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Challenge your mind, body and soul while hiking the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea.

Surrounded by dense greenery, glistening rivers and incredible views, it is hard to believe that just over 70 years ago the 96 km Kokoda Trail was the site of one of the bloodiest battles for Australian troops in World War II. Even nowadays, to conquer the trail requires dedication, courage and mateship, just like it did back in the 1940s. Begin the adventure in Port Moresby before visiting the Kokoda Memorial and undertaking seven days of steamy trekking through the dense Papua New Guinea heat. Meet friendly locals along the way, test your personal stamina and undertake a journey as challenging mentally as it is physically.

TREKKING ROUTE:
This trip includes a charter flight between Port Moresby and Kokoda. In order to keep the price of your tour as low as possible, we schedule back to back departures so that the cost of this flight can be split between two groups. This means that some tours will do the Kokoda trek in the “reverse” direction from what we have outlined in our itinerary below (ie. from Owers Corner to Kokoda). While the dates we have listed below for this reverse itinerary are what we intend at time of publishing, should a departure be cancelled or charter plane be unavailable at late notice, we may need to make changes to the direction of the trek. Please be prepared that your trek may run in either direction.

24 April Kokoda to Owers Corner
11 June Owers Corner to Kokoda
19 June Kokoda to Owers Corner
30 July Owers Corner to Kokoda
7 August Kokoda to Owers Corner
24 September Owers Corner to Kokoda
2 October Kokoda to Owers Corner


Start
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Finish
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Country
Papua New Guinea
Code
TESA
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
2 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 99
Group size
Min 1, Max 9

Why we love this trip

  • Trek the famous Kokoda Track with a local cooperative that ensures local villages and communities benefit directly

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Australian and allied soldiers who battled to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces in 1942. Hear incredible tales of courage and personal sacrifice from the local historian who accompanies you on the trek

  • Meet friendly locals and stay in remote villages

  • Hike up the arid spines of mountains and through valleys of lush rainforest. This challenging, rewarding adventure invites you to confront your own physical and mental boundaries in the middle of the jungle

  • Get to know your personal porter, who will look out for you every step of the way

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a charter flight between Port Moresby and Kokoda. In order to keep the price of your tour as low as possible, we schedule back-to-back departures so that the cost of this flight can be split between two groups. This means that some groups will do the Kokoda Track in the ‘reverse’ direction from what is outlined in the itinerary (from Owers Corner to Kokoda). Should a departure be cancelled or a charter plane become unavailable at the last minute, we may need to make changes to the direction of your trek. Please be prepared to accept that your trek may run in either direction.

  • Due to the strenuous nature of the trek, the minimum age for this trip is 18 years old. Bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted.

  • You will be required to complete a Passenger Self-Assessment form for this trip. Please complete this and send to Intrepid or your travel agent once you have booked your trip.

  • You will also need to conduct your own physical training program so that you are fully prepared and fit enough to tackle this trek. The physical challenges of the Kokoda Track are immense. Expect long, demanding days of hiking through steep, sometimes slippery terrain, often to points of high altitude and under a hot sun.

  • The accommodation whilst on the trek is basic and multi share. Please note that you may be sharing with someone of the opposite gender.

  • Travellers don’t come to Kokoda for a holiday. They come to challenge their body and spirit, and to pay their respects to the brave men and women who gave their lives on this merciless route during times of war. To travel to Kokoda is to understand that, no matter how deep the jungle, or how steep the trail, courage and mateship will always prevail. Although Australians hear the call of Kokoda the loudest, the friendly smiles of passing locals, the promise of new friends and the challenge of the trek make the Kokoda Track a once-in-a lifetime experience for anyone who is up for the challenge.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins in the capital of Port Moresby. An airport arrival transfer is included. Attend a pre-trip briefing this evening at 6 pm to meet your fellow travellers, trek leader and local trekking crew. This may be followed by an optional dinner together (at your own expense).

In Port Moresby stay in a quality hotel in twin share rooms. The hotel is well fenced, with 24-hour security guards on patrol.

