TREKKING ACROSS LESOTHO
Organised by Mick Jones of Malealea Lodge, Pony Trekking and Mountain Bike Centre
The Three Hundred Kilometer Route
The route starts at Sephapo's Gate in the west (south of the town of Wepener) and crosses the Maluti Mountain's various ranges to finish at Sani Top (The top of Rafolatsane's Pass, more precisely). The whole voyage takes fifteen days of walking if the weather permits, to cover 302km. Two rest days are made at Malealea Lodge and at Semonkong Lodge. The last section is a nine day walk, camping at altitudes often above 2500m in some of the most beautiful river valleys in Africa;
The Senqunyane, The Mantsonyane, The Lesobeng, The Khokhoba,The Senqu, The Majoe Matso, The Pitsaneng.
We meet at Malealea Lodge the day before the hike starts, and after a good few Maluti beers and a good supper, we gather around the camp fire for final introductions and a briefing about the hike ahead. The next day we are transported to Sephapo's Gate, where we meet up with our guides and ponies, to start the hike.
At Sani Top, at the end of the hike, we will say goodbye to our guides, who will return to Malealea over a period of 9 days, and we will be transported back via the magnificent Katse dam, 20 days are required in all.
But make no mistake; ~ This is an extreme adventure and only for the fittest hikers/mountaineers. Although no rope work or cliff climbing is required, the slopes are hard, up to 65% and the climbs are mountainous, up to 1200m in a day of 20km walking. The longest day is 10.5 hours (with luck and persistence) and 34km long.
However a certain amount of luxury is provided with a pack horse per person, allowing up to 40kg of baggage, (this does include camping gear and food) and guides equal or nearly to the number of hikers who help in every way possible to make the journey pleasant and fun. Hikers need only carry their own day pack with water, supplements, rain gear and
A booking one year ahead is advised to secure a place on the annual team. A deposit of 50% is required, 3 months prior to the departure date. The reason for this is to ensure not only booking security but essentially to ensure that all postulants are sufficiently screened to ensure that a good humoured, experienced and fun team is assembled for everyone's better enjoyment of the adventure. Numbers are severely restricted. The next trek will be in February 2016.
A horse riding trek could also be arranged if the numbers are sufficient.
The Hiking trail will cost in the region of R20,000 per person.
The Riding trail would be about R25,000, including the hire of a horse and tack for 27 days. (Including return).
Contact: Mick Jones of Malealea Lodge on +27 (76) 0274685 if he is in South Africa
or on +266 56622682 if he is not.
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