10 Days
Duration
Challenging
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
Location
18+
Age
February- November
Dates

(KOKODA – OWERS’ CORNER)

This Kokoda corporate trek is a physically and mentally demanding fun-filled adventure in the footsteps of Australian military history.

Trek and bond as a team while testing your personal fortitude over 10 grueling days through the rugged and precipitous Papua New Guinean jungle. Get out of your comfort zone and learn to perform under considerable stress and duress as you pit yourself against the elements. Be led by our Australian trek leader, who with the help of our friendly and fit porters will keep your safe, and give you a team bonding transformation by walking, eating, sleeping, and spending the time together. After a night at your 4-star hotel in Port Moresby, catch your chartered plane into Kokoda and trek from there back to Owers’ Corner. Tour battle sites that still carry the scars of the bitter struggle between the Australians and Japanese in WW2. We’ll tell you about events of the battles as you do, while our wonderful porters will keep you entertained with their beautiful impromptu recitals and graceful harmonies. Be enchanted by the simplicity and hospitality of the lovely locals as they welcome you through their villages, many descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, courageous native war carriers who are renowned for evacuating sick and wounded Australian soldiers on stretchers during the fighting in unimaginable conditions. Your trek ends with a tour of the famous Bomana War Cemetery where many of those who were killed during the Kokoda Campaign are buried.

DESTINATION Kokoda – Owers’ Corner
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TOUR TYPE Challenge
MIN PERSON 2
TOUR LEADER Australian
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
 TOUR DURATION 10 Days
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
TOTAL TRIP DURATION  12 Days
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT See Plan Your Trip

What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority
  • Knowledgeable Australian tour leader
  • Experienced PNG tour guide
  • Kokoda corporate trek
  • Battle site and areas of military significance tours and commentaries
  • Tribal welcome by descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
  • Safety and security plan
  • Daily safety and administrative briefs
  • Medevac plan
  • Kokoda trek fitness plan
  • Pre-tour health and medical check plan
  • Satellite, mobile and radio communications
  • First aid support (trained attendant and complete kit)
  • Staff Reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby
  • Transit hotel accommodation in Port Moresby (Holiday Inn Express /Holiday Inn)
  • Transit hotel buffet dinner and breakfast
  • Charter /domestic flight pre-trek (Port Moresby – Kokoda / Port Moresby – Popondetta)
  • Road transport (Popondetta – Kokoda/Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby)
  • Buddy system for trek safety (porter per trekker)
  • River crossing and counter obstacle procedures
  • Survival and obstacle breaching equipment
  • Guesthouse and campsite landowner fees
  • Village guesthouse accommodation and campsites (tent carried by porter)
  • Food and equipment porters
  • Trek rations and camping supplies
  • Cooking and meal preparation
  • Delicious and nutritious local and western-style meals
  • Water resupply plan and procedure
  • Daily situational trek updates
  • Daily social media updates and images
  • Free souvenir Kokoda t-shirt and cap

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Baggage cost
  • Spending money
  • Local museum fees

Travel Prerequisites

  • Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
  • Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary. If you’ve included flights with your booking, we’ll handle this for you.
  • Passport – have a valid passport; if not contact your local passport office for assistance.
  • Visa – PNG has visa on arrival for Australian tourists but you can apply here in Australian by lodging your application in person or by registered mail with the PNG consular offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.
  • Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C plan otherwise go with a travel insurer who can cover you on the Kokoda Track and in PNG.
  • Medical – see your GP or family doctor to be deemed medically fit to complete the Kokoda Track and be protected against Malaria and other tropical illnesses.
  • Fitness – you must be physically fit and in good health to do Kokoda. This doesn’t apply to non-trekking tours.
  • Diet – inform us if you have specific dietary requirements, for instance if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
  • Travel – email us copies of your travel documents i.e. passport (only front page that has your photo ID and pers details), completed medical form, travel insurance, and travel itinerary.

You can Contact Us if you need assistance to Plan Your Trip

Optional extras

  • International flights – to and from Moresby ex Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
  • Personal Porter – highly recommended for all Kokoda treks if you’re not super fit
  • Accommodation – supplement for an extra night at the hotel in Port Moresby pre-tour or post tour
  • Photos – capture your tour moments with photographs
  • Videos – capture your tour moments on a video
  • Photos & videos – capture your tour moments with photos and a video
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Day 1:Kokoda – Hoi (approx. 2.5 hours)

