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75th Kokoda Anniversary Tour: Buna to Kokoda to Owers Corner Trek 24 Aug – 06 Sept 2017

From: $4,095.00

This Ultimate 9 day Kokoda Track history tours that includes 2 days exploring the Northern beach villages of Gona, Sanananda and Buna. Our tour begins in Port Moresby at our luxury accommodation...

Optional Extras
Single Supplement Accommodation – Hotel Stay

As part of our package, hotel accommodation is twin share. We understand that some people like to have their own room, and for this luxury there is an additional cost each night.

Kokoda Hire Equipment

As part of our standard package participants can choose to have the free use of a 76L Backpack & Foam Sleeping Mat. Self Inflating Mats are $35 to hire for the duration of your tour. If you require the use of these, please confirm. 2 man sized tents are automatically included in our packages for free hire, 1 tent per person (no sharing required). Note: These are received on the first day in Port Moresby prior to the trek.

Personal Porter

Our Personal Porters responsibility is to carry their trekkers main backpack, tent etc. They are very determined to add to the safety and overall experience for them. Many who have been trekking for many years you will come to learn more about the life of a person in Papua New Guinea. The advantages of having a personal porter: Reduced weight to carry, Provides employment supporting their extended family, provides the opportunity for more trekkers to conquer the challenge. Our porters are paid above award wages and repatriation home.

Postage Option *

You can choose to receive destination information electronically or in a hard copy version to reduce the postage costs. Your trek shirts will be mailed out to you via Australia Post.

Adventure First Aid Kit

The Adventure First Aid KIT is a small but serious first aid KIT – easy to carry and lets you respond to big and little emergencies. Our kits have been specially built for Kokoda and outdoor wilderness trekking.

Aquim hand sanitiser and belt clip

Hand Sanitiser suitable for use when outdoors, while travelling, before food preparation, in hospitality, after nappy change and toilet use. Comes with handy belt clip suited to bushwalking.

Isurava Memorial on the Kokoda Trail stubby cooler

Isurava Memorial on the Kokoda Trail stubby cooler and 6 drink coasters per cooler purchase. High quality stubby cooler and decorative coolers look fantastic in your bar.

Kokoda Pen

Write with style and always be reminded of your extraordinary Kokoda adventure with our fighting withdrawal pens are a great.

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Product Description

Trek: Kokoda Trek
Tour Duration:  14 days
Grade  8/10
Direction: Kokoda to Owers Corner (North to South)
Led: Australian Led 
Guide Shane Goodwin
Dawn Service Isurava Battle site & Brigade Hill
International Flight: To PNG: 24 August

From PNG: 06 September

Hotel Stay 2 nights at the Ela Beach Hotel
Status:  Taken bookings already

 

This is one of our amazing 10 day Kokoda Track tours that includes 2 days exploring the Northern beach villages of Gona, Sanananda and Buna. Our tour begins in Port Moresby at our luxury accommodation and travel to Popondetta and onward to Gona/Holy beach the following day. Over the duration of 12 days we will complete this journey detailing all of the war time sites and relics on the war time trails, including the pre war mail route and Mission Ridge.

Over the trek the group will cover the landing of the Japanese, the battles of the Northern Beaches Campaigns and the Kokoda Campaigns and have the opportunity to stand in the places where so many soldiers gave their lives.

The conclusion of the trek is at Ower’s Corner where celebration photos will be taken before making our to Bomona War Cemetery for a visit. After our commemorative stop at Bomana we travel in to Port Moresby to grab lunch and head to the hotel for a shower and our last meal as a group together.

 All of our treks provide a cultural, historical experience where trekkers assist us to give back to the communities and villages in Papua New Guinea. Visiting the schools, churches and locals in the villages is a humbling experience.

All of our tours are guided by the best Australian outdoor recreation guides in the business. Our guides are extremely knowledgable in the Kokoda Trail campaign, outdoor adventure travel skills, remote area wilderness first aid and Papua New Guinean culture. All of our Aussie guides are highly trained and competent we will ensure you get the best experience the Kokoda Track has to offer.

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Day 1 Arrive Port Moresby

Trekkers please note that the itinerary is just a guide and can change for a number of reasons. Your guide will keep you informed of the daily itinerary should it need to change.

 

Your Kokoda Trek package starts when you arrive in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

You will be met at the airport by our Escape Trekking Adventures PNG Operations Manager Tracy, and be transferred to the Ela Beach Hotel for the night.

