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8 Day Package (6 Days of trekking)

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Departure point
Departure Time
06:00
Tour Type
Trekking Package
Duration
8 days 7 nights
Max People
16 peoples
Booking before
23 days
Contact Information

Tour guide: Jesse Leta

Mobile: (+675) 746-40056

Website: https://www.indigenouskokodaadventures.com

Email: info@indigenouskokodaadventures.com

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Day 1
Pre-Trek Arrival – Jackson’s International Airport, Port Moresby

Upon your arrival at the above airport, you will be met by an Indigenous Kokoda Adventures (IKA) representative who will ensure your transfer to the Holiday Inn & Suites where you and your fellow trekkers will spend the night (in a little bit of luxury) before heading out in the early morning. 

There will be a pre-trek gathering in the evening where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow trekkers, the group leaders and some of the porters and have a group dinner together.  After the meal, you will be briefed about the challenge you are about to embark on and this is where IKA will gather and record your insurance information and other paperwork necessary for the trip.

 

After the briefing, you (should) head to bed early and enjoy your hotel room and bed as it is fair to say that the next few days may be a little less comfortable.

 

Also note:

Your international flight costs are not included in the trek package cost however we can assist you with your flight arrangements if necessary.

 

Included:

Overnight at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Port Moresby

Day 2
Port Moresby to Kokoda to Isurava Village (approximately 5 hours)

We take an early morning chartered flight to Kokoda where you will meet the rest of our porters and guides.  Once we are ready, we make our way to Deniki where along the way you will see monuments, memorials and also have a few minutes to visit the museum.  There will be a short battle site briefing by your trek leader about the Australian defensive position on the Kokoda plateau where the gallant 39th Militia Battalion first met the Japanese army on July 27th, 1942.

 

We now begin our climb over the infamous Owen Stanley Range.  We continue on, heading for Deniki where the first battle after the Australian withdrawal from Kokoda took place.  Carrying on, we continue to head for Isurava Village where along the way we see the magnificent Isurava Memorial which was opened by Sir Michael Somare and The Honourable John Howard, the Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, on the 60th anniversary of the battle.

 

We trek to Alola Village, making sure to look back to admire the spectacular views of the Kokoda Valley.  We spend our first night in Isurava.

Included:

Overnight at Village Hut
Breakfast (Port Moresby), Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Isurava to Templeton’s Crossing Campsite (approximately 7 hours)

Today we trek to Iora Creek.  This was the final obstacle in the Australian advance and the scene of one of the most dramatic situations during the withdrawal from Isurava which involved savage fighting and many bitter memories for those involved.  You will see one of the key Japanese defensive positions at the tip of the ridge and we continue our trek to the Templeton’s Crossing campsite.

 

Included:

Accommodation: Village Hut
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Templeton’s Crossing Campsite to Efogi Village (approximately 10 hours)

This morning we depart the campsite and trek to the crossing area where the Australian soldiers fought a bloody campaign over a 17 day period in October of 1942.  The need for supplies was so great and the situation so desperate, that the Japanese defenders turned to cannibalism in order to survive.

 

We make the climb to Kokoda Gap and enjoy the spectacular views back down beyond the Kokoda Plateau, continuing the climb to Mt. Bellamy.  This is the highest point of the Track.  After this, we enter the moss forest and continue through to the Tovovo Lookout, with the views of Naduri, Efogi and Brigade Hill.  The trek continues down to Naduri Village where we continue through and follow the track down the steep path to Evoge Creek.  We climb up the other (steep) side and journey on to Launumu Village.

 

From Launumu Village, we trek down and cross Kavae Creek and walk on to Efogi Village.  Efogi Village is the largest village on the Kokoda Track with a museum, first aid post and a landing strip.  Here we will take some time to explore the village and meet some of the locals who are welcoming and friendly.  Efogi Village is our stopping place for the night.

 

Included:

Accommodation: Village Hut
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Efogi Village to Naoro Village (approximately 9 hours)

Today we climb up to Brigade Hill.  Brigade Hill is where the positions were held by the 2/14th and 2/16 Battalions during the battle of Brigade Hill.   We will visit an Australian gravesite and then make our way down the ridge to Vabiavi River and make the climb to Menari Village.  Menari is a large village and was also home to one of the original Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, Faole Bokoi.

 

Menari is the village where Lt. Col. Ralph Honner made his inspiring and now very well-known speech to the men of the 39th Battalion.

 

We continue our trek, leaving Menari, climbing to the crest of Ladavi Saddle to the Menari Gap and then to the Naoro Swamp area.  We cross the Naoro River and continue through the swampy area to Naoro Village, which is our home for the night.

 

Included:

Accommodation: Village Hut
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Naoro Village to Va’ule Creek (approximately 10 hours)

This is another long day.  We start by climbing the Maguli Range to the top of Mogolonumu and then follow the Track south.  We will be able to see the Japanese weapon pits and communication trenches.  We then climb Ioribaiwa Ridge and see where the Japanese finally stopped.  We can see the weapon pits and then we walk down to Ioribaiwa Village, continuing down the steep path to Va’ule.  We will cross the Va’ule Creek several times before we reach the camp site.

 

Included:

Accommodation: Village Hut
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Va’ule Creek to Owers Corner (approximately 4 hours)

Today is our last climb of Imita Ridge.  We descend in the area of the ‘golden staircase’ and then trek down, passing Good Water Campsite and Dump 66.  We continue though the abandoned village site of Uberi to Goldie River and make the final climb up to Owers Corner. 

 

At Owers Corner our bus will be waiting for us and will take us back to Port Moresby.  However before we go back to the hotel, we will make a stop at the Bomana War Cemetery.  This is an opportunity to pay our respects to the fallen Soldiers and we can pause to remember and give thanks to all those people, regardless of where they were from, who made the ultimate sacrifice as part of the 1942 Kokoda Campaign.

 

We continue to the hotel.

 

Included:

Accommodation:  Holiday Inn & Suites
Breakfast

Day 8
Departure Day

You are free to depart at any time. 

 

Note:

Accommodation along the Kokoda Track is in Village Huts. Indigenous Kokoda Adventures reserves the right to vary the trek’s itinerary/schedule in th event of unforeseen circumstances.

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