(OWERS’ CORNER- KOKODA)
This Kokoda extreme trek is for the extremely fit who want to push their physical boundaries in completing the arduous Kokoda Track in as little as 5-days. Specifically tailored to be safe, this is a trek to test your mental endurance and physical stamina with its basis stemming from the courage, mateship, endurance, and sacrifice of Australian diggers who defied all odds to prevent the Japanese invasion of Papua New Guinea.
This is not for the faint-hearted and more targeted for those who are properly trained, extremely fit, and sufficiently prepared. Be led by a fit PNG tour leader with immense local knowledge, and the support of our fittest porters who’ll make sure you’re trekking safely, properly fed, and well looked after. Set off at Owers’ Corner in the north, and trek along the precipitous wartime trek that meanders its way over the rugged jungle terrain through the Owen Stanley’s, before finishing at Kokoda in the south. You’ll camp in amazing jungle campsites and beautiful villages along the way, populated by wonderful PNG locals, descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who live on the simple pleasures of a subsistence farming lifestyle. Sure the trek will be tough in places, but the views and the entering of another village is always delightful and breathtaking. After Kokoda, everyone will be flown back to Port Moresby to transit back home.
|DESTINATION||Owers’ Corner – Kokoda|
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea|
|TOUR LEADER||Papua New Guinean|
|TOUR GUIDE||Papua New Guinean|
|TOUR DURATION||5 Days|
|TRAVEL DURATION||2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)|
|TOTAL TRIP DURATION||7 Days|
|WEAR||See Plan Your Trip|
- Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority.
- Bilingual PNG tour leader.
- Experienced PNG tour guide.
- Kokoda extreme trek.
- Battle site and areas of military significance tours.
- 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 post-trek (Kokoda-Port Moresby / Popondetta-Port Moresby).
- Road transport (Port Moresby-Owers’ Corner, and Kokoda-Popondetta).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 - Nauro (approx. 13.5 hours)
Today, we begin our extreme Kokoda trek. After breakfast, we leave either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express and travel by road to Owers’ Corner, the drop-off point of the Kokoda Trail. Enroute, we tour Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war burial ground in the Pacific, and McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in World War II. Today our destination is our campsite at Nauro village. After Owers’ Corner, we trek down sections of the trail cut into the steep slopes by Australian engineers and used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge before crossing Goldie River with the help of our porters. From there, we head past the abandoned Uberi village and Dump 66 supply dump before reaching Goodwater, we head up the infamous Golden Stairs, built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of Imita 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 head down precipitous slopes to Ua-Ule Creek, which we cross back and forth around a dozen times, before climbing to Ioribaiwa village. After the village, we continue the climb to Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance which brought them within sight of their objective, Port Moresby. The ridge is the site of the Battle of Ioribaiwa, a final defensive battle fought by the Australians during the Kokoda Campaign, and wartime Ioribaiwa village. We tour then continue past Ofi Creek and up to Maguli Range. From there, the trek takes us past Station 88, a probable site of a wartime carrier camp set in a clear and prominent large kunai grassy patch used sometimes as a helicopter-landing pad, Japanese Ladder, steps dug by Japanese soldiers into the clayey soil, and Japanese Camp. After the camp is Maguli Range and Nauro lookout with breathtaking views of the Owen Stanley Range. At rest stops in cleared areas, there is an excellent opportunity for a quick survey of the perimeter to reveal Australian weapon pits. The retreating Australians found a defensive position along the range before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese. From the lookout, we head down to our campsite at Nauro village, which was relocated here after wartime village in the swampy flats further north was abandoned due to dampness and mosquitoes.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 2: Nauro - Kagi (approx. 12 hours)
