We now refer to walking the Kokoda Trail as “The Great Pilgrimage”, a journey that will take you to one of Australia’s most important WWII battle sites and immerse you that history. Walking the Kokoda Trail will transport you to another time, when Australia was in danger of being invaded by the seemingly unstoppable Imperial Japanese Army. You will gain a great appreciation of the conditions endured by Australian Diggers as well as gain an understanding of local living conditions and cultures as well as the natural wonders of the Owen Stanley Ranges. Walking the Kokoda Trail involves 50 hours of hiking over 90km of sharp, timbered ridges, steep-sided valleys and fast flowing rivers. Vantage points along the Track reveal magnificent mountain landscapes, and a wide variety of flora and fauna is encountered. Trekkers pass through local villages where descendents of the wartime “fuzzy wuzzy angels” continue to live simple traditional lifestyles while providing a warm welcome to passing trekkers.
The Kokoda Trail Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Port Moresby
Arrive Port Moresby and transfer to hotel. Pre-expedition briefing by your guide
Day 2: Kokoda or Popondetta (B,L,D)
Depart Port Moresby 0700am on Airlines PNG flight to either Kokoda or Popondetta (30 minutes). If flying into Popondetta, we will then travel along the same road the Japanese Imperial Force used to reach Kokoda Village, crossing the infamous Kumusi River. For those that fly into Kokoda, we will walk across the airfield to Kokoda Village. There you will visit the war museum and walk on the cigar shaped battle-field that was Kokoda. We will be introduced to our expert guide and porter team, who we will spend the next 8 days with us. They will set up camp, carry our food, tents and safety equipment and ensure we have a safe and enjoyable trek. We will then 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 our destination. We will set up camp, have lunch and a delicious dinner before bed.
Day 3: Alola via Isurava Battlefield Memorial (B,L,D) 6-7 HOURS
After a complete breakfast we 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. We will lunch there and then continue hiking – descending and ascending numerous hills to finally arrive at Alola. From here we can see across the valley towards Abuari Village. After a fresh pasta and damper meal it’s off to bed.
Day 4: Hike to Templeton’s crossing (B,L,D) 9 HOURS
Hike from Alola via Eora Creek to Templeton’s Crossing 1, at the base of Mt Bela my. This is a long day but extremely interesting with both historical and natural points of interest.
Day 5: Kagi (B,L,D) 8 HOURS
(8 hours) Trek from Templeton’s 1 to our home village, Kagi. Today you will ascend Mt Bellamy, the highest point of the Kokoda Track (2190m). Good views at the Kokoda Gap Lookout. We will divert off the Track to Myola 1 and then descend to Kagi village where we will be greeted by the locals. A well deserved delicious meal, like every night, is had tonight. Overnight village guest house or tents.
Day 6: Rest in the village (B,L,D)
Today is the Sabbath for the Seventh Day Adventists. Thus, we will join them (if you wish) in a church service to hear their beautiful singing and witness how they pray. Afterwards we will take a leisurely stroll to a local natural wonder, relaxing and letting our muscles rest before the next days trek. Overnight in the village of Kagi.
Day 7: Menari Village (B,L,D) 9 HOURS
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. You will sleep well tonight. Overnight Menari.
Day 8: Naoro Village (B,L,D) 5 HOURS
Hike from Menari to Naoro village. After climbing a steep saddle you will descend and pass through a number of river crossings to Naoro village. A good chance to river surf down the Brown River.
Day 9: Wa- ule Creek (B,L,D) 7 HOURS
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.
Day 10: Ower’s corner (B,L) 4-5 HOURS
Hike 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 wading through the river the Kokoda Trek concludes with a final steep ascent to Ower’s Corner. You will arrive at Ower’s Corner in the early afternoon and will 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 our hotel. We will spend the night dining with our guides, porters and other friends we have made on the Kokoda Trek.
Day 11: Transfer to next flight
Transfer from hotel to your flight home or next destination.