The Kokoda Track with Indigenous Kokoda Adventures

The Kokoda Track with Indigenous Kokoda Adventures

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The Kokoda Track with Indigenous Kokoda Adventures

11 Days Starting in Kokoda, Papua New Guinea and ending in Owers' Corner, Papua New Guinea

Visiting: Port Moresby, Kokoda Track, Deniki, Alola, Templetons Crossing, Efogi, Menari, Naoro, Ioribaiwa, Goldie River

Tour code:

xxx1

Recommended For:

Couples, LGBT plus, Singles, Women-Only

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 16

Physical rating:

High, Challenging

Age range:

16-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Gluten Free

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Hiking, Trekking, Walking

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Tour Overview

Indigenous Kokoda Adventures is committed to providing trekkers with a safe, challenging trek in a remote part of the world. Our goal is for all trekkers to safely complete their journey, and also to learn about the people and culture of Papua New Guinea. Depending on timing and conditions, we also incorporate a ‘mystery experience’ at a ‘to be announced time and place’ for our trekkers. It will be designed to provide you with an opportunity to experience something special that will incorporate the PNG culture and will also add a special memory for you when you return home. The challenge created by rugged mountain terrain and fast flowing rivers are some highlights of the trek. The challenge of a difficult river crossing, while possibly intimidating in the moment, will forever be a source of personal accomplishment once completed. One of the greatest rewards however, is the shared struggle of the group for a common goal. The personal satisfaction of mastering the physical difficulties of completing The Kokoda Track is an experience you will never forget and never tire of retelling all who will listen. We speak the truth when we say you will not return home the same person.

Highlights

  • A trek along the Kokoda Track is an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally!

  • The Kokoda Track offers challenging mountain terrain and pristine waters and the possibility of seeing local wildlife

  • This is an opportunity to learn about a very different culture and to see that we are all very similar.

  • A historical pilgrimage for some and a cultural experience for others - no one comes away disappointed.

Places You'll See

Children At Play

Early Morning Start

River Crossing

Remote Villages

Trekking Through The Greenery

Handmade Bilums For Sale

Brigade Hill

Slippery River Crossing

Dawn Breaking

Kokoda Luti Coffee Supports Education

Coffee For Good!

Bilums For Sale

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Pre-Trek Arrival – Jackson’S International Airport, Port Moresby
Location: Port Moresby
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn and Suites
Meals Included: No Meals

At the airport, you will be met by an Indigenous Kokoda Adventures representative.

We will arrange for your transfer to the hotel where you and your fellow trekkers will spend the night before heading out in the early morning.

There will be a pre-trek gathering in the evening where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow trekkers, the group leaders and have a group dinner together.

After the meal, you will be briefed about the trek and this is where we will gather and record your insurance information and other paperwork necessary for the trip.

After the briefing, you can head to bed and enjoy your hotel room and bed as the next few days may be a little less comfortable.

Day 2 : Port Moresby To Kokoda And Then To Deniki Campsite
Location: Kokoda Track, Deniki
Accommodation: Village Hut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We take an early morning chartered flight to Kokoda where we will meet our porters and guides for our trip.

We then will set off from Kokoda to Deniki Campsite where along the way you will see monuments, memorials and also have a few minutes to visit the museum.

We now begin our climb over the infamous Owen Stanley Range. We continue on, heading for Deniki where the first battle after the Australian withdrawal from Kokoda took place.

Our first night is spent in Deniki.

Day 3 : Deniki - Alola Village
Location: Alola
Accommodation: Village Hut
Accommodation Name: Village Hut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we continue on to Isurava Village.

We trek to Isurava Memorial which was opened by Sir Michael Somare and The Honourable John Howard, Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, on the 60th anniversary of the battle.

We trek to Alola Village, making sure to look back to admire the spectacular views of the Kokoda Valley.

Alola Village is our home for the night.

Day 4 : Alola Village - Templeton's Crossing
Location: Templetons Crossing
Accommodation: Village Hut
Accommodation Name: Village Hut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we trek to Eora Creek.

This was the final obstacle in the Australian advance and the scene of one of the most dramatic situations during the withdrawal from Isurava.

The battle involved savage fighting and many bitter memories for those involved.

As we stop to give our legs some much-needed breaks from the steep ascents, enjoy the beautiful scenery and the views from tops of the ridges.

We continue our trek to the Templeton’s Crossing campsite where we stop for the night.

Day 5 : Templeton's Crossing Campsite - Efogi Village
Location: Efogi
Accommodation: Village Hut
Accommodation Name: Village Hut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we depart the campsite and trek to the crossing area where the Australian soldiers fought a bloody campaign over a 17-day period in October of 1942.

