The Man Bush Walk

Unua to Lawa (S.W. Bay)

This hike is featured in Lonely Planet.  There are a couple of options after you reach Labongbong, the one we took was a hilly hike to Lawa.  There is also a longer, flatter road that takes two days to reach Wintua.  It is best to hike with local guides.

Man Bush Walk

 

Day One:

Unua to Melken

 

9.32 km

Elevation 94 meters

 

Time

Walking:         2 hr. 15 min.

Resting:          30 min.

Total                2 hr. 45 min.

 

 

 

 

Notes:

Easy walk.  The road is good and clear.  The village is currently working to widen the road so that trucks can pass.  You cross the Paunkumu 12 times, so a lot of river crossings.  Most crossings are shallow, rarely over thigh high.  Heavy rains could make the road unpassable.

 

Accomodation:

Stayed at the Melken woman's club.  Simple.  Mats were placed on the floor for bedding, and food was included.  Only 100 vatu per person.

 

Day Two:

Melken to Labongbong

 

17.39 km

Elevation 840 meters (finish at 540 m)

 

Time

Walking:         6 hrs.

Resting:          2 hrs.

Total               8 hrs.

 

 

Notes:

Difficult.  One very steep climb that gains over 500 meters of elevation very quickly.  There are some river crossings early on, and also areas with soft mud.  There is a fresh water source after the big climb.

 

Day Three:

Labongbong to Lawa

 

15.19 km

 

Time

Walking:         5 hr. 30 min.

Resting:          1 hr.

Total                6 hr. 30 min.

 

 

Notes:

Moderate to Difficult.  Lots of mud.  Three climbs, including one steep one after you cross the Matanoi river.  Gains 300 meters of elevation in less than a kilometer.  There is a large waterfall at the river, which is amazing.  After Lawa we chartered a boat (1,500 vatu) and slept in a small village near Wintua.