Trip Type : Small Group Tour
The Kokoda Track tour
Trekking & Expeditions Hiking The Kokoda Track package
Hiking & Walking Trekking The Kokoda Track package

The Kokoda Track

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 3,068 $ 279 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Trek the famous Kokoda Track with a local cooperative that ensures local villages and communities benefit directly
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Australian and allied soldiers who battled to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces in 1942. Hear incredible tales of courage and personal sacrifice from the local historian who accompanies you on the trek
  • Meet friendly locals and stay in remote villages
  • Hike up the arid spines of mountains and through valleys of lush rainforest. This challenging, rewarding adventure invites you to confront your own physical and mental boundaries in the middle of the jungle
  • Get to know your personal porter, who will look out for you every step of the way
  • Our Intrepid Kokoda trip includes a personal porter for each person on our trip, and one food porter per two Intrepid travellers. This not only ensures that you have the best experience possible, but we are also supporting employment in PNG.

Short Description

Surrounded by dense greenery, glistening rivers and incredible views, it is hard to believe that just over 70 years ago the historical 96 km Kokoda Trail was the site of one of the bloodiest battles for Australian troops in World War II. Even nowadays, to conquer the trail requires dedication, courage and mateship, just like it did back in the 1940s. Begin the adventure in Port Moresby before visiting the Kokoda Memorial and undertaking seven days of steamy trekking through the dense Papua New Guinea heat. Meet friendly locals along the way, test your personal stamina and undertake a journey as challenging mentally as it is physically.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Port Moresby
End City Port Moresby

Cities & Attractions

Port Moresby

Activities

Hiking Trekking

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Itinerary

Day 1 Port Moresby

Your adventure begins in the capital of Port Moresby. An airport arrival transfer is included. Attend a pre-trip briefing this evening at 6 pm to meet your fellow travellers and trek leader and local trekking crew.

Day 2 Kokoda

This morning take a short, spectacularly scenic flight over the jungle canopies and craggy peaks of the Owen Stanley Range to the landing strip of Kokoda on a chartered flight operated by Tropic Air. The flight takes approximately 35 minutes, and depending on availability of aircraft and the size of the group the plane may have to make 2 journeys. On arrival in Kokoda, be welcomed by our local trekking team and introduced to your personal and food porters. Kokoda, situated at 340 metres above sea level, is a hot and humid place, but there’s a nearby river to cool off in. You will have time to explore and visit the Kokoda Memorial and War Museum today. After lunch set off for the village of Deniki (4-5 hours). Begin with a flat walk through rows of palm oil and rubber tree plantations, passing through Kovelo and Hoi villages before the first steep ascent up the Owen Stanley Range. Deniki village is 900 metres above sea level, and on arrival you’re greeted with spectacular views across the Kokoda Valley.

Day 3 Isurava

Commence the first full day of trekking with an early start by heading to Isurava village. Pass through choko gardens planted by local villagers and by water holes where you can fill up your bottle. Your trek leader or porters will let you know the best fill-up points. Arrive at Isurava village, which is 1,350 metres above sea level. The village has been relocated several times since World War II, but now sits in a tranquil location with good access to water and sunshine. Continue to the famous Isurava battlefield, where you’ll stop for a break during which your leader will explain the significance of the site. A powerful memorial built by the Australian Government commemorates the qualities of ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance’. Spend the night at the village of Alola which sits at 1,400 metres on the mountainside overlooking Iora Valley and Auberi village.

Day 4 Iora Creek / Templeton’s Crossing / Lokobo

The trek to Templeton’s Crossing begins with a walk through lush rainforest and past creeks and rivers that feed directly out of mountain springs. Follow the hilly trail to Iora Creek, where you’ll enjoy a short break and can freshen up in the river. It takes a further three hours to reach Templeton’s Crossing. Iron rods symbolise the sites where fallen soldiers once lay. Our overnight will be at Lokobo, high up in the mountains at approximately 1,900 metres above sea level. It can get cold at night so be sure to bring base layers.

