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Organ Pipes Ascent
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Organ Pipes Ascent

 

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Location: Natal, Lesotho/South Africa, Africa

Lat/Lon: 29°S / 29.16670°E

Object Title: Organ Pipes Ascent

Route Type: Walking

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: Walking, but steep and difficult, mild altitude

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Page By: Smalltimeclimber

Created/Edited: Jan 22, 2005 / Jan 22, 2005

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Approach


Access to the Little Berg is via Mike's Pass, a 10.5 km (6.5 miles) long jeep. The road is only open to 4x4 vehicles, ordinary sedans prohibited. In bad weather, rain or snow the road is impassable even to 4x4 vehicles. To walk it takes about two hours. The pass climbs some 500 m and ends at the Arendsig gate which is the starting point for Ndedema Gorge and the Organ Pipes Pass.

To avoid trudging up Mike's Pass (longer) ascents can be used West of Rainbow Gorge or the start of the Camel ascent is also suitable. One would then head east on the contour path to intersect the route description given below.

Route Description


At the head of the Mike's Pass path turn left (east) at the intersection with the contour path entering from Ndedema Gorge on the east. The start of the Organ Pipes Pass is off this path to Ndedema in a WSW direction and is signposted. Over about 6 km the path gains about 1000m in altitude, passing an assembly of spires and buttresses from which the path gets its name. On reaching the summit of the escarpment at Ndumeni Dome Cleft peak is the first prominent weak to the West on the escarpment.

Essential Gear


Ordinary hiking gear, overnight gear and snow gear if winter.

Miscellaneous Info


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