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Trek Kokoda

DEPARTS: Various dates between February & November

from: $3850
11 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Single Supplement: $460 | Personal Porter $680
  • Deposit: $750
This eleven day tour is a pilgrimage that immerses you in Australia’s wartime history in 1942.

Trek Kokoda

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It is one thing to simply tick the Kokoda Track off a bucket list but it is another to undertake a pilgrimage that immerses you in Australia’s wartime history in 1942. The backdrop of the beautiful, rugged and at times harsh terrain of the Papua New Guinea jungle, the very ground upon which the fighting in the Owen Stanley Range took place, sets the scene for this remarkable journey.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Arrive Port Moresby

Welcome to the start of this once in a lifetime adventure. On arrival you will be met by your Historian who will serve as your Trek leader before transferring to the hotel. At our welcome dinner you will be given an “in country” familiarisation followed by a presentation on the history of Port Moresby and the lead up to the Kokoda Campaign. You will also have the chance to store any items not required whilst trekking in secure storage. Our staff will also assist you with a final check of your personal equipment. (D)

STAR INCLUSIONS    Welcome dinner   History presentation

Day 2 > Kokoda

The next morning we stow our hotel gear into secure storage – and then travel to the airport; in order to fly from Port Moresby to Popondetta. Here we will view the remains of the B25 Mitchell Bomber “The Bar Fly” before we travel to Kokoda. Along the way we will stop at Awala (the site of the first contact) between the Japanese and the Papuan Infantry. We will also stop and view the mighty Kumusi River before stopping at Oivi & Gorari. We will then make our way to Kokoda Plateau where we will make camp for the night and meet the local team of carriers that will help us on the journey ahead. We will also visit the Bert Kienzle Museum and Kokoda Memorials. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Start of the Kokoda Track  Bert Kienzle Museum

Day 3 > Kokoda - Isurava

Today we will walk from Kokoda – to wartime Isurava. Along the way we will visit Deniki which offers fabulous views of the Eora Valley below. The energetic amongst us will drop packs and make a side trip to view the crash site of a Japanese ‘Val’ Dive bomber (Aichi D3A). It is a very tiring ascent, but for the military history enthusiast, it is a must! We will lunch at the current village of Isurava before heading to the Isurava battlefield where we will make camp. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Camping at the Isurava Memorial

Day 4 > Isurava - Templeton’s Crossing

Up before daybreak – here we will conduct a Dawn Service – as the sun comes up over the Eora Valley you will stand at the four pillars of the memorial as we pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Your historian will then conduct a tour of the key areas of the battlefield where Bruce Kingsbury was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. We then continue on to Alola via Con’s Rock and the Bissett brothers’ memorial, before trekking down to Eora Creek. Along the way there is an option to make a short side trip to the Japanese Mountain Gun position where we will hear the story of the Manusu brothers. After lunch at Eora Creek we will then make our way to Templeton’s Crossing where we will make camp. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Commemorative service at Isurava

Day 5 > Templeton’s Crossing - Naduri

Today we walk from Templeton’s Crossing – through Dump 1 over Mt Bellamy (the highest point on the track) then to the outskirts of Lake Myola, scene of the many supply drops made by RAAF and USAF Douglas Dakota “biscuit bombers”. We will also visit the crash site of a USAF P-40. After we view the significant area of Lake Myola we will then make our way down through the Moss Forest lunching along the way before reaching the village of Naduri with views towards Kagi and Brigade Hill. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Visiting Lake Myola  Crash site of the USAF P-40

Day 6 > Naduri - Efogi

We will leave Nadurii and trek through to Efogi 2 where will say hello to local man Stanley who will give us a talk at the Nishimura Japanese Memorial then onto through to Efogi 1. There is a small museum in the village and a water hole where you may choose to take a refreshing swim. Today will be a shorter day of trekking to allow time to enjoy a ‘Sing Sing’ by the local people of Efogi. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Visiting the only Japanese Memorial in the Owen Stanley’s  Village Sing Sing

Day 7 > Efogi - Menari

Today we well and truly pass through the half-way mark as we make our way up alongside Mission Ridge to Brigade Hill. We will conduct a battlefield tour and hold a short service to pay homage to the men of the 21st Brigade as it was here that the Brigade fought as a whole, for the first time in the campaign. Your historian will give you a detailed tour of the Brigade Hill battlefield and bring to life many of the individual stories of service and sacrifice of the individuals who fought there. We will then descend down to Menari and make camp. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Service at Brigade Hill

Day 8 > Menari - New Nauro

Leaving Menari we will make our way down the wall and into the swamp area as we cross the Brown River where you may enjoy a midday swim. Climbing up the start of the Maguli Range, your historian will detail the frenzied withdrawal of the 21st Brigade and where the 2/27th Battalion (the lost Battalion) found supplies to survive before linking up with the rest of the Brigade. After climbing part way up the Maguli Range we will spend the night at New Nauro. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Midday swim at the famous Brown River

Day 9 > New Nauro – Ua Ule Creek

Today we take on the rest of the mighty Maguli Range as we navigate our way through many false peaks before descending to Ofi Creek where we will have lunch. Our lunch spot was also the site of a very successful ambush by Australian soldiers and your historian will bring to life some of the personal stories of those who fought on both sides. After lunch we have one more climb to the top of Iroibaiwa Ridge, the furthest most point of the Japanese Advance. There is an option to make a side trip to view the Japanese trenches that are still spread along the ridge. A short decent leads us to the village of Iroibaiwa before we make our way to our campsite Ua Ule Creek. This is our final night on the Kokoda Track. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Visiting the Australian ambush site at Ofi Creek  Japanese trenches at Iroibaiwa Ridge

Day 10 > Ua Ule – Port Moresby

First we will climb Imita Ridge passing through the campsite of Goodwater and on to the water crossing of the Goldie River. With the view of the archway (finish line) we make the last climb of the trek. Waiting at the top will be cold drinks along with a freshly packed lunch. After photos under the Owers’ Corner Archway, we drive to McDonald’s Corner and pay our respects to those who lost their life fighting in Papua New Guinea and are now buried in the Bomana War Cemetery. At Bomana you will visit many of the graves of the soldiers whom feature in the history talks your trek leader has spoken about during the trek. We will hold one final commemorative service before heading back to the hotel. Here you will have a chance to have a hot shower and enjoy a good night’s rest. In the evening your team of dedicated carriers will join you for a special farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Tour of Bomana War Cemetery   Farewell dinner with the carrier team

Day 11 > Depart Port Moresby

After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport. (B)

Departure Dates

Tour datesDaysPriceAvailability
20 August, 2019 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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3 September, 2019 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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17 September, 2019 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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23 September,2019 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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17 October, 2019 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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1 November, 2019 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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18 February, 2020 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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11 March, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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15 April, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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13 May, 2020 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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28 May, 2020 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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11 June, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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1 July, 2020 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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18 July, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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7 August, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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20 August, 2020 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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3 September, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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17 September, 2020 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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23 September, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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17 October, 2020 (South – North)11$3,850.00

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2 November, 2020 (North – South)11$3,850.00

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Your Tour Includes

  • Services of our Historian/Trek Leader
  • Services of local guides
  • All excursions and sightseeing as described including extensive touring of the battlefield sites
  • Flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta
  • 2 nights’ 4-star hotel in Port Moresby and 8 nights’ accommodation along the Kokoda Track
  • Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach in Port Moresby
  • All meals whilst trekking, 2 hotel breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • All support staff, cooking equipment & single person tents *twin tents for couples on request
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All tipping

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Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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