Right. Let’s start off by sorting the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don’t. Because if you can’t see value in our Cathedral peak hiking trail today, you’re not on our site shopping, you’re on it shoplifting. No, our hiking trips are not normal trips. They are some f*@cked-up skunk, class A, I-can’t-think-let-alone-move hikes-all with a dash of accomplishment, comradeship, good fun and awesome mountain scenery.
Cathedral Peak is situated in the Central Drakensberg. The hike covers about 23km over 3 days and is pretty much our introductory hiking experience in the Drakensberg. OK calm, down. What do we mean by ‘about’ 23km. We’re a professional company and are supposed to give you the exact calculations. Well, the last time we looked, the Cathedral Peak Drakensberg hike is not paved with rosy flower strewn paths. This also means that it is not as challenging as our other multi day hikes. The first day of the hike covers a mere 4km with an altitude gain of about 300m. It usually takes us just over 2 hours to get into Sherman’s Cave, our humble abode for the night. And yes, you will be carrying a backpack with all your gear in it so cry us a river, build a bride and get over it. But fear not, it’s only a 2-hour hike, so suck it up sunshine. The good news is that the second days trek is without the backpacks. We set up a base camp in Sherman’s Cave. That means we will return to the cave after the seconds days hiking. The second day is a tad more challenging. Our aim today is to get you to the summit of Cathedral Peak (3,004m) The distance walked today is about 16km with an altitude gain of about 1200m. So yes, there are going to be a few “why the heck did I sign up for this’ moments. But isn’t that what hiking in the Drakensberg is all about? You need to earn that summit and feel that incredible sense of accomplishment that only mountains can ignite.
The summit of Cathedral Peak offers some of the most incredible views of the Drakensberg. In fact, once on top you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Northern and Central Drakensberg starting with the Amphitheatre about 60km away to the Mnweni Cutback and right down to Cathkin Peak 40km south of you.
The primary spoken language when hiking in Drakensberg is screaming. Ok, it’s not that bad. Just make it happen. And no, that is not a threat. It was an exaggerated response to an uncompromising stance. We were taught never to make a threat unless we are prepared to carry it out and we are not fans of carrying anything. Even watching our clients carrying their heavy backpacks on Cathedral Peak makes us uncomfortable. Mainly because we are worried they will ask us to help carry the stuff.