(OWERS’ CORNER- IORIBAIWA RETURN)
This short Kokoda budget trek is the “ideal” trek for those who want to walk the famous and WW2 re-known Kokoda Trail but don’t have the time to do the entire trek. Unlike other tours which keep you in the city, this trek will take you well away from Port Moresby for a couple of nights. It begins when we meet you at your hotel, followed closely by a tour of Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery in the South Pacific, before getting dropped-off at Owers’ Corner for the start.
Led and supported by an expert guide and porters, you’ll set off through the thick and pristine rainforest jungle of the Owen Stanley’s on the wartime track which was heavily defended by soldiers during the Kokoda campaign in 1942. Cross fast flowing creeks, walk through deep gullies, navigate razorback ridges, and reach high ground which offer some of the most spectacular views in the world which will make your heart skip a beat. During the hike, you’ll camp in a jungle campsite and beautiful village, well away from the “real world” that’s abound with hectic schedules, work pressures and the never-ending rat race. In the village, you’ll get to meet the lovely locals whose forefathers played a significant role as carriers during the war, commonly known as the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. This short trek has the hallmark of an authentic Kokoda and PNG travel experience, where you’ll concurrently enjoy the challenge of one of the toughest treks in the world, and get to be a part of the country’s unique culture, rich biodiversity and deep- rooted military history.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Port Moresby|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||See Plan Your Trip|
- Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority.
- Bilingual PNG tour leader.
- Experienced PNG tour guide.
- Battle site and areas of military significance tours.
- 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).
- Road transport (Port Moresby – 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 western-style and local meals.
- Water resupply plan and procedure.
- Daily situational trek updates.
- Souvenir Kokoda Trail Expeditions t-shirt and cap.
What’s Not Included
- Travel insurance.
- Visa and passport costs.
- Medical expenses.
- Baggage cost.
- Spending money.
- Local museum fees.
- Reception and airport transfers.
- Hotel accommodation and meals.
- Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
- Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary.
- 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 a PNG consular office in your country.
- Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. Contact an insurance broker for 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Day 1: Owers’ Corner – Goodwater campsite (approx. 2 hours)
Today we begin our long awaited trek. After a night at our respective hotels, we are picked up and travel to Owers’ Corner, the drop-off point of the Kokoda Trail. Enroute, we tour Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery in the Pacific, and McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail. From Owers’ Corner, we trek to Goodwater campsite where we camp for the night after crossing Goldie River with help of our porters, and trekking past the abandoned Uberi village, the site of a field dressing station, and Dump 66 supply dump a supply dump established after Dump 44 near Ua-Ule was abandoned following Japanese occupation of Ioribaiwa. We receive commentaries on the areas of military significance from Owers’ Corner to Goodwater before camping for the night.
Meals: Lunch and dinner only
Day 2: Goodwater – Ioribaiwa (approx. 5 hours)
Today, our destination is our campsite at the village of Ioribaiwa. After breakfast, we take the climb up the famous Golden Stairs to Imita Ridge, built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top ridge easier. 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 trek down precipitous slopes to Ua-Ule Creek, which we cross back and forth, around a dozen times, before making the climb to our campsite at Ioribaiwa village. After we settle in camp, we grab our water bottles and daypacks and trek up to Ioribaiwa Ridge for a tour of the battle site before returning to the village. Ioribaiwa Ridge is the site of the Battle of Ioribaiwa, which brought the Japanese within sight of their objective Port Moresby before they retreated back the way they came.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Ioribaiwa – Owers’ Corner (approx. 6.5 hours)
Today is our last day and we trek back to Owers’ Corner. We leave after breakfast, and trek down the steep slopes to Ua-Ule Creek before making the challenging climb to Imita Ridge. We stop for at the top of the ridge then head down the slopes of the Golden Stairs to Goodwater where we have lunch. Following Goodwater, we trek back past Dump 66 and Uberi village, before crossing Goldie River with the help of our porters, and making the last and final to the finish at Ower’s Corner. On reaching the top, we are ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters before travelling back by road to Port Moresby where we spend the night at our hotel before leaving the next day.