The Kokoda Track - Reverse - 10 days
Everyone comes to Kokoda for a different reason – fitness, a personal challenge or to honour someone's memory. Whatever the reason, once you're on the track you'll all be united in blood, sweat and tears.
We're one of the only companies that works with a local co-operative to make sure the community benefits directly from trekkers. Your porters and guides are direct descendants of the 'fuzzy wuzzies', who played a huge role helping Aussie troops in WWII.
Day 1 - Port Moresby
Arrive whenever you like. Meet your trek leader and fellow trekkers.
- Arrive in Port Moresby for a pre-trip briefing in the evening
- Meet your fellow travellers, trek leader and the local trekking crew
- Perhaps indulge in a meal with the group
Day 2-8 - Kokoda Track
This is it. Good luck. See you in six days.
- Stop to visit Bomana War Cemetery, where 3600 Australian soldiers were laid to rest at the end of World War II
- Make it to Owers corner
- Take a break and recovery at the summit of Imita Ridge before heading uphill towards the campsite at Goodwater
- Trek up the Golden Staircase - built by Australian troops during the war to help with transporting artillery and other supplies from Port Moresby
- Commence the trek down the back of Imita Ridge, and enjoy views of Ioribaiwa and Maguli Ridge from the summit
- Navigate a myriad of river and creek crossings
- Continue up a steep slope that leads to Uaule Creek
- Continue to Ioribaiwa, the spot where Japanese troops were turned back, and stay overnight
- Commence the first of many ascents and take the first break at Jap's Ladder
- Pass by New Nauro village and enjoy a quick recovery break before pushing on
- Finish our day by tackling the Nine False Peaks to the top of Maguli Ridge
- Arrive at Nauro
- Enter Nauro Valley, cross the Brown River and pass through Agu Logo campsite
- Revel in the feeling of 'breaking the back' of the Kokoda Track
- Enjoy spectacular views towards Brigade Hill
- Kick-start the day by climbing up to the top of Menari Ridge
- Be welcomed at Menari by the local villagers and one of the three last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, Faole Bokoi
- Hear Faole share a few yarns about his time during the war and his involvement with the Kokoda campaign
- Head down the back of Mission Ridge and take a long break at Brigade Hill
- Learn the story of the Japanese soldier who hid himself in the tree trunk after losing his band of comrades in battle
- Look over Efogi I and II and Kagi villages and imagine the sight of 20,000 Japanese troops marching down Mount Bellamy towards Kagi village with lanterns lighting the sky
- Follow the path down Mission Ridge
- Head down to Efogi II and be greeted by the local village and accommodated at a cooperative guest house
- Enjoy a well-deserved rest upon reaching Efogi I
- Start off en route to the southern face of Mount Bellamy, where views can be gained over the villages of Naduri, Kagi, Brigade Hill, Nauro and, in the distance, Imita Ridge
- Take a walk to Myola - a beautiful flat plain of grassland with many little creeks flowing throughSet off on a tough day of trekking and climb to the highest point of the trek at Mount Bellamy
- Continue towards Digger's Camp and be accommodated at the local village guest house on arrival
- Arrive at Templeton's Crossing II
- Take a break at Iora Creek, learn the history of the area, and refresh in river
- Press on to Templeton's Crossing, passing through beautiful and lush rainforest and complimented by a multitude of creeks and rivers
- Continue to Alola, a village that sits on the mountainside overlooking Iora Valley and Auberi
- Learn the story of the heroic Private Kingsbury - a real estate agent who earned the Victoria Cross for his actions at Kokoda
- Hike to the famous battle ground and now memorial ground – the Isurava Battlefield - and see the battlefield and its surroundings
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Start off from Isurava village, passing through a number of choko gardens planted by Deniki and Isurava villagers
- Be greeted with spectacular views across Kokoda Valley at Deniki
- Follow the ridge around to Deniki, which sits at about 900 metres above sea level
- Pass through Kovelo and Hoi village along the way and descent the Owen Stanley Range
- Travel towards Deniki village - the first village the 39th Battalion were forced to retreat to after Japanese forces occupied Kokoda
- Complete the Kokoda track. Relax. Cry. Sleep.
- Meet up with the trekking team for a drink and reflect on the adventure with our new mates from Papua New Guinea
Day 9 - Kokoda Track - Port Moresby
Board a single engine light plane and travel to Port MoresbyBreakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 10 - Port Moresby
Say goodbye to the people you've met along the way.
- The trip ends this morning
What to Know
Local tour guide, arrival transfer, transport, trek food packs.
- Personal porter (available for hire at additional cost), departure taxes, visas, other meals, insurance, tips, any additional optional tours or activities during free time, and spending of a personal nature.
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What to know
Physical preparation is essential. you will trek on terrain with plenty of ascents and descents, often on steep and narrow trails.
Please note that on our special Anzac Day departure, there may be amendments to our itinerary. Due to high volume of trekkers on the Kokoda Track at this time, exact overnight locations and itinerary cannot be guaranteed and flexibility is required.