Giant's Cup Trail Hike

IMGP0958The Giants Cup trail is the only established trail in the Drakensberg. The hike is over 5 days (and 5 nights accommodation in the Drakensberg) and is 58.9km's in total. The first day is 12.8 km's and you stay in Pholela Hut. Day two is 8.8 km's and you stay in Mzimkhulwana Hut. Day 3 is 12 km's and you stay in Winterhoek Hut. Day 4 is 11.8 km's and you stay in Swiman Hut. The final day is 12.3 km's and you stay in Bushman's Nek Hut. The next morning 1.2km to the Bushman's Nek car park.

Over the 5 days the total elevation gain is 2031m and total elevation loss is 1912m. The hike is rated difficult as its over 5 days, each day itself is rated moderate.

Location (Degrees)
Start: 29°37'48.5"S 29°24'41.9"E | End: 29°50'9.30"S,29°12'26.30"E
Location (Decimal)
Start: -29.630144, 29.411628 | End: -29.835917,29.207308
Type of Hike
Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
58.9
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
58.9
Hike Duration (to destination)
30.0
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
30.0
Explore
Bushman Paintings, Caves, Huts, Waterfalls or Pools, Vistas
Altitude
1,642
Directions
If planning to do this hike copies of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife maps should be used. The maps show the route each day and the trail itself is well marked. A brochure made by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife with detailed information and route descriptions can be downloaded here.
Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 58.9 km
Overall distance (imperial) 36.6 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 547 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1609 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 2156 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 2031 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 1912 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 1795 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 5279 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 7073 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 6663 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 6273 ft