Your Australian guide meets you at the airport and conveys you to your hotel. This night involves a comprehensive trek briefing with your Australian guide whilst having a cold refreshment next to the hotel pool and then enjoying a delicious dinner at the restaurant.
Kokoda to Deniki - approx. 3 hours trekking
We take a early morning PNG flight from Port Moresby to either Popondetta or Kokoda airfield. Arrival at Kokoda and walk up to Kokoda village to the meet the local villagers where you will be introduced to your local porters and support staff. Inspect the remarkable Kokoda museum, monuments and memorials, have lunch and then onto Deniki. Enjoy the spectacular views over the Kokoda valley where you spend your first night on the track.
Deniki to Alola - approx. 6 hours trekking
A highlight of today is spending time paying your respects at the Isurava war memorial. This memorial was opened in August 2002 to commemorate the incredible ultimate sacrifice made by courageous men such as Butch Bisset and Bruce Kingsbury in the vicious four day battle fought there. Lunch here then walk to Alola village to spend the night and enjoy the magnificent views down the valley.
Alola to Templetons One - approx. 8 hours trekking
Trek down to Eora creek village with a fascinating inspection of Japanese trenches, ammunition, armoury and mountain gun site along the way. Lunch at Templeton’s II. Overnight camping at Templeton’s 1. Named in honour of Captain Sam Templeton revered by his men who lost his life fighting the Japanese north of Kokoda. Excellent campsite for a refreshing swim.
Templetons 1 to Kagi - approx. 8 hours trekking
Trek over the Kokoda gap, ascending Mt Bellamy the highest point on the track. Onto the Myola 1 airfield and hospital site and inspect the Myola ammunition dump still containing wartime Australian mortars, grenades and mines. Lunch here and then onto the beautiful village of Kagi where our wonderful team of local porters originated and with a bit of luck we meet one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel's. Here we enjoy a traditional village welcome and spend the night experiencing cultural village life on the track.
Kagi to Menari - approx. 7 hours trekking
Today’s highlight is trekking up Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill, scene of another famous ferocious battle. We have lunch at the monument on Brigade Hill and then start the big downhill trek for a refreshing swim in the river near the picturesque Menari.
Menari to Nauro - approx. 6 hours
After leaving Menari and walking up a steep saddle the rest of the day is relatively easy with a swim and lunch at the brown river then up to the Nauro village campsite.
Nauro to Ua-Ule creek - approx. 7 hours trekking
Today we trek over the Maguli Range, down to and across Ofi creek and then up the Ioribaiwa ridge, scene of more vicious fighting. We have lunch in view of the Kunai grass area which was the southernmost point of the Japanese advance on the Kokoda track. We then walk down to Ua-Ule creek rest house where we finish our day by having a
refreshing swim in the beautiful rock pools.
Ua-Ule creek to Owers Corner - approx. 6 hours trekking
After numerous river crossings we trek the long steep climb up Imita Ridge and then down the golden stairs to the Goldie River where we cool off with a swim. After this we climb a steep hill to our final destination, Owers Corner, where we walk shoulder to shoulder together under the famous Kokoda arch. At this location we have a well deserved delicious lunch with cold drinks and hot food whilst you reflect upon the last eight days. We then board a bus to the Bomana war cemetery where we pay homage to all those brave men who lost their lives on the track. We then travel back to our hotel in Port Moresby. Tonight we have a presentation dinner and celebration with our porters and support staff from our trek.
Transfer to your next destination.
You are away for a total of 9 nights, 7 of those being spent on the track.
DAY 10 (ANZAC DAY TREK)
DAWN SERVICE - Bomana Cemetery
This morning you will be up early to meet transport which will convey you to Bomana Cemetery for the dawn service. Here we will pay our respects for the fallen soldiers of the Kokoda campaign. After this you will be transported back to the hotel for breakfast and then we will head to the Port Moresby Yacht club for traditional two up, BBQ and watch the Anzac Day march on the big screen. Directly after lunch you be transported to PNG international airport for your flight home.