Guided Ice + Snow Climbing Courses in the Drakensberg


Welcome to World of Tropical Ice! Learn how to climb in ice and snow in the Drakenberg Mountains

Ice-Snow-Climbing-Course-Drakensberg-Giants-Castle-Return-2-fearFew people realize that right here in southern Africa, fantastic ice and snow climbs form during the winter – from June through to late August. There are routes from beginner grades right up to the extreme. Peak High can either teach you the skills or if you are already experienced, we will guide you up the routes best suited to your ability.

The ice climbs consist of water-ice and range from WI 2 to WI6 +. There are three main areas where these climbs are found:

  • Sani Pass: Easy access and mainly beginner routes. Accommodation is in rustic dormitories.
  • Giant’s Castle: From easy to extreme climbing. This is in a remote location with a long hike to base camp. Accommodation is camping only in wild wilderness area.
  • Bokong (In northern Lesotho): Easy access by road with all grades available. Accommodation is in rustic huts. Bokong is 5 hours from Gauteng.

Snow climbs tend to be easy routes in passes and gullies in the southern Drakensberg, near Underberg. They tend to form from mid July till the end of August and only form after good snow falls. They offer beautiful alpine type snow climbing.

We offer expert guiding on most climbs during the winter months. Peak High is the only guiding company that has ice and snow guides and instructors in South Africa.

We offer 3 day ice or snow courses under the auspices of the Mountain Development Trust (MDT) and certificates of attendance are issued. This is the best way to learn the basic skills of winter climbing, whether you are just intending to climb locally or have ambitions in the greater mountain ranges of the world.

Contact Gavin Raubenheimer to book and find out more information on Drakensberg hiking and climbing tours.

Drakensberg ice is a great introduction to the world of Alpine Climbing. These courses are especially useful before going to climb in the greater rangers. You will learn how to climb “French Style” front- point, ice-axe arrest, place ice protection, snow belays and assess objective dangers.

PEAK HIGH Mountaineering guides most winter routes in the Drakensberg.

Click here for ice climbing Routes, grading system and maps.

Gavin Raubenheimer

Gavin is the owner & operator of Peak High Mountaineering. He is a certified Mountaineering Instructor (M.I.A.) endorsed by the Mountain Development Trust of SA. He is a NQF National Mountaineering (level 7), Cultural and Nature Guide (level 4). Gavin is a past President of the KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of SA. He has been involved in mountain rescue since 1992 and since 2005 has been the Convener of Mountain Rescue in the province. Want Gavin and his team at Peak High to guide you on a hike? Put yourself in the hands of the certified and experienced experts in mountain hiking, guiding and climbing. See Gavin's Google + profile