The Kokoda Trail Extreme Trek is not for the faint of heart. It is hard going and requires an extra level of fitness. There are long days and it is expected that you will be walking in the dark. Although you will be accompanied by an Australian WWII historian, you will not get to spend as long at the historical sites as our Battlefield tour. This trek is designed for those that want an extreme challenge, while still getting the opportunity to experience the Kokoda Trail’s history and culture.

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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.

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 whichour diggers fought.

 

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Our guides are extremely knowledgeable about the WWII history across the track. They have all spent time exploring battlefields and found interesting side trips for our trekkers to see ammunition pits, war artifacts and areas where the Japanese and Australians dug in to fight.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TREK DEPARTURE DATE See dates listed below
TREK LENGTH 6 Day Trek plus travel days
INCLUDED
2 Nights Port Moresby Accommodation. Based on Twin Share.
Port Moresby Airport Transfers
Private Charter Flight to Kokoda
Australian Historian Guide
WWII sites along track
PNG Guide & Trek Leader
Visit Bomana War Cemetery
Cultural Aspects of Track
PNG Carrier Food & Equipment
PNG Carrier accommodation & repatriation
5 nights accommodation on the track
6 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 and maybe organize a village sing a long that evening.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.

You learn some WWII History, the culture, the people, the flora and fauna and will walk away from our country a better person for having this experience. This 6 day trek is physically challenging. Please do the training and is only suitable for extremely fit and strong trekkers. The best time to do the track is between the end of April and the beginning of November.

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Additional information

Physicality9/10
Age18+
Duration6 days
GroupsizeMaximum 8
LocationKokoda Trail Papua New Guinea
DestinationBomana War Cemetery, Kokoda Trail, Owers Corner, Port Moresby
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Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby

On arrival at Port Moresby International Airport our guests will be met by PNG Trekking Adventures representatives and transferred to their hotel. After checking in there will be a gear check followed by a briefing of what is going to happen over the next 6 days. Accommodation – Hotel

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Day 2: Kokoda to Isurava Memorial

We arrive in Kokoda from Port Moresby after a 30 minute flight. We walk 15 minutes from the airstrip to Kokoda Station and take the time to look at the small War Museum and other memorials. We start our trek here, and after an hour’s walk, will arrive at the first village of Kovelo. Another hour’s walk and we arrive at the well – organized village of Hoi. It is here that the reality hits you that the Kokoda Trail will not be easy. It is quite steep at the start; however, do not throw in the towel yet. After about four hours walking we arrive at Isurava Memorial. Isurava Memorial, which Australian Prime Minister John Howard visited in August 2002 to open this magnificent war memorial, 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. We overnight at the guesthouse or you can put your tents up. The choice is yours. 8-10 hours walking. Accommodation – Campsite (BLD)

Highlights

  • Kokoda & Museum
  • Rubber Plantations
  • Hoi
  • Deniki.
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Day 3: Isurava Memorial to Templeton's Crossing 1

We set off for the next village of Alola, and on to Iora Creek. We will visit Surgeons Rock, time permitting will view Japanese weapons pits which are situated about 10 minutes off the track. From here walk 30 minutes before we cross Iora Creek for the first time. We continue with one of the steepest climbs on the track, and then a descent, to Templeton’s Crossing 2. We will have a short break here before climbing out of Templeton’s 2 followed yet again by another steep descent into Templeton’s 1 where we spend the night. 10 hours walking. Accommodation – Campsite (BLD)

Highlights

  • Isurava Memorial & Battlefield
  • Surgeons Rock
  • Alola
  • Eora Creek
  • Templeton’s Crossing
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Day 4: Templeton's Crossing 1 to Efogi

This morning we climb up onto Mt Bellamy the highest point along the Kokoda Trail. Depending on how the group is travelling we may divert off the ridge and walk into Myola look out. This is where the biscuit bombers dropped supplies to the Australians. Worth the effort if the group is making good time. From here it’s another 45 minutes to Diggers Camp Site stopping here for a late lunch. From here a most beautiful walk  through the moss and pandanas forest, passing through Naduri Village followed by a very steep descent and ascent into Launumu Village. Stopping here for a quick break before descending on down a gentle hill to Efogi. We are booked into what is one the nicest guest houses along the track. This is owned by our very good friend Lendy. We pick up our food for the second half of our trek here. Today is approximately 9.5 – 10 hours waking time. Accommodation – Village (BLD)

Highlights

  • Moss Forrest,
  • Mt Bellamy,
  • Myola
  • Naduri Village
  • Efogi Village
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Day 5: Efogi Village to Naro Village

It’s another climb this morning onto Mission Ridge before Brigade Hill, which together with Isurava is one of the most sacred sites of the Kokoda Trail. From here it is a long descent down into Menari Village. We will stop at Menari for lunch then again it is straight up “the wall”, we are rewarded from the summit with fine views of Menari and back across the range. We then descend down to 720 meters to the swamp. Hoping that it is dry allowing the group to make good time through here. Crossing the Brown River, walking for another hour until we start climbing the 9 false peaks. At the 7th false peak we arrive at Naoro Village our accommodation for the night. Today is approximately 9 hours waking time. Accommodation – Village (BLD)

Highlights

  • Mission Ridge,
  • Brigade Hill,
  • Menari Village,
  • The Wall.
  • The Swamp
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Day 6: Naro Village to Ua Ule

Early start this morning finishing off the final 2 false peaks before we start walking across the Maguli Range. This is a long hard walk with muddy false peaks all the way. We then descend to Ofi Creek, stopping here for lunch. This descent is long and hard, most trekkers suffer from laughing legs at the end. It’s then a cracker of a climb up onto Ioribaiwa Ridge, where the Japanese were turned back. From here it’s a gentle 45 minute trek down to Ioribaiwa Village. Grab a coke here on the way through before tackling another long descent to Ua-Ule Creek. This creek will be crossed 7-8 times before arriving at our campsite tonight Ua Ule Creek. Today is approximately 9.5 – 10 hours walking time. Accommodation – Campsite (BLD)

Highlights

  • Japanese Ladder,
  • Ofi Creek,
  • Ioribaiwa Ridge
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Day 7: Ua Ule to Port Moresby via Owers Cnr, Bomana War Cemetery

This morning we finish off several more creek crossings before tackling the hard grind up onto Imita Ridge, we then descend what was during the war the ‘Golden Stairs’ to Goldie River. Please don’t think this will be a dry crossing if our staff have anything to do with it. Trekkers then have 45 minutes up to Owers Corner. We are met by our transport here with a much appreciated hamper of cold drinks and salad rolls. On our way back to Port Moresby we will visit Bomana War Cemetery. Will be back at hotel around mid afternoon. Accommodation – Hotel (B)

Highlights

  • Imita Ridge,
  • Golden Staircase.
  • Owers Cnr
  • Bomana War Cemetery
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Day 8: Depart Port Moresby

Today the group will be transferred to the International Airport to commence their journey home. (B)

2017 Trek Dates

  • 4 May 2017 – 11 May 2017
  • 10 November 2017 – 17 November 2017

Please note these dates are not set in stone. We will try and accommodate dates for group bookings.

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