PNG Kokoda Track
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PNG Kokoda Track

Rated as one of the top ten treks in the world, the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea holds a significant place in WWII history and spans 96 km (60 miles) through rugged jungle and local villages.

PNG Kokoda Track
Best Months April - November
Epic Suggests 10 Days
  • Military History

    Follow in the footsteps of the Australian soldiers who fought to save their country from invasion. Built over 200 years ago as a commuting route between villages, the track became the scene of bitter fighting between Australian and Japanese soldiers during World War II. Trekking Kokoda is a soul searching trek across the Owen Stanley Range, traversing the incredible beauty of Papua New Guinea and transcending time.

    Military History of the Kokoda Track Papua New GuineaToday battle sites are still evident throughout the jungle, marked by the weapon pits of the combatants; they remain remarkably well preserved – it’s as though the Australian soldiers who sheltered there had shouldered their packs and walked away only days ago. Many relics of the war can still be found – a testament to the ferocity of the fighting about which your guide will elaborate. A visit to the Isurava battlefield memorial is included to honour those that lost their lives.
  • The Trek

    This infamous track provides a constant backdrop of pristine rainforest, breathtaking views and a taste of life in local villages. The track stretches through some of the most rugged and wild jungle on earth and is a tremendous physical challenge. We recommend a 10 day programme, however shorter trips can be operated depending on fitness level and degree of challenge required. The Kokoda Trail is a single-file track and includes more uphill steps than an ascent of Mount Everest. The track reaches a height of 2,190 metres (7,185 ft) as it passes around the peak of Mount Bellamy. There are a number of guesthouses located along the way, some at villages and others at traditional rest spots.

    The main villages passed through are Naoro, Menari, Efogi Creek 1 and 2, Isurava and Kovolo. Hike the Kokoda Track Papua New GuineaEpic Private Journeys provides comprehensive training advice and follow up to ensure a successful trek. As with all of our adventure programmes, thorough briefings and gear checks are undertaken in advance of departure.
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Port Moresby

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby you are met by your private guides and transferred to your hotel. Here you undertake a thorough pre-trek briefing and gear check.

    Port Moresby Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 2: Port Moresby / Kokoda / Isurava Village

    Take a private charter for the 25 minute flight to Kokoda. Walk for 20 minutes from the airstrip to Kokoda Station and visit the War Museum, the hospital and other memorials. Commence the trail to the post-war settlement of Kovelo.

    The next village is Hoi, where the reality hits that the Kokoda Trail will not be easy. Continue to Deniki Camp and finally Isurava Village. The hike today should take around 6 ½ to 7 hours.

    Port Moresby / Kokoda / Isurava Village Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea

  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 3: Isurava Village / Templetons 2

    Today you visit the Isurava Memorial. The Isurava battle site was only re-discovered in 2000 and has quickly become a place of pilgrimage. The significance of the Isurava battlefield cannot go unmentioned.

    From here continue to Alola Village where you pass Surgeons Rock. Detour off the track to view a Japanese weapons and ammunition pit, then continue along the ridges into Eora Creek. Make one of the more difficult ascents out of Eora Creek before your final descent to Templetons 2. Today is your longest day on the track at around 10 hours.

    Port Moresby / Kokoda / Isurava Village Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 4: Templetons 2 / Myola Junction

    The day commences with another crossing of Eora Creek and then a climb to the top of Mount Bellamy, the highest point of the Kokoda trail at 2,190 m (7,195 ft). From here you walk across the top of Mount Bellamy down to the junction of Myola.

    On arrival at Myola you visit the site of an American B13 plane crash and trek to the Myola lookout.

    Templetons 2 / Myola Junction Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
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    Day 5: Myola Junction / Naduri / Efogi Village

    Today you walk through the top of the range, heavily wooded with giant trees and huge pandanus palms shielding the forest floor from the sun. The Moss Forest is a strange place, full of fungus, phosphorscent beetles, swirling mist and drizzling rain.

    Visit Naduri Village, famous for being home to one of the few remaining "fuzzy wuzzy" angels. You have the opportunity to spend time with this legendary person. Following your visit you undertake the very steep descent and ascent into Efogi Village 2, and carry on down a gentle hill to Efogi 1.

    Myola Junction / Naduri / Efogi Village Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 6: Efogi Village / Menari Village

    This morning you start by climbing up and walking along Mission Ridge to Brigade Hill, which together with Isurava is one of the most sacred sites of the Kokoda Trail. The Brigade Hill War Cemetery today still has sticks placed in the ground to mark the site of the original graves. Most of the bodies have since been reinterred at the Bomana Cemetery.

    From Brigade Hill you have a long descent down into Menari Village. Today is an easy day.

    Efogi Village / Menari Village Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 7: Menari Village / Nauro Village

    Climb another steep hill and get rewarded from the summit with fine views of Menari. You then descend down to the swamp – a muddy area, swampy with a lot of mosquitos.

    You arrive at the Brown River, which you must cross with care, especially if in flood. Following this crossing you continue and start climbing seven of the nine false peaks. At the 7th false peak you arrive at Nauro Village, your base for the night.

    Menari Village / Nauro Village Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 8: Nauro Village / Ua’ule Creek

    You finish crossing the last two of the false peaks and then start walking across the Maguli Range. Descend to Ofi Creek for a well deserved break before making another climb to Ioribaiwa Ridge.

    From here you descend to Ua'ule Creek where you spend your last night on the trail. There is a great swimming hole nearby.

    Nauro Village / Ua’ule Creek Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 9: Ua’ule Creek / Owers Corner / Port Moresby

    Today you conclude your trek. The last hard grind is up to Imita Ridge where you can stop and learn of the significance of this section of the track.

    From here you descend parallel to the famous 'Golden Stairs' to Goldie River. Take a last refreshing dip in the river before making the 45 minutes climb up to Owers Corner where you meet your transport. The drive to Port Moresby takes around 3 hours, with a stop at the Bomana War Cemetery en route.

    Ua’ule Creek / Owers Corner /  Port Moresby Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 9: Port Moresby

    Today you are transferred to the airport and connect with your outbound flight to depart Papua New Guinea.

    Port Moresby Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea
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    Indicative Cost

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  • 1/11 | Day 1: Port Moresby
  • 2/11 | Day 2: Port Moresby / Kokoda / Isurava Village
  • 3/11 | Day 3: Isurava Village / Templetons 2
  • 4/11 | Day 4: Templetons 2 / Myola Junction
  • 5/11 | Day 5: Myola Junction / Naduri / Efogi Village
  • 6/11 | Day 6: Efogi Village / Menari Village
  • 7/11 | Day 7: Menari Village / Nauro Village
  • 8/11 | Day 8: Nauro Village / Ua’ule Creek
  • 9/11 | Day 9: Ua’ule Creek / Owers Corner / Port Moresby
  • 10/11 | Day 9: Port Moresby
  • 11/11 | Indicative Cost
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