Cheche's Pass (A3)

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The first hairpin near the western start The first hairpin near the western start - Photo: Google Maps

This is a major pass covering 19 km and includes a huge number of bends, corners and curves - 122 of them in total. The altitude variance is a whopping 728 metres which produces and average gradient of 1:26 with the steepest parts reaching 1:7. The pass is tarred which reduces traction issues in wet weather, but when ice forms on the road things can quickly become dangerous. The pass has a classic profile with a central summit point, but the steeper section is on the western side.

With a summit altitude of 2553m ASL this pass is regularly under snow for many months of the year. It connects Maseru with Thaba-Tseka on the A3 route together with a string of other passes.

The Marakabeis Lodge lies at the western end of the pass at a river crossing. This little river flows northwards to form one of the many streams that feed into the Mohale Dam.

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