Mont-aux-Sources

Elevation (feet): 10,768
Elevation (meters): 3,282
Continent: Africa
Country: South Africa
Range/Region: Drakensberg
Latitude: -28.759081
Longitude: 28.884644
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1836
First successful climber(s): T. Arbousset and F. Dumas, (French missionaries)
Nearest major airport: Johannesburg or Durban, South Africa
Convenient Center: Phuthaditjaba, or hotels and campsites at the National Park

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Mont-Aux-Sources is an elevated bump(3282m) on the Thukela Platue behind the Amphitheatre wall, forming the highest peak in the Northern Drakensberg. It is the triangular corner where Lesotho meets the South African provinces of Kwa Zulu Natal and Free State.

The Platue is flanked in the North by the Amphitheatre wall ( 1000 meter verticle face ) and among others the massive peaks of Sentinel on the West and the Devils Tooth on the East.

The mountain is also the source for many rivers (hence the name Mont-aux-Sources), the Thukela and Namahadi Falls flow from beneath the peak on the South African side and plunge spectacularly down the escarpment. The Tugela Falls is a series of five cascades which tumbles 948 meters over the Amphitheatre wall and has the 2nd highest drop in the world.

Climbing Mont Aux Sources is a fairly strenuous walk and can be done in a long day from the Sentinel Car Park with increase in altitude of about 682 meters.

Thanks to GoVertical Mountaineering and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)