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Lekhalo La Molimo Nthuse (God Help Me Pass) - A3

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God Help Me Pass God Help Me Pass - Photo: Google Images

This lovely pass has two unusual features. Firstly its indigenous name is very long at 21 letters and secondly it has the English name of God Help Me Pass, which conjures up instant images of fear and alarm. The reality is that today's version of the pass is actually quite easy to traverse along the tarred A3 main route.

The pass is one of several big passes on the A3 between Maseru and Mohale. It has a summit height of 2332m and like most passes in Lesotho is subject to winter snowfalls and ice on the road. It has 31 bends, corners and curves of which 8 are greater than 90 degrees and of those 8 there are 4 bends of 180 degrees.

 

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Digging into the details:

Getting there: To approach from the west (in the direction we have produced it) head south-east from Maseru (border post) for 20 km and turn left at the fork at GPS S29.404374 E27.561634. Now drive east for 11.5 km to arrive at another fork at GPS S29.424105 E27.673373 where you must keep left and continue heading east for 22 km to arrive at the western start of the pass. 

To approach from the east, head east along the A3 from Mohale for 18 km to arrive at the eastern start of the pass.

Pass Description: The pass starts at its western end at a river crossing and immediately sweeps into a wide 100 degree left hand curve. For the next 2 km the road remains on the southern side of the river bisecting the village of Fosi. Be careful of children, livestock and pedestrians here. The gradient is gentle for this section at around 1:20

View west from the hairpinLooking west from the second hairpin / Photo: Google Images

At the 2.1 km mark, things change where the road enters a sharp 90 degree left hand bend, which marks the start of the more exciting part of the pass. The gradient ramps up to 1:8 as the next straight heads directly into the north. At the 2.4 km mark there is a double hairpin (chicane) with each of the corners having a turning arc of 180 degrees, but the turning angle of the first one is much tighter than the second one. The views from the second hairpin are magnificent.

Once through the double hairpin, the gradient kicks up a notch to 1:7 as the road climbs incessantly into the east along the southern side of the mountain. At the 4.1 km mark there is a big change in heading as the road swings into the south via an easy right hand curve of 90 degrees. It forms a big U-shaped bend as the gradient levels off with the road skirting a side ravine.

Once through the apex of the sharp left hander in the side ravine, the road follows the eastern side of the stream and soon swings back into the east and begins climbing once more at around 1:9. Most of the bends along this final section before the summit are of a gentle nature.

The summit of 2332m ASL is reached at the 6 km mark at a small side stream. The descent on the eastern side is easy but be aware that another U-shaped bend of 170 degrees, similar to the previous one follows, which requires a reduction in speed.

Once through this last side ravine, the road swings north, then gradually changes heading into the south-east as it follows the southern side of another river. The pass officially ends at the 8.2 km mark at the confluence of two rivers at an altitude of 2295m. Continue for 18 km to reach Mohale.


Fact File:

GPS START

S29.428571 E27.885863

GPS SUMMIT

S29.422186 E27.928917

GPS END

S29.427707 E27.939654

AVE GRADIENT

1:21

MAX GRADIENT

1:5

ELEVATION START

1950m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

2332m

ELEVATION END

2295m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

382m

DISTANCE

8.2 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

East

TIME REQUIRED

12 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

80 kph

SURFACE

Tar (A3)

DATE FILMED

14.06.2019

TEMPERATURE

12C

NEAREST TOWN

Maseru (54 km)


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