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• 10 nights in PNG
• 2 nights twin share hotel accommodation
• 8 Day Kokoda Trek
• All meals – Breakfast, lunch, diner and snacks while on the track and in hotels
• Personal Tent – no sharing or bivvy camping
• All transfers and ground travel arrangements via private bus – owned by On Track Expeditions
• Charter flight Kokoda-Port Moresby – Not a shared charter.
• Highly experienced Australian historical guide with industry required First Aid and Working With Children’s check
• Comprehensive narrative of the Kokoda Campaign
• Access to all historical sites on the track – Isurava Battle Site, Brigade Hill, Myola lakes^ and Bomana Cemetery
• Trained and experienced local PNG head guide and group porter crew
• Emergency Satellite communications and 24 hour Australian support network
• Detailed Risk Management and Risk Assessment of the Kokoda Track
• Public Liability Insurance
• Kokoda Track Authority licensed tour operator
• Kokoda Track Authority track permit
• On Track Expeditions Trekking Pack:
Polo shirt for travel/camp
Personal copy of the Kokoda Track Guide Book
Micro Fiber towel
Day 1. Fly from Australia to Port Moresby. Transfer to Kokoda Trail Hotel.
Day 2. Transfer to Owers’ Corner. Begin Trek. Overnight Ioribaiwa.
Day 3. Overnight Nauro.
Day 4. Overnight Menari.
Day 5. Overnight Naduri.
Day 6. Overnight Templeton’s Crossing.
Day 7. Overnight Abuari
Day 8. Overnight Isurava.
Day 9. Dawn Service for Anzac Day 202. Finish Trek. Overnight Kokoda.
Day 10. Charter flight from Kokoda to Port Moresby. Visit Bomana War Cemetery. Overnight Moresby Hotel.
Day 11. Fly from Port Moresby to Australia.
- International flights not included but can be booked and purchased through On Track Expeditions
- Personal Porter (optional, $700 per person). This cost covers your porter's wages 30% above industry standard, return travel allowance, accomodation and transfers in Port Moresby, all meals, clothing and sleeping equipment.
- Fully Comprehensive Travel and Evacuation Insurance - Mandatory
- Porter Tips
- Soft drink/Alcohol
- Single room available at and extra $100AUD per night
Day 1. Upon arrival at the airport we will be transferred to the Kokoda Trail Hotel on the picturesque Sogeri Plateau, just outside of Port Moresby. A trek briefing will take place before a group dinner.
Day 2. We make an early start and travel by bus to Owers’ Corner, the start point of the trek. Here we meet the porters who will accompany the group for the first time. We descend to the Goldie River and then climb Imita, the first ridgeline of the Range. It was at this point where the Australians, camped on the ridge, turned the tide in the battle and forced the Japanese, on the opposing ridgeline at Ioribaiwa, to retreat. We descend into the Ua-Ule creek valley for lunch and then we climb to Ioribaiwa Village for camp.
Day 3. The morning starts with a climb to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge. It was here that the Japanese were forced to retreat through exhaustion and starvation, despite being within sight of the ocean and the lights of Port Moresby, their ultimate goal. After crossing Ofi Creek we make camp at the village of Nauro, perched on a hillside in the Maguli Range.
Day 4. We make our way through the Brown River valley, where the main crossing provides the most pleasant swimming hole on the track. We then climb up and over ‘the Wall’ to Menari, one of the largest villages in the Range.
Day 5. We ascend Brigade Hill, the site of one of the most famous battles of the campaign. It was here that a night-time Japanese flanking manoeuvre saw Brigadier Potts cut off from the three Battalions under his command. The 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions managed to regain the Australian lines, but the 2/27th Battalion, having been in the battle for only one day, became lost in the jungle for three arduous weeks before finally re-emerging in the foothills near Port Moresby. We pass through the village of Efogi before making camp at Naduri.
Day 6. We make our way up and over Mount Bellamy, the highest part of the track with an altitude of 2100 meters. In this area we see some of the track’s more interesting geographical features: the high altitude ‘moss forests’ and the Myola Lakes, huge dry lakebeds that served as important dropping grounds for Australian supplies. We make camp at Templeton’s Crossing, named after ‘Uncle’ Sam Templeton, Captain of B Company 39th Battalion, a popular and courageous officer who lost his life in the early stages of the battle.
Day 7. We pass through Eora Creek village. Now abandoned, the wartime village was a regimental aid post during the Australian withdrawal, made famous by footage from Damien Parer’s Academy-Award winning documentary ‘Kokoda Front Line’. We cross to the other side of the range on a path less traveled to experience the beautiful village of Abuari, where the 2/16th Battalion held off a Japanese flanking movement while the main battle went ahead at Isurava. Welcomed by the local families Abuari we experience true village life and explore this breath taking location. A tour of the school, gardens and church are included in this great day.
Day 8. We head off a little later today with a river crossing down at Eora Creek. We pass through the village of Alola and make camp at the Isurava Memorial Site.
Day 9. Anzac Day Dawn service at the Isurava Memorial. At Isurava we will hear how the 2/14th Infantry Battalion of the AIF joined the beleaguered 39th in the fight against the Japanese. The breathtaking Isurava Memorial is testament to the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the diggers. We then descend the western ridge of the Eora Creek valley, passing through the fields of choko vines to the village of Deniki. From here it is just a short descent into the Yodda Valley, though the rubber plantations to the village of Kokoda and the end of the track. We spend the night at Kokoda.
Day 10. We fly back to Port Moresby on a morning charter flight from Kokoda. We visit the Bomana War Cemetery and have a final group dinner at our hotel in the Port Moresby CBD.
Day 11. International flight from Port Moresby to Australia.
After a nice rest, breakfast, swim in the pool and a hot shower we are transported to Port Moresby International Airport and depart this amazing country knowing we have explored the history, culture, people and Kokoda Track.
Founded by brothers Richard and Andrew James in 2010, On Track Expeditions began operating expeditions on the Kokoda Track. The company was born from a passion for travel, Australian history, and the people and culture of Papua New Guinea.
Since that time, On Track Expeditions has grown rapidly into a market leader on the Kokoda Track, and is now providing trekking and mountaineering adventures in Nepal, Tanzania, and all over the world.