Day 5 Kokoda Gap / Lake Myola / Efogi

A tough and long day of trekking is ahead of you today, as you climb to the highest point of the trek at Mount Bellamy’s ridge, also referred to as the Kokoda Gap. The gap was used for planes travelling between the north coast and Port Moresby. The ridge is 2,190-metres above sea level and provides some spectacular views across the Owen Stanley Ranges. The track towards Myola can be challenging, especially in wet conditions. It’s not too steep, but can be muddy and slippery. Be sure to stay close to your personal porter and follow his every step. Continue to Lake Myola where Australian troops once dropped in supplies during the war. This is an expanse of grassland scored with winding creeks. The trek to Naduri, at 1,550 metres, is a long and steady descent through a lot of open Kunai grassland. After a short break at Naduri, walk the steep and slippery trail towards Efogi II. Enjoy a well-deserved break on arrival. The villagers sell a range of local fruits and foods, so be sure to carry small change with you to purchase organically grown produce. Continue on the one-hour descent to Efogi I (1,200 metres above sea level), which is short but exhausting. Upon arrival into Efogi I, be greeted by local villagers and welcomed by the Siosi family, the owners of the cooperative guesthouse you’ll stay in. Efogi I is the largest of the Koiari villages along the trail with an estimated population of 400-500 people.

Day 6 Brigade Hill / Menari

Start early this morning to make the climb up to Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill (approximately at 1,450 metres above sea level). The walk to Brigade Hill from Efogi I takes 1-2 hours. Glorious views can be enjoyed from the top. On a clear day, you can see right across to Mount Victoria, the highest mountain in the region, and over Mt Bellamy, Efogi I and II and the Kagi villages. After a long break head down the back of Mission Ridge, which is a steep and sometimes slippery path. From there it's a 40-minute climb to Menari village, situated at 850 metres above sea level. In Menari, be welcomed by the local villagers, including descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels - local villagers who assisted the allied soldiers as they defended the territory against the Japanese.

Day 7 Nauro

Kick start the day with a one-and-a-half-hour climb to the top of Menari Ridge (1,130 metres above sea level) to enjoy panoramic views back towards Nauro and Brigade Hill. After a short break, tackle the steep and sometimes slippery trail down the back of the ridge for about an hour. From here enter Nauro Valley and cross the Brown River. Today is a relatively short walk, but the trail can be swampy and unpleasant during the rains. For most trekkers it should be a comfortable walk. In the evening, stay at a guesthouse in New Nauro village, situated at 990 metres, and bathe in a stream.

Day 8 Maguli Range / Ofi Creek / Ioribaiwa

Tackle the Nine False Peaks to the top of Maguli Range (1,350 metres) this morning. This involves roughly three hours of serious uphill trekking. From the top of the ridge, make the first of many descents today, with a rest stop at Jap’s Ladder. At Ofi Creek take another break and continue on to historic Ioribaiwa, situated at approximately 650 metres. It was here that the Japanese troops fought their final victorious battle against the Australians before withdrawing. This is where the group will set up camp for the night.

Day 9 Ua-Ule Creek / Goldie River

Your journey continues down the steep Ioribaiwa Ridge before picking your way across multiple river and creek crossings to Uaule Creek. Expect wet boots, or come prepared with sandals. Continue with a trek up the back of Imita Ridge for about one-and-a-half hours. From here, trek down what was once known as the Golden Staircase. This was built by Australian troops during the war to transport artillery and supplies from Port Moresby. Today is a long day of trekking and a good example of why trekkers must be mentally and physically prepared for this arduous walk. From Goodwater, push on for close to three hours towards Goldie River where the group will set up camp.

Day 10 Owers' Corner / Port Moresby

This morning climb the final hill of the trek to Owers' Corner. You have walked the Kokoda Track! Board your private transfer at Owers' Corner and be transferred back to Port Moresby. Along the way visit Bomana War Cemetery, where 3,600 Australian soldiers were laid to rest at the end of World War II. In the evening, meet the trekking team for a drink at the hotel. This is a great way to wind down and reflect on your trekking adventure.

Day 11 Port Moresby

The trip ends in Port Moresby this morning after breakfast. There are no activities included on this day and you’re free to depart at any time. A departure transfer is included in the cost of your trip – please reconfirm your flight details and departure time with your leader.

