Kokoda Trail

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                      Kokoda Trail
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                      Kokoda Trail
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                      Kokoda Trail

The Concept

The Kokoda Trail is one of the world’s great treks, linking the northern and southern coasts of Papua New Guinea. It’s a rugged, single-file pathway running roughly 100 kilometres overland through the Owen Stanley Range.  However, Kokoda is not just any old walking trail. It was also the site of one of the most important Australian battles of WWII. It was here, in 1942, along the narrow and rugged walking trail that the Australian army tried to repel the invading Japanese forces. It was a bloody and brutal conflict that resulted in the deaths of 625 Australian soldiers and more than 1,000 further casualties.

This tour will challenge students physically and mentally as they trek through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea stopping at different villages along the way where students will have the opportunity to encounter local people and Papuan culture.

This trekking experience will encourage team bonding and leadership skills while improving overall fitness and endurance.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 PORT MORESBY (D)

Arrive in Port Moresby and transfer to your hotel. City tour in afternoon followed by a pre-expedition briefing by your guide.

DAY 2 PORT MORESBY – POPONDETTA (B, L, D)

Depart Port Moresby early in the morning on PNG Airlines flight to Popondetta (30 minutes). Travel along the same road the Japanese Imperial Force used to reach Kokoda Village, crossing the infamous Kumusi River. When you arrive at Kokoda you will visit the war museum and walk on the cigar shaped battle-field that was Kokoda. Be introduced to your expert guide and porter team, who we will spend the next 8 days with the group. They will set up camp, carry food, tents and safety equipment and ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trek. Head off towards Deniki, through plantations and via the beautiful Hoi village. The going is relatively easy except for a steep 45-minute trek up to your destination. Set up camp, have lunch and a delicious dinner before bed. Today we hike for 3 hours.

DAY 3 POPONDETTA – ALOLA (B, L, D)

After a hearty breakfast head for Alola via Isurava Battlefield memorial. The memorial was opened by Australian Prime Minister John Howard in August 2002 to commemorate 60 years since a ferocious four-day battle was fought there in 1942. Have lunch here and then continue hiking - descending and ascending numerous hills to finally arrive at Alola. Today’s hiking time is around 6-7 hours.

DAY 4 ALOLA – TEMPLETON’S CROSSING (B, L, D)

Today find your hiking feet as you trek from Alola via Eora Creek to Templeton's Crossing. This is a long day but there is much to see both in terms of historical sites and natural points of interest. Today is 9 hours of hiking.

DAY 5 TEMPLETON – KAGI VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Today trek from Templeton's 1 to your porter’s home village, Kagi. Ascend the highest point of the Kokoda Track, Mt Bellamy which is 2190m high and enjoy the incredible views at the Kokoda Gap Lookout. Then descend to Kagi village where you will be warmly greeted by the locals. Today is 8 hours of trekking.

DAY 6 KAGI VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Today is the Sabbath which is a day of rest for the people of Papua New Guinea. Rest today and take the opportunity to join in a local church service or visit the porter’s families and experience real village life. Overnight stay in Kagi village.

DAY 7 KAGI VILLAGE – MENARI VILLIAGE (B, L, D)

Today you will hike from Kagi to Menari village. During the morning you will climb Brigade Hill and then begin a long steep descent to Menari village which will weary your feet and legs. This is a long and arduous day and will test the mental strength of all trekkers. Today’s hiking will be for 9 hours.

DAY 8 MENARI VILLIAGE – NAORO VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Hike from Menari to Naoro village. After climbing the steep saddle, you will descend and pass through a number of river crossings to Naoro village. Today you will hike for 5 hours.

DAY 9 NAORO VILLAGE – WA-ULE CREEK (B, L, D)

Hike from Naoro to Wa-ule Creek. Climbing through open grasslands you will mount the Maguli Range and take a long steep descent to Ofi Creek and Wa-ule Creek campsite. Today’s trekking is for 7 hours.

DAY 10 WA-ULE CREEK – OWER’S CORNER (B, L, D)

Today you will hike for 4-5 hours from Wa-ule Creek to Ower's Corner. There are a number of river crossings and a long steep climb up Imita Ridge. The descent on the other side of the ridge is known as The Golden Stairs which leads down to Goldie River. After crossing the river, the Kokoda Track concludes with a final steep ascent to Ower's Corner. Arrive at Ower's Corner in the early afternoon and be met by a 4WD vehicle with a picnic lunch and cold drinks that you will share with your guides and porters. Drive to Bomana War Cemetery to Port Moresby and then dropped off at your hotel. Spend the night dining with your guides, porters and other friends made on the Kokoda Track.

DAY 11 OWER’S CORNER – HOME (B)

Transfer from hotel to your flight home.

Meal Legend: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Inclusions
  • Risk Management Document
  • An Australian and Local Guide for the entire expedition
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn Port Moresby twin share
  • Town Tour
  • Electrolyte supplement such as Endura for expedition portion
  • All domestic schedule flights
  • Satellite phone for emergency purposes
  • River rescue team and procedures
  • Government Taxes (except visa charge and civil aviation terminal facilities charge)
  • Shower tent to wash with soap and protect the environment. Hot showers are available.10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners. Meals on expedition include Curries and Pasta. (Dietary requirements can be incorporated)
  • All transfers including those from the airport and from Owers Corner
  • Visit Bomana War Cemetery
  • Food for Porters including rice, noodles, biscuits, bully beef, milo and vegetables
  • All accommodation outside of Port Moresby
  • Kokoda Track Permit
  • Guides and porters (who carry all group equipment, food, set up tents etc)
  • 1 to 1 Porter-Client ratio
  • A rubbish Porter that takes all our rubbish and other operators rubbish from the Track
  • Tent hire and floor mats
  • Snack Pack for each expedition day to get you between meals
  • VHF Radio contact with Port Moresby, Kokoda and 10 other Track villages for emergency purposes
  • 2 x Expedition T-shirts
  • Access to our free of charge fitness assessment (3 times per year)
  • Urine and health chart
  • Access to your Australian Guide for advise prior to the expedition