|Trek:||Anzac Kokoda Trek – Northern Beaches via Kkd to Owers Corner|
|Direction:||Buna via Kokoda to Owers Corner (North to South)|
|Dawn service:||Bomana Cemetery|
|International Flight:||To PNG: 13th April
From PNG: 26th April
|Hotel Stay||Includes 3 nights at the Ela Beach Hotel|
Anzac Kokoda Trek:
This amazing Anzac Kokoda trek will start out in Port Moresby at our luxury accommodation and travel to the Northern beaches of Gona, Sanananda and Buna villages. During our time here we will travel via boat along the northern coast line in these pristine waters to memorial sites, museums, Japanese pill boxes, battlefield and rusting relics laying in the jungle as they where in 1942/43. Our Anzac Kokoda Trek is conducted over 9 days on the trail and 2 days at the Northern beaches battlefields. The conclusion of the trek is at Ower’s Corner where celebration photos will be taken before making our way back to Port Moresby where we will explore the city. The tour group will spend the night at Ela Beach hotel before the spectator commemorative dawn service at Bomona War Cemetery for the 102 year official Anzac Dawn Service. Following the service we allow for plenty of time to walk around the war cemetery before spending the day in safe area of Port Moresby’s business district and yacht club. The last commemorative dinner will be held that night before departing the following day in the 26th April.
About the Northern Beaches
The Northern beaches villages are only explored by 5% of Kokoda track walkers. Gona is only a 40-minute drive from Popondettta airport and the vast majority of people miss out on this remote unexplored oasis and coastal villages. This was where the Kokoda campaign began and saw the Japanese ultimately defeated to end the Kokoda battles.
Many soldiers lives where lost in these battles in a larger volumes than during the Kokoda Owen Stanley battles, yet this is still rarely recognised by many people or Kokoda tour operators. You will not be disappointed in visiting this hidden gem.
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.
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.
Our experienced guides are passionate about the track, the history and offer a lot to the experience. Being highly trained and competent we will ensure you get the best experience the Kokoda Track has to offer.
This trek includes a visit to the PNG national museum, city tour and the option to vist vision city mall. 3 nights twin share accommodation at the Ela Beach Hotel is included.
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Day 1:Arrive Port Moresby 13th
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 Helen, 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 14th
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 will meet us and 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 day’s movements before heading off to bed.
Day 3: Buna 15th
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. 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 locals, 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: Buna to Kokoda to Hoi via Kokoda battle field 16th
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, 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.
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 Cons Rock via Isurava battle site 17th
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.
We relish in the history of the area visiting Bruce Kingsbury VC rock and take many photos of the area.
There is a small war museum here and if open trekkers can look inside and take photos (entry fee own expense).
After seeing the battle site we take a short 15 minute walk to our campsite Con’s rock, this campsite supports the Alola school.
The group will then wash, share the evening meal along with the next days briefing, and welcome the opportunity to head off to Bed.
Day 6:Cons Rock – Eora Creek via lower Japanese defensive position 18th
We take off early a after special service held at Con’s rock and walk for nearly 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 2 hours onto Eora Creek.
Along the way, a detour is taken to view the Japanese gunning position overlooking Eora Creek.
From the junction we walk on to Eora Creek.
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: Eora Creek to Camp 1900 via Australian war relics 19th
We rise early and prepare for a long hard days hiking which will see us rise to the highest point on the track.
For now we spend 2 hours of solid climbing and will pass many Australian weapon pits that were used in the fighting withdrawal in 1942.
Trekkers will stop for a rest at Templeton’s Crossing for morning tea then onto Dump 1 for lunch.
We then proceed up to Mt Bellamy and stop to take in the view of the Kokoda Gap.
We take our time and encourage each other for this section of the track can be quite difficult.
From the gap we trek down to 1900 our campsite for the night where there is a pleasant little stream to wash in.
This campsite will be the coldest nights sleep you will have on the track so rug up. We will have a bonfire here weather permitting.
Day 8: Camp 1900 to Brigade Hill via myola war time drop zone via Ovuru Ndiki’s tomb 20th
Setting off from 1900 we trek on to Naduri Village, the track leading into Naduri can be extremely slippery if it has rained, so take your time and watch your step.
Naduri is a very beautiful village and the group will stay just beside the airstrip at the guesthouse with a tree house.
Naduri was the location of Ovuru Ndiki one of the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who sadly passed away in November 2013. We now visit his tomb and pay our respects.
From Naduri we plunge down a steep descent (2 hours) and climb a steep ascent up to Efogi 2 then on to 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.
Brigade Hill is the most eerie place to camp and often the clouds roll in over the summit.
Day 9: Brigade Hill to Nauro via Japanese machine gun position21st
After an 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 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 2 hours 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 10: Nauru to Ioribaiwa Village via Japanese defensive positions at Ofi creek and Ioribaiwa ridge 22nd
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.
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.
Day 11: Ioribaiwa Village to Camp Goodwater 23rd
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 12:Goodwater to Port Moresby 24th
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.
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 13: Port Moresby to Bomona War Cemetery 25th April
We join in what is an emotional dawn service to remember ANZAC Day and those who served for their country.
This will be an emotional experience and we slow down a little today to enjoy the moment and reflect on our own journey.
From here we will enjoy the Anzac day festivities and perhaps a game of two-up at the Yacht club or a town tour of Port Moresby.
We will join in together for our last meal as a group at dinner and say our final fair wells to each other.
Day 14: Home Day 26th April
Trekkers are free to do as they choose before being transferred back to the Airport for the flight back to Australia.