from: $3850*

Trekking

Kokoda 2019

About the Track

We invite you to walk with us along this most beautiful track, let us share with you the emotional stories of our brave young diggers. Get to meet all our kind, generous Papua New Guinean friends who live along the trail and have an adventure of a life time.

More than 600 Australians were killed and some 1680 wounded during perhaps the most significant battle fought by Australians in World War II. Forced to repel a Japanese invasion force, which landed at Gona on the north coast of Papua on 21 July 1942, the Australians fought in appalling conditions over the next four months. The Japanese objective was to capture Port Moresby, the main Australian base in New Guinea, by an overland strike across the Owen Stanley Range. The most direct way across these rugged mountains was by a jungle pathway known as the Kokoda Track. During the next four months, until 16 November 1942, Australian soldiers fought the Japanese, first to keep them from reaching Port Moresby and then to push them back over the Owen Stanleys to their north coast strongholds at Buna, Gona and Sanananda.

For 2019, we are using a company with over 10 years trekking the battlefields of PNG, studying the history, interviewing veterans, and have also served in the Australian Defence Force. The standard trek is 11 days, which allows ample time to appreciate the history of Kokoda and also to take side tyrips along the track. 

For those interested in the Battle of the Northern Beaches, we also offer extensions to Buna, Gona and Sanananda.

Itinerary - South to North (SN)

Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby-hotel accommodation
Day 2: Bomana Cemetery, start Owers’ Corner, Goldie River, sleep Goodwater (actual Dump 66).
Day 3: Ua-Ule Creek, Imita Ridge, ‘Golden Staircase’, sleep Ioribaiwa.
Day 4: Ioribaiwa Ridge-furthest most point of Japanese advance, Ofi Creek, sleep Nauro.
Day 5: Maguli Range, Old Nauro, Brown River, Menari, sleep Brigade Hill.
Day 6: Brigade Hill, Efogi, Kagi, Moss Forest, sleep Lake Myola.
Day 7: Mt Bellamy, Dump 1, Templeton’s Crossing, sleep Eora Creek.
Day 8: Eora Japanese mountain gun position, Alola, Con’s Rock, sleep Isurava Battlefild.
Day 9: Dawn service Isurava Battlefield, Deniki, finish Kokoda Plateau.
Day 10: Oivi, Goari, Wairopi, Awala, Popondetta-fly Port Moresby to hotel.
Day 11: Return to Australia.

Itinerary - North to South (NS)

Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby-hotel accommodation
Day 2: Fly Popondetta travel by road via Awala, Wairopi , Gorari, Oivi on to Kokoda
Day 3: Trek Kokoda-Deniki-camp Isurava Battlefield
Day 4: Service at Isurava Memorial, Con’s Rock, Alola, Eora Creek, sleep Templeton’sCrossing.
Day 5: Dump 1, Mt Bellamy, sleep Lake Myola.
Day 6: Moss Forest, Kagi, Efogi sleep Brigade Hill.
Day 7: Service at Brigade Hill, Menari, Brown River, sleep Nauro.
Day 8: Maguli Range, furthest most point of Japanese advance, sleep Ioribaiwa.
Day 9: Ua-Ule Creek, Imita Ridge ‘Golden Staircase’, sleep Goodwater (actual Dump 66).
Day 10: Goldie River, finish trekking Owers’ Corner, Bomana Cemetery, sleep hotel
Day 11: Return to Australia.

Trekking dates

Price

10 nights Kokoda trek $3850 per person.
12 nights Kokoda with Beach Heads extension $4245 per person.

Large groups contact us for deals and we may be able to amend dates accordingly.

Includes

• Experienced Australian historian with advanced first aid training;
• Welcome pack with hard copy of our brochure, welcome notes, trekking shirt, important information relating to your trek;
• Local Guides and Support Staff including senior guide;
• Airfare Port Moresby to Popondetta (or Popondetta to Port Moresby) or charter flight (depending on your trek);
• Vehicle transfer between Popondetta and Kokoda if required;
• Airport transfers to/from hotel;
• Two nights, twin-share at the Crowne Plaza in Port Moresby (breakfast & dinner included & single supplement available);
• Guest house accommodation on the Track;
• Individual tent (twin tent for couples if required) provided for your privacy;
• Kokoda Track permit (issued by the Kokoda Track Authority(KTA);
• Transport to/from Owers' Corner;
• Tour of Bomana Cemetery;
• Tour of Port Moresby;
• All food while trekking including all meals at the hotel;
• Tents and cooking equipment;
• Safety and medical equipment;
• Communications equipment including satellite phone & VHF radio;
• Pre-trip advice and training including training information;
• Kokoda historical trekking shirt;
• Certificate of completion & commemorative medallion with a donation to the Kokoda Track Foundation;
• Public liability insurance;
• Visa (Free on Arrival

Exclusions
• International return flight from Australia to Port Moresby (We can arrange your international flights if required)
• Extra meals*, drinks, laundry and phone calls (*breakfasts and dinners are included)
• Personal porter to carry your pack during the trek ($680.00)
• Additional fresh local fruit and vegetables can be purchased along the way.
• Personal travel insurance

Optional Extras
• Personal Porter ($680.00)
• Single Supplement Hotel Accommodation ($460.00 for 2 nights)
• Gear Package
• Personal Travel Insurance
• International Airfare

 

 

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Terms & Conditions

Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2019 but are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A 25% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 60 days must be paid in full.