In the later afternoon, trekkers will meet, collect gear and be briefed on what will happen while on the track. If you have any questions, the guide will be more than happy to answer them for you. Your group will enjoy a nice meal (personal expense) and discuss the adventure ahead.

Then the night is yours to pack for the following day and rest up before the onward journey. Please avoid alcohol prior or during the trek.

(Any unwanted gear that you do not wish to carry on the track, can be left at the hotel in a suit case with a lock attached to pick up on your return – Please see reception that night or in the morning to secure your luggage).

Day 2: POM to Buna via Gona beach and Sanananda village

Early the next morning trekkers will wake and have breakfast before meeting in the foyer of the hotel.

Once the group is together they will be transferred to the Domestic Airport to catch the flight to Popondetta.

This can take a little bit of time so you need to be patient slow down and relax. The flight over the Owen Stanley Range takes 30 minutes and before you know it you have arrived in Popondetta. On the ground our Escape Trekking Adventures team who will continue with you on the Buna Adventure.

There are a few stops on the way so keep your cameras handy.

We will continue onto Gona onto our boats.

It is not too long before the drone of the boat engine gets louder, and the team moves down to the beach. As you do, you will see that you are being farewelled by a number of locals who followed you to the beach to say goodbye.

It is nice to cruise along the coast and very hard to imagine what took place 70 yeas ago.

After cruising for a while, the boat will head into the beach at Sanananda, where the group will take a short walk into the village to see the Australian and Japanese museums (entry 10Kina local led only).

Back onto the boats we soon arrive in Buna. We will be welcomed by the locals when we arrive, with a traditional dance and flowers (where available).

After lunch there is an opportunity to settle into the rooms.

In the afternoon trekkers can take a walk through the village and a have a swim. This is a hidden secret so enjoy your self.

We come together for our evening meal and have a briefing about the next days movements, before heading off to bed.

Day 3: Buna via Japanese pill-boxes, artillery position & schools

Trekkers wake before the heat sets in, and after breakfast we take a tour and are briefed on the history of the area. A guided walk through the village seeing the local war remains and sites in the area follows this. The locations we visit include Old Strip (where there are remains of Japanese zeros), Japanese pillboxes, field equipment, artillery gun and shells and much more. This does take a few hours so be sure to take your hat sunscreen and water.

After the tour, the group return for lunch and a swim. The locals are very friendly and will sometimes come for a swim with the trekkers.

After an easy afternoon, there is opportunity to mix with the local, be sure not to walk too far to avoid heat stress, remember to take some water, camera and some Kina.

Inquisitive kids from the village will be eager to play some games and entertain you so be prepared for some fun.

There is a farewell meal cooked by the Escape Trekking Adventures family and the trekkers will enjoy the meal and may take an evening walk along the beach. The night is very peaceful and the guesthouse paints the perfect picture. Soon the trekkers move off to bed.

Day 4: POM to Kokoda to Hoi via Kokoda Battle Site

By now you are adjusting to the new routine, and up and packed ready to go before you know it.

We walk out from Buna for a period of 1 & ½ to 3 hours until we reach a road junction and the group will jump on board the PMV and move towards Popondetta. The drive to Popondetta takes around 45mins-1hr, and there the group will stop off at the supermarket, and trekkers usually grab a drink and something to eat (personal expense).

From Popondetta, the group will take the long drive through to Kokoda, on the way stopping at Awala, Kumasi River & Oivi for pictures and listen to the tour commentary.

After arriving in Kokoda, we will take walk to the Kokoda Museum (if open).

From the Kokoda Station, the group will commence the trek from Kokoda to Hoi that takes around 2.5 hours (depending on the pace of the group).

Hoi is a great little village and is a fitting first night to camp.

After a wash, the trekkers will share the evening meal before being briefed on the history and the next day’s journey.

By now you are adjusting to the new routine, and up and packed ready to go before you know it.

We walk out from Buna for a period of 1 & ½ to 3 hours until we reach a road junction and the group will jump on board the PMV and move towards Popondetta. The drive to Popondetta takes around 45mins-1hr, and there the group will stop off at the supermarket, and trekkers usually grab a drink and something to eat (personal expense).

From Popondetta, the group will take the long drive through to Kokoda, on the way stopping at Awala, Kumasi River & Oivi for pictures and listen to the tour commentary.

After arriving in Kokoda, we will take walk to the Kokoda Museum (if open).

From the Kokoda Station, the group will commence the trek from Kokoda to Hoi that takes around 2.5 hours (depending on the pace of the group).

