Kokoda Trek

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                      Kokoda Trek
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                      Kokoda Trek
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                      Kokoda Trek

The Concept

Due to great demand from our school partners, GET Educational Tours are proud to promote a new Young Leader Development Tour – Trekking Kokoda. We are dedicated to supporting our schools in developing the next generation of outstanding Australian citizens, and we recognise the great debt owed by all of us to the brave men and women of the ANZAC forces.

This tour has been designed for a student focused experience, to guide small groups with varying levels of fitness and trekking experience to successfully complete the Kokoda track. It is our number one goal to ensure that participants understand and appreciate Australia’s history while experiencing a unique opportunity for developing team work and leadership skills.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 Australia - Port Moresby

On arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by your Kokoda School Trek representative who will escort you to your resort hotel on Loloata Island.

DAY 2 Goodwater Camp

Travel by road to visit Bomana cemetery en route to the Sogeri Plateau, the commencement point of the Kokoda Track. The cemetery contains 3823 commonwealth burials from WWII, 700 of them unidentified. Your group will camp at Uberi, also known as Goodwater camp, for your first night on the track.

DAY 3 Ioribaiwa Camp

Students set off on their first full day walk, and stop at Imita Ridge where the Australian soldiers withdrew to make their last stand. Pause to enjoy the pretty village of Ua-Ule, before a climb up Ioribaiwa Ridge. It was here that the Japanese soldiers were ordered by their command to ‘advance to the rear’ having run out of supplies despite being within sight of Port Moresby.

DAY 4 Nauro

Continue to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge, location of many Japanese trenches. After crossing Ofi Creek, students will encounter a steep mountain climb including the ‘Japanese ladder’ as they approach the summit. This is followed by a long downhill walk to the village of Nauro, where you will camp for the night.

DAY 5 Menari

Today is a challenging day, traversing what can be a slippery swampland track, as well as the fast flowing Brown River. After crossing the Brown, the group will hit ‘The Wall’, a steep ridge line which leads up to the Menari Gap. The Menari Gap is home to one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, and health permitting, students can take the opportunity to meet this historical local figure.

DAY 6 Efogi 2 (Lanamau)

Today students climb up to Brigade Hill, towards the village of Efogi. Brigade Hill was the focus of a four day battle which saw the Japanese outflank and cut the Australian position in two. Gaze in awe at the steep easterly slope where 300 Australian soldiers escaped the onslaught of a well-planned Japanese attack.

DAY 7 Templetons 1

Today students will reach their highest altitude, crossing Mt. Bellamy at 2190m above sea level. This section of the track was one that many soldiers believed was the most difficult of all, often wounded and exhausted from continual fighting, lack of sleep and inadequate food. Rest at Kokoda gap.

DAY 8 Alola

Students trek to Eora Creek, the site of a major battle where many lives from both sides were lost. 99 Australian soldiers were killed, and another 192 wounded. After visiting Eora Creek, begin a steady climb through numerous valleys to Alola before continuing onto Isurava to set up camp for the night. This also provides ample time to look around Isurava battlefield, site of a 4 day battle of such historical importance that it is referred to by some historians as ‘The battle for Australia’.

DAY 9 Kokoda

An early start, as students participate in a Dawn Service at the battlefield memorial. This is an opportunity to honour the soldiers and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels that helped them, and to reflect on their courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice. Walk through the Kokoda Arch signals the emotional end to the trek, and enjoy some relaxation time.

DAY 10 Rural Village accommodation

Travel by road to a rural village and participate in some cultural activities and sporting events with the locals. Overnight in a local guesthouse.

Day 11 Port Moresby – Australia

In the morning, travel by road to Popondetta Airport, for your flight to Port Moresby and your connecting flight to Australia

Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • Twin share accommodation in Port Moresby, and all meals
  • Personal porter (1 porter per 2 students)
  • Australian Tour Leader
  • Local PNG trek Master and Trek Leader
  • Domestic flights (PNG)
  • Visit to Bomana Cemetery
  • Guest house accommodation on track
  • All village tariffs
  • Carriers for food and equipment
  • All meals on the track
  • Detailed risk management plan including river crossing protocols
  • Proven group management with responsible ecological practices
  • Cultural activities in local villages
  • Detailed historical narration
  • Satellite phone hire
  • Trekking permit
  • Bus/PMV transport in PNG
  • All food, accommodation and home transport for carriers
  • Getaway Trekking walking shirt and camp polo shirt
  • Public Liability Insurance (cover up to $10m)
  • $25 donation to Kokoda Trek Foundation and $100 donation to 39th Battalion Association (per trekker)
  • Additional Porter to carry donations
Exclusions
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations and anti-Malarial medicines
  • Personal expenditure
Conditions
  • A medical certificate is required from your doctor no more than 30 days from departure, stating that you have no medical condition that could endanger your life on the Kokoda track
  • Training is necessary. This trek is challenging and you will require a high level of fitness
  • Training sessions are run in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Cairns. A full and easy to follow training plan will be provided to each school alongside dedicated telephone support as needed
  • As with all international tours booked via GET, travel insurance is compulsory