Belay Advisory group Kokoda Trek

Join us on the experience of a lifetime!

11 Days

8 Day Trek

Meals Included

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2 nights hotel

8 Nights Camp

Trip Dates

4th – 14th August 2024

Cost

$4900: All-inclusive trip package

($1400 discount from RRP)

The Kokoda Track

Walking the Kokoda track has become an important experience for every Australian. The physical and mental challenges of the Track, including an understanding of the courage and sacrifice shown by Australia’s diggers, offer a life-changing experience for every trekker.

The story of Kokoda – the heroic defense of our nation against a powerful foreign invader – is finally gaining its rightful place at the forefront of the Australian consciousness. However, one can only begin to understand what really took place on that remote jungle pathway during WWII by actually trekking over its arduous course.

After the war, the Kokoda legend lay dormant for six decades, during which time the New Guinean jungle reclaimed many of its historic sites. After years of painstaking research on the track itself, and with the aid of the fast-thinning ranks of both Australian and Japanese veterans, Bill James has played an important part in uncovering the ‘lost battlefields’ of Kokoda. His publication, Field Guide to the Kokoda Track, is regarded as the ‘trekkers bible’. Bill acts as a historical advisor for On Track Expeditions and has passed his extensive knowledge of the campaign on to our trek.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at the airport we will be transferred to the Kokoda Trail Hotel on the picturesque Sogeri Plateau, just outside of Port Moresby. A trek briefing will take place before a group dinner.

We make an early start and travel by bus to Owers’ Corner, the start point of the trek. Here we meet the porters who will accompany the group for the first time. We descend to the Goldie River and then climb Imita, the first ridgeline of the Range. It was at this point where the Australians, camped on the ridge, turned the tide in the battle and forced the Japanese, on the opposing ridgeline at Ioribaiwa, to retreat. We descend into the Ua-Ule creek valley for lunch and then we climb to Ioribaiwa Village for camp.

The morning starts with a climb to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge. It was here that the Japanese were forced to retreat through exhaustion and starvation, despite being within sight of the ocean and the lights of Port Moresby, their ultimate goal.

After crossing Ofi Creek we make camp at the village of Nauro, perched on a hillside in the Maguli Range.

descend to the Goldie River and then climb Imita, the first ridgeline of the Range. It was at this point where the Australians, camped on the ridge, turned the tide in the battle and forced the Japanese, on the opposing ridgeline at Ioribaiwa, to retreat. We descend into the Ua-Ule creek valley for lunch and then we climb to Ioribaiwa Village for camp.

We make our way through the Brown River valley, where the main crossing provides the most pleasant swimming hole on the track. We then climb up and over ‘the Wall’ to Menari, one of the largest villages in the Range.

We ascend Brigade Hill, the site of one of the most famous battles of the campaign.

 

It was here that a night-time Japanese flanking manoeuvre saw Brigadier Potts cut off from the three Battalions under his command. The 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions managed to regain the Australian lines, but the 2/27th Battalion, having been in the battle for only one day, became lost in the jungle for three arduous weeks before finally re-emerging in the foothills near Port Moresby.

 

We pass through the village of Efogi before making camp at Naduri.

We make our way up and over Mount Bellamy, the highest part of the track with an altitude of 2100 meters.

 

In this area we see some of the track’s more interesting geographical features: the high altitude ‘moss forests’ and the Myola Lakes, huge dry lakebeds that served as important dropping grounds for Australian supplies.

 

We make camp at Templeton’s Crossing, named after ‘Uncle’ Sam Templeton, Captain of B Company 39th Battalion, a popular and courageous officer who lost his life in the early stages of the battle.

We pass through Eora Creek village. Now abandoned, the wartime village was a regimental aid post during the Australian withdrawal, made famous by footage from Damien Parer’s Academy-Award winning documentary ‘Kokoda Front Line’.