Hoi is a great little village and is a fitting first night to camp.

After a wash, the trekkers will share the evening meal before being briefed on the history and the next day’s journey.

Day 5: Hoi to Isurava Battle site via Deniki

Rising early the group will enjoy breakfast and soon enough will hear the call to be ready to move out.

With Kokoda in the distance, the group will trek through the lush green choko vines that reach into the canopy of the trees. The trekkers will continue to move up the Owen Stanley Range to Isurava Village.

After a welcomed rest, the group will continue to Isurava Battle site.

A minute silence is held here to remember the Soldiers who fought, and to also pay tribute to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. The battle site was lost for many years to the jungle, although today the site is cleared and serves as a memorial to the fallen soldiers that died in the Kokoda campaign.

This afternoon we explore the battle site before washing up for the night. We come together to share the evening meal along with the next days briefing about our special service, and welcome the opportunity to head off to Bed.

Day 6: Isurava Battle Site to Abuari Village via waterfall & Surgeons Rock

After a special dawn service commemorating Bruce Kingsbury Victoria Cross held at Isurava Battle site we relish in the history of the area visiting Kingsbury VC rock as we remember back 75 years earlier. After breakfast we walk to Surgeons Rock and discover the horrors that took place along with discussing the Bisset brothers. Shortly after we set off and walk for nearly 1 & 1/2 hours were we reach Alola and take a short break. From Alola we encounter our first steep down hill section which can be slippery if it is wet, this takes around 1 hour. From here we cross a creek and proceed to climb at a steady pace for 1 hour before turning off and walking to the Waterfall below war time Abuari. The 2/16th battalion head quarters was based here at the waterfall site and 35 men died as they pushed the well-entrenched Japanese force back. The 2/16th where in a threating position when they had to withdraw due to the dire situation at Isurava battle site and general withdrawal of the entire force was ordered.

After returning from the waterfall we climb up to present day Abuari for a further hour. We enjoy a late lunch and wash up for the evening relaxing with some longer days to follow.

Some trekkers say that this is their favourite spot, and you will understand why as you stop for a rest.

The creek is a beautiful swimming place although it can be a little chilly which is great for your aching muscles.

We meet again tonight as we do each night and reflect on the day, talk about the war history and cover what the next day entails.

Day 7: Abuari village to Templeton’s Crossing

We rise early and prepare for a long hard days hiking. We descend along the path the 2/16th used for their withdrawal to Eora creek where we stop for morning tea before we turn back north on the main track and climb up to view the lower Japanese defensive position overlooking Eora Creek. This position was used by the Japanese primarily in their retreat and was the scene of bitter fighting as the diggers scaled in some parts almost vertical embankments.

From the lower Japanese defensive position we return to Eora Creek.

After Eora creek we spend 2-3 hours of solid climbing and followed by many descents as we discover the Kokoda roller coaster, along the way we will pass many Australian weapon pits that were used in the fighting in 1942.

 

At Templeton’s Crossing we have a late lunch and rest up for the steep climb over the pre war mail route the following morning.

Day 8: Templeton’s crossing to Maraba via wartime Kagi and Mt Bellamy Australian advance position

Rising early we set off just before first light to give ourselves plenty of time to climb the hardest section of the Kokoda Track. It is a tough climb and for 2 hours of straight up, we take our time and encourage each other for this section of the track can be quite difficult. Once we reach the top of our climb we continue to walk across the side of Mt Bellamy dropping and gaining altitude around the 2340m above sea level. Today we walk past the very little discussed part of the Kokoda Campaign where the Australian 2/25th met stiff Japanese resistance. This part of the Kokoda Track saw the 39th Battalion walk over this way before a short cut and easier route was built during the war. We have morning tea along the side of the track and reach lunch around mid-day. Lunch is at an old campsite near a small creek where we can replenish our water supplies. After lunch we complete the final part of our climb before a long descent in to Maraba village passing through wartime Kagi. This afternoon we enjoy a shower and well-earned rest, as we now know how tough Kokoda can get.

Day 9: Maraba to Brigade hill via Japanese lantern parade & mission ridge

This morning we plunge down a steep descent and climb a steep ascent up to Kagi village. We walk to the end of the Kagi airstrip and stand at the place where the Japanese lantern parade took place as our diggers watched in horror unable to reach the Japanese with any weapon fire. The Japanese used the rubber coating of Australian signal wire to light up the track and descend into the valley for a dawn attack. From Kagi we drop down to a creek for morning tea followed by a steep climb to Efogi 2 for a short rest before reaching Efogi for lunch. We can also stop for a quick swim in the creek before lunch to cool down.