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Today we begin our long awaited trek at Kokoda. After a night at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express in Port Moresby, we fly to Popondetta and travel by road to Kokoda. The drive takes us past the battle sites but now villages Wairopi spanning the Kumusi River, Gorari and Oivi. If we’re flying into Kokoda, we take a short from the airstrip to the infamous plateau where we meet our porters for the trek. Kokoda is the site of the First Battle of Kokoda and Second Battle of Kokoda. Kokoda was strategically important for the Allies because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. We begin after taking a guided tour of the battle site, memorials and museum. Our destination today is our campsite at Hoi. The trek takes us past Kovelo village before getting us into camp at the foot of the Owen Stanley Range where we camp for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 2: Hoi – Isurava Battlefield (approx. 5.5 hours)

Today, our destination is Isurava battlefield where we’ll camp for the night. After breakfast, we leave Hoi and trek up to Deniki located on a blunt-nosed spur where we stop briefly for a guided tour of the Battle of Deniki, a relatively short battle between the Australians and advancing Japanese following the battles of Kokoda before the Australians withdrew to Isurava. After the tour, we continue and trek up to Isurava and get into camp well before dusk after passing through choko fields, trickling jungle streams and postwar Isurava village. The Battle of Isurava was the site of the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. At the battlefield, we take a guided tour of the battle site and the local museum before taking pictures next to the famous granite pillars – etched with the words courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice – that serve as a memorial to the battles fallen. The battlefield is the site where Private Bruce Kingsbury of the 2/14 Battalion, AIF, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery, the first soldier to do so on Australian soil, and PNG was at the time. Private Kingsbury was later killed in action by an enemy sniper. After the tour, we enjoy scenic views and contemplate what it would have been like for the diggers during the Kokoda Campaign before having dinner and resting for the day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 3: Isurava Battlefield – Eora Creek (approx. 6 hours)

Today, we farewell Isurava and trek to our next campsite at Eora Creek. The trek takes us past Con’s Rock, a prominent flat rock used by Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous as an operating table to conduct an amputation on a digger. The rock is located near the memorial plaque of Lieutenant Harold “Butch” Bisset who was seriously wounded during the Battle of Isurava before dying in the hands of his brother, Captain Stan Bisset. After a tour of the rock, we trek to Alola village with its breathtaking views of Eora Gorge. Alola village was the location of Maroubra Force headquarters during fighting at Isurava and Abuari, the Australian infantry unit that was responsible for fighting along the Kokoda Trail. Abuari is located on the ridgeline to the east on the opposite side of the Eora gorge. After Alola, we continue along the trail before taking a detour to tour a Japanese defensive position on Eora Ridge. The position was heavily defended by the Japanese during the Australian Fighting Withdrawal and Battle of Eora Creek. The site is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has commanding views of Eora Creek on the southern side. From there, we trek to Eora Creek, the site of tragic and chaotic fighting during the Australian withdrawal early in the campaign as they fought to delay the Japanese while moving south along the trail with their wounded following the battles of Isurava and Abuari. We are take a guided tour of the battle site before settling in camp for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 4: Eora Creek – Dump 1 (Lukobo Campsite) (approx. 7 hours)

Its day 4 and today, our destination is Lukobo campsite in the vicinity of Dump 1 where we’ll setup camp. After breakfast, we leave Eora Creek and trek along sections of the trail the Australians used to leap frog along during their fighting withdrawal with the Japanese hot on their heels. We stop briefly at Templeton’s Crossing for a guided tour of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance later in the campaign. Templeton’s Crossing is named after Captain Sam Templeton, Officer Commanding of B Company of the 39th Battalion, AMF, veteran of World War I and fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia. After Templeton’s Crossing, we trek to our campsite at Dump 1 located at foothills of the towering Mt Bellamy, the second crossing of the Eora Creek where the Australians fought a battle whilst withdrawing along the trail. We get into camp in time before nightfall so we can prepare for a good night’s rest in an area engulfed by thick jungle which can be pitch black and very cold at night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 5: Dump 1 (Lukobo campsite) – Kagi (approx. 6 hours)

After spending the night in thick jungle at Dump 1, we trek up the sheer muddy slopes to Kokoda Gap (also known as the “Gap”) which rises above the blanket of clouds over the mountain ranges on a cloudy day, and Mt Bellamy, the highest point along the Kokoda Trail at 2190 m above sea level, before trekking past 1900 Campsite and Myola Track Junction. The section of the trail between the Gap and the junction is mossy and heavily wooded with giant trees and huge pandanus. It was along this section of the trail that the advancing Australians encountered their first resistance from the retreating Japanese later in the campaign. From here, we trek to Kagi Gap with panoramic views of Brigade Hill, Kagi and Naduri villages before heading down to Kagi village. No fighting took place at Kagi because of the open terrain but it was used a dropping zone for supplies and was the site of the first air strike against the advancing Japanese. We enter the village to a rousing Fuzzy Wuzzy welcome from lovely locals with their war cries and charming village choir. At Kagi we take the opportunity to have a nice cold shower from tap water fed by gravity before having dinner and chilling out in camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 6: Kagi – Menari (approx. 7.5 hours)

Its day 6 and today our destination is our campsite at Menari village. Following breakfast, we trek past Kagi airstrip and head down precipitous slopes where hordes of Japanese with lanterns were seen coming down by the Australians defending Mission Ridge further south. This is the famous Japanese “Lantern Parade.” We cross Efogi River and continue on past Efogi 1 and 2. From here it’s another challenging climb to Brigade Hill which takes us past Mission Ridge. The Battle of Brigade Hill was an unmitigated catastrophe and worst disaster faced by the Australians in the entire Kokoda Campaign. Despite courageous efforts to delay the advancing Japanese, it was a battle that resulted in defeat. The Australians were forced to withdraw one more along the trail. We take a solemn guided tour of the battle site before continuing along sections of the trail some of the Australians withdrew along to Menari. With the Japanese in hot pursuit, the Australians vacated Menari immediately for Nauro. Many troops passed through Menari like “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, AMF, caught on camera by cinematographer Damien Parer, being commended by the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner on parade in the village, after weeks of fierce fighting at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava and Eora Creek. Menari is a beautiful village with an airstrip which can easily be seen on the way there from Brigade Hill.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 7: Menari – Nauro (approx. 5 hours)

Following a night in Menari, we fix our sights on Nauro village, our next campsite for tonight. We leave Menari and trek past Menari Gap and “The Wall”, a steep near-vertical descent, which takes us past Augulogo village. From the village, we follow the banks of Nauro River before crossing the river. From there, we trek through the only swampy flats located along the Kokoda Trail before reaching our campsite at Nauro. Wartime Nauro village was down in the flats in the vicinity of the river but due to dampness and mosquitoes it had to be relocated. Withdrawing Australian composite units formed due to their reduced numbers from heavy fighting along the trail, continued the climb up range from Nauro, found a defensive position and camped before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese. Nauro village is located on spur with breathtaking views of the Owen Stanley’s and is easily distinguishable from the air with its red clayey soil.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 8: Nauro – Ofi Creek (approx. 4 hours)

After breakfast, we leave Nauro and trek up to Maguli Range. Our destination is our campsite at Ofi Creek. A quick survey of the perimeter at rest stops in cleared areas along the range will reveal Australian weapon pits from fighting along the range. After reaching the peak which has breathtaking views that will blow your mind away, we trek past Japanese Camp, Japanese Ladder, steps cut by Japanese troops cut into the clayey soil, and Station 88, a probable site of a wartime carrier camp set in a clear and noticeably large kunai grassy patch used sometimes as a helicopter-landing pad. From the station, we trek for another half hour before reaching our campsite at Ofi Creek with plenty of time to spare to take a bath and relax in camp. Many sites were chosen by the Australians as suitable ambush positions along the trail and Ofi Creek was one of them.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 9: Ofi Creek – Goodwater (approx. 7.5 hours)

Our destination today is Goodwater campsite. From Ofi, we climb up to Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance which brought them within sight of their objective, Port Moresby. It’s the location of wartime Ioribaiwa village and the site of the Battle of Ioribaiwa, a final defensive battle fought by the Australians during the campaign. After the battle site, we trek through Ioribaiwa village located on the southern slopes before heading down precipitous slopes to Ua-Ule Creek which we cross back and forth around a dozen times. Ua-Ule is the site of Dump 44 supply dump. After Ua-Ule, make another challenging climb to Imita Ridge. At the top of the ridge, we tour the site which the Australians defended after withdrawing along the trail, before going on the advance against the Japanese who stopped on the opposite ridge at Ioribaiwa. After Imita, we head down steep slopes of “The Golden Stairs,” built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of the ridge much easier. We arrive in camp in time for a nice cool bath and some delicious dinner. It’s our last night on the trek so we take the opportunity to spend time with our porters, and pay them gratitude for what their forefathers, the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, did for Australians during the Kokoda Campaign.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 10: Goodwater - Owers' Corner (approx. 2 hours)

It’s our last day on the famous Kokoda Trail and we’re all looking forward to completing the challenge of completing the Kokoda trek and ticking it off our bucketlist. So after breakfast, we farewell Goodwater and trek along the sections of the trail used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. We trek past Dump 66 which was established after Dump 44 near Ua-Ule was abandoned following Japanese occupation of Ioribaiwa, and the abandoned Uberi village, the site of a field dressing station, before reaching Goldie River. We cross the river with the help of our porters and make the last and final climb to the finish at Owers’ Corner. At the end, we’re ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters for successfully completing one of the toughest challenge before boarding our vehicle for the road trip back to Port Moresby. Enroute, we stop at McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in WWII, and Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war burial cemetery in the Pacific. We spend our last in PNG at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express before leaving the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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