The Kokoda Track is a journey that will take you to one of Australia’s most important WWII battle sites and immerse you that history. Walking the Kokoda Track will transport you to another time, when Australia was in danger of being invaded by the seemingly unstoppable Imperial Japanese Army. You will gain a great appreciation of the conditions endured by Australian Diggers as well as gain an understanding of local living conditions and cultures as well as the natural wonders of the Owen Stanley Ranges.
Walking the Kokoda Track involves 50 hours of hiking over 96km of sharp, timbered ridges, steep-sided valleys and fast flowing rivers. Vantage points along the Track reveal magnificent mountain landscapes, and a wide variety of flora and fauna is encountered. Trekkers pass through local villages where descendants of the wartime “fuzzy wuzzy angels” continue to live simple traditional lifestyles while providing a warm welcome to passing trekkers.
The best time to walk the Kokoda Track is in the dry season, April to October. It is definitely a drier time to go and the Track is in a good condition. You can trek in February, March, but it will very muddy and conditions are a lot tougher. If you are up for a challenge, the wetter time of the year may be for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
2020 Trek costs are $3980.00 AUS. This includes pre and post trek accomodation at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby, an Australian Guide, transfers, all meals on the track, tents, sleeping mats, full porter team, flight to Popendetta and transfer to Kokoda to begin the trek. Flights to Port Moresby are not included.
Can I hire a Personal Porter?
Definitely! Personal Porters can be hire for an additional $720. Your porter will support you by carrying your big pack that includes your sleeping bag, clothing etc. All you will need to carry will be a day pack that will have your water, snacks and wet weather gear. Your personal porter will also be on hand to support you when the terrain gets tricky.
How do I get to Port Moresby?
Flights to Port Moresby leave from Brisbane and Cairns on a regular basis. You will need a current passport that does not expire within 6 months of departure.
Arrive Port Moresby.
Fly to Popondetta and drive to Kokoda for the start of the trek. Trek to Deniki.
Trek Deniki to Alola via Isurava Battlefield. Visit Con’s Rock along the way.
Trek Alola to Templeton’s Crossing. Visit Japanese artillery placement at Eora Creek
Trek Templeton’s Crossing to Kagi via Kagi Gap or Myola Lakes.
A full day in the village of Kagi to interact with the locals.
Trek Kagi to Menari via Brigade Hill
Trek Menari to Nauro crossing through the swamps and Browns River
Trek Nauro to Va-ule Creek. Today we will pass through Ioribaiwa and Ofi Creek.
Trek Vu-ule Creek to Owers’ Corner. Drive to Port Moresby. Visit Bomana War Cemetry along the way. Relax and enjoy a celebratory Dinner with the Porters.
Fly out from Port Moresby to Home or onto another PNG destination.
Inclusions & Exclusions
- Hand selected and trainedAustralian and Local Guide for the entire expedition
- Electrolyte supplement such as Hydralyte, essential for such a trip
- All domestic schedule flights
- Satellite phone for emergency purposes
- AED Defibrillator on all Australian Led trip
- River rescue team and procedures, essential for large rivers
- Government Taxes (except visa charge and civil aviation terminal facilities charge)
- Shower tent to wash with soap and protect the environment. Hot showers are available.
- 10 delicious breakfasts, 9 nutritious lunches, 9 fresh dinners. Meals on expedition include Curries and Pasta. All prepared by a trained MasterChef. (Dietary requirements such as vegetarians/vegans/gluten intolerant can be incorporated)
- All transfers including those from the airport and from Owers Corner
- Visit Bomana War Cemetery
- Nutritious and delicious food for our local guide team who deserve the best.
- All accommodation outside of Port Moresby in either insect proof tents or guest houses
- Kokoda Track Permit
- Hand selected Guide and local team (who carry all group equipment, food, set up tents etc)
- 1 to 1 General Guide-Client ratio
- A rubbish Guide that takes all our rubbish and other operators rubbish from the Track
- Tent hire and floor mats.
- 2 nights accommodation in Port Moresby twin share (3 star Holiday Inn : the best in Port Moresby)
- Dinner on the last night at hotel
- Snack Pack for each expedition day to get you between meals
- VHF Radio contact with Port Moresby, Kokoda and 10 other Track villages for emergency purposes.
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Personal spending money
- Tips for General Guides
- Any meals not listed as included