For most, the Kokoda Track is a fitting reminder of the Australian Army's heroic battles fought in 1942, to defend Port Moresby at extraordinary odds from the advancing forces of the Japanese. These historic encounters on the Owen Stanley Ranges ensure that the Kokoda Track remains a classic. In the company of our Australian military historian guide we trek across the geographical heart of PNG following trails from the tropical rainforests to the rarified climes of the ranges. At night we stay in secluded jungle camps and share experiences with the traditional villagers in some of the most remote regions of PNG. We take our time, allowing plenty of opportunity to egage with the history and local culture. We take a modest ten days to cover the 96km trail, ensuring that we have enough time to meet the physical demands of this rugged track. While the trek concludes at Kokoda, the journey continues. We travel on to the North Coast battlegrounds of Buna and Gona where the final battles of the campaign played out. The local villiagers also share some of their culture, the ideal finish to an incredible journey accross this extraordinary island.
|DAY 1||Join Port Moresby|
|DAY 2/10||Drive to trail head, commence trek|
|DAY 11||Complete trek, transfer to Popondetta|
|DAY 12||Drive to Buna|
|DAY 13||Drive to Popondetta, fly to Port Moresby|
|DAY 14||In Port Moresby, trip concludes|
The leader's knowledge of the history was great and i learnt a lot about the actual WWII action in Kokoda.