Adventure Kokoda

Kokoda Trail Treks

PNG LED KOKODA TRAIL TREKS from $2795 . . .

Our Kokoda Trail Treks are designed for groups of seven (7) or more trekkers.

Groups can select the dates they would like to trek and Adventure Kokoda will list them on their website to allow individuals to confirm their bookings.

These treks are the best value treks for those on a budget. You get the full value of Adventure Kokoda's 25 years experience on the Kokoda Trail, the safety of an expert PNG Trek Leader and the security of our permanent logistic support base at Sogeri.

PRICE COMPARISON

Our Adventure Kokoda treks cost $2795 ex-Port Moresby. The price includes all meals and accommodation in Port Moresby, a roomy tent, a backpack and all meals including a hot lunch on the trail.

 

KOKODA SPIRIT treks cost $2835 ex-Port Moresby and you have to pay for your own meals in Port Moresby. provide your own tent and backpack and you don't get a hot lunch on the trail.

 

OUR KOKODA TRAIL TREK ITINERARYSogeri Lodge

Day 1 (Fly Australia to Port Moresby)

Check-in at departure airport for your flight to Port Moresby as per your itinerary.

You will be met at Jacksons International airport by Adventure Kokoda staff who will accompany you to the Sogeri Lodge and check you in.

Your Niugini Trek Leader will provide a safety briefing and provide an insight into the Koiari/Orokaiva cultures Kokoda Plateaualong the track. After dinner you will view a documentary on the Kokoda campaign to provide you with the historical background to the journey you are about to undertake.

Day 2 (Port Moresby - Kokoda - Hoi)

Fly to Kokoda on an Adventure Kokoda charter flight. You will meet your Niugini trek guides and carriers at the Kokoda airfield then trek to the Kokoda plateau for an inspection of the monuments, memorials, the Kokoda War Museum and the Australian Isurava Memorial Opening Servicedefensive position on the Kokoda plateau where the gallant 39th Militia Battalion first met the Japanese army on 27 July 1942.

You will then follow the footsteps of the diggers through the old rubber plantation to your first campsite at Hoi village.

Day 3 (Hoi - Isurava Memorial)

Begin the climb over the awesome Owen Stanley Range to the first battlesite at Deniki where the first battle after the Australian withdrawal from Kokoda took place. Climbing out of waterfall above Eora Creek

You then climb through the jungle to the Isurava battlesite which was re-discovered by Charlie Lynn in 1995 after a search with old army maps and a modern GPS. The Australian government has since built a solemn memorial on the site which was opened by PNG's Grand Chief and Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare and Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, on the 60th anniversary of the battle for Isurava in August 2002. Camp at the battlesite memorial.

Day 4 (Isurava - Templeton's Crossing)303 near Eora Creek

Inspect the area where Private Bruce Kingsbury was killed - he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest award for bravery in the Commonwealth and the first to ever be awarded on Australian territory. Trek to the rock at the rear of the Isurava battlesite where Regimental Doctors operated on wounded soldiers as they tried to make their escape from the area.

Trek continues through the old village site of Alola then continue to the new village for morning tea. Follow the route of the Australian withdrawal to Eora Creek where the Australian Trekkers on Kokodatroops fought a series of heroic delaying defensive battles. Inspect the main Japanese position which dominated the traditional Eora Creek village during the Australian advance to contact in October 1942. Rusting helmets, weapons, grenades and mortar ammunition litters the area.

During the advance a few months later the Australians took four days to fight their way across the creek and capture the high ground occupied by the Japanese. This was the first time the Australians encountered any Japanese resistance since they were ordered to withdraw from Ioribaiwa Ridge. The Japanese were fanatical - and they were starving. They were ordered to fight to the death for Eora Creek Crossingtheir Emperor. The desperation was such they cannibalised those who were killed. All the horrors of jungle war were evident in this battle.

You then trek up a steep ridge that was fiercely defended by the Australians during their fighting withdrawal - the weapon pits they fought from remain as a haunting reminder of their sacrifice. The area that takes us about a day to trek through took the Australians 13 days to fight through in October 1942. It was a bloody campaign involving hand-to-hand combat and courageous bayonet charges. Because the Japanese had been River Crossingordered to die for their Emperor they had to be killed in well camouflaged weapon pits. Many an Australian forward scout lost his life in the search for these pits.

