9 Days
Duration
Tough
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
Location
14+
Age
February- November
Dates

(KOKODA OWERS CORNER)

Trek the entire Kokoda Trail from Kokoda to Owers’ Corner, following the path of the Australian fighting withdrawal in WW2.

Be led by an experienced, bilingual, and fit Papua New Guinean tour leader as you learn about the Kokoda Campaign. Tour the battle sites of Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava, Eora Creek, Templeton’s Crossing, Brigade Hill, Maguli Range, Ioribaiwa, and Imita Ridge, and see firsthand where many soldiers fought and fell. Experience the challenge and imagine how difficult it must have been for them fighting the Japanese in the rugged jungles of PNG. Tour defensive positions still littered with ordnance from the fighting while you trek through one the most pristine tropical rainforests in the world. Get the opportunity to meet the descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, native stretcher bearers who helped evacuate wounded Australian soldiers during the fighting as you setup camp in their beautiful villages. And enjoy breathtaking and panoramic views never seen anywhere around the globe.

DESTINATION Owers’ Corner – Kokoda
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby
TOUR TYPE History
MIN PERSON 2
TOUR LEADER Papua New Guinean
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
 TOUR DURATION  9 Days
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
TOTAL TRIP DURATION  11 Days
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What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority.
  • Bilingual and experienced PNG tour leader.
  • Knowledgeable PNG tour guide.
  • 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.
  • 4-star 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 to drop-off and pickup points (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 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

  • 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.
  • 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 all that 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.
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Day 1: Kokoda - Deniki (approx. 3.5 hours)

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We begin our trek this morning at Kokoda. After a night at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express in Port Moresby, we fly to Popondetta. On arrival, we are met then driven to Kokoda which takes us past the battle sites but now villages of Wairopi, Gorari and Oivi, before reaching Kokoda. If we’re flying into Kokoda, we take a short walk from the airstrip to the infamous plateau where we meet with our porters for the trek. Kokoda is the site of the First Battle of Kokoda and the Second Battle of Kokoda, early in the campaign. Kokoda was strategically important to the Allies because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. After a guided tour of the battle site, memorials and museum, we set off, we set off along the Kokoda Trail for our first campsite at Deniki. Located on a prominent blunt-nosed spur with breathtaking views of the Yodda Valley, it’s the site of the Battle of Deniki, a relatively short battle between the Australians and Japanese following the battles of Kokoda before Australians withdrew to Isurava. After a guided tour of our first campsite, we have dinner and rest up for more trekking ahead of us.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 2: Deniki – Con’s Rock (approx. 5 hours)

After breakfast, we set-off and trek to our next campsite at Con’s Rock which takes us past thick rainforest, trickling jungle streams and choko fields. Our first stop is Isurava Battlefield located after postwar Isurava village. The Battle of Isurava was the site of the first major battle in the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. We take a guided tour of the famous battle site, visit the local museum and take 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 our tour, we say goodbye to Isurava and trek to Con’s Rock, a prominent flat rock Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous used as an operating table to conduct an amputation on a digger following the Battle of Isurava. The rock is located near the memorial plaque of Lieutenant Harold “Butch” Bisset who was seriously wounded in the same battle before dying in the hands of his brother, Captain Stan Bisset. We take a guided tour of this historical place before camping for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 3: Con’s Rock - Templeton's Crossing (approx. 8.5 hours)

Its day 3 and today our destination is Templeton’s Crossing. Following breakfast, we set off and 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 sites is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has commanding views of Eora Creek on the southern side. Following the tour, 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 continuing on to Templeton’s Crossing, the site 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, a veteran of World War I and fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia. We take a guided tour of Templeton’s Crossing before having dinner and camping for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 4: Templeton's Crossing - Kagi (approx. 7 hours)

Today our destination is beautiful Kagi village where we’ll be camping. After Templeton’s Crossing, we trek past Dump 1, the second crossing of Eora Creek where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal early in the campaign. From the dump, we trek up 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 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 turn-off 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 which provides a beautiful vista of Brigade Hill, Kagi and Naduri villages before descending 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 5: Kagi - Menari (approx. 7.5 hours)

After breakfast, we leave Kagi and trek past Kagi airstrip and down precipitous slopes where hordes of Japanese with lanterns were seen coming down by the Australians defending Mission Ridge located further south. This is the famous Japanese “Lantern Parade.” We cross Efogi River and continue past Efogi 1 and 2. From here, it’s another relentless climb which takes us past Mission Ridge and onto 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. The Australians were forced to withdraw again along the trail. We take a solemn guided tour of the battle site before continuing along sections of trail some of the Australians withdrew along to Menari after the battle. 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, 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 fighting at Kokoda, Deniki Isurava and Eora Creek. Menari is a beautiful village with an airstrip which can easily be seen from lookouts along the way.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 6: Menari - Nauro (approx. 5 hours)

Today our destination is Nauro village. We leave Menari and trek past Menari Gap and “The Wall”, a steep near-vertical descent which takes onto and past Augulogo village before following the banks of Nauro River and eventually 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 to its current location. 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 7: Nauro - Ioribaiwa (approx. 5.5 hours)

Following breakfast, we leave Nauro and trek up to Maguli Range and onto Ioribaiwa. On the range, a quick survey of the perimeter at rest stops in cleared areas will reveal Australian weapon pits. We trek past Japanese Camp and 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 Ofi Creek. Many sites were chosen by the Australians as suitable ambush positions along the trail and Ofi Creek was one of them. From Ofi, we climb 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. Following a tour of the battle site, we continue down to Ioribaiwa village and setup camp. We get there in time to watch its beautiful sunset if it’s a clear day before having dinner and getting some rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 8: Ioribaiwa - Goodwater Campsite (approx. 6 hours)

Today we set our sights on Goodwater campsite. We leave beautiful Ioribaiwa village and trek downs precipitous slopes to Ua-Ule Creek which we cross back and forth around a dozen times. Dump 44 supply dump is located in its vicinity. From Ua-Ule, we make another unrelenting 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 trek to Goodwater which takes us down the steep slopes of the “The Golden Stairs,” built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of the ridge much easier. We arrive in time for a nice cool bath in the nearby creek and spend one the last night with the porters on the Kokoda Trail.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 9: Goodwater – Owers’ Corner (approx. 2 hours)

It’s our last day on our fantastically challenging but rewarding trek. Following breakfast, we bid farewell to Goodwater and trek along the section of the trail used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. We trek past Dump 66, 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. With the help of our lovely porters, we cross the river and make the last and final big climb to the finish at Owers’ Corner. At the finish, we’re ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters for completing the greatest, if not, the biggest challenge of our lives. We take final pictures of our arduous journey with the arches and the Owen Stanley’s’ in the backdrop before boarding our vehicle for the road move back to Port Moresby. Enroute, we tour McDonald’s Corner, the original road head on to the Kokoda Trail in World War II, and Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war burial ground in the Pacific. This our last night in-country before leaving PNG the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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