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Papua New Guinea – Kokoda Trail

Join this small group adventure heading to Papua New Guinea to trek the 96km Kokoda Trail and undertake one of the most physically and mentally challenging journeys of your life.

The Papua New Guinea Kokoda trail was the scene of one of the bloodiest Australian battles of World War II. But in the 70 years since, the dense green and beautiful landscape has come to symbolize challenge, courage, dedication, and cooperation.  All of which are need to successfully conquer the trail.  Begin the adventure in Port Moresby before undertaking seven days of steamy trekking through the dense Papua New Guinea heat.

Highlights:

  • Trek with a local cooperative that directly benefits local villages and communities
  • Follow the footsteps of the soldiers who fought to defend Port Moresby from the Japanese in 1942.
  • Explore the Kokoda Memorial and War Museum
  • Get history lessons from a local who will accompany the group
  • Spend time in the remote villages that dot the trail
  • Visit Bomana War Cemetery, the resting place for 3,600 Australian soldiers

The journey begins in Port Moresby with a chance to rest, acclimate, and meet the rest of your group.  A short but spectacular flight over the peaks and jungle canopies of the Owen Stanley Range brings you to Popondetta and on to Kokoda. The start of the trek point is rather remote and requires travel over dirt roads and a few creek crossings.

The first full day of trekking takes you to Isurava village. Along the way you’ll have your first steep ascent as well as your first stunning vista from Deniki village. After sleeping at 1100 metres, the second day takes you to Templeton’s Crossing II.  At the Isurava battlefield you’ll break near a moving memorial built by the Australian Government.

The early days of the trip take you through lush and beautiful rainforest.  Creek crossings are also common and a welcome respite from the heat.  Day three takes you to Mount Bellamy, which is the highest point of the trek.  It’s 2200 metres and has breath-taking views of the Owen Stanley Range. There’s a bit of descending to do from Mt Bellamy to the village of Naduri, and on to Efogi.

The week continues in this pattern, steep ascents, quick descents, wonderful villages and locals, and unbelievable views.  You’ll see Mount Victoria, meet the descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, climb Menari Ridge, cross the Brown River, and tackle the Nine False Peaks.

The journey winds down with 14 crossings of Uaule Creek and a descent down the Golden Staircase. The last day is also one of the most strenuous and takes you to Owers’ Corner and then a transport back to Port Moresby.

This is a strenuous trek that requires a high level of fitness.  There will be long and physically demanding days throughout the trek. Expect steep climbs, slippery landscape and high altitudes. through a diverse variety of landscapes.  Its a great opportunity to test your limits, explore a region with a fascinating history.  Enquire today to learn more.

Itinerary

Day 1: Port Moresby

Your adventure begins in the capital of Port Moresby. An airport arrival transfer is included. Attend a pre-trip briefing this evening at 6 pm to meet your fellow travellers, trek leader and local trekking crew. This may be followed by an optional dinner together (at your own expense).
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

AMENITIES: Our hotel in Port Moresby has internet access (not included in the room rate). There are only very limited places along the Kokoda Track where there will be mobile phone reception so we advise you not to bring a phone on the trek.

COSTS: Please note that costs in PNG are surprisingly high. You should budget AUD 60-100 per day per person for meals and expenses while in Port Moresby.

RUCKSACKS:
Rucksack hire is included in trip costs. It will be a 35 litre, relatively waterproof rucksack. Just bring your daypack and regular luggage and repack your belongings into the rucksack provided tonight.

Day 2: Kokoda

This morning take a short, spectacularly scenic flight over the jungle canopies and craggy peaks of the Owen Stanley Range to Popondetta on a commercial flight operated by Air Niugini/Airlines PNG.

The flight takes approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival into Popondetta we take a private van to Kokoda, the starting point of our trek (approx. 5-6 hours). The distance is less than 100km, but due to the road conditions and terrain mean it is quite the journey. The ride starts with bitumen roads, but then encounters a number of creek crossings and corrugated dirt roads for the remainder of the trip.

On arrival in Kokoda, be welcomed by our local trekking team and introduced to personal and food porters.

You will have time to explore and visit the Kokoda Memorial and War Museum either today or tomorrow. Lunch and dinner will be provided by the trekking team and served at the guesthouse. Kokoda is a hot and humid place, but there’s a nearby river to cool off in. Weather, arrvival time and group dependent, we may trek as far as Hoi (2-3 hours) or Deniki (4-6 hours) today or tomorrow.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Included Activities:

Kokoda – Kokoda Memorial
Kokoda – Kokoda War Museum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Isurava

Commence the first full day of trekking by heading to Isurava village. Begin with a flat walk through rows of palm oil and rubber tree plantations, passing through Kovelo and Hoi villages before the first steep ascent up the Owen Stanley Range. Deniki village is 900 metres above sea level and on arrival you’re greeted with spectacular views across the Kokoda Valley.

