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.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 12 trip reports for Mont-aux-Sources.

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  • Log #22121 - by Adam Majchrzak on Jan 14, 2011
    At the time I was traveling in South Africa I didn't have any rock climbing experience which is a shame since Drakensberg mountains seem to be created for our sport! I took a detour on my way from...
  • Log #21298 - by Sharon Heimann on June 02, 2008
    We did the 1 day hike, from the car park, up the chain ladders, across to the tugela falls, and back. We were a group of 6 adults and 2 children, my two sons, aged 7 and 8. It was fantastic and...
  • Log #5730 - by Dieter Gloeck on Sep 14, 2004
    Summit was done as part of the Mont Aux Sources Challenge, a mountain running race of 50 kilometres, starting in the Royal National Park at about 1,400 meters at 06:30 on 11 September 2004.
  • Log #5731 - by Andrew on Aug 15, 2004
    Mont-aux-Sourses is by far the easiest way to get to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment with a round trip of just 5 hours. There are a few places to stay near by check out Witzieshoek Mountain...
  • Log #14339 - by Mark Millar on Sep 25, 2003
    Went up via Angus Leppan! Grade 17 SA! The rock is not as great as one would like, but the position is awesome. Mass ascent by the WUMC crew.
  • Log #5732 - by MaDMaN on Dec 29, 2002
    wot a place, i would certainly reccomend this! but i was wondering how it is ranked in the highest peaks in South africa?? someone told me it was the 2nd highest in ZA but i want to know for sure!
  • Log #5733 - by Jonathan Rodney Swart on Sep 06, 2002
    This is something that if missed will be regretted for an eternal span of time. The view from what I think is the witches window is not something anyone should miss.
  • Log #14340 - by Robby Kojetin on Jan 14, 2002
    An awesome time had by all on the "warm up" trip for the SA Scouts Three peaks Expedition.
  • Log #14341 - by Walther Meyer & Andrew Misplon on Jan 13, 2002
    We summited at dusk and abseiled off in the dark. Magical and beautiful!
  • Log #14342 - by james lea-cox on Mar 28, 2001
    after 4 summits and camping on the top all four times, i am still amazed by the beuty of the area and the spectacular view!
  • Log #14343 - by Ryan Allderman on June 14, 2000
    A rope is advisable for the standard route. Don't forget to sign the summit log which is in a stainless steel container. Other routes offer excellent exposure but the rock quality is often bad, and...
  • Log #5735 - by Justin de Vlieg on Nov 09, 1998
    Dead easy walk if you go via the chain ladder