Kokoda Track - A Historical Pilgrimage
(Ex Port Moresby) Papua New Guinea - Sun 11th August 2019

Max Participants:
16
Location:
(Ex Port Moresby) Papua New Guinea  
Date:
Sun 11th August 2019
Duration:
11 Days
Meals:
10 Dinners 10 Breakfasts 9 Lunches
Non-Member Cost:
$4190.00 per person
Member Cost:
$4190.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$600.00
Tagged:
hiking
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Known as one of the world’s most spectacular and challenging treks, the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea, offers the experience of a lifetime.  Where an enduring legend of sacrifice and determination is honoured by modern day trekkers who face their own physical and mental challenges in undertaking this incredible journey.  Join us in venturing into this beautiful wilderness of Papua New Guinea so we can learn about, remember and pay our respects to this amazing period in our nation's history.

Gallery

These boots were made for walkin'
Elated....
Village Life
Deniki
Happy Camper
Kokoda Girls
Oh what a feeling!
Travis Hocart
Janette Philp (aka Jazzy)
Bomana
Some of the Terrain
Jazzy with her group
... and it's a trekking we will go!
Beautiful villagers selling their wares

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Itinerary

Arrive at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

You’ll be met by your Australian guides at the airport and transported to the hotel for check-in.

Pre-trek safety and information briefing will be held that evening.

Dinner at the hotel and final equipment check.

Meals: Dinner

Early wake up call, breakfast and transport to domestic airport terminal.

30min flight to Popondetta.

3-hour road trip (PMV-trucks) to Kokoda village arriving at lunchtime.

Following lunch, we visit the Kokoda Plateau, museum and memorials.

3-hour trek from Kokoda to Deniki.

Overnight at Deniki with sweeping views of the Yodda Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4-hour trek from Deniki to Isurava Battle Site – Following lunch, we explore the famous Isurava Memorial and learn about the large-scale battle that took place in August 1942.

In the afternoon, we walk through the Isurava Guesthouse area which was the scene of another intense battle and onto to Alola Village, where we stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin the day with a sharp descent and then steep climb to the Eora Creek battle site where we observe the position of a Japanese mountain gun located there during the battle.

We then descend and cross the mighty Eora Creek where we stop for lunch.

After lunch we face a long and steady climb uphill to our campsite at Templeton's Crossing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our walk uphill continues to Dump 1 where we cross a large river before a sharp ascent to the top of Mt Bellamy (highest point on the track), passing through the Kokoda Gap.

It’s then onto the Myola airfield and hospital site where we inspect the ammunition dump still containing wartime Australian mortars, grenades and mines.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we head to Naduri where we visit the grave site of one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.

We then have a sharp descent, followed by a steep incline up to Efogi 2 where we visit the memorial dedicated to Japanese soldier Kokichi Nishimura.

Overnight at nearby Efogi 1 village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today begins with a steady incline toward Mission Ridge, and then onto lunch at Brigade Hill. This area was the site of a major battle during the campaign and we focus on this in detail.

The track then takes us downhill to a well-deserved swim in the river where we visit a plaque dedicated to the famous Australian war photographer Damien Parer.

We then have a one hour walk up to Menari where we camp overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a sharp ascent, we head down "The Wall" before arriving at the Brown River for a refreshing swim. Following lunch at the beautiful Ogulogo village, we trek up the beginning of the "9 false peaks" before arriving at picturesque Nauro.

A well-earned early finish today allows us to wander the village and take in the scenic valley views. This area is typically characterised by wonderful evening sunsets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nauro to Ua Ule

After completing the remainder of the "false peaks", we reach the top of the Maguli Range before we descend toward beautiful Ofi Creek. Prior to this we stop at "Jap Camp" and explore old trenches and a mountain gun emplacement.

Following this we venture to Ioribaiwa Village, the furthest point of the Japanese advance along the Kokoda Track.

We then trek through a beautiful creek system to our final camp of the trip at Ua Ule.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we climb the challenging Imita Ridge, which was where the Australians were prepared to make their final stand against the advancing Japanese.

