Navigate through the mountainous pathways of the Kokoda Track. Remember the brave heroes who defended the Pacific theater in WW2 as we immerse for 10 days into the history, the landscape, and the local culture. Our journey culminates on the ANZAC day 2018 dawn service for an exciting, yet meaningful adventure In Papua New Guinea.
DAY 01 - Monday, 16 April 2018: Port Moresby
Arrive at Port Moresby and we will transfer you to your accommodation to settle down and then perhaps explore the city briefly if you wish. Get ready because tomorrow morning we’re beginning our trek of a lifetime!
DAY 02 - Tuesday, 17 April: Owers’ Corner to Ua’Ule Creek
This morning we will call and collect you from Wellness Lodge and drive you out to the drop off point at Owers’ Corner along a dirt road for approximately 45 minutes. On the way we will pause at McDonald’s Corner where you can stretch your legs and take more photographs. At Owers’ Corner you will meet your guide and porters who will accompany you across the Kokoda Track. The trek commences with your first descent down to Goldie River followed by your first climb up to Imita Ridge. Upon reaching the top it is another long descent down to Ua’Ule Creek for your first night on the Kokoda Track.
DAY 03 - Wednesday, April 18: Ua’Ule Creek to Ofi Creek
The morning will commence with numerous creek crossings before a tough climb up to Ioribaiwa Ridge. This is the point during World War II where the Japanese retreated. It is now a steep descent down to Ofi Creek where you will enjoy your first lunch break and swim before setting up camp for the night.
DAY 04 - Thursday, April 19: Ofi Creek to Agulogo
This morning we will refill our water bottles for a steep couple of hours climb up Maguli Range before we reach Nauro Village. We stop here for lunch before heading down to Agulogo for the night.
DAY 05 - Friday, April 20: Agulogo to Efogi
Today will be an easy walk down to Brown River where you will cross with care as the river can be high depending on the rainfall they have experienced in that area. You will need to refill your water bottles for your next climb up Brigade Hill. At the top of Brigade Hill you will have a chance to take in some of the scenery from the lookout. After a short break we will then descend down to Efogi Village the half way point. At this point you should feel proud of yourselves as you reflect back on what you have experienced and to know you are half way across the track!
DAY 06 - Saturday, April 21: Efogi to Templeton’s Crossing I
Today will begin with a climb up to Efogi 2 another small village. This is followed by a steep descent to the first creek crossing of the day. We then start to climb up to the village of Naduri followed by another climb up to 1900/Myola Junction. Another alternative route is to head up to Kagi followed by a climb up to 1900. Some of our treks go via Naduri and some via Kagi. After reaching 1900 we will continue our climb up to Mt Bellamy, the highest point on the Kokoda Track before descending down to Templeton’s Crossing I. Weather permitting at Mt Bellamy you will be able to look down as far as the Kokoda Station.
DAY 07 - Sunday, April 22: Templeton’s Crossing I to Isurava Memorial
From Templeton’s Crossing I we first climb before descending to Eora Creek. After morning tea, we will cross Eora Creek followed by an easy climb up to Alola Village where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will continue our walk until we reach Isurava Memorial area. For the majority of us, this will be an emotional experience having walked the track for the past few days and then turn the corner into Isurava to a magnificent view and another photograph opportunity with the monument as a background. Also time to reflect on the past and pay our respect to World War II and the many fallen soldiers who so tragically lost their lives in this area. We will spend the night here before walking off the track the next day into Kokoda.
DAY 08 - Monday, April 23: Isurava Memorial to Kokoda
This is our last day of trekking and an exciting time for all as the finish line is not that far away and the whole group is excited. We will have a few descents and climbs before reaching Hoi Village. After Hoi we will continue walking towards the archway in Kokoda. When we reach the Kokoda Archway, photographs will be taken to celebrate our successful trek. Once in Kokoda you will have the chance to take a break at the Kokoda Station and to visit the Kokoda Museum and historical memorial area.
DAY 09 - Tuesday, April 24: Kokoda to Popondetta
This morning you will be driven down to Popondetta to catch your Dash 8 flight back to Port Moresby. On arrival in Port Moresby you will be returned to accommodation to spend the night prior to attending Dawn Service on the 25th of April with transport to Yacht Club and or back to accommodation.
DAY 10 - Wednesday, April 25: Port Moresby
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and driven out to the Bomana War Cemetery for the dawn service. Following the service you will be driven back to your accommodation or to the Royal Papua Yacht Club where you can purchase breakfast and stay there or later head back to your hotel.
Congratulations! You and your fellow trekkers have just completed one of our most popular treks – taking in the most beautiful scenery along the way at a more relaxed pace. Along the track, you will have climbed and descended more than 10,000 meters. Well done – you are now part of an elite group of individuals who have experienced the Kokoda Track!