Anzac Day 2022: 11 Days Kokoda Trek

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11 Days, 10 Nights
Availability : April '22
Port Moresby
Port Moresby
Min Age : 16
Max People : 20
Trek Summary

This South > North Kokoda Track trek features an ANZAC Dawn Service at the Isurava Battlefield Memorial. ANZAC Day is the solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who have fought and died for their country, but also serves as an opportunity to acknowledge those who continue to serve their country to this day.

After a pre trek gathering and our first night’s accommodation in Port Moresby, we commence our trek Kokoda journey travelling via road, in the Getaway Trekking (GT) Private Motor Vehicle (PMV), bound for Owers’ Corner; the point where the Kokoda Track commences. En route we visit the humbling Bomana War Cemetery, where we will pause to remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice as part of the 1942 Kokoda Campaign.

Our trek across the Owen Stanley Range, from south to north, commences with a steep descent down to the Goldie River, which we wade across with the help of our loyal Carriers. Over the next 8 days we will trek through and explore several historical sites including Imita Ridge; site of Australia’s last stand, Ioribaiwa Ridge; the furthest point reached by the Japanese, Brigade Hill; site of one of the most horrific battles our soldiers fought during their withdrawal, Eora Creek Village; the site where 99 Australian soldiers were killed during fierce gun battles and Isurava Battlefield; where Private Bruce Kingsbury was killed during battle and ultimately awarded (posthumously) the Victoria Cross.

As a group, we will hold a small memorial service at Brigade Hill and participate in the official Australian High Commission Memorial Service at the Isurava Battlefield Memorial to reflect upon the gallantry, courage and sacrifice made by all Australian soldiers. This is an incredibly special and moving experience, and one you will never forget.

Our Kokoda Trail trek concludes once we step through the Kokoda Arch at Kokoda Village. Armed with a new found appreciation of the accomplishments and hardships endured by our Australian soldiers during the Kokoda Campaign, we will pause to reflect upon the past 8 days.

We will spend our final night on the Kokoda Track at Kokoda Village before returning to Port Moresby the following morning. Upon our arrival back in Port Moresby we will transfer back to our hotel for a hot shower and our final dinner as a group. This evening is a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon, what for many, will have been the experience of a lifetime.

‘We are here today, because they were here before us.’

Departure & Return Location

Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 8x nights in Tent/Bivvy/Guesthouse-style Accommodation during Trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during Trek, prepared Fresh Daily
  • 2x nights in a Standard Twin Room^ at the 5-star Stanley Hotel & Suites, Port Moresby incl. Buffet Breakfast
  • Return Airport Transfers on Arrival & Departure

  • Commercial flight from Girua Airport, Popondetta > Jackson’s International Airport
  • Expert Australian Tour Leader/s, Wilderness First Aid – Guaranteed
  • Professionally Trained and Highly Experienced Local Ground Crew
  • FREE Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt

Price Excludes

  • International and Australian Domestic Airfares & Airport Departure Tax
  • All costs associated with obtaining a Passport
  • All costs associated with obtaining a PNG VISA
  • Travel Insurance [mandatory]
  • Vaccinations and Anti-Malarial Medicines

FREE!

  • Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania
What to Expect

Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most naturally beautiful countries. Soaring mountain peaks, unspoiled beaches, lush rainforests, unique flora and fauna and the cultural richness of the people combine to make Papua New Guinea an increasingly popular destination for tourists, not to mention the renowned and fabled ‘Kokoda Track’, home to many life-changing Kokoda Tours.

  • Traverse the world-renowned Kokoda Track with a leading culturally and ecologically sensitive trek operator
  • Trek South to North in the direction of the Australian Advance
  • Experience and participate in moving memorial services at Isurava Battlefield and Brigade Hill
  • Take in the beauty of the Papua New Guinea, one of the world's least explored countries
  • Stay at the brand new 5-star Stanley Hotel & Suites whilst in Port Moresby incl. Buffet Breakfast
  • Form lasting bonds and friendships with your fellow trekkers
Itinerary

Pre-TrekArrival Jackson’s International Airport.