After lunch ensure your wearing sun screen as we spend quite a long period out in the open climbing up to Brigade Hill. We ascend up on to the upper reaches of Mission Ridge and walk through the 2/27th positions where the Japanese massed many frontal attacks on the diggers. From Mission Ridge we walk high up to Brigade Hill for the nights camp.

Brigade Hill is the most eerie place to camp and often the clouds roll in over the summit.

Tonight we will prepare ourselves for a dawn service the following morning.

Day 10: Brigade Hill to Nauro via Japanese offensive positions

After an emotional early morning dawn service we descend down to Menari, on the trek down the ridge the group will be shown the lookout to Menari, and be briefed on Japanese positions in the area during their advance.

The group will then move down to the creek and up to the guesthouse for a rest.

While in Menari the school students may gather to present a show for you.

Trekkers can bring educational & stationary resources as gifts for the students (Escape Trekking Adventures has an ongoing relationship supporting the Menari school).

From Menari the group will trek up towards the top of ‘The Wall’ here the group will have a rest and take our time descending down the wall amongst all of the tree roots and mud.

We stop for lunch at Agulogo, and it is not long before boots are off, for the crossing of the Brown River.

The next 1 hour you will trek through the muddy Swamp below following the Naoro River, then slowly climb our way up to New Nauro Village where a welcomed rest and our campsite is for the night; this is halfway up the nine false peaks and is the most comfortable campsite on the track.

Day 11: Nauru to Ioribaiwa Village via the Japanese Ofi Creek and Ioribaiwa ridge defensive position

After Nauro we will trek up the ridge where it is easy to get discouraged with the remaining 9 false peaks. But the group encourages each other and before long you reach the top and trek down to the Japanese ladder for lunch. From there the group continues down the ridge to Ofi Creek. This trek will take around 2-3 hours, depending on the pace of the group.

Ne the descent to Ofi Creek we pause at the Japanese ambush defensive position. From here you can see how deadly this position was.

At Ofi Creek you can enjoy another welcomed wash, at yet another beautiful location.

The group will trek up and over the Ioribaiwa Ridge to the post war village.

We will gather and be briefed on the history that took place here.

This is quite an amazing place for trekkers to stand, as it marks the place that the main forces of Japanese got to, before being ordered to ‘advance to the rear’.

The sunsets here are magical if the weather is kind to us and the porters quite often will play footy on the large grassed area.

Day 12: Ioribaiwa Village to Camp Goodwater Via final defensive position in the Australian withdrawal

The group sets off early and progress down through Dump 44 and onto Ua-Ule creek where we will cross the creek numerous times (17 times in total in this valley) before stopping for morning tea.

From the northern foot of Imita Ridge, (where the Salvos had a ‘Hop In’ tent erected during the war, serving refreshments to the soldiers) here we make our climb up Imita Ridge. It is quite a challenging climb and trekkers should be aware to pace yourself.

At the top after a group picture and briefing, the team will take the trek down to Imita base (Goodwater) camp for the night.

This is a terrific swimming hole to enjoy your last night on the track.

This night the trekkers often pass the hat around to tip the porters.

Day 13:Goodwater to Port Moresby via Ower Cr & Bomana Cemetery

The with group now exhausted but eager to get to Owers Corner, we progress on for just a few short hours to Goldie Creek.

Trekkers welcome the great opportunity here to cool down in the water before morning tea.

After leaving Goldie we trek up the last climb to Owers Corner where there are many cheers, photos and celebrations as trekkers walk through the gates.

There will be opportunity here to view the memorials, before boarding transport, for the last trip back to Port Moresby and the last night at the Hotel.

On the way you will have a brief stop at Macdonald’s Corner, The Sogeri Junction, Rouna Falls and Bomana Cemetery.

At the hotel all trekkers usually meet to celebrate the trek, and to enjoy a celebration meal together.

Trekkers do need to make sure that all their trekking gear is cleaned properly before the international flight to avoid and quarantine delays back in Australia.

Day 14:Tour Conclusion and airport transfer

Trekkers are free to do as they choose before being transferred back to the Airport for the flight back to Australia. Most flights after midday allow for a lazy sleep in and a final breakfast with your fellow trekkers. Flights between 6-10 am require an early rise and transfer to get to the airport in time to clear customs.