This trek is not a Battlefield Trek. There is no WWII History historian on the walk, it is operated by our local PNG Kokoda young men.

The Kokoda Trail is our most famous trek here in Papua New Guinea. It is steeped in WWII history and is an emotional and physically challenging walk. We have spent many hours on the track opening up new areas for trekkers to visit pertaining to the Kokoda campaign. Our bond with the Koiari people along the track is strong. Our sustainable development projects in the villages are ongoing and are now bringing in an income for the villagers.

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The long days include river crossings, steep and gradual ascends and descends. The 96 kilometre trek is predominately through rain forest. Usually conditions are wet and slippery as rain can be expected on most days. Temperatures range from 24-30 degrees celcius during the day and 16-24 degrees celcius at night.

This track was made famous during WWII and still bares the scars of a fierce campaign. For those of you who had loved ones fighting in PNG during WW11, this walk can be a very spiritual and emotional experience. Trekking in mud up to your knees and tricky river crossings indicates exactly the conditions under which our diggers fought.

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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TREK DEPARTURE DATE Dates listed below
TREK LENGTH 8 Days
INCLUDED
PNG Guide & Trek Leader
WWII sites along track-Optional
Visit Bomana War Cemetery
Cultural Aspects of Track
PNG Carrier Food & Equipment
PNG Carrier accommodation & repatriation
7 nights accommodation on the track
8 days food on the track
Owers Corner Road Transfers
Tents
Kokoda Track Permit
Polo Shirt & Certificate
Public Liability Insurance
Licenced PNG Tour Operator
Guide Satelite Phone & Radio
Medivac Procedures
NOT INCLUDED
Hiking equipment
Guide gratuity

Trekkers need not have an Australian connection with the track. It is the most beautiful walk, the scenery is stunning, we get to camp out and integrate with our PNG boys working for us. There is a lot of singing and telling of stories around camp fires in the evenings.

When we stay in villages your guide will take you for a walk around the village so you get to meet all our friends. They will talk to you about the PNG culture. The local people who live along the track are Koiaris. They are warm, friendly and generous people who welcome trekkers onto their land. This is a complete learning experience.

Be fit and healthy, training for this trek is necessary. Please be of half marathon fitness, be dedicated to training for this adventure. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable the trek will be.

The best time to do the track is between the end of April and the beginning of November.

Additional information

LocationBomana War Cemetery, Kokoda, Owers Corner, Port Moresby
Physicality8/10
Age12+
MonthApril, August, July, June, May, November, October, September
GroupsizeMaximum 16
Duration8 days
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Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby

On arrival at Port Moresby International Airport trekkers will transfer to their accommodation.  After checking in you will be met by our PNG Trekking Adventures representative and the group will be briefed of what is going to happen over the next 8 days. Accommodation/Airport transfers – Trekkers to arrange.

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Day 2: Port Moresby, Owers Cnr to Ua Ule Creek

Bus pick up 5:00am. 2 hours drive to Owers Corner. From here it is a 30 minute descent to Goldie River. Take boots off for this crossing. The ascent up Imita Ridge will begin now taking approximately 3 hours. From here it is down to Ua Ule Creek which is our campsite for the evening. The group will not get into camp the camp site until around 5pm. Accommodation – Campsite (LD)

Highlights

  • Golden Stairs
  • Imita Ridge
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Day 3: Ua Ule Creek to Naoro Village

Every morning the group will be walking by 6:30am. Wake up call being 5am. We will cross Ua Ule Creek approximately 7-8 times. Then it is up to Ioribaiwa Village, from here it’s a further ascent up to Ioribaiwa Ridge. This is where the Japanese were ordered by the Emperor to retreat. From here it’s a steep walk down to Ofi Creek where the group will stop for an early lunch. This afternoon it is a very long and hard ascent up onto the Maguli Range. This will take 3-4 hours before reaching Naoro Village the group’s camp for the night. This is an extremely hard long day. Accommodation – Village (BLD)

Highlights

  • Ioribaiwa Ridge
  • Ofi Creek
  • Maguli Range
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Day 4: Naoro Village to Menari Village

This morning it is a nice change the group will start by walking down the false peaks to the swamp. This is a very beautiful walk especially if it is dry. Along the way crossing the Brown River, remove boots. From the swamp the group then has to ascend up what is called “the wall” a very long hard gruelling climb onto the saddle before descending down into Menari Village, our accommodation for the night. Today is approximately 6-7 hours. Accommodation – Campsite (BLD)

Highlights

  • Swamp
  • Views from saddle
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Day 5: Menari Village to Naduri Village

Walking by 6am crossing the Menari River before we start the steep long ascent up onto Brigade Hill. This is where there is where another significant   battle of the Kokoda Campaign occurred. From here we walk down into Efogi Village where we will stop for lunch and your boys will pick up the food for the rest of the trek. From here we climb up to Launumu Village before attacking the steepest descent along the track. A scramble down to Main River before we then have the last ascent of the day, a long hard hot slog up into Naduri Village our camp for the night. Today is approximately 9 hours walking time. Accommodation – Village (BLD)

Highlights

  • Brigade Hill
  • Efogi Village
  • Launumu Village
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Day 6: Naduri Village to Templeton's 2 Camp Site

This is another extremely long day. Ascending all morning up onto Mount Bellamy the highest point we reach along the track. From the top we walk down to Templeton’s Crossing 1 where we will stop for a late lunch. We then cross Eora Creek and begin climbing onto the ridge before descending into Templeton’s Crossing 2. Approximately 10-12 hours walking time. Accommodation – Campsite (BLD)

Highlights

  • Mt Bellamy
  • Templeton’s Crossings
  • Eora Creek
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Day 7: Templeton's 2 to Isurava Memorial

This morning is of course another steep ascent out of our campsite. It is 3 ½ hours to Eora Creek Camp Site where we cross the river again. From here we trek up into Alola Village this will take 3-4 hours. It is now undulating terrain mostly downhill all the way into Kokoda. Passing Surgeons Rock, taking 45minutes to our campsite for the night Isurava Memorial. Australian Prime Minister John Howard opened Isurava in August 2002. This was the site of a significant World War 11 battle and now one of the most – sacred sites along the trail. Enjoy panoramic views of the Kokoda and Yodda valleys. approximately 9-10 hours walking time. Accommodation – Campsite (BLD)

Highlights

  • Alola Village
  • Isurava Memorial
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Day 8: Isurava Memorial to Kokoda

It is all downhill today. From the Memorial we walk an 2 1/2 hours to Isurava Village. From here descending down through the choko fields to Deneki Camp site. A further descent for an hour to Hoi Village. At last it is flat going along the track for a couple of hours finally reaching the end of your trek at Kokoda Station. Today is approximately 7-8 hours walking time. Accommodation – Campsite (BLD).

Highlights

  • Isurava Village
  • Deniki
  • Hoi
  • Kokoda
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Day 9: Kokoda, Popendetta to Port Moresby.

This morning the group will depart Kokoda Station early by truck to connect with flight to Port Moresby. Accommodation – Trekkers to arrange
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Day 10: Depart Port Moresby

Today trekkers will transfer to the International Airport to commence their journey home.

2017 Trek Dates

  • 4 June 2017 – 13 June 2017
  • 22 October 2017 – 31 October 2017

Our dates are not set in stone. We can arrange dates to suit group bookings.