Papua New Guinea

The Kokoda Track

Hiking
Over 70 years ago the 96 km Kokoda Trail was the site of one of the bloodiest battles for WWII.

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11 days

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Surrounded by dense greenery, glistening rivers and incredible views, it is hard to believe that just over 70 years ago the historical 96 km Kokoda Trail was the site of one of the bloodiest battles for Australian troops in World War II. Even nowadays, to conquer the trail requires dedication, co...

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Itinerary

Day 1Port Moresby
Your adventure begins in the capital of Port Moresby. An airport arrival transfer is included. Attend a pre-trip briefing this evening at 6 pm to meet your fellow travellers and trek leader and local trekking crew.
Day 2Kokoda
This morning take a short, spectacularly scenic flight over the jungle canopies and craggy peaks of the Owen Stanley Range to the landing strip of Kokoda on a chartered flight operated by Tropic Air. The flight takes approximately 35 minutes, and depending on availability of aircraft and the size of the group the plane may have to make 2 journeys. On arrival in Kokoda, be welcomed by our local trekking team and introduced to your personal and food porters. Kokoda, situated at 340 metres above sea level, is a hot and humid place, but there’s a nearby river to cool off in. You will have time to explore and visit the Kokoda Memorial and War Museum today. After lunch set off for the village of Deniki (4-5 hours). Begin with a flat walk through rows of palm oil and rubber tree plantations, passing through Kovelo and Hoi villages before the first steep ascent up the Owen Stanley Range. Deniki village is 900 metres above sea level, and on arrival you’re greeted with spectacular views across the Kokoda Valley.
Day 3Isurava
Commence the first full day of trekking with an early start by heading to Isurava village. Pass through choko gardens planted by local villagers and by water holes where you can fill up your bottle. Your trek leader or porters will let you know the best fill-up points. Arrive at Isurava village, which is 1,350 metres above sea level. The village has been relocated several times since World War II, but now sits in a tranquil location with good access to water and sunshine. Continue to the famous Isurava battlefield, where you’ll stop for a break during which your leader will explain the significance of the site. A powerful memorial built by the Australian Government commemorates the qualities of ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance’. Spend the night at the village of Alola which sits at 1,400 metres on the mountainside overlooking Iora Valley and Auberi village.
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Trip title

The Kokoda Track

Trip code

TESA

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2020

Introduction

Surrounded by dense greenery, glistening rivers and incredible views, it is hard to believe that just over 70 years ago the historical 96 km Kokoda Trail was the site of one of the bloodiest battles for Australian troops in World War II. Even nowadays, to conquer the trail requires dedication, coura...
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Style

Original

Themes

Walking & Trekking

Transport

Plane,Private Vehicle,On Foot

Physical Rating

5

Physical preparation

Trekking the Kokoda Track is physically demanding and training is essential. Any training programme should consist of aerobic exercise, strength building and hiking up and down hills with a backpack. We recommend that all trekkers over the age of 40 have an exercise stress test prior to commencement...
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Joining point

Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby

Joining point description

The new Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby is next to the Holiday Inn Port Moresby (about 200m walk) in a great central location. Facilities include free wifi in room, colour tv, private facilities, air-con and a restaurant. Check in time from 2pm. Check out time by 11am

Joining point instructions

Arrival and departure transfers are complimentary if you advise your booking agent of your flight details (or any amendments) at least 2 weeks prior to departure. On arrival to Port Moresby Airport, once you clear customs you will be met by a representative from our local operator, South Sea Horizon...
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Finish point

Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby

Finish point description

The new Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby is next to the Holiday Inn Port Moresby (about 200m walk) in a great central location. Facilities include free wifi in room, colour tv, private facilities, air-con and a restaurant. Check in time from 2pm. Check out time by 11am

Important information

This is a very physically & mentally challenging trip. Travellers MUST be in exceptional physical health to undertake this trip. A Passenger Self Assessment form is required when booking this trip. Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Packing for details. Special Anzac Day departures operate on 1...
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Group leader

Our Kokoda trips are accompanied by a crew consisting of a tour leader, a lead man, and the porters. We have established a partnership directly with the local landowners to ensure that our clients receive not only the best value for their trip, but also the best cultural interactions possible. In c...
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Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itin...
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Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specif...
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Why we love it

Trek the famous Kokoda Track with a local cooperative that ensures local villages and communities benefit directly

Is this trip right for you

•Generally literature refers to the historic war-time track being 96km in length, however today’s track measures roughly 165 km (this includes side trips and detours), which is the distance you will be walking. This equates to around 20 km per day. Due to the strenuous nature of the trek, the minim...
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Health

MALARIA & MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASES: Malaria is a risk throughout PNG. Dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases also occur, including in Port Moresby. Cases of chikungunya virus have also been reported since 2012. We encourage you to take prophylaxis against malaria where necessary and to take m...
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Food and dietary requirements

We provide freshly prepared meals when you are on the trek, as well as some additional snacks for each trekker. Wherever possible our meals are also supplemented using fruit and vegetables from the villages that we pass through. You will be asked to pay for your own hotel meals in Port Moresby. All ...
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Money matters

SPENDING MONEY: When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a...
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What to take

EQUIPMENT: A rucksack to pack your belongings in (carried by your porter), day pack to pack items needed while trekking (to be carried by you) are both included in the cost of your tour. Max weight of your rucksack and day pack combined should not be more than 12kg. We recommend the following items...
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A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use...
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Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/ SHARE YOUR STORY: Th...
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Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representa...
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Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestio...
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The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and...
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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When trav...
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Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and pr...
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Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important tha...
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Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts),Village community hut or camping (8 nts)
The Kokoda Track