Arrive Port Moresby, transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Pre trek briefing and first group dinner (own cost).

Day 2Trek from Owers’ Corner – Goodwater (campsite). 3 hours.

Transfer by road to Bomana War Cemetery, containing more than 3,700 casualties of the Second World War. Continuing to Sogeri Monument before arriving at Owers’ Corner where the Kokoda Track commences. Inspect the Owers’ Corner Memorial as well as a 25-pound Artillery gun. Commence trek with steep descent to Goldie River. Cross river, continue through Uberi and past Dump 66 arriving at Goodwater campsite.

Day 3Trek from Goodwater – Ioribaiwa Village. 6 hours.

Commence with steep ascent up to Imita Ridge, site of the final defensive stand by the Australians, who were told there would be no further withdrawal from this point. Commence steep descent to Ua Ule Creek, crossing many times, before arriving Ua-Ule for lunch. Complete day with challenging ascent to Ioribaiwa Village.

Day 4Trek from Ioribaiwa Village – Nauro Village. 7 hours.

Ascend to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point reached by the Japanese before they were ordered to “advance to the rear”. Continue into Ofi Creek campsite, before tackling the 9 false peaks of the Maguli Range. Finish with challenging but spectacular descent into the beautiful village of Nauro, our camp for the night.

Day 5Trek from Nauro Village – Manari Village. 6 hours.

Stunning views of mountain ranges in cloud set up the day; begin with descent into Nauro swamp. Cross Brown River and continue along flat ground to ‘The Wall’ and a very steep ascent to Menari Gap. Continue to Menari, home to the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel along the Kokoda Track. Enjoy a swim in the slow running creek and the beautiful church choir.

Day 6Trek from Manari Village – Efogi Village 2 (Lanamau). 7 hours.

A steep climb up to infamous Brigade Hill; also referred to as ‘Butcher’s Hill’, site of an horrific and costly battle. Pause for Memorial Service. Enjoy beautiful views enroute to Efogi, largest settlement on Track with museum, airstrip and first aid post. Make final ascent to Efogi Village 2. Opportunity to support local economy with purchase of fruit, cans of coke, Twisties and Bilums (traditional string bags).

Day 7Trek from Efogi Village 2 (Lanamau) – Templetons Crossing. 10 hours.

Long day commencing with steep descent into gorge and across Efogi River. Long climb to Naduri, continue to summit of Mt Bellamy, trekking through the ‘enchanted moss forest’, where Antarctic Beech forest, phosphorescent fungi and giant Pandanus line the track. Descend to Dump 1 via Kokoda Gap enjoying more spectacular views.

Day 8Trek from Templetons Crossing – Isurava Battlefield. 8 hours.

Short but steep descent to Eora Creek, cross and continue to Templetons 2. Continue past numerous weapon pits, as we make our way to Eora Creek Village; site of the ‘Battle of Eora Creek’. Trek along narrow and slippery tracks to Alola with spectacular views and friendly locals. Final leg into Isurava Battlefield.

Day 9Trek from Isurava Battlefield – Kokoda Village. 8 hours.

Rise early for official Australian High Commission Dawn Service, reflecting upon the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of all soldiers during the Kokoda Campaign. The Service is held at the Isurava Battlefield Memorial. Continue through Deniki and onto the village of Hoi with its beautiful and refreshing creek. A final 2 hour walk to the Kokoda Track Arch.

Day 10Transfer to Kokoda Airstrip OR Popondetta for return flight to Port Moresby.

If returning to Port Moresby by private charter, transfer the short distance to Kokoda Airstrip. If connecting with commercial flight from Popondetta, leave Kokoda and transfer by road. Either way, will take about 30 minutes to fly over what took us 8 days to walk. Final dinner in Port Moresby. (own cost)

Post-TrekTransit Day.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia.

Breakfast Included
*In the event that a Guesthouse is not available, Tents and/or Bivvys will be erected as a sleeping alternative.

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