Moteng Pass

Travel guide to the top of Moteng Pass

Moteng Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.820m (9,252ft) above the sea level, located in the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Lesotho. The maximum slope is 17%.

The pass is located in the heart of the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains of the Mountain Kingdom. Even in the summer expect a cool climate. The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. It is one of two passes that links the town of Butha-Buthe with the diamond mining town of Mokhotlong; the other pass is the Mahlasela pass. This stretch of road should not be attempted by novice drivers. The road can be treacherous in snow and ice. It’s a beautiful pass to drive, but be vigilant during winter as the road gets very slippery.

The road to the summit is called A1. Heavy snowfalls frequently close the pass in winter. Time your trip well as the pass may be closed due to winter snow and ice. The pass is 7.9 km long, with the last stage being extremely dangerous in winter due to patches of ice. Starting from Khukhune, the ascent is 24.78 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.113 meters. The average percentage is 4.4 %. The maximum slope is 17%. From up on the summit of Moteng Pass the views are incredible. The journey is incredibly scenic with frozen rivers, beautiful vistas and spectacular views. The A1 road is generally good however the road becomes more potholed than tarred, the closer you get to Mokhotlong. Tucked away in the northern Highlands, the road provides a gateway to this largely untapped world of high-altitude adventure.
A minor gravel road north of the pass (-28.743026, 28.600871) climbs up to 2.901m (9,517ft) above the sea level.


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