The Kokoda Experience

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11 Days

8 Day Trek

Meals Included

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2 nights hotel

9 Nights Camp

The Experience

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.

Departure Dates

Trip Name
Dates
Price
 
~ All International Expeditions On Hold ~
01 January, 2021 - 31 December, 2021
$0
Kokoda Track - ANZAC Day @ Isurava Battle Site
17 April, 2021 - 27 April, 2021
$3950
Kokoda Track - Walking South
27 September, 2021 - 07 October, 2021
$3950

Itinerary

At On Track Expeditions we have Kokoda Expeditions that walk in either direction as there is no ‘correct’ way to walk the Kokoda Trail. The direction will be clearly noted in the itinerary when booking.

Walking North

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.

Walking South

Fly from Australia to Port Moresby. Overnight Moresby Hotel.

Upon arrival into Port Moresby we will visit Bomana War Cemetery and then be transferred to our hotel.

A trek briefing will take place before a group dinner and a relaxing night before an early start.

We take a morning flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda.

We visit the battle site at Kokoda station, where the 39th Battalion made its first stand against the Japanese. In the afternoon we start the track ascending to our campsite at Deniki, in the foothills of the Yodda Valley.

We climb into the Owen Stanley Range and traverse the western side of the Eora Creek Valley through the fields of choko vines.

We pass through present-day Isurava village the Isurava Battle Site. The breathtaking Isurava Memorial is testament to the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the diggers.

A short afternoon walk has us arriving at Alola for the evening.

This morning starts with a steep decent to Eora Creek and a steeper climb to the beautiful village of Abuari on the eastern side of the range.

Having arrived in only a couple hours, the rest of the day is spent in the school with the children, exploring the village or swimming at their breathtaking waterfall – today is a great day to understand village life and be with the locals.

Local foods will be cooked for lunch giving everyone a chance to relax and enjoy the jungle lifestyle.

A lesser-worn track will guide us to Eora Creek Village, now abandoned but a lovely swimming spot.

Now back on the Kokoda Track we continue on until camp. We make camp at Templeton’s Crossing, named after ‘Uncle’ Sam Templeton, Captain of B Company 39th Battalion.

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 the Naduri with its nice high outlook over the villages below.

We traverse a steep creek valley to reach the village of Efogi, the largest on the track with close to 1000 residents.

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.

We descend into the village of Menari and make camp.

We climb out of Menari and descend into the Brown River valley.

We pass through the village of Anolog with a great swimming spot and often fresh locally grown fruit for sale. We climbing again to the village of Nauro, perched on a hillside in the Maguli Range.

We climb up and over the Maguli Range and descend to Ofi Creek. We then climb up 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.

We camp at Ua-Ule Creek/Good Water Camp

We climb up and over Imita, the final ridge before Port Moresby.

 

We cross the Goldie River and finish the track at Owers’ Corner, that’s right, you have completed the Kokoda Track!!

 

We return to Port Moresby by bus and check in to our hotel and have a final group dinner.

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

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

Chartered flight

Charter flight Kokoda-Port Moresby – Not a shared charter.

experienced Australian historical guide

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

Specialist Knowledge

Comprehensive narrative of the Kokoda Campaign

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

An official Kokoda Track Authority licensed tour operator

Full Permissions

Kokoda Track Authority track permit

On Track Trekking T-Shirt

Personal copy of the Kokoda Track Guidebook by Bill James

Water bottle

Microfiber towel

Extras

  • International flights not included but can be booked and purchased through On Track Expeditions

  • Personal Porter (optional, $700 per person). This cost covers your porter’s wages 30% above industry standard, return travel allowance, accommodation and transfers in Port Moresby, all meals, clothing and sleeping equipment.      

  • Fully Comprehensive Travel and Evacuation Insurance*

  • Porter Tips

  • Soft drink/Alcohol

  • Single room available at and extra $100AUD per night

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