Continue trekking parallel to Eora Creek to your campsite at Templeton's Crossing. This was named by the 'architect of Kokoda', Captain Bert Kienzle in honour of his good mate, Captain Sam Templeton.

Day 5 (Templeton's Crossing - Kagi)

Continue trekking to Crossing No 1 which was a major supply area during the Australian advance. Efogi Bathing GroupBegin the climb towards the Kokoda Gap. Enjoy a spectacular view back towards Kokoda and the Yodda Valley. Enter the Moss Forest area – a wonderland of ferns, fungi and trees with magnificent buttress roots.

Trek to a mortar position containing live mortars and grenades at the edge of Lake Myola. This position was discovered by Charlie Lynn in 2006 and is a significant site because of the protection it afforded the main logistic base at Myola 1. Care should be exercised as most of the grenades are live and unstable. Climb to the Kagi Gap where you will view a magnificent Lunch on Kokodapanorama over the most populated area of the Kokoda Trail.  You can also Port Moresby on the horizon

Trek down to your campsite at Kagi village - the forming-up place for the Japanese attack on Brigade Hill - 6000 fanatical Japanes soldiers prepared to attack 1000 Australian defenders in what was to be the biggest battle of the Kokoda campaign - the Japanese referred to it as the 'battle of the Owen Stanley Range' - the Australians refer to it as the 'battle for Brigade Hill'.

Day 6 (Kagi - Menari)Faoili Bokoi from Menari

Follow the wartime track to Efoge Creek, climb to Launumu village then down to Efogi village. This is the biggest village along the Kokoda Trail.

Climb to Mission Ridge which became known as 'Butcher's Ridge' because of the carnage that occurred during the battle of Brigade Hill on 7 September 1942. Inspect the defensive position held by the 2/27th Battalion - continue to the crest of Brigade Hill - inspect positions held by the 2/14th andVi Le at Nauro Village 2/16th Battalions during the battle of Brigade Hill. Inspect a former Australian gravesite - a haunting reminder of the war.

This site was discovered in April 1992 when the landowner, Siosi Liomi, led Charlie Lynn to a 'special place' that had been reclaimed by the jungle over the previous 50 years. The site was cleared and the gravesites were revealed. It was a significant discovery and is now one of the most visited sites on the track.

Trek down across the Vabuyavi River then climb to your campsite at Menari village. This is where Lieutenant Colonel Village sing-singRalph Honner conducted his first battalion parade with his 'ragged bloody heroes' of the 39th Battalion after the battle of Isurava. Wartime photographer, Damien Parer, captured the parade which is one of the defining photos of the campaign.

Climb the Ladavi Saddle, descend to Aguologo then follow the trail through the Nauro swamp area -cross the Brown River - climb to the village of Nauro. The village of Nauro has only recently been moved to the current location on the Maguli Range. It was previously on the Nauro River with a good airfield but some say fear of sorcery caused the villagers to move up the Jungle on Kokodamountain.

Climb the mighty Maguli Range to the top at Mogolonumu - follow track south - inspect Japanese delaying defensive position with weapon pits and communication trenches. - continue down to your campsite on Ofi Creek. This was the site of a successful Australian ambush during their withdrawal back towards Imita Ridge.

Day 7 (Menari to Ofi Creek)

 

Day 8 (Ofi Creek - Imita Base)

Steep climb up Ioribaiwa Ridge -Adventure Kokloda guides assiting female trekker across Eora Creek battlesite briefing at the point where the Japanese were finally stopped - inspect weapon pits on the position then leave the eco-track and follow the wartime track down to Matama Creek. Follow the creek to the base of Imita Ridge then climb to Imita Gap. The Australians were ordered that there was to be no withdrawal past Imita Ridge and they were die there if necessary - a very easy decision for an armchair strategist in faraway Brisbane to give!

Climb the ridge to Imita Gap then descend to your campsite at Imita Base Camp.

Day 9 (Imita Base - Adventure Kokoda Niugini Treik GuidesOwers Corner - Sogeri Lodge)

Continue on the original wartime track to the abandoned village site of Uberi. Cross the Goldie River and climb to Owers Corner. Board vehicles for a visit to Bomana War Cemetery.  During the 1940s our servicemen who were killed in action in New Guinea were concentrated in three major war cemeteries at Port Moresby (Bomana), at Rabaul (Bita Paka), and at Lae.

