KOKODA TRACK - WALKING SOUTH

27 September, 2021 - 07 October, 2021

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This page contains everything you need to know to lock in your position on your upcoming adventure! If you have any questions, please contact Ian Lumb, the trip manager, at [email protected]


Inclusions:

• 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
Water bottle
Micro Fiber towel




Itinerary:

Day 1. Fly from Australia to Port Moresby. Overnight Moresby Hotel.
Day 2. Charter flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda. Begin Trek. Overnight Deniki.
Day 3. Overnight Isurava Battle Site
Day 4. Overnight Abuari
Day 5. Overnight Templeton’s Crossing.
Day 6. Overnight Naduri.
Day 7. Overnight Menari.
Day 8. Overnight Nauro.
Day 9. Overnight Ua Ule Creek
Day 10. Finish trek. Overnight Moresby Hotel.
Day 11. Fly from Port Moresby to Australia.




Extras:

- 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





Quote Kokoda Track - Walking South - 27 September, 2021
Item Name Item Price
Deposit Amount $395.0
Balance $3555.0
Trek Package Total $3950



Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Upon arrival at the airport we will visit Bomana War Cemetery and then be transferred to our hotel in Port Moresby. A trek briefing will take place before a group dinner.

Day 2. We take a morning charter flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda. We visit the battle site at Kokoda station, where the 39th Battalion made its first stand against the Japanese. Known as 'Those Ragged Bloody Heroes', these young and untested soldiers bore the brunt of the Japanese South Seas Force. In the afternoon we start the track after a flat walk we camp in the picturesque village of Deniki.

Day 3. We start our ascent and pass through Deniki, in the foothills of the Yodda Valley. We climb into the Owen Stanley Range and traverse the western side of the Eora Creek Valley through the fields of choko vines. We pass through present-day Isurava village and make camp at the Isurava Battle Site. At Isurava we will hear how the 2/14th Infantry Battalion of the AIF joined the beleaguered 39th in the fight against the Japanese, just at the point when all hope seemed lost. Bruce Kingsbury won his Victoria Cross in this battle. The breathtaking Isurava Memorial is testament to the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the diggers.

Day 4. Our day starts with a walk through Alola Village before we head down to cross to the other side of the range on a path less traveled to experience the beautiful village of Abuari. 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 5. Today we pass through Eora Creek village. Now abandoned, this 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’. Several months later, during the Australian advance, Eora Creek was the site of a fierce battle that marked the Japanese last stand in the ranges. We make camp at Templeton's Crossing, named after 'Uncle' Sam Templeton, Captain of B Company 39th Battalion, who lost his life on the track.

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 the 1900 Crossing on the high plateau. We descend from the moss forest to Naduri.

Day 7. 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 descend into the village of Menari and make camp.

Day 8. We climb out of Menari and descend into the Brown River valley before climing again to the village of Nauro, perched on a hillside in the Maguli Range.

Day 9. We climb up and over the Maguli Range and descend to Ofi Creek. We then climb up 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. We camp at Ua-Ule Creek.

Day 10. We climb up and over Imita, the final ridge before Port Moresby. We cross the Goldie River and finish the track at Owers' Corner. We return to the city by bus and have a final group dinner at our hotel in Port Moresby.

Day 11. Fly 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.




Why Trek with On Track Expeditions?

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.

On Track Expeditions is the chosen operator for:
  • International SOS
  • Cronulla Sharks Football Club
  • The Kokoda Track Foundation
  • The Trek4Trauma (Featured on ABC's Australian Story)
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
  • Sydney Grammar School
  • Shore School, Sydney
  • Wenona School, Sydney
  • St Pius X College, Sydney
  • St Paul's College, Sydney
  • Emerald College, Melbourne
  • South Australian Police Blue Light Program
  • Queensland Police Citizens Youth Club
  • Project Booyah