Bikepacking The Lesotho Highlands Route

Story by Richard Hunt and riding companions Elaine Bushell and Roger Mantel

You have to start some where so we go...…… I am an outdoor adventure guy lucky enough to have an outdoor adventure fiancée and friend. I did a lot of MTB riding in my early years and lately have been hiking the Drakensberg Mountain Range in South Africa. After 6 years of hiking in these magnificent mountains I have published a 290 page coffee table photographic book with snippets for every photo. This book has just been finished and can be purchased in November and below is the link. I stumbled upon an American bikepacking write up some time back and this fairly new pastime in South Africa caught my attention. After much web searching I made up my mind to do a bikepacking trip through Lesotho. During my years of hiking on the Drakensberg Escarpment and meeting Basotho shepherds in those areas I wanted to get a better look into their culture and country and what better way than by riding slowly through the Lesotho Highlands. This trip was one of my greatest highlights and I will definitely visit other areas in the future (middle route) Being an experienced hiker the transition was fairly easy, just take your hiking equipment and put it into soft bags which are attached to the bike in various places. There are many different ways to pack a bike so the best way is what practically suits you. I was told it can take up to three trips to perfect the best way of packing. I suppose the best way is to take the bare minimum and pack as light as possible. Below are images of what I packed:

Day 1. Camel Rock Camp Site to Village Tenting Below Moteng Pass.

Day 2. Moteng Pass to New Oxbow Lodge Backpackers.

Day 3. New Oxbow Lodge Backpackers to Wild Tenting at Tsepeng

Day 4. Wild Tenting at Tsepeng to Village Tenting at Tlokoeng.

Day 5. Village Tenting at Tlokoeng to No 10 Riverside Home Stay.

Day 6. No 10 Riverside Home Stay to Sani Top Backpackers.

Day 7. Sani Top Backpackers to Sani Lodge Backpackers.

Thanks Guys for looking at my trip report. If you need extra information please contact me at richardhuntphotography@live.com


The beautiful people of Lesotho

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