Fangs Pass

16 Feb 2010 07:16 - 14 May 2015 19:29 #58852 by Stijn
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In most hikers’ opinions, this is the most spectacular and enjoyable pass in the Mnweni area and even the entire Drakensberg. Navigation in the pass itself is relatively easy despite the lack of a path and this lets you rather admire the awesome pinnacles, towering buttresses and the never-ending view of the Mnweni little berg stretching beneath you. This pass is a definite must for any hiker who ever gets a chance to explore the area.

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edit: Trip report www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/drakensberg-trips/55788-fangs-mbundini-loop-the-dragon%E2%80%99s-teeth.html
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17 Apr 2012 18:14 #53593 by tonymarshall
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Over the Easter weekend we descended Fangs Pass after our epic ascent of Ifidi Pass.

The pass has steepish grass slopes at the top and very good views of the Mnweni Needles.



A view up to the top of the pass on the grass slope.



Descending, the grass slopes slowly give way to scree and boulders.





The valley narrows and the route is restricted into the boulder bed.



The boulder hopping starts and progress is quite slow.

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17 Apr 2012 18:39 - 17 Apr 2012 18:44 #53594 by tonymarshall
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Lower down the gradient becomes flatter, and the tree line is reached. The top of the pass with the grass slope is visible as the low point in the background.



The top of the pass is the left hand grass slope in the background.



A view to the Fangs from the river bed.



The waterfall in the river is the point where the path to Mbundini meets Fangs Pass. Madonna and Her Worshippers are visible about a third in from the right of the photo, and Mbundini Abbey is the high point at the right.



We headed down river, relieved to be past the boulder hopping and on a path, and overnighted at Five Star Cave, before walking back out to Mnweni Cultural Centre the next morning. For a more detailed description, see Elinda's or mykitchin's write ups under the topic 'Fangs to Ifidi...or vice versa.'

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22 Oct 2013 07:48 #58853 by chan5aard
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We came down the pass this year January. The rocks took heavy strain on our knees and quads but it definitely is a beautiful pass. I would say definitely don't underestimate the difficulty. It's hard.

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