TREK THE KOKODA TRAIL
TREK THE KOKODA TRAIL
11 Day trek from $4,495
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
11 DAYS 2 - 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

ABOUT KOKODA

 

Kokoda is as significant as Gallipoli, for it was said the legend and spirit of the ANZACs was created in Turkey in WW1, but reaffirmed in Papua New Guinea on the Kokoda Track in WW2.

This is every Australian’s dream and an adventure of a lifetime. Trek Kokoda and you’ll not only get to experience a destination that’s inundated with military history, but a land that’s vastly diverse in the world with over 850 different languages and thousands of ethnic tribes. On the trek, you’ll follow in the footsteps of thousands of Australian who fought to save Australia against the invading Japanese in WW2.

 

Over 1,600 were killed, and as twice as many were wounded during the Kokoda Campaign in 1942. You’ll get the opportunity to tour battles sites from Imita Ridge to Kokoda, still riddled with war relics, fighting pits and burial sites. You’ll also tour the famous Bomana War Cemetery at the start of the trek before trekking from Owers’ Corner in the south to Kokoda station in the north. The walk will take you through towering and majestic tropical rainforests of the Owen Stanley Range, up great mountain ranges, down razorback ridges, through swampy flats and across raging rivers.

You’ll camp the night in beautiful villages and jungle campsites, inhabited by lovely Koiari and Oro Kaiva locals – descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, courageous local war carriers who helped move supplies and evacuate wounded Australians during the fighting along the Kokoda Track.

Apart from the military history, it’s an adventure full of unique challenges and surprises, that’ll test your physical and mental strength, and pit your wits against others in adversity. After you complete the trek, you’ll be full of praise, satisfaction and accomplishments for having completed one of the toughest treks in the world and an icon of Australian participation in WW2.

Tour Highlights
  • A tailormade training program, walks, gear expedition night and workshop.
  • Walk the infamous Kokoda Track in PNG under an expert Australian Trek Leader.
  • Tour Bomana War Cemetery to pay respects at the graves of Australian servicemen.
  • Tour famous battle sites and leWarn about the battles of Kokoda in WW2.
  • Give back to the lovely locals and communities for helping Australians in WW2.
  • Camp in beautiful villages and campsites gird by mountains and impenetrable jungle.
  • Enjoy the challenge that is Kokoda and kick a goal on your bucket list.

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA

  • When
    :

    2 – 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

  • What
    :

    HISTORY AND CULTURE, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, WALKING AND HIKING

Itinerary

Met on arrival and private transfer to your very comfortable accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel complex features restaurants, comfortable bar areas, a swimming pool, and modern fully air-conditioned rooms with all facilities.
A Team briefing is held this afternoon to discuss final preparations for your trek. Early evening Team dinner, then off for a good nights’ sleep to prepare for your early morning departure.

Depart Port Moresby for Owers’ Corner. Enroute, you meet your trek Crew before taking a quick tour of Bomana war cemetery to pay your final respects to those who died to protect Australia from a possible invasion.
Your first days’ walk includes crossing the Famous Goldie River and after lunch, the steep ascent and descent of Imita Ridge.  It was on Imita Ridge that the Australians dug in for what they thought was to be their last stand against the advancing Japanese forces.  Only days before, the Australians had been blasted out of their hurriedly dug defences above Ofi Creek on Irobaiwa Ridge, by a well located Japanese mountain gun. The Australians then retreated to Imita Ridge and were now not prepared to give another inch. It was at this point that the Japanese forces were ordered to retreat and the second phase of the Kokoda campaign commenced which involved the Aussies pushing the Japanese back onto the northern beaches where they had landed 6 months earlier. Thick Jungle enclose the Track today. A beautiful walk, but you will be glad you trained hard in your preparations.

After breakfast, we commence the ascent of Irobaiwa Ridge and the steep descent to Ofi Creek.  After a refreshing swim in the creek, we commence the long ascent of the southern slopes of the Maguli Range, followed by a short descent to Nauro Village which is half way down the northern slopes of the range. As the Australians retreated, ascending and descending the long, never ending slopes of the Maguli Range broke the heart of many an exhausted soldier.

