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Mnweni Pass

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Leisurely start with a tail kicking climb to end it all with spectacular views.


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10.3

Miles

16.6

KM

82%

Runnable

9,450' 2,880 m

High

4,453' 1,357 m

Low

5,168' 1,575 m

Up

180' 55 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

107%

Max Grade (47°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

This is a one way trail. You'll need to plan on a through hike or return via Rockeries Pass

Description

Come enjoy the spectacular Mnweni area of the Drakensberg. Before the run, consider enjoying some authentic Zulu culture and hospitality at the Mnweni Cultural Centre.

Mnweni is widely regarded as one of the region's best running destinations. As you make your way up the Mnweni Cutback you'll enjoy a sense of isolated ambience and a feeling of having all of nature to yourselves.

Expect to sweat hard as you encounter the first of two steep mountain passes, the Mnweni Pass. Once on top it is an easy trek to the opposite rim and Rockeries Pass. Your camera's memory cards will be nearing capacity when you see spectacular peaks the likes of The Pinnacles or the Inner and Outer Mnweni Needles. For sure make point of getting a panoramic view of the loose-standing Mponjwane and Rockeries Tower. These peaks are legendary in the Drakensberg.

Consider taking it up a notch and try camping overnight in one of the two caves near the top of Mnweni Pass. The Ledgers and Mponjwane Caves nearby offer comfortable camping on the edge of the escarpment.

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Joseph States

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Mnweni Pass
Jan 18, 2021 near Bergville, ZA

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