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Doing the Kokoda track was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone and there were many good things about the intrepid group however there were a few things it was lacking as well. I loved that it was a small group, Our Historian was awesome, the porters were awesome but there are a few small things could be improved on. 1 - Services should be conducted. 2 - There should be enough tents for everyone. 3 - The final dinner should be included as part of the trip.
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The Kokoda Track trip was fantastic. It was very different to any other trip previously taken. The history and local knowledge was fabulous and the small trekking group was most appealing to us when booking this trip.
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Recently went on the USA western highlights trek, had the most amazing experience ever, well organised, our guides Jenn and Tyler were amazing, friendly & helpful, can’t wait to book another trip, highly recommend intrepid
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I've sadly just finished the Serengeti Trail. Words cannot describe how amazing this was. We had 13 awesome people in the group and the 3 crew - Benson, Kioko and Kennedy were amazing beyond any expectation. Everything was smooth, no hiccups, campsites and lodgings were fantastic. We saw 4 of the Big 5 and even experienced some things that the crew hadn't seen before. I've learnt so much and now enjoying some downtime in Zanzibar.
If I could suggest 1 thing, would be another electric fridge for our drinks, there is one for the meat. After drinking warm everything for 3 days, we were dying for a cold drink and you couldn't get ice.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Plane,Private Vehicle,On Foot

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

Accomodations

Hotel (2 nts),Village community hut or camping (8 nts)

Guides

Our Kokoda trips are accompanied by a crew consisting of a tour leader, a lead man, and the porters. We have established a partnership directly with the local landowners to ensure that our clients receive not only the best value for their trip, but also the best cultural interactions possible. In choosing to support this collective of landowners, we have been able to select the best of the Kokoda Track's local guides and porters to work with us. Our guides have been trekking the Kokoda Track for up to 10-15 years and have learnt the skills, knowledge and tricks of the trade from many extremely experienced and long-established Kokoda Track tour operators. The collective was created by local experienced guides from the Kokoda Track, and its members represent a number of villages from Nauro to Eora Creek. The collective was formed with the objective to empower local landowners along the track and to enhance the international profile of local guides, many of whom are the original descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. We are working with the collective to provide ongoing training and development opportunities for local people - we hope that with time, our porters of today will gain the experience to become lead man, and ultimately tour leaders. TOUR LEADER: Each group will be assigned a local tour leader who will be responsible for communication with home base, decision making on the track and liaising between the lead man, porters and trekkers. The tour leader has ultimate responsibility for the group on the Track, and has the authority of us in all instances - including making decisions on whether a trekker can continue if sick or injured. Due to the remote locations being trekked and the limited resources available locally, it is imperative that the seniority of the tour leader is respected and supported by all trekkers. The lead man and porters will not act against the instruction of the tour leader. Any decisions made by the tour leader reflect the needs and safety of the whole group which must be prioritised above the wishes of individual clients. LEAD MAN: The lead man will be at the front end of the group at all times and is responsible for setting the pace for the trekking group. The lead man is the senior assistant to the tour leader and he will be in contact with the tour leader who is positioned at the back end of the group. PORTERS: Included in your tour cost is the assistance of a personal porter to carry your main kit. Please note that there is a weight limit of 10 kilograms for personal belongings carried by the porters as they will also carry your additional food and their own personal belongings.. Any additional items will need to be carried by the trekkers themselves in day-packs - each day you will be asked to carry your own water and one day’s snack pack as well as personal items such as your camera, guidebook etc. We include a 1:1 trekker to porter ratio to promote relationship building between porters and trekkers. Our aim is to provide greater employment opportunities for porters as well as ensuring that all our trekkers complete the trek from start to finish. For some trekkers, part of the challenge is to carry their own pack - we encourage you to take advantage of the porter's presence so that you can focus on enjoying the trek and staying safe and well. By nature, local people are quite shy, so if they offer their hand to assist you and you decline, they will wait for you to ask for help in the future. Their experience and kindness will astound you and we encourage you to use this unique opportunity to get to know them as much as possible. Try to look at your Kokoda Track trek as an exercise in partnership rather than as a challenge for the individual. Our intention is that the relationship between the trekkers and the porters becomes one of the most important experiences of the trip, reflecting the wartime bonds between Australian troops and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.

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  • Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby
  • Islander Drive
  • Waigani
  • Port Moresby
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  • Phone: 675 3032002

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