Notes: The airport transfer is only valid if you arrive today or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please ensure you provide us with your flight arrival time no later than seven days before your trip commences. If we do not receive this information we will not be able to meet you at the airport. Late night arrival in particular may make it difficult and daunting for you to make your way to the starting point on your own.

AMENITIES: Our hotel in Port Moresby has internet access (not included in the room rate). There are only very limited places along the Kokoda Track where there will be mobile phone reception so we advise you not to bring a phone on the trek.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a short, spectacularly scenic flight over the jungle canopies and craggy peaks of the Owen Stanley Range this morning on board a single-engine light plane. The flight takes approximately 25 minutes. Upon arrival into Kokoda, walk from the airstrip to nearby Kokoda Station where our guesthouse is located. Be welcomed by our local trekking team and introduced to personal and food porters.

You have time to explore the station and visit the Kokoda Memorial and War Museum. Lunch and dinner will be provided by the trekking team and served at the guesthouse. Kokoda is a hot and humid place, but there’s a nearby river to cool off in. Weather and group dependent, we may trek as far as Hoi (2-3 hours) or Deniki (4-6 hours) today.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kokoda - Kokoda Memorial
  • Kokoda - Kokoda War Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Commence the first day of trekking by heading to Isurava village. Begin with a flat walk through rows of palm oil and rubber tree plantations, passing through Kovelo and Hoi villages before the first steep ascent up the Owen Stanley Range. Deniki village is 900 metres above sea level and on arrival you’re greeted with spectacular views across the Kokoda Valley.

Continue on, passing through choko gardens planted by local villagers and by water holes where you can fill up your bottle. Make sure you ask your trek leader or porters to identify the best fill-up points.

Spend the night at Isurava, which is 1,100 metres above sea level. The village has been relocated several times since World War II, but now sits in a tranquil location with good access to water and sunshine.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kokoda - Kokoda Track trek with personal porter
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The trek to Templeton’s Crossing II begins with a hike to the famous Isurava battlefield, where you’ll stop for a break. A powerful memorial built by the Australian Government commemorates the qualities of ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance’.

The trek continues for about two hours to the village of Alola, which sits on the mountainside overlooking Iora Valley and Auberi.

The remainder of the trek to Templeton’s Crossing takes roughly five hours. This leg of the walk passes through lush rainforest and past creeks and rivers that feed directly out of mountain springs. Follow the hilly trail to Iora Creek, where you’ll enjoy a short break and can freshen up in the river.

It takes a further three hours to reach Templeton’s Crossing. Upon arrival, settle into our cooperative guesthouse and perhaps swim in the fast-flowing creek. Around the guesthouse, iron rods symbolise the sites where fallen soldiers once lay.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
A tough day of trekking is ahead of you today, as you climb to the highest point of the trek at Mount Bellamy. The summit is 2,200-metres above sea level and provides some spectacular views across the Owen Stanley Ranges. The track towards Digger’s Camp can be challenging, especially in wet conditions. It’s not too steep, but can be muddy and slippery. Be sure to stay close to your personal porter and follow his every step.

At Digger’s Camp stay at the local village campsite, set among lush rainforest. It can get very cold at night so be sure to bring base layers. After checking in, take a walk to Myola where Australian troops once dropped in supplies during the war. This is an expanse of grassland scored with winding creeks.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s hike takes about six hours. Head towards the northern face of Mt Bellamy, which offers impressive views. The trek to Naduri is a long and steady descent through a lot of open Kunai grassland. You’ll be exposed to harsh sunlight, so be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and, if possible, a long-sleeve shirt.

After a short break at Naduri, walk the steep and slippery trail towards Efogi I. Enjoy a well-deserved break on arrival. The villagers sell a range of local fruits and foods, so be sure to carry small change with you to purchase organically grown produce. Continue on the one-hour descent to Efogi II, which is short but exhausting. It will be the middle of the day and there isn’t a lot of canopy protection, so make sure you keep hydrated and protected from the sun.

