Arrive at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.
You’ll be met by your Senior Papua New Guinean guide at the airport and transported to our accommodation at the Lamana Hotel.
Pre-trek safety and information briefing.
Dinner and final equipment checks.
DAY 2: DENIKI
Early wake up call, breakfast and transport to domestic terminal.
30 min flight to Popondetta.
3 hr road trip to Kokoda Village, stopping at significant battle sites along the way at Awala, Gorari and the Kumusi River.
Kokoda plateau battle field visit along with the Bert Kienzle museum and memorials.
3 hour trek to Deniki with sweeping views of the Yodda Valley. It was from here the young defenders from the 39th Battalion looked down to Kokoda and the massing Japanese forces in early August 1942
DAY 3: ALOLA
Today we continue our uphill climb before we reach the incredible memorial at the Isurava battle site. Here we explore the battle filed where a large scale and extremely pivotal battle took place over 4 days in August 1942.
After lunch we move up toward the Resthouse area which was the scene of another ferocious firefight as the Japanese were trying to outflank the Australian positions.
We finish our day at Alola which was the location of Brigade HQ during the Isurava battle.
DAY 4: TEMPLETON’S CROSSING
The start of the day begins with a sharp descent and then a climb up to the Eora Creek battle site where we observe the position of a Japanese mountain gun deployed against the advancing Australians in October 1942.
We then descend down to the mighty Eora Creek where we break for morning tea.
As we begin another climb uphill we pass by old Australian trenches used as defensive positions during the Australian withdrawal.
A long and challenging day sees us reach the welcome sight of our camp at Templeton’s Crossing.
DAY 5: NADURI
This morning we start with a sharp climb to the top of Mount Bellamy which is the highest point we reach on the track (2190m).
We then descend steadily before arriving at the stunning 1900 Crossing camp site where we break for morning tea.
It’s then onto the Myola airfield and hospital site where we analyze the importance of this amazingly baron dry lake bed area.
Our afternoon trek has us arriving at Naduri where we visit the grave of one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, Ovuru Ndiki.
DAY 6: MENARI
Our journey this morning takes us to the true heart of the Owen Stanley Ranges … Efogi Village.
We visit one of the few Japanese memorials along the track, this one dedicated to Japanese soldier Kokichi Nishimura who spent many years in PNG after the war.
A dry and exposed incline awaits us as we climb up toward Mission Ridge and then to the emotional Brigade Hill battle site. We break here for lunch on the battlefield where this huge battle was fought in September 1942.
A long downhill walk has us arriving for a well earned swim in the river by which there is a plaque dedicated to famous Australian war photographer Damien Parer. It’s then onto Menari which is our campsite for the night.
DAY 7: NAURO
We start our day with a steady climb out of Menari, before descending down a feature known as “The Wall”. This brings us to relatively flat terrain as we walk alongside the Brown River.
We break for lunch and a relaxing swim at beautiful Agulogo Village.
After lunch we trek up the beginning of the “9 false peaks” before arriving at picturesque Nauro.
Today is shorter than most so we have time to wander the village and enjoy the scenic valley views. This area is often characterized by wonderful evening sunsets.
DAY 8: UA ULE
After completing the remainder of the “false peaks”, we reach the top of the Maguli Range before we descend toward beautiful Ofi Creek where we literally fall into the water to cool off after a long descent.
We stop at “Jap Camp” and explore old trenches and a mountain gun emplacement.
In the afternoon we venture to Ioribaiwa Village which was the furthest point of the Japanese advance in September 1942.
We then trek through a serene creek system deep under the jungle canopy to our final camp of the night at Ua Ule Creek.
DAY 9: PORT MORESBY
This morning we climb the mighty Imita Ridge, where the Australians were preparing to make their final stand against the advancing Japanese.
We descend toward the Goldie River which provides us with our last river crossing and swim of the journey.
Following this we have a final 40min climb before we cross under the famous arches, marking the conclusion of our mountain trek.
After lunch we visit Bomana War Cemetery, the resting place of 3,779 service personnel from a variety of Commonwealth nations.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
Well deserved sleep in this morning and a late breakfast!
After lunch we depart on our flight back to Australia.
Local Papuan Senior Tour Leader.
Experienced PNG based operational team – Porters and Management.
All food (*except lunch on Day 10).
Internal flights and transfers within PNG.
Access to Australian owned security company in Port Moresby if required.
Satellite phone on the track for emergency calls.
Visit to Bomana War Cemetery.
Use of private tent – one per person if required.
Kokoda Crossing t-shirt.
Constant phone / email support in the lead up to the expedition.
Equipment familiarisation session with Australian management team.
Training guidance and advice in the lead up to the trek.
International airfares to and from Port Moresby.
Spending money (drinks in Port Moresby and on the Track, souvenirs, extra snacks bought from the villagers).