monks cowl car park. Please click here to see when we are doing this hike again. I like to stay at Nkosana lodge 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 mans corner. After lunch we have a gentle stroll along the contour path for about 3 km and our first views of Champagne castle. Until now it had been hiding behind Cathkin. We camp in the valley with all these huge cliffs above us so quite beautiful. Keith Bush camp is way in the middle of huge mountains all around us. We can see the famous Monks cowl peak that Keith Bush fell off. Also is the stunning Dragons back. Up ahead is Greys pass that we use to get to the top of the escarpment. Even though only 3 days long we get to walk up the 3rd highest peak in South Africa. 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. Greys 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 worth a visit and the Nkosazana river falling over the edge. The Zulus also call Monks cowl Nkosazana, the "Princess". Then it is back down Greys pass to our camp for the 2nd night.

Finally the last day is a stroll back to the cars at Monks cowl arriving in time for lunch.