Upon arrival into Efogi II, be greeted by local villagers and welcomed by the Siosi family, the owners of the cooperative guesthouse you’ll stay in. Efogi II is the largest of the Koiari villages along the trail with an estimated population of 400-500 people.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Start early this morning to make the climb up to Mission Ridge. From here there are views over Mt Bellamy, Efogi I and II and the Kagi villages. The walk to Brigade Hill from Efogi II takes 1-2 hours. Glorious views can be enjoyed from the top. On a clear day, you can see right across to Mount Victoria, the highest mountain in the region.

After a long break head down the back of Mission Ridge, which is a steep and sometimes slippery path. From there it's a 40-minute climb to Menari village. In Menari, be welcomed by the local villagers, including descendents of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Kick start the day with a one-and-a-half-hour climb to the top of Menari Ridge to enjoy panoramic views towards Nauro and Brigade Hill. After a short break, tackle the steep and sometimes slippery trail down the back of the ridge for about an hour. From here enter Nauro Valley and cross the Brown River.

Today is a relatively short walk. The trail can be swampy and unpleasant during the rains, but for most trekkers it should be a comfortable walk. In the evening, stay at a guesthouse in Old Nauro. Bathe in a stream before enjoying a campfire.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Tackle the Nine False Peaks to the top of Maguli Ridge this morning. This involves roughly three hours of serious uphill trekking, with a rest break in New Nauro village. From the top of the ridge, make the first of many descents today, with a rest stop at Jap’s Ladder. Continue on towards Ofi Creek.

At Ofi Creek, take another break and continue on to historic Ioribaiwa. It was here that the Japanese troops fought their final victorious battle against the Australians before withdrawing. Your journey continues down the steep Ioribaiwa Ridge before picking your way across nine river and creek crossings to Uaule Creek. This is where the group will set up camp for the night.
Accommodation
  • Village Hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In the morning, expect wet boots from the outset as you traverse Uaule Creek's 14 crossings. Continue with a trek up the back of Imita Ridge for about one-and-a-half hours. From here, trek down what was once known as the Golden Staircase. This was built by Australian troops during the war to transport artillery and supplies from Port Moresby.

Today is a long day of trekking and a good example of why trekkers must be mentally and physically prepared for this arduous walk. From Goodwater, push on for close to three hours towards Goldie River before climbing the final hill of the trek to Owers' Corner. You have walked the Kokoda Track!

Be met at Owers' Corner and transferred back to Port Moresby. Along the way visit Bomana War Cemetery, where 3,600 Australian soldiers were laid to rest at the end of World War II. In the evening, meet the trekking team for a drink at the hotel. This is a great way to wind down and reflect on your trekking adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Port Moresby - Bomana War Cemetary
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The trip ends in Port Moresby this morning after breakfast. There are no activities included on this day and you’re free to depart at any time. A departure transfer is included in the cost of your trip – please reconfirm your flight details and departure time with your leader.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Village Hut (8 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kokoda - Kokoda Memorial
  • Kokoda - Kokoda War Museum
  • Kokoda - Kokoda Track trek with personal porter
  • Port Moresby - Bomana War Cemetary
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer

Reviews

Our The Kokoda Track trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

The Kokoda Track, October 2016

Peter Ormond

The Kokoda Track, June 2016

Ilona Lefevre

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Important notes

1. This is a very physically & mentally challenging trip. Travellers must be in excellent physical health to undertake this trip. A Passenger Self Assessment form is required when booking this trip.
2. Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take section) for details.
3. Return airport transfers are included. In order for us to arrange pick up you must advise flight details at time of booking.
4. Special Anzac Day departures operate on 15 April & 24 April.
5. 24 April trip is a fundraising charity trek for The Kokoda Foundation.
6. Due to availability of charter flights, some departures will trek Kokoda in the “reverse” direction ie. from Owers Corner to Kokoda.
7. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted.
8. A t-shirt commemorating your Kokoda trek is included in the price of your tour. Please ensure you provide your t-shirt size 8 weeks prior to your tour commencing to ensure we are able to order you the correct fitting shirt.

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