There's simply nothing else like the Kokoda Track. The mountainous spine of Papua New Guinea is a fearsome environment, with swings in temperature, downpours and energy-sapping humidity. It is also a staggeringly beautiful part of the world, and one that just isn't accessible any way other than by foot....Read on...
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Kokoda is one of the main reasons people travel to Papua New Guinea. Some people walk the Kokoda Track to honour relatives, others to learn more about war history, and some do it just for the physical challenge. Whatever the reason, there will be pain.
There will also be beauty, hope and camaraderie (to make it all worthwhile). While walking the Kokoda Track with Geckos, you’ll trek through terrain straight from the history books. From Deniki Village to Brigade Hill, Mission Ridge, Templeton’s Crossing and the Golden Staircase, you’ll hear about the iconic battles, stories and characters that have made the legend of Kokoda so poignant.
You’ll trudge through jungle, cross rivers and creeks, scale hills and ridges and rest up in villages populated by the descendants of esteemed Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. You’ll trip, slip, slide, sweat, swear, laugh, bleed, bond and slap away bugs. And when it’s all done, you’ll also spend time resting your battered, blistered feet in Port Moresby.
In the years to come, the potent memory of Kokoda will stay with you long after your blisters have healed and your mozzie bites have faded. And that, friends, is a good feeling.
Your safety is our top priority. It’s one of the main things we consider when designing and operating our trips. Here’s some of the ways we help to keep you safe, and a few of the things you can do to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons. Before you travel We monitor travel alerts provided by the Australian, UK, USA and Canadian governments on a daily basis. Before a tour goes on sale we assess any risks and decide how to reduce and manage these. If we determine that an entire trip, part of a trip or an activity is too risky we won’t do it. It’s as simple as that. If we can’t address the issues and improve conditions we might modify an itinerary, change the accommodation or even decide not to travel to a certain location. Our overseas staff and local leaders are trained to address any health and safety concerns during trips. Before you travel, we’ll give you an emergency phone number. You’ll also get comprehensive pre-departure information, with information about vaccinations and other relevant health issues. We’ll also tell you if there’s any special clothing or equipment you need to bring. During your trip: You local leader is trained in first aid and always carries a first aid kit. Being a local means that if something does go wrong they know fastest and most effective way to get help. We’ll also give you a 24-hour emergency number in addition to the emergency destination telephone number. What you can do: Read through all the information we send you. If you’ve got any questions we’re always available to help. Keep an eye out for travel alerts by consulting your local Foreign Office. We also monitor these daily so that we can modify tours if necessary. Get some medical travel advice about the countries you are visiting, particularly about vaccinations and the type of personal first aid kit you should carry. Make sure you tell us any medical conditions, special needs or dietary requirements you might have. Get your vaccinations and take relevant medication well before travelling so they have time to take effect.
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Our image of the week is a group of trekkers taking on The Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea. It was taken by Alan Manning.
Here's five quick facts about the Kokoda Track:The Kokoda Track is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres overland (60 kilometres in a...Read on...
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