We say good-bye to Offi Creek early this morning and we commence a steep upward climb up “Japanese ladder.” This was a stairway built by the Japanese troops, cutting steps into the clayey soil to climb down a very steep slope from Maguli Range. We trek past Japanese campsites and trenches as we climb Japanese ladder until we reach Station 88 – About 1050 meters above sea level – This was a site for the Advancing Australian wartime carriers camp.
We will see the Australian engineer’s campsite, where the 2/16th battalion ambushed Japanese Advance party during the Australian withdrawal.
We continue to climb a steep slope to the top of Maguli range, about 1320 meters above sea level. As we descend, we trek down the infamous 9 false peaks with an open view to the beautiful mountain ranges overlooking the Nauro Valley. We will follow the trek along the spectacular Blue Mountains of Manari and Efogi.
After a short break, we trek down to the old wartime village of Nauro. After lunch, we take a short trek to Amuduri campsite and continue to the mighty Brown river, where we cross this fast-flowing river by foot, as there are no log bridges to cross. From here, we follow a swampy flat land to Avulogo campsite where we have lunch. After lunch, we climb a steep slope to the top of Manari Gap, about 1130 meters, with spectacular views to Manari Village, Mt. Tamata and Mt. Victoria.
From here we climb down Manari Ridge through slopes to Manari village and overnight. We will walk past Japanese wartime trenches or pits. Manari is located about 850 meters above sea level and is a famous wartime village.
An early wake up is required today and our trek will require at least 10 hours of walking.
Village Hut (1 night)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner