Day 4: Templeton’s Crossing to Efogi
Commence a steep climb towards the rest area at the Kokoda Gap. Continue climbing towards the highest point of the trail to the side of Mt Bellamy. Enter the moss forest area at 2200 metres – this is Mother Nature’s wonderland – birds of paradise, giant pandanus trees, numerous varieties of palms, ferns, fungi and centuries of moss covered decayed matter on the jungle floor provide an enchanting feel about the place - it is hard to imagine that such a beautiful place was the scene of such a desperate battle in 1942.
Trek to 1900 Crossing then commence a short climb towards the summit of the ridge. On the southern side of the summit is the Kagi Gap with panoramic views to the ocean. This is where the Japanese advance guard sighted the lights of Port Moresby. Trek down to the village of Kagi.
Trek down past the airfield and enter begin a steep descent down towards Efogi River – a narrow gap between the two ridgelines. The track down and out on the other side is the most ruggedly picturesque along the trail. Steep climb out from Efogi River towards Launumu or Efogi 2. Inspect a Japanese monument in the village. Begin a short descent down towards Elome Creek and walk up to the campsite on the edge of the creek.