Kokoda Track - Papua New Guinea (Escorted)
(Ex Port Moresby) - Tue 18th August 2020

Max Participants:
16
Location:
(Ex Port Moresby) Papua New Guinea  
Date:
Tue 18th August 2020
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 kokoda
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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

Village Life in PNG
Our wonderful porters, always there
Adventurous Women Trekkers at Pt Moresby ready to go!
Helping hands are plenty

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.

Buffet dinner at the hotel followed by a final equipment check.

Meals: Dinner

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

Drive to Bomana War Cemetery. Here we honour the memory of the fallen ...

3,779 graves of service personnel from a variety of Commonwealth nations.

From here, we drive up to Owers Corner where we take in the amazing view of the Owen Stanley Range.

Our first descent and then river crossing across the Goldie before we make our way toward Imita Ridge where the Australians were prepared to make their final stand against the advancing Japanese.

We descend down to a magnificent river system where we walk through the start of 22 river crossings before finally camping for the night at Ua Ule Creek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we climb to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge where we learn about the major engagement that took place here. Old trenches can still be found in the area.

We descend to the beautiful Ofi Creek, before the tough climb up the Maguli Range. On the way we visit "Jap Camp" and explore old trenches and a mountain gun emplacement.

We finish the day by heading down to the village of Nauro over a series "false peaks" where we camp for the night with sweeping mountain views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We continue our downhill journey this today before arriving at a low-lying swamp area where we will be negotiating lots of water and mud! before crossing the Brown River climbing the challenging "Wall".

From here we have a long downhill walk into beautiful Menari, the scene of a famous photograph portraying the remnants of the 39th Battalion being addressed by Lt Col Ralph Honner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A short descent this morning has us arriving at a beautiful river to enjoy a well deserved swim and visit to a plaque dedicated to famous Australian war photographer, Damien Parer.

After our dip we face today's big challenge, climbing to Brigade Hill, where we will learn about the Japanese encirclement of the Australian positions and ensuing battle that featured the infamous "bayonet charge".

In the afternoon, we head to our overnight camp at Efogi, located right in the heart of the Owen Stanleys

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we leave Efogi today, we pay a visit to the memorial dedicated to Japanese soldier Kokichi Nishimura, who spent many post-war years searching for graves belonging to his fallen comrades, then it's on to Naduri where we visit the grave of one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, Ovuri Ndiki.

We then make our way to Myola airfield which was the site of a major Australian hospital and airfield during the war then continue on to our camp at delightful 1900 Crossing, where we are surrounded by a wall of jungle with a slow moving stream in the middle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we climb through the haunting Moss Forrest, to the Kokoda Gap which is the highest point we travel (2250m). If the weather is clear we have stunning views down the Eora Creek valley.

After Kokoda Gap there is a sharp descent to Dump 1, followed by more downhill to Templeton's Crossing and then Eora Creek where we will camp for the night. This was the site of a major Australian hospital and supply dump during the withdrawal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we climb up toward the old Japanese Gunners Point and on to the village of Alola which was the location of the Australian Brigade Head Quarters during the battle of Isurava.

We will move through the Isurava "Rest House" area and visit the memorial dedicated to "Butch" Bisset and the famous Con's Rock before spending the afternoon exploring the famous Isurava Memorial and learning about the large scale battle that took place here in August 1942.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have our last walk this morning as we make our way downhill though the villages of Hoi and Kovelo before arriving at Kokoda.

Our trek will conclude as we take those emotional last steps beneath the famous arches!

In the afternoon though we will go on to visit the Kokoda Plateau, the Bert Kienzle museum and other memorials in the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending the morning exploring Kokoda Village, we make our way to Popondetta along the Kokoda Highway, stopping at significant battle sites along the way, including Gorari and Awala before catching our flight back to Port Moresby in the afternoon.

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 several 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 many a time, 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.

 


Cancellation & Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

  • A $600 Non-Refundable Deposit is required to secure a place & must be paid within 14 days of submitting the booking form.
  • Full Payment is Due 75 days prior to travel
  • Cancellation Fees Apply as below:
  • between 75  - 30 days prior to trip departure - 50% Of The Tour Cost
  • between 29 - 15 days prior to trip departure - 75% Of The Tour Cost
  • Within 14 days of the trip departure - 100% Of The Tour Cost

No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.

Update 19th September 2019 - ** Due to PayPal changing their policy to now retain fees even when we issue a refund we will be forced to pass this along. This means both partial and full refunds will be less the full fee charged by PayPal

Please ensure you read our complete  cancellation policy  before booking