Aditya’s Giants Cup Trail – December 2010

Aditya Sinha – Ultimate Survivor

Aditya Sinha is a 12 year old Indian boy from Mumbai who emigrated to South Africa with his family 3 years ago. He is a big fan of Ultimate Survival and has been some time since he has wanted to emulate his hero. So a few weeks ago he decided to surf the internet to look for an adventure. He sent some emails around, one of which landed on my inbox. To cut a long story short he convinced the rest of his family and some of their friends to join me on a 3 day hike in the Drakensberg.

Except for Kili Legend Sandeep Khanna, none of them had done any backpacking in the past, so the Giants Cup Trail seemed to be the most suitable choice for them. This is the only established trail in the Drakensberg. The trail is in good condition, well-signed, scenic and overnights are in cosy mountain huts. Although rustic, the huts are clean with flushing toilets and some of them even offer a hot shower. A sleeping bag, some clothes and food is all you need. It doesn’t get any more comfortable but hiking with a backpack on in the Drakensberg is always tough. A distance of 10km can take you the whole day.

For Adi and his family the 3 days were very challenging but they managed fantastically and loved every single second of it. The Drakensberg is so beautiful at this time of the year! The summer rain fills up the rivers, the streams and the pools; the wild flowers are blooming and the grass is dark green.

If you would like to do this hike contact us at [email protected] or have a look at our website www.spanafrican-adventures.co.za for other exciting hikes.

On our way to Mzimkhulwana Hut – Having a rest on the first hill

 

Still fresh – The Giants Cup in the background

 

Pankaj and Aditya Sinha

 

Tortoise Rocks

 

Barely visible Bushmen painting at Bathplug Cave

 

Kili legend Sandeep Khanna

 

Grass lit on fire after being struck by lightning

 

Continuous breaks were necessay during the hot central hours of the day.

 

Siesta time for Kanika
Leena Sinha – One of our two superwomen

 

Last kilometers down to Mzimkhulwana Hut

 

7am: Leaving Mzimkhulwana Hut

 

That’s what I call a perfect hut for a summer hike in the Drakensberg! – Rakhi under it

 

Rakhi enjoying the wobbly bridge

 

Sandeep, our morale booster

 

Pankaj Sinha introducing Garden Castle

 

My group – An Indian delight

 

Protea Dracomontana

 

Refreshing at Boulder Pool

 

Lunch time by the most beautiful spot

 

Winterhoek Camp – 3rd hut in the Giants Cup Trail

 

Climb up Black Eagle Pass – The hardest section in the Giants Cup Trail

 

Superwomen on the steepest section

 

Some precarious spots on the Black Eagle Pass

 

Mzimkhulu Valley – Lake Navarone

 

Backpacks – first timers’ worst nightmare

 

End of the hike – Happy to be finished!

Carlos Gonzalez

Life has been good since his arrival in South Africa. It was September 2005 and he fell in love with the country straightaway. Places like the Drakensberg, Wild Coast and the Midlands provide all the inspiration he needs. After the taste of freedom, working in an office again was out of the question. He has since qualified as a nature and mountain guide, and as his friends joke, embarked on a serious love affair... with the Drakensberg, where he spends most weekends.

LEAVE COMMENT