Travel to Papua New Guinea and hike the Kokoda Track

As far as travel experiences go, Kokoda is among the most unique. A world away from the sun-blessed beaches and glittering cities of Asia and Oceania, the route from Kokoda station to Owers Corner is slippery, steep and steamy at the best of times. But travellers don’t come to Kokoda for a holiday, they come for the chance to challenge their body and their spirit, and to pay their respects to the brave men and women who gave their lives on this merciless route in 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 sheer difficulty of the trek make the Kokoda Track a once-in-a lifetime experience for anyone who is up for the challenge.

Start
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Finish
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Countries
Papua New Guinea
Themes
Explorer, Walking
Code
TGRK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit the Bomana War Cemetery

Itinerary

Arrive in Papua New Guinea’s unique capital, a former colonial settlement that sits on the shores of the Gulf of Papua. Those seeking to get to know their fellow trekkers have the option of an introductory dinner in one of Port Moresby’s multicultural restaurants.
Take a short, spectacularly scenic flight over the jungle canopies and craggy peaks of the Owen Stanley Range. Touch down at the Kokoda Station and enjoy free time to visit the Kokoda War Memorial or escape from the sticky heat with a dip in a jungle stream.
Strap on some sturdy boots and stride out on the first leg of the legendary Kokoda Track. Ease into the hike with a stroll through palm oil and rubber tree plantations before enjoying fabulous views over the Kokoda Valley on a steep climb to the village of Isurava.
Begin the day with a stirring visit to the Isurava Battlefield, the site of a memorial engraved with the words ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance.’ Contemplate these virtues on the way to Iora Creek, crossing pristine mountain streams and following a narrow ridge toward Templeton’s Crossing - a former Australian supply facility that became a burial ground for those who lost their lives during the battle of Iora Creek.
Reach the highest point of the trek, Mt Bellamy, and begin to appreciate the difficult terrain that Australian, Japanese and American troops endured, often under fire. After enjoying jaw-dropping views over the entire mountain range, continue along the steep, muddy paths toward Digger’s Camp, taking a walk to a nearby airstrip in the afternoon.
Embark on yet another challenging day of trekking, heading downhill toward the friendly village of Efogi. On arrival, be sure to nourish the senses by sampling some fresh, organically grown fruit.
Rise early for the journey to Mission Ridge, following the path taken by retreating Australian soldiers that ultimately led them into the ambush at Brigade Hill. Look back toward Mt Bellamy and imagine what it must have been like to see 10,000 Japanese soldiers advancing toward the hill. Descend to Menari and be welcomed by the local villagers, including one of the last three remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. Continue on to Nauro and end the day relaxing around a warm campfire.
Grit the teeth and push on through the ‘Nine False Peaks’, a series of steep ascents that will challenge the body and the spirit. Reach Iorbaiwa, the final stronghold of the Japanese, in the afternoon. On a clear day, it is possible to glimpse Port Moresby in the distance.
Get the feet wet by wading across a total of 9 rivers on the way to Va'Ule creek. From here, tackle the ‘Golden Staircase’, the site of a long-lost staircase that was used to transport artillery and other supplies from Port Moresby. Make the final push to Owers Corner and feel the rush of completing the Kokoda Trail. On the return to Port Moresby, take one final opportunity to contemplate the sacrifices made on this arduous route by visiting Bomana War Cemetery – the final resting place of 3600 brave soldiers.
Spend a final morning in Port Moresby before saying farewell to one of the hardest and humbling journeys in recent history.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport
Plane, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Village Hut (7 nights)

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Important notes

1. Strict luggage limits apply. Please see trip notes (What to Take section) for details.
2. A personal porter is not included in the tour cost but can be hired to carry your main kit. We recommend you organise this prior to travel. Please speak to your travel agent for details.
3. Airport transfers are included, please advise flight details at time of booking.

Trip notes

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