Day 7: Menari Village to Ofi Creek
After Reveille, breakfast and pack-up your trek leader will check your welfare then give you a detailed briefing of the day ahead where we cross the Brown River and the Maguli Range.
We trek down to Emune River at 825m AMSL then begin a steep climb up to the Menari Gap in the Ladavi Saddle at 1105m AMSL. We then follow the trail down to the Nauro Lookout at 1035m AMSL then continue down to Hehomuri Creek (known as 5 Creeks) at the base of the Ladavi Saddle at 760m AMSL.
From here we enter the Nauro swamp area (also known as the Brown River Catchment Area because it is the source of water for the Port Moresby area at the bottom of the range). We continue trekking to Agulogo Creek at 730m AMSL for morning tea.
We then trek to the Brown River at 700m AMSL then continue through the Nauro swamp area via Hamuduri Creek to the base of the Maguli Range. From here we commence a steep climb to Nauro Village (formerly known as Wamal) at 1000m AMSL for lunch.
After lunch we continue our climb over a number of ‘false’ crests to the top of the Maguli Range (known as Mogolonumu) at 1335m AMSL. After a short break we trek down over numerous false crests on Engineers Ridge (named after the sappers who cut 3,400 steps up the mountain) to a Japanese defensive position at 915m AMSL for a briefing.
After the briefing we continue trekking down to our campsite at Ofi Creek which is 600m AMSL.