Continue on, passing through choko gardens planted by local villagers and by water holes where you can fill up your bottle. Your trek leader or porters will let you know the best fill-up points.

Spend the night at Isurava, which is 1,100 metres above sea level. The village has been relocated several times since World War II, but now sits in a tranquil location with good access to water and sunshine.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Included Activities: Kokoda – Kokoda Track trek with personal porter

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Templeton’s Crossing II

The trek to Templeton’s Crossing II begins with a hike to the famous Isurava battlefield, where you’ll stop for a break. A powerful memorial built by the Australian Government commemorates the qualities of ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance’.

The trek continues for about two hours to the village of Alola, which sits on the mountainside overlooking Iora Valley and Auberi.

The remainder of the trek to Templeton’s Crossing takes roughly five hours. This leg of the walk passes through lush rainforest and past creeks and rivers that feed directly out of mountain springs. Follow the hilly trail to Iora Creek, where you’ll enjoy a short break and can freshen up in the river.

It takes a further three hours to reach Templeton’s Crossing. Upon arrival, settle into our cooperative guesthouse and perhaps swim in the fast-flowing creek. Around the guesthouse, iron rods symbolise the sites where fallen soldiers once lay.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Diggers Camp

A tough day of trekking is ahead of you today, as you climb to the highest point of the trek at Mount Bellamy. The summit is 2,200-metres above sea level and provides some spectacular views across the Owen Stanley Ranges. The track towards Digger’s Camp can be challenging, especially in wet conditions. It’s not too steep, but can be muddy and slippery. Be sure to stay close to your personal porter and follow his every step.

At Digger’s Camp stay at the local village campsite, set among lush rainforest. It can get cold at night so be sure to bring base layers. After checking in, take a walk to Myola where Australian troops once dropped in supplies during the war. This is an expanse of grassland scored with winding creeks.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Efogi

Today’s hike takes about six hours. Head towards the northern face of Mt Bellamy, which offers impressive views. The trek to Naduri is a long and steady descent through a lot of open Kunai grassland.

After a short break at Naduri, walk the steep and slippery trail towards Efogi I. Enjoy a well-deserved break on arrival. The villagers sell a range of local fruits and foods, so be sure to carry small change with you to purchase organically grown produce. Continue on the one-hour descent to Efogi II, which is short but exhausting. It will be the middle of the day and there isn’t a lot of canopy protection, so make sure you keep hydrated and protected from the sun.

Upon arrival into Efogi II, be greeted by local villagers and welcomed by the Siosi family, the owners of the cooperative guesthouse you’ll stay in. Efogi II is the largest of the Koiari villages along the trail with an estimated population of 400-500 people.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Menari

Start early this morning to make the climb up to Mission Ridge. From here there are views over Mt Bellamy, Efogi I and II and the Kagi villages. The walk to Brigade Hill from Efogi II takes 1-2 hours. Glorious views can be enjoyed from the top. On a clear day, you can see right across to Mount Victoria, the highest mountain in the region.

After a long break head down the back of Mission Ridge, which is a steep and sometimes slippery path. From there it’s a 40-minute climb to Menari village. In Menari, be welcomed by the local villagers, including descendents of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels – local villagers who assisted the allied soldiers as they defended the territory against the Japanese.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Nauro

Kick start the day with a one-and-a-half-hour climb to the top of Menari Ridge to enjoy panoramic views towards Nauro and Brigade Hill. After a short break, tackle the steep and sometimes slippery trail down the back of the ridge for about an hour. From here enter Nauro Valley and cross the Brown River.

Today is a relatively short walk. The trail can be swampy and unpleasant during the rains, but for most trekkers it should be a comfortable walk. In the evening, stay at a guesthouse in Old Nauro. Bathe in a stream before enjoying a campfire.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Uaule

Tackle the Nine False Peaks to the top of Maguli Ridge this morning. This involves roughly three hours of serious uphill trekking, with a rest break in New Nauro village. From the top of the ridge, make the first of many descents today, with a rest stop at Jap’s Ladder. Continue on towards Ofi Creek.

