Lesotho Ultra

04 November 2023

About Lesotho Ultra

In the heart of the Lesotho Highlands lies the Maluti Mountains, some of the best terrain for high altitude running in the world.

Serving as the “veins” of this region, an intricate network of trails exists along the valleys and mountain flanks, connecting many of the remote villages. Used primarily by livestock and shepherds, many of the mountain passes have been established by hand, allowing people and animals to pass through the rugged mountains on foot.

It is this ancient philosophy of man’s primal need to explore and conquer his surrounding terrain that has lead to the development of the Lesotho Ultra.

There is a 50km ultra trail, trail marathon as well as a  trail half marathon on offer.

MMS Lesotho Ultra - White Logo

Entries and Registration

Online Entries Open: 10:00am, Monday, 21 November 2022
Online Entries Close: Midday, Wednesday, 01 November 2023

Registration and Late Entries: Registration is from 4pm – 8pm on Friday, 3 November 2023. Late registrations can take place on race day at 05:00am.

What to pack?

  • Passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  • For campers, please ensure to bring your own camping equipment
  • All your compulsory running equipment

Lesotho Ultra Itinerary


50km Ultra trail

Start time: 05:30am
Distance: 49.55km
Elevation gain: 2841m
Aid Stations: 3

*Please note this course requires COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT.

2022 Stats

Mens Winner: Jacques Buys (06:04:44)
Ladies Winner: Leah Sloman (10:10:33)

Average Time: 09:57:57
Longest Time: 12:44:15

Finishers: 31 runners

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Mountain Marathon

Start time: 05:30am
Distance: 39.24km
Elevation gain: 2041m
Aid Stations: 2

*Please note this course requires COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT.

2022 Stats

Mens Winner: Louis Le Grange (04:49:56)
Ladies Winner: Ruth Cozien (05:47:04)

Average Time: 08:57:17
Longest Time: 13:50:21

Finishers: 28 runners

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21km Mountain challenge

Start time: 05:30am
Distance: 21km
Elevation gain: 1363m
Aid Stations: 1

*Please note that COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT is required for this course.

2022 Stats

Mens Winner: Robert Crichton (04:42:01)
Ladies Winner: Cecilia La Cock (03:37:38)

Average Time: 05:32:45
Longest Time: 06:35:23

Finishers: 16 runners

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Maliba Lodge, Lesotho

Maliba Lodge is the first and only 5 star lodge in Lesotho.  Situated deep inside the Maluti Mountains in the Ts’ehlanyane National Park, you are totally surrounded by mountains at the remote establishment.

5-star Mountain Chalets, 3-Star suits, and camping are available for the weekend of the Lesotho Ultra.

Maliba Lodge is the host venue for the Lesotho Ultra.