 

We cross to the other side of the range on a path less traveled to experience the beautiful village of Abuari, where the 2/16th Battalion held off a Japanese flanking movement while the main battle went ahead at Isurava.

Welcomed by the local families Abuari we experience true village life and explore this breath taking location. A tour of the school, gardens and church are included in this great day.

We head off a little later today with a river crossing down at Eora Creek. We pass through the village of Alola and make camp at the Isurava Memorial Site.

Dawn service at the Isurava Memorial. At Isurava we will hear how the 2/14th Infantry Battalion of the AIF joined the beleaguered 39th in the fight against the Japanese.

The breathtaking Isurava Memorial is testament to the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the diggers. We then descend the western ridge of the Eora Creek valley, passing through the fields of choko vines to the village of Deniki.

From here it is just a short descent into the Yodda Valley, though the rubber plantations to the village of Kokoda and the end of the track. We spend the night at Kokoda.

We fly back to Port Moresby on a morning charter flight from Kokoda. We visit the Bomana War Cemetery and have a final group dinner at our hotel in the Port Moresby CBD.

After a nice rest, breakfast, swim in the pool and a hot shower we are transported to Port Moresby International Airport and depart this amazing country knowing we have explored the history, culture, people and Kokoda Track.

Inclusions

10 nights in PNG

2 nights in hotel

Twin share hotel accommodation. Final night in Airways Hotel (premium 5-star.)

8 Day Kokoda Trek

All meals included

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks while on the track and in hotels

Personal Tent

No sharing or bivvy camping

All transfers included

All transfers and ground travel arrangements via private bus

All flights

Includes international flights ex Sydney and private charter flight Kokoda-Port Moresby.

experienced Australian historical guide

Highly experienced guide with First Aid and Working With Children’s check

Personal Porter

Includes porter wage above industry standard, meals, uniform and return travel allowance

Full Access

Access to all historical sites on the track inc. Isurava Battle Site, Brigade Hill, Myola lakes and Bomana Cemetery

Local Assistance & Support

Trained and experienced local PNG head guide and group porter crew

Safety Contingencies

Emergency Satellite communications and 24 hour Australian support network.

Risk Management

Detailed Risk Management and Risk Assessment of the Kokoda Track

Public Liability Insurance

Full Public Liability Insurance is included with all of our expeditions.

Officially Licensed

We work with an official Kokoda Track Authority licensed tour operator

Travel Insurance

Our package includes comprehensive personal travel and evacuation insurance

Extras

 
  • Porter Tips
  • Single room available at an additional cost
  • Insurance premium for pre-existing medical conditions
  • Soft drink/Alcohol

Reviews

“Thank you On Track for a wonderful experience. Fully satisfied & content.” 

“Great Australian leader and great local porters.”

“It was awesome how you guys organise everything along the way so we have just concentrate on walking.”

“The process from start to finish was great!”

“The whole adventure was fantastic and our porters were wonderful.”

“I was so moved by the way Bill told his stories, it gave me such tremendous insight to what when on and made the trek so memorable and enjoyable!!!”

“Ross was so knowledgeable and passionate about the diggers and war in Kokoda. He spoke from his heart, his knowledge was exceptional and his love for the task was profound.”

“I had the best experience of my life!”

 

Resources

Visit the On Track Expeditions Youtube channel for videos about preparing for Kokoda. 

FAQ

Everything is organised by On Track Expeditions. The package is all inclusive. 

Anyone who is doing regular exercise is capable of walking Kokoda. We have training programs to guide you on how best to prepare. 

We require a $400 deposit to confirm your place on the expedition. 

BlueRock’s Philanthropy and Impact Manager Ishara Fernando will be your fundraising guide.

Yes, we have a training program and our expedition guides are available to give you training tips and help with your progress. 

Papua New Guinea is generally hot and humid with temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s. The Kokoda Track is in the Owen Stanley Range, where the forest canopy provides some relief from the heat. Our trek is during the dry season, but expect some rain and mud somewhere along the way. We camp tents in grass clearings in local villages. The campsites have toilets and huts for cooking and dining. 