The need for supplies was so great and the situation so desperate, that the Japanese defenders turned to cannibalism in order to survive.

We make the climb to Kokoda Gap and enjoy the spectacular views back down beyond the Kokoda Plateau, continuing the climb to Mt. Bellamy.

Mt. Bellamy is the highest point of the Track and makes a great backdrop for a group photo.

We now enter the moss forest and continue through to the Tovovo Lookout, with the views of Naduri, Efogi and Brigade Hill.

The trek continues down to Naduri Village where we continue through and follow the track down the steep path to Evoge Creek.

We climb up the other (very steep) side and journey on to Launumu Village. From Launumu Village, we trek down and cross Kavae Creek and walk on to Efogi Village.

Efogi Village is the largest village on the Kokoda Track with a museum, first aid post and a landing strip.

Here you will have some time to explore the village and meet some of the residents as Efogi Village is our stopping place for the night.

Day 6 : Efogi Village - Menari Village
Location: Menari
Accommodation: Village Hut
Accommodation Name: Village Hut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we climb Brigade Hill. We visit the positions held by the 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions during the Battle of Brigade Hill.

We visit the former Australian gravesite and after that we follow the Track down the ridge to Vabiavi River and then make the climb up to the village of Menari.

Menari is a large village where we will spend some time wandering through.

Taking a swim (and perhaps a much-needed wash!) in a slow-moving river/creek is a definite highlight.

If we are lucky, the children might reward our trekking efforts with a sing-sing, a beautiful performance that you will likely remember for many years to come.

Day 7 : Menari Village - Naoro Village
Location: Naoro
Accommodation: Village Hut
Accommodation Name: Village Hut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we climb to the crest of Ladavi Saddle to the Menari Gap.

We then follow the Track to the Naoro swamp area. We cross the Naoro River and continue through the swampy area to Naoro Village where we will be overnighting.

Day 8 : Naoro Village - Ioribaiwa
Location: Ioribaiwa
Accommodation: Village Hut
Accommodation Name: Village Hut
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we climb the Maguli Range to the top at Mogolonumu then we follow the Track south.

From here, we will be able to see the Japanese defensive position with the weapons pits and communication trenches.

We follow the Track down to Ofi Creek and we now make the steep climb to Ioribaiwa Ridge and see where the Japanese were finally brought to a stop.

We make our way down to Ioribaiwa Village where we stop for the night.

Day 9 : Ioribaiwa - Goldie River
Location: Goldie River, Kokoda Track
Accommodation: Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we walk down to Va’ule and climb Imita Ridge where our historian will help us envision the horrific desperation that must have been felt by the soldiers.

We descend to the area of the ‘golden staircase’ although with all the footsteps over the years, it is not as it used to be due to wear and tear.

We continue to trek down and continue through the abandoned village of Uberi to Goldie River.

Enjoy the sound of the flowing water during our stay here and while you sleep. This is the only night where we will stay in tents.

Goldie River is our stopping place for the night.

Day 10 : Goldie River - Owers Corner - Port Moresby
Location: Port Moresby
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is our last climb on the Track.

We make the final push from Goldie River to Owers’ Corner so make sure you are warmed up properly and mentally ready for the final push.

It is short but intense so enjoy the final physical exertion as it will be over before you know it.

At Owers’ Corner, our bus will be waiting and will take us back to Port Moresby.

On our way, we stop at the Bomana War Cemetery to pay our respects to all the fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice as part of the Kokoda Campaign.

Time permitting, we will also make a quick stop at a locally owned café to enjoy a cup of locally grown coffee for a quick refuel.

For those departing right after the trek, this will provide you with what might be your last opportunity to experience a local business that supports the local community.

Day 11 : Port Moresby - Departure Day
Location: Port Moresby

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What's Included

  • Accommodation

    2 nights hotel in Port Moresby, 9 nights in village huts along the Track

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Airport Transfers at destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Includes domestic flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda Village

  • Entrance Fees

    All Track fees are included

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Wi-Fi is available on the first and last day when staying at the hotel.

  • Fully Guided

    All of our guides are fully trained in first aid and emergency evacuation and are equipped with a satellite phone and a 2-way radio.

  • Meals – Full Board

    As noted in our itinerary, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included while on the Kokoda Track.

  • Dedicated Porter

    Access to your personal porter for the entire trek

  • Bomana War Cemetery

    Entrance Fee

  • Kokoda War Museum

    Entrance Fee

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What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Game Drives on Safari

  • International Travel

  • Local Taxes

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Train Tickets

  • Meals – Half Board

Optional Extras

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Your backpack size should be 95 litres BUT your total belongings should weigh no more than 12 kilograms (backpack and daypack combined). Furthermore, please note that there is a weight limit of 10 kilograms for personal belongings carried by the porters as they will also be carrying their own items required on the trek as well as food and equipment as necessary.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, entry visas into Papua New Guinea are not included in the tour price.

