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The Kokoda Track - Reverse Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Travel to Papua New Guinea and hike along the challenging and humbling Kokoda Trail.
Answer the call of the Kokoda Trail. Hike through dense rainforest, breathtaking scenery and slippery streams on this historic, humbling and challenging trek, and pay respects to the brave men and women who gave their lives on this merciless route in times of war. Begin the adventure in Port Moresby before undertaking seven days of hiking through the steamy Papua New Guinea forest. Meet friendly locals along the way, test your personal stamina and witness the site of one of the bloodiest battles for Australian troops in World War II. A prevailing testament to mateship, endurance, and the courage of the human spirit, the Kokoda Trail is a once-in-a lifetime experience for anyone who is up for the challenge.
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Welcome to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea’s unique capital. Perhaps take a lazy stroll along the shore of the Gulf of Papua or put your feet up, open a South Pacific lager and rest and relax before tomorrow's big journey!
After meeting your friendly guides and porters, begin the steep climb up to Owers Corner. Take on the Golden Staircase, a long-lost staircase that was used to transport artillery and other supplies from Port Moresby. Wade through a few rivers before reaching Va’Ule Creek, where your camp site awaits.
Start your day by wading though a myriad of river and creek crossings on the hike to Ioribaiwa. Stop at quiet New Nauro village for a quick break before tackling the Nine False Peaks towards the top of Maguli Ridge. At Nauro, take a refreshing dip in the nearby stream and warm up next to a camp fire before collapsing into bed.
Set off to Menari Ridge for some spectacular views of Brigade Hill. Be welcomed by local Menari villagers - including one of the three last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - and spend the night sharing stories.
Walk to the top of Brigade Hill and, on a clear day, see across to Mt Victoria - the highest mountain in the region. Head towards Mission Ridge following the path taken by the retreating Australian soldiers, which ultimately lead to the ambush on top of Brigade Hill. At Efogi, hear the fascinating story of the ‘bone collector’ and buy some organic fruit from local sellers. Meet the Siosi family and spend the evening in their celebrated guesthouse.
Leave the friendly village of Efogi for a challenging day of trekking. Knees will ache, legs will hurt, but your soul will be lifted knowing that you have passed the halfway point and are close to completing this mammoth journey.
Continue on to the highest point of the trek, Mt Bellamy, and appreciate the hostile terrain that Australian, Japanese and American troops traversed, often under fire. Take in the spectacular vistas of the entire mountain range, before heading towards Templeton’s Crossing II.
Follow the narrow ridge past Templeton’s Crossing, a former Australian supply facility that became a burial ground during the battle of Iora Creek. Cross the pristine mountain streams of Iora Creek and visit the site of a memorial engraved with the words ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance.’
Unwind from the challenges of the last nine days with an incredible valley view, before strolling through sprawling palm oil and rubber tree plantations. On completing the trail, take one final opportunity to contemplate the sacrifices made on this arduous route by visiting the Kokoda Memorial and war museum.
Return to Port Moresby, stopping by the Bomana War Cemetery – the final resting place of 3,600 brave soldiers. Afterwards, wave goodbye to new friends and farewell the humbling, heroic and completely unforgettable Kokoda Trek.
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