We complete the descent of the southern slope of the Maguli Range and enter the swampy land of the Brown River flood plain. Depending on water levels our crossing of the Brown River is always exhilarating and fun. From the flood plains it is a short steep ascent and descent to Menari Village.

Start the day with a short, gradual descent to the base of Brigade Hill.  It is then a slow haul up the northern approaches to the summit of Brigade Hill. Here you will have lunch and a short commemorative service will be held honouring all the soldiers who fought and died on Brigade Hill and along the Kokoda Track.  An easy but long walk down the northern slopes to a beautiful campsite and creek at Efogi Village.

A short steep walk straight up from your campsite to our home village, Naduri.  You  will arrive before lunch allowing time to wash clothes and rest. The Sabbath commences at 6PM this evening if it’s a Friday and your crew will be involved in some Church activities.

Today you cross the Kokoda saddle the highest point of our trek at 2190 metres. If time permits and the weather and conditions are right, you may be able to travel via the Myola lakes. Once you cross the Kokoda Gap, you descend into Eora Creek valley on the northern side of the Owen Stanley range. The campsite is beautifully located on the side of this fast running creek.

From your campsite deep in the bottom of this narrow steep sided valley, you trek on to inspect a large Australian army munitions dump site and the Japanese positions in the Eora Creek Forest Fort.
After you explore the lower areas of the fort, it is a long but relatively easy trek through thick forest and a short steep ascent to Alola Village. It is then a relatively easy walk to a beautiful camp site at the Isurava Battle field memorial.

It is a long continuous descent all day where the trek takes you past Deniki. You head past Deniki and arrive on the valley floor, and enjoy a refreshing swim and a bit of washing in the creek at Hoi Village, where you camp on your second last night.
Tonight, you’ll get the opportunity to farewell your Crew as it’s your last night with them in camp before you depart the next day.

Up early for your final walk to the end of your trek at Kokoda Station. There is time to inspect the museum and the battle area before you leave by truck for Popondetta airport, approximately 4 hours’ drive towards the coast. Here you board a scheduled Air Niugini or PNG Air flight back to Port Moresby. It’s your last night at your hotel and you leave the country the next day.
The evening is spent to clean up and prepare for your last dinner together with everyone on your trek. Your certificate of completion will be awarded to you at dinner tonight.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    11 Day trek
    $4,495 pp

    INCLUSIONS

    • Comprehensive, tailored training programme.
    • Kokoda Trek Permit
    • Expert Australian Trek Leader
    • Experienced PNG Local Guide
    • Tour of the Bomana War Cemetery near Port Moresby
    • Guided Tours of Battle Sites along the Kokoda Track
    • Village Stays and Opportunity to Meet with the Locals
    • Reception on Arrival in Port Moresby
    • Reception and Airport Transfers in Port Moresby
    • Transit 4-Star Hotel Accommodation at Holiday Inn Express, Port Moresby (incl. dinner, breakfast and free Wi-Fi)
    • Trek safety and Administrative Briefs
    • Village Guesthouse and Jungle Campsite Accommodation
    • Supplied Brand New 2-Man Tent
    • Food and Equipment Porters
    • Trek Rations and Cooking
    • Delicious PNG & Western-style Meals
    • Water Resupply Plan
    • First Aid Support and Medevac Plan
    • State-of-the Art Satellite and Backup Communications
    • Daily Trek Updates on Social Media
    • Road Transport and Domestic Flight post trek

    NOT INCLUDED

    • International Flights
    • Visa and Passport
    • Spending Money
    • Alcohol and Beverages
    • Local Museum Fees

     

    MEDICAL CHECK AND TRAVEL INSURANCE*
    Everyone on the trip must have travel insurance that can cover them for medevac and hospitalisations at very short notice on the Kokoda Track and in PNG. You must have a complete a medical check by your GP to be deemed healthy and fit to do Kokoda

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS
    Personal Porter – highly recommended (surcharge of $389.00 per person*)
    Backpacks – ASK US FOR ADVICE
    – EXTRA NIGHT PRE TREK IN PORT MORESBY to acclimatise – $279.00 pp TWIN SHARE Trek Photos and Video – $79.00 pp*

     

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