The Left Face B trail is thrilling, exciting and certainly unforgettable!
The Left Face trail starts off on the popular trail, Platteklip Gorge (the highway up the mountain), but branches off to a rarely visited part of Table Mountain.
You are required to do quite a bit of scrambling on this spectacular trail on the front face of Table Mountain.
In other words, you need to climb up rocks using both arms and feet. There is, for instance one particularly tricky pitch for the vertically challenged. Luckily we, as qualified mountain guides, have a rope and know how to to help you to safely overcome a difficult pitch, if needed.
Although you are not very exposed during scrambling during this route, there is an exposed ledge to traverse.
Technically it is not difficult, as you simply have to walk on a narrow, relatively level path. But do not even consider to hike this route if you are scared of heights. There is a steep drop during the traverse. If your head is right, all will be fine.
On the other hand, if you are looking for the real adrenaline experience, the Arrow Face Traverse is the trail for you.
During this trip, you will hike some fairly steep sections and grassy slopes. You will ascend up the Left Face Buttress Gully and do an impressive step-around near the top. As a result, this stimulating trail guarantees ample variety and photo opportunities to create an unforgettable experience. Once on top of Table Mountain, we will walk to the Cableway, which will take us down.
The Left Face trail starts at 400 m and ends at 1060 m on top of Table Mountain, so the elevation gain is 660 m.
Like with all the trails up the mountain, you need to be reasonably fit to enjoy this hike.
It will take +/-5 hours to hike this trail, when you include rest and photo stops. The size of the group as well as fitness levels will largely determine the duration of the hike.
PLEASE NOTE: THE CABLEWAY MAY BE CLOSED DUE TO MAINTENANCE OR ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, IN WHICH CASE WE WILL WALK DOWN PLATTEKLIP. THAT WILL ADD +/-2 HOURS AND R300 TO THE TRIP. WE WILL NOT COMMENCE THE LEFT FACE HIKE IN BAD WEATHER.
1 Person – R2 000
2-4 Persons – R1 300 pp
*Max 4 persons.
**Excludes R210 pp cableway ticket down.