We then descend toward the Goldie River which provides us with our last river crossing and swim of the trip.

Following this we have a final 40 min climb before we cross underneath the famous arches, marking the conclusion of our 9-day adventure.

After a short break for lunch we jump onto our mini-bus and drive an hour down the hill before we stop at probably the most emotional part of our journey, Bomana War Cemetery. Here we visit the graves of 3,138 service personnel from a variety of Commonwealth nations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Typically, a mid-day departure from the hotel and we are transported to the international terminal for our flight back to Australia.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

Australian Lead Guide with extensive campaign knowledge - Travis Hocart, Director of Kokoda Crossing

Australian 2IC Adventurous Women Tour Guide & Kokoda Specialist - Janette Philp

Doctor or paramedic throughout the trek, with extensive medical kit to treat a wide range of ailments

Experienced PNG based operational team

Porters and Management

Twin share accommodation in Port Moresby (1st and last night)

Dinners and breakfasts in Port Moresby

All meals on the Track

Snack pack

Internal flights and transfers within PNG

Access to Australian owned security company in Port Moresby if required

Satellite phone on the track for emergency calls

Fees for access to artifacts and war relics

Use of private tent – one per person if required

Campsite fees

Kokoda trek permit

Certificate of achievement at the conclusion of the trek

Tour of the Bomana War Cemetery

Kokoda Crossing T-shirt

Adventurous Women Peak Cap

Field guide to the Kokoda Track – Author, Bill James (contains cross sectional map)

Live, Love, Laugh Kokoda Practical Guide & Insights - Authors, Janette Philp & Michelle Ferry

Six (6) lead up training sessions with Travis – you can accompany him on his various walks in locations such as Kings Park and the Perth foothills

Constant phone support in the lead up to the trek with Travis (if interstate, we can arrange "Face Time" communication to ensure you're training is progressing well)

Equipment familiarisation session with Travis

10 Dinners

10 Breakfasts

9 Lunches

Excludes

International airfares to and from Port Moresby

Travel insurance

Medical costs – inoculations, doctors visit for medical clearance

Personal first aid kit

Personal Porter (highly recommended - $620 pp, incl use of Backpack)

Spending money (drinks in Port Moresby and on the Track, souvenirs, extra snacks bought from the villagers)

Trekking equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping mat, day pack, hiking poles)

Accommodation

Trekkers have a choice as to whether they wish to sleep in the Communal Shelter's in the Village's, or a tent can be supplied if preferred.

What To Bring/Wear

- Comprehensive Gear List will be provided well in advance of tour commencement

More Information

 


WHO ARE OUR TREKKING GUIDES 


Travis Hocart - Kokoda Crossing / Lead Guide 
Travis has been leading treks on the Kokoda Track for the past 6 years. With an extensive career in risk management that has seen him operate in numerous hot spots around the world, he brings a targeted focus to ensure your safety in undertaking this journey. With both his grandfather and great uncle having served in PNG during WWII, Travis’ knowledge for the history of this campaign is passionately ingrained within him.


Janette Philp - AW Tour Guide / Kokoda 2IC
Kokoda Track Guru Jazzy has always preferred hiking boots to high heels and loves the thrill of a challenge. She's trekked the globe - conquering Kokoda, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kinabalu, Kalar Patar, Everest Base Camp & the Sandakan Death March.  She has a passion for the Kokoda Track, it's her favourite place of all, and she will support you every step of the way! 

 


No Princess Policy

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Trekking on the Kokoda Track is a challenging experience both physically and emotionally. You will find that you'll set new boundaries, gain a greater understanding of yourself and others through taking part in this 'once in a lifetime' experience. The terrain is rough and temperatures are high and humid year round. Trekkers are advised that they need to be physically and mentally fit and aware of the risks associated with this type of trek. Our partners at  Kokoda Crossing, recommend that a full medical check by your doctor be undertaken prior to embarking on the trek, or starting any training program.  A training regime spanning several months prior to departure is essential and our partners at  Kokoda Crossing  will provide you with essential information in relation to training and preparation needing to be done once you've made the commitment to trek Kokoda.

 


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