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We refer to walking the Kokoda Track as “The Great Pilgrimage”, an adventure that takes you to one of Australia’s most significant WWII battle sites and engages you in that history. Walking the Kokoda Track will take you back to another time when there was the danger that Australia could be invaded by the seemingly unstoppable Imperial Japanese Army. This trek will provide you with a great appreciation of the conditions that Australian Diggers had to endure, as well as gaining an understanding of local living conditions and cultures and the Owen Stanley Ranges natural wonders. 

To walk the Kokoda Track involves 50 hours of hiking over 90km of sharp, timbered ridges, fast-flowing rivers, and steep-sided valleys. You will discover wide varieties of flora and fauna and vantage points along the Track will reveal stunning mountain landscapes. Trekkers pass through local villages that are inhabited by descendants of the wartime ‘fuzzy wuzzy angels’, living traditional easy-going lifestyles, always providing a warm welcome to those who pass through.

 

Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track

We refer to walking the Kokoda Track as “The Great Pilgrimage”, an adventure that takes you to one of Australia’s most significant WWII battle sites and engages you in that history. Walking the Kokoda Track will take you back to another time when there was the danger that Australia could be invaded by the seemingly unstoppable Imperial Japanese Army. This trek will provide you with a great appreciation of the conditions that Australian Diggers had to endure, as well as gaining an understanding of local living conditions and cultures and the Owen Stanley Ranges natural wonders. 

To walk the Kokoda Track involves 50 hours of hiking over 90km of sharp, timbered ridges, fast-flowing rivers, and steep-sided valleys. You will discover wide varieties of flora and fauna and vantage points along the Track will reveal stunning mountain landscapes. Trekkers pass through local villages that are inhabited by descendants of the wartime ‘fuzzy wuzzy angels’, living traditional easy-going lifestyles, always providing a warm welcome to those who pass through.

 

Duration

11 days

Price

£2,595

Difficulty

Very difficult

Day by Day

Highlights:

  • Walk one of the most famous tracks in the world
  • Understand what Australian soldiers endured during WWII
  • Amazing terrain and river crossings (great swimming)
  • Walkthrough the most pristine rain forests in the world
  • Wonderful people with beautiful singing voices
  • Undertake something that will push your body and spirit to new levels

Day 1:  Port Moresby

Arrive at Port Moresby and be transferred to the hotel. Pre-expedition briefing by your guide. 

Day 2: Kokoda

Depart Port Moresby 0700am on Airlines PNG flight to either Kokoda or Popondetta (30 minutes). If you decided to fly into Popondetta, we travel along the same road that the Japanese Imperial Force once used to reach Kokoda Village, including the crossing of the infamous Kumusi River. For those who decide to fly into Kokoda, we need to cross the airfield to Kokoda Village. This is where you will have the chance to visit the war museum and walk on the cigar-shaped battle-field that was Kokoda.

Our expert guide and porter team will introduce themselves and will spend the next 8 days with us. They are there to set up camp, carry our food, tents, and safety equipment and overall ensure that we have a safe and pleasurable trek.  

We will then trek via beautiful Hoi village and through the plantations, towards Deniki. The going is relatively easy, all except a steep 45-minute trek up to our destination. We will set up our camp, have lunch, and then a delicious dinner before bed. 

Day 3: Alola

Once finished with breakfast we head for Alola via the Isurava Battlefield memorial. Australian Prime Minister John Howard opened the memorial in August 2002 to commemorate 60 years since a violent four-day battle was fought there in 1942. We will stop for lunch there and then continue on with our hike – descending and ascending many hills that finally take us to Alola. From here you can see across to Abuari Village. After a fresh pasta and damper meal, it’s off to bed. 

Day 4: Templeton’s One

9-hour hike from Alola via Eora Creek to Templeton’s Crossing 1, located at the base of Mt Bellamy. Prepare for a long but extremely interesting day, with both natural and historical points of interest.

Day 5: Home Village Kagi & Mt Bellamy

An 8-hour trek today from Templeton’s 1 to our home village of Kagi. We will be ascending Mt Bellamy today, recognised as the highest point of the Kokoda Track (2190m). Brilliant views at the Kokoda Gap Lookout. We take a diversion off the Track towards Myola 1 and descend to Kagi village where the locals are there to greet us. A very well deserved, flavoursome meal is had tonight.

Day 6: Rest in the Village

Today is the Sabbath for the Seventh Day Adventists. If you wish, we will join them in a church service to witness how they pray and to listen to their singing. Following on from that, we will take a relaxed stroll to a local natural wonder and let our muscles rest before tomorrow’s trek.

Day 7: Menari

Today is another long day. Hike from Kagi to Menari Village. In the morning you will climb Brigade Hill and begin a steep descent to Menari Village which will be tough going on your feet and legs. Prepare for a good sleep tonight.

Day 8: Naoro Village

(5 hours) Hike from Menari to Naoro Village. Once climbing a steep saddle we will be descending and passing through a number of river crossings to Naoro  Village. This provides a good opportunity to river surf down the Brown River.

Day 9: Wa-Ule Creek

 (7 hours) Hike from Naoro to Waule Creek. You will be climbing through open grasslands to mount the Maguli Range and descend to Ofi Creek and Wa-ule Creek campsite. 

Day 10: Ower’s Corner

A shorter day today (4-5 hours). Hike from Waule Creek to Ower’s Corner. We will make a number of river crossings and take a steep climb up Imita Ridge. We will be descending down what is known as The Golden Stairs on the other side of the ridge which will take us down to Goldie River. After wading through the river the Kokoda Track ends with one final steep ascent to Ower’s Corner. We will arrive there in the early afternoon and a 4WD vehicle with a picnic and cold drinks will be waiting for us. Drive to Bomana War Cemetry to Port Moresby then dropped at the hotel. The night is spent dining with our guides, porters, and other friends that you will have likely met on the Kokoda Track.  

Day 11: Flight Home

Transfer from the hotel to your flight home or next destination. 

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Kokoda Track
Kokoda Track

Booking Process

For many trips, especially tailormade and private trips, we will already be in contact, however if you are interested in joining a group trip, booking your place is simple:

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