Those who died fighting in Papua and Bougainville are buried in the Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery. Among the 3280 burials are the remains of 700 unidentified servicemen including those of 438 British Royal Bomana War CemeteryArtillerymen, prisoners of the Japanese from Singapore who died in captivity in the Solomon Islands.

Bomana lies 19 kilometres north of Port Moresby. It was started in 1942 by the Australian Army and is the only one of the Papua New Guinea cemeteries to contain white marble headstones and a Stone of Remembrance.

Simple wrought iron gates open to a grassed forecourt inclosed by a bank of colourful tropical shrubs and trees. A short flight of steps rises from the forecourt to the Stone of Remembrance; beyond, on gently rising ground, lie the graves, and above them, dominating the setting, rises thePresentation Dinner at Sogeri Lodge cross of sacrifice.

A rotunda of cylindrical pillars stands on a hill above and behind the cemetery. This is the Memorial to the Missing, which commemorates the men of the Australian Army (including Papua and New Guinea local forces), the Australian Merchant Navy, and the Royal Australian Air Force who lost their lives and have no known grave.

Return to the Sogeri Lodge for a presentation dinner in the evening.

Day 10 Port Moresby to Australia

Bus from Sogeri Lodge to the Port Moresby International Airport for return flights as per individual itineraries.  


Our Niugini Trek LeadersAdventure Kokoda Chief Guide Alex Rama

Our Niugini trek leaders have been carefully selected and trained by former Australian Army officers expert inthe wartime history of the Kokoda campaign. They are from local Koiari villages along the Kokoda Trail and some have been trekking with us for the past 20 years. They have no equal on Kokoda.

Whilst our Niugini trek leaders are masters of their local culture and environment their historical knowledge of the Kokoda campaign is limited. We therefore provide our trekkers with a detailed booklet which allows you to follow the course of the campaign as you trek and also provides an overview of each of the major battles.

We provide ALL the logistics from the moment you arrive in Port Moresby. We meet you at theAdventure Kokoda airport, transport you to the Sogeri Lodge, issue all of the necessary gear, provide a comprehensive pre-trek briefing, lead you safely across the original wartime trail and return you safely to the aiport at the end of your trek.

We proved the best of our local PNG guides and carriers to support your trek - some have been trekking with us for 21 years and take great pride in showing you around their villages, escorting you to all the Kokoda battlesites, and getting you safely across the trail. They have been trained in leadership, First-Aid, meal-Adventure Kokodapreparation. They are regarded as the best in the Kokoda trekking industry.

We monitor your progress on a 24/7 basis from our real link at the Sogeri Lodge. Your PNG TrekLeader carries a satellite phone and a VHF radio for use in the event of an emergency. You are also protected by our Public Liability Insurance policy with Lloyd's of London for $10 million.

Our PNG Leadership Team comprises:

  • Trek Leader
  • MedicAdventure Kokoda
  • Trek Cook
  • Group guides and carriers

We have a ratio of two Niugini Trek Guides and Carriers to each Australian trekker.

We are the only Kokoda trekking company to provide each of our Niugini group guides and carriers with a trek uniform (cap, shirt and shorts); a personal sleeping bag and a foam sleeping mat. We are also the only one to arrange a half-way food resupply so they are not overloaded.

These treks follow the route of the Australian withdrawal from the first battle of Kokoda on 27 July 1942 to theAdventure Kokoda Niugini Guides battle for Ioribaiwa two months later. During this time Australian and Japanese infantry battalions fought epic battles at Deniki, Isurava, Eora Creek and Brigade Hill. Later in the campaign the battles at Templeton’s Crossing and again at Eora Creek were desperate and bloody confrontations that pushed the men of both armies beyond endurance.

Our Niugini led treks are led by the elite of the Koiari and Orokaiva who have been trained by professional trek leaders from Adventure Kokoda. Some have been leading treks for more than 20 years. Their home villages are Sogeri, Menari, Efogi, Kagi, Alola, Isurava, Kovello and Kokoda.  Their grandfathers are the legendary ‘fuzzy-wuzzy angels’.

Our Niugini Trek Leaders are trained in First Aid and carry a comprehensive first aid kit with them. They Adventure Kokodaarealso equipped with a satellite phone, VHF radio, topographical maps, group camping gear, food and cookingequipment.