On Track Expeditions is commited to ethical and sustainable trekking. We support the local people on the Kokoda Track through employment opportunities, camping and trekking fees, and involvement in community projects. 

There is no mobile phone reception on the track itself, however there is coverage in Port Moresby and Kokoda. On the track we have satellite communications in case of emergency but otherwise have a 'no news is good news' policy. 

We provide participants with all main meals and snacks. Catering is provided by our partner company, On Track Meals. We don't serve dehydrated food! Examples of dinner meals include spaghetti bolognese, coconut ginger chicken, and even a slow-cooked steak! We can also cater for any dietary requirements. 

Additional Information

Briefing Sessions:

We will happily run a briefing session for the group. This may be in person or virtually. This session goes in depth into ‘a day in the life on the track’, itinerary, operations and equipment needed. During this session the group will be shown what equipment they will need and a few tricks to make the trip more enjoyable. 

Training:

All clients are provided with a Training Document for the Kokoda Expedition. This can supplement the training clients are already doing or used on its own.

Accommodation:

  • Night 1: The Kokoda Trail Hotel, Sogeri

  • Nights 2 – 8: Personal tent for each trekker

  • Night 9: Airways Hotel, Port Moresby (5-star accommodation)

    This is based on walking North

Catering:
 
  • All meals in hotels up to a nominated amount will be covered as part of the package.

  • All meals and snacks will be supplied while on the track. We do NOT serve dehydrated

    meals. All dinners are our own company’s expedition meals from On Track Meals. 

  • We can cater for any dietary needs. This could be gluten free, lactose free or vegan, or any others.

Guides:
 
  • At OTE we have a variety of guides from all different backgrounds. We have several current and ex-service police force and ADF members, teachers and outdoor professionals.

  • Our guides are more than that, they are historians! We pride our company on being able to relay the history of the Kokoda Campaign as we talk in-depth during the whole expedition. We take time to talk at each battle site, hold commemoration services and pay our respects to those who have fallen.

Transport:

POM – KOKODA – POM – We do not fly to Popondetta but charter our own private planes to move clients from Port Moresby to Kokoda and vice versa. This means a reduced travel time of 3-4 hours to the start/finish of the track in Kokoda and allows the clients to fly directly over the Kokoda Track, which is an amazing visual experience.

On the Kokoda Track:

Our job is to facilitate an amazing crossing of the Kokoda Track. Your guide and support team will be with you the whole way! We take the time to discuss the battle, enjoy the surroundings and teach the group about the local culture. We include a night at Abuari – This is a village slightly off the ‘Kokoda Track’ that no other companies visit. This village is the home of our porter crew and played a very significant part during the Kokoda campaign that doesn’t normally get talked about. We like to have a holistic approach to our Kokoda Expeditions and by visiting Abuari the clients get to see a ‘true’ PNG village and experience village life – a highlight for most of our trekkers!

Personal Porter:

Each client can choose to have a personal porter assigned to them for this expedition. The porter will carry up to 15kg of personal equipment for the client and assist the client along the track where needed. Descended from the original Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels of WWII, our boys are dedicated to making your time in their country an amazing one. They sing, they laugh, and they share stories of their home life. All porters are paid 30% above the expected pay rate set by the Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) and are supplied with a uniform and sleeping equipment while working for OTE.

Flexibility:

We do not have a ‘one trip’ approach to our expeditions. We understand that all clients are different and have different desired outcomes. We can travel on your dates of choice, in either direction, with any number of clients and we work with you to build the package. Building unique packages is what OTE specialises in and has done successfully for 12 years on the Kokoda Track.

Trekking Direction:

We walk both directions on the Kokoda Track, depending on charter flight availability and our trekking schedule with other groups. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to walk Kokoda. The WWII battle went back and forth in both directions. We strongly believe that both directions provide the full Kokoda Experience. Neither direction is easier or harder than the other.