  • What are some important things to bring on the trek?

    While we do provide a comprehensive list for booked trekkers of what to bring, we also recommend packing your flexibility and patience. We also suggest packing a sense of humour and an open mind. This is a unique experience in a unique place and will provide you with a great story to tell once you arrive back at home!

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Wi-fi is available in the hotel however Wi-fi is not available while on the trek.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes! That is the joy of international adventure travel - meeting like-minded people and sharing stories of home and travels.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, all entrance fees are included in the price.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Trekking can be challenging with extensive ascents and descents, so a high level of fitness is required, although Olympian level training is certainly not mandatory! Upon booking we provide guidelines for training however, as with all physical activity, we strongly recommend trekkers see their physicians prior to beginning any new training.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes we are happy to assist. We encourage post tour travel to other areas in Papua New Guinea and we are happy to help with this.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 16 people.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    We only use local guides and while most have a working knowledge of English, some are more advanced than others. We encourage both trekkers and guides/porters to use this opportunity to advance their knowledge of each other's culture and take every chance to converse with each other.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    You will need PG Kina for any purchases made while on the Kokoda Track as the local communities cannot exchange foreign currency. USD may be exchanged while in Port Moresby.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Visas are required for entry into Papua New Guinea.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    All trekkers, except for the first night and last night, stay together in one village hut. One night is in a tent and we will do our best to accommodate solo travellers.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    It is advised that as a group everyone contributes to a pool of tips, which can then be evenly distributed to the porters, guides and tour leaders. A fair amount is PGK100-150 per trekker for the trek. If you wish to personally tip your porter, we suggest an amount of US$100 however this is, again, a personal and optional choice.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    We may have to adjust the arrangements to fly to Kokoda Village if the minimum number is not reached. It will involve flying to Popondetta

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    All of our tours have experienced, fully trained guides, porters and historians accompanying every trek.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Most days trekkers will arrive in the villages in the early to mid-afternoon so yes there is time to explore.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    The domestic flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda village is included; international flights are not included.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Children must be 16 years old to take part in the trek.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    We require all trekkers to be vaccinated for Covid-19; for those who are not vaccinated for medical reasons we require an official medical note. Please refer to your own local Travel Vaccination Clinics for any other vaccinations and medications (ie malaria) that are recommended for travel to PNG.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    We may have to adjust the arrangements to fly to Kokoda Village if the minimum number is not reached. It will involve flying to Popondetta and then driving to Kokoda.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport transfers at the destination are included in the tour price

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    First and last night are in a hotel of global standards; nights on the trek are in village huts. They are very basic and may be lacking in the usual facilities you are accustomed to at home however, they are safe, clean and offer a close-up look into another culture. Our goal is to offer you an opportunity to live the way the local people live. The way we live.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    We are currently in the first stage of certification through Travelife.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We allow one date change, and we require 60 days notice.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Unfortunately once the tour has begun you cannot join the tour.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    All the accommodations along the Kokoda Track are in village huts and all trekkers stay together in one hut. There is one night where the accommodation is in a tent, and we do our best to accommodate preferences.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Indigenous Kokoda Adventures has been in business since 2018 however all our guides have been in the guiding business for many years.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have people joining our treks from all over the world, so you will have the opportunity to create new friendships with many new people.

  • What is the maximum weight that my backpack can be?

    You should try to travel as lightly as possible as someone will have to carry what you bring. Your backpack size should be 95 litres BUT your total belongings should weigh no more than 12 kilograms (backpack and daypack combined). We use charter flights back to Kokoda and weight is restricted due to the small aircraft that is used.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    We offer all trekkers the opportunity to contribute to our foundation - the IKA Foundation. All donations assist with providing scholarships to the children along the Kokoda Track with their post Grade 8 education.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We have a number of documents we require trekkers to complete. They are: Welcome Letter, Client On-boarding Form, Medical Questionnaire, Medical and Insurance Acknowledgement, Waiver of Liability and Insurance Acknowledgement, Training Guidelines, What to Bring, Our Wish List

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please see our Covid-19 policies on our website.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All accommodation, except for the first and last night which are in a hotel, are in village huts and while the comfort level may not be what you are used to, it is a wonderful opportunity to experience how the local people live in the villages along the Kokoda Track.

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    Indigenous Kokoda Adventures allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

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  • Low Deposit

    Indigenous Kokoda Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of indigenous kokoda adventures charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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