Papua New Guinea is a young nation, but has endured a colorful and, at times, bloody history. The Kokoda Track is one of many walking tracks that existed long before Europeans came into this part of the world.
During the course of World War II, the Japanese decided to use this trail as a means of launching a ground attack against the Australians in Port Moresby. On this trek we set out to explore the complete route of the campaign, starting from the village of Kokoda and eventually working our way west to Ower's Corner (not far from the point where Australian troops first turned back the Japanese advance), perched high on Sogeri Plateau.
By the time we arrive at Ower's Corner we will have completed a crossing of the central spine of Papua New Guinea, paid homage at all the main battle sites and also gained an appreciation of the rugged beauty of the region that includes the impressive Owen Stanley Range.
Countries visited: Papua New Guinea
Start at Port Moresby. Evening briefing with leader and local trekking team.
Short internal flight to Kokoda; walk to start of track. Free time to explore Kokoda Station or take a refreshing dip in a nearby river.
Trek to Isurava village visiting Deniki village en route, the first village the 39th battalion were forced to retreat to after Japanese forces occupied Kokoda.
Trek to Templeton's Crossing; visit Isurava Battlefield and moving memorial built by the Australian Federal Government.
Climb to summit of Mount Bellamy, the highest point on the track with spectacular views across the Owen Stanley Ranges. Continue on to Diggers' camp situated in lush rainforest.
Follow trail to Efogi, the largest of the Koiari villages on the trail.
Early start climbing to Mission Ridge and then on to Brigade Hill, once occupied by the Australian troops. Descend towards Menari village for welcome by locals.
Steep climb to the top of Menari village before entering the Nauro Valley and crossing the mighty Brown River.
Hike the Nine False Peaks to the top of Maguli Ridge before heading to Ioribaiwa. Tackle river and creek crossings to reach Uaule Creek.
Morning of river crossings before heading up to Imita Ridge and summiting final hill towards Owers' corner. Transfer by bus to Port Moseby via Bomana War Cemetery.
End Port Moresby.