Today’s trek is slightly less intense. After a night at beautiful Nauro, we head down and trek through the only flats located along the Kokoda Trail, before crossing Nauro River, again with the help of our porters. After the crossing, we trek along the bank of the river to Augulogo village. After the village, we take a steep climb up the slopes of “The Wall,” which takes us to a beautiful lookout with a breathtaking panorama of more mountain ranges. After a short rest, we trek up to Menari Gap and Menari village. Many Australian troops passed through Menari during the Kokoda Campaign and one that’s more notable is “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, AMF, caught on camera by cinematographer Damien Parer, as they were being commended on parade in the village by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner, following weeks of intense fight north of the trail at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava, and Eora Creek. After Menari, we cross Vaibuagi River, then make the unrelenting climb to Brigade Hill. 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, forcing the Australians to withdraw further along the trail. We tour the battle site before continuing past Mission Ridge, from where the Australians defending its razor-sharp ridgelines saw hordes of Japanese troops with lanterns coming down the precipitous slopes of Kagi to the north. This was the famous “Japanese Lantern Parade.” We trek past Efogi 1 and Efogi 2 before reaching Efogi River, which we cross then climb to our campsite at Menari. No fighting took place at Kagi because of the open terrain, but it was used as 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 calming village choir and some much-needed rest after another grueling day on the trek.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Kagi – Eora Creek (approx. 13 hours)
Today, our destination is our campsite at Eora Creek. After Kagi, we trek up to Kagi Gap with its beautiful panorama of Brigade Hill, Kagi and Naduri villages. After the gap, we continue past Myola Turn-Off and 1900 Campsite before reaching Mt Bellamy, the highest point on the Kokoda Trail at 2,190 m above sea level, and Kokoda Gap (also the known as the “Gap”) which rises above the blanket of clouds over the mountain ranges on a cloudy day. The area between the turn-off and the “Gap” 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 the Gap, we trek down precipitous muddy slopes to Dump 1, the first crossing of the Eora Creek, where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal early in the campaign. After the crossing, we continue to Templeton’s Crossing, the site of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing. The crossing is named after Captain Sam Templeton, Officer Commanding of B Company of the 39th Battalion, AMF, veteran of World War I, and a fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia. We tour before continuing the trek to Eora Creek the site of the Battle of Eora Creek. Eora Creek was the site of tragic and chaotic fighting during the Australian withdrawal early in the campaign, as they fought to delay the advancing Japanese while moving along the trail with their wounded following heavy fighting at Isurava and Abuari. We arrive in camp before nightfall and in time for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Eora Creek to Deniki (approx. 8.5 hours)
After a night at Eora Creek, we leave at the crack of dawn we continue along the trail before taking a detour to view a Japanese defensive position on Eora Ridge. The position was heavily defended during the Australian Fighting Withdrawal and Battle of Eora Creek during the campaign. The site is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has good visibility of Eora Creek on the southern side. From there, we head to Alola 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 to Con’s Rock, a flat rock used by Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous as an operating table to conduct an amputation on a digger. The rock is located next to 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 the rock, we continue to Isurava battlefield. The Battle of Isurava was the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. We tour the famous battle site before visiting the village museum and taking pictures of 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 battlefield, we continue past post-war Isurava village to our campsite at Deniki, a battle site located on a blunt nosed spur with breathtaking views of the Yodda Valley. The Battle of Deniki was a relatively short battle for the Australians following the battles of Kokoda before they withdrew to Isurava. We get into camp before nightfall and in time for a nice hearty dinner and more rest.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5: Deniki - Kokoda (approx. 3.5 hours)
Today is our final day on our arduous Kokoda trek. Following breakfast, we leave Deniki and take a rather less gruelling final trek into Kokoda after passing the villages of Hoi and Deniki. Kokoda is the site of First Battle of Kokoda, and Second Battle of Kokoda. Kokoda was strategically important in World War II as it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. At the finish, we are ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters, before a tour of tour of the battle site, memorials, and museum. After the tour, we say goodbye to our porters and travel by road to Popondetta’s Girua Airport to catch our flight back to Port Moresby. The drive takes us past famous battle sites but the villages of Oivi, Gorari and Wairopi. If we’re flying out of Kokoda, it’s a short walk across from the infamous plateau to Kokoda airstrip to meet our plane. On arrival, we are met by the hotel bus and transferred to our accommodation at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express where we spend a night before departing PNG the next morning.