At Ofi Creek, take another break and continue on to historic Ioribaiwa. It was here that the Japanese troops fought their final victorious battle against the Australians before withdrawing. Your journey continues down the steep Ioribaiwa Ridge before picking your way across nine river and creek crossings to Uaule Creek. This is where the group will set up camp for the night.
Accommodation: Village Hut (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Owers’ Corner/Port Moresby

In the morning, expect wet boots from the outset as you traverse Uaule Creek’s 14 crossings. Continue with a trek up the back of Imita Ridge for about one-and-a-half hours. From here, trek down what was once known as the Golden Staircase. This was built by Australian troops during the war to transport artillery and supplies from Port Moresby.

Today is a long day of trekking and a good example of why trekkers must be mentally and physically prepared for this arduous walk. From Goodwater, push on for close to three hours towards Goldie River before climbing the final hill of the trek to Owers’ Corner. You have walked the Kokoda Track!

Be met at Owers’ Corner and transferred back to Port Moresby. Along the way visit Bomana War Cemetery, where 3,600 Australian soldiers were laid to rest at the end of World War II. In the evening, meet the trekking team for a drink at the hotel. This is a great way to wind down and reflect on your trekking adventure.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Port Moresby – Bomana War Cemetary

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Port Moresby

The trip ends in Port Moresby this morning after breakfast. There are no activities included on this day and you’re free to depart at any time. A departure transfer is included in the cost of your trip – please reconfirm your flight details and departure time with your leader.
Included Activities: Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer

Meals Included: Breakfast

More Details

Important notes

  1. This is a very physically & mentally challenging trip. Travellers MUST be in exceptional physical health to undertake this trip. A Passenger Self Assessment form is required when booking this trip.
  2. Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Packing for details.
  3. Return airport transfers are included. In order for us to arrange pick up you must advise flight details at time of booking.
  4. Special Anzac Day departures operate on 15 April & 24 April. Dawn Service will be attended on 25 April (Anzac Day)
  5. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted.
  6. A rucksack (to be carried by your porter, included in the trip price), day pack (to be carried by you) and trekking poles for use on the trek are all included in your trip cost.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Due to the strenuous nature of the trek, the minimum age for this trip is 18 years old. Bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted.
  • You will be required to complete a Passenger Self-Assessment form for this trip. Please complete this and send to the trip operator or your travel agent once you have booked your trip.
  • You will also need to conduct your own physical training program so that you are fully prepared and fit enough to tackle this trek. The physical challenges of the Kokoda Track are immense. Expect long, demanding days of hiking through steep, sometimes slippery terrain, often to points of high altitude and under a hot sun.
  • The accommodation whilst on the trek is basic and multi share, often in communal village huts. Please note that you will be sharing a mixed gender sleeping space.
  • Travellers don’t come to Kokoda for a holiday. They come to challenge their body and spirit, and to pay their respects to the brave men and women who gave their lives on this merciless route during times of war. To travel to Kokoda is to understand that, no matter how deep the jungle, or how steep the trail, courage and mateship will always prevail. Although Australians hear the call of Kokoda the loudest, the friendly smiles of passing locals, the promise of new friends and the challenge of the trek make the Kokoda Track a once-in-a lifetime experience for anyone who is up for the challenge.

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts), Village Hut/Camping (8 nts)

Transport

Plane, Private Vehicle

   

Dates and Prices

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Fri 4 Aug 2017 – Mon 14 Aug 2017: 2,068 GBP
Fri 1 Sep 2017 – Mon 11 Sep 2017: 2,635 GBP
Fri 6 Oct 2017 – Mon 16 Oct 2017: 2,585 GBP
Sun 15 Apr 2018 – Wed 25 Apr 2018: 2,680 GBP
Tue 24 Apr 2018 – Fri 4 May 2018: 2,680 GBP
Wed 2 May 2018 – Sat 12 May 2018: 2,680 GBP
Fri 8 Jun 2018 – Mon 18 Jun 2018: 2,680 GBP
Fri 6 Jul 2018 – Mon 16 Jul 2018: 2,680 GBP
Fri 3 Aug 2018 – Mon 13 Aug 2018: 2,680 GBP

What is included

Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport: Plane, Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), Village Hut/Camping (8 nts)
Included activities:

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kokoda – Kokoda Memorial
  • Kokoda – Kokoda War Museum
  • Kokoda – Kokoda Track trek with personal porter
  • Port Moresby – Bomana War Cemetary
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer

Operator

We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their grassroots style of travel ensures the impact on the communities they visit is minimised. They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.

This operator is committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way they provide travellers with real life experiences. However, these values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in the culture and daily operations of every office and tour. In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

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