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10 Days, 9 Nights
Availability : June 2021
Port Moresby
Port Moresby
Max People : 20
Trek Summary

Discover the plane wrecks of 2 C-47 planes lost during World War II. Two amazing treks done back to back or separately… up to you!

Expedition to The Flying Dutchman 3 to 12 June – guaranteed departure, limited numbers available
This is a special expedition to re-discover the wreck of The Flying Dutchman – a C47 crashed up on Mt Obree in 1942 carrying troops from the 32nd Red Arrows. 23 on board, 17 survived the crash, only six lived to tell the story of tragedy, survival, and hope. (Google Pacific Wrecks The Flying Dutchman). The wreck site has not been visited for more than 30 years. We fly into Dorobisoro, walk to Laronu from where we start a 5 day trek into the mountains, part of which is on The Ghost Mountain Trail. There is also the opportunity to summit Ghost Mountain at 3070 metres (10,000 feet). We return to Laronu and Dorobisoro and fly back to Port Moresby. This is also a fund raising trip where we are raising awareness for essential services and distributing medicine to first aid posts and books to schools.

Expedition to “Quinn’s Plane” 12 to 20 June – guaranteed departure, limited numbers available
Another special expedition to visit the wreck site of another C-47. Colonel Quinn had travelled out on this plane to ensure his troops (from the Red Arrows) were getting supplies by the air drops. A parachute wrapped around the tail and the plane crashed killing all on board. Many official databases do not record this crash site. (Google Pacific Wrecks The Broadway Limited). I have visited this site which is just outside the village of Natanga. We fly in to Itokama where we stay one night prior to following the Ghost Mountain Trail to Natanga and into the river system eventually coming out along the Girua River. After a couple of nights in Buna (where the Red Arrows suffered severe casualties in the battle to recover the stronghold from the Japanese), we fly back to Port Moresby. This is also a fund raising trip where we are raising awareness for essential services and distributing medicine to first aid posts and books to schools.

These two expeditions are designed to run back-to-back – if you wish to do both.

Departure & Return Location

Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Twin share accommodation in Port Moresby (single supplements available)
  • Australian Tour/Trek Leader
  • National Trek Master & Trek Leader
  • Personal carrier
  • Domestic flights (PNG)
  • Guest house accommodation on track
  • All village tariffs
  • Carriers for food and equipment
  • All meals on track
  • Detailed risk management plan
  • Village cultural activities
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • Bus/PMV transport in PNG
  • Visit US Army historical sites along the track
  • US Army historical narration
  • All food, accommodation & services for carriers
  • Free Getaway Trekking walking shirt
  • Opportunity to join regular training sessions
  • Public liability insurance

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Port Moresby
  • International and Australian domestic airfares
  • Passport & visa costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations and Anti-Malarial Medicines
  • Personal expenditure

FREE!

  • Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania
What to Expect
  • Walk in the footsteps of the 126th Infantry Regiment
  • Trek through the Owen Stanley Ranges
  • See the magical and world renowned Birds of Paradise
Itinerary

Pre-TrekArrival Jackson’s International Airport.

Upon your arrival at Jackson’s International Airport in Port Moresby, you will make your own arrangements to the Gateway Hotel Port Moresby.

There will be a pre trek gathering in the evening where your group will have dinner together before being briefed on the extraordinary challenge you are about to embark on. This is the ideal opportunity to meet your fellow trekkers, the group leaders and some of the Carriers who will help you over the next few weeks.

Note: Your international flight costs are not included within the trek package cost. We can assist you with your flight arrangements upon request.
Overnight at Hotel in Port Moresby (included in trek package)
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Day 1Fly to Dorobisoro, walk to Laronu

Charter flight to Dorobisoro, brief welcome by the locals and then a 4 – 5 hour walk to Laronu.
Ghost Mountain Guest House

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2Walk to Camp Arakarea

On leaving the guesthouse the climb starts immediately