These trels are supported by our Adventure Kokoda rear echelon at the Sogeri Lodge. Our rearechelon staff monitor our radios and phones on a 24 hour basis whilst our groups are on the trail. Theyhave awell-practiced procedure for emergency situations. We maintain a float with the Hevilift helicopter company in Port Moresby. This allows them to provide an immediate reaction to any of our calls for emergency Mateship at Isuravaassistance.

Our Niugini leaders and group guides are familiar with the wartime trail and will guide you over the battlesites. They are not conversant with the military history of the Kokoda campaign in regard to the phases of war and the principles of each phase. It will be another generation before Niugini leaders and guides will be conversant with this aspect of trekking Kokoda. Anybody who states otherwise is deceiving their clients.

We therefore provide each of our trekkers with a Kokoda topographical which has a narrative of the Kokoda campaign, details of each of the battles fought along the Welcome guard of honour at finish of trektrail and battle-maps It is essentially a self-guided book of the Kokoda Trail and the Kokoda campaign.

Unfortunately you won't learn about the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign from Niugini led treks?

Niugini trek leaders are masters of their environment however their knowledge of the Kokoda campaign and their presentation skills do not rate at this stage of their development. 

Adventure Kokoda organises Niugini led Kokoda Trail Treks to provide additional employment opportunitiesWelcome to Kokoda for our Koiari and Orokaiva guides. OurNiugini trek leaders have been well trained in expedition leadership and are the best in the business but they do not have the knowledge or presentation skills to conduct battlesite briefings.

 


Price Comparisons with Inclusions

The table below will help you compare trek prices and inclusions for PNG led treks amongst the major trek operators (please check individual websites for updated information):

 

INCLUSIONS IN ADVERTISED TREK PRICES FOR AN 8-DAY TREK
Adventure Kokoda

Kokoda Trekking Kokoda
Spirit
No Roads Expeditions

PRICE EX-PORT MORESBY

$2795 $2700 $2835 $2850
Reception on arrival at Port Moresby International Airport

YES

YES YES YES
Transport to/from accommodation

YES

YES YES YES
TWO NIGHTS TWIN SHARE ACCOMMODATION (first and last night in PNG)

YES

NO

YES

YES

BREAKFAST & DINNER INCLUDED IN ACCOMMODATION ON FIRST AND LAST NIGHT IN PORT MORESBY

YES

NO

NO

NO

Flight between Port Moresby and Kokoda

YES

NO

YES YES
PERSONAL MOSQUITO-PROOF TENT (carried, erected and dismantled by our Niugini group guides and carriers

YES

NO

NO

YES

Tents carried by PNG guides/carriers

YES

?

?

YES

PUBLIC LIABILITYT INSURANCE PROTECTION ($10 million) with Lloyds of London

YES

YES YES YES
SATELLITE PHONE (with current SIM card)

YES

YES YES YES
Two VHF Radios in each trek group

YES

YES YES YES
INDIVIDUAL SLEEPING BAG for each PNG Group Guide and Carrier

YES

N0

NO

N0

INDIVIDUAL SLEEPING MAT for each PNG Group Guide and Carrier

YES

NO

NO

NO

Kokoda Track Authority TREK FEE

YES

YES YES YES
CAMPSITE FEES FOR TREKKERS DURING TREK

YES

YES YES YES
ALL MEALS DURING TREK

YES

YES YES YES
Group camping and cooking gear

YES

YES YES YES
Transport from Owers Corner to accommodation

YES

YES YES YES
Visit to BOMANA WAR CEMETERY

YES

YES YES YES
TOUR of PORT MORESBY

YES

NO

YES

YES

Transport from accommodation to Port Moresby International Airport

YES

YES YES YES

You can lick here to see the full list of 88 licensed trek operators.

A simple test to check the legitimacy of a trek operator is to go to their website. If they don't have one don't even think about it. If they do then check the 'About Us' details - if you don't know who you are dealing with (or they do not deal with a licensed Travel Agent) you will have absolutely no redress, no suppor during your trek or any chance of a claim.

The most effective way to compare prices with inclusions and exclusions for PNG led treks is to write to each trek operator and ask them to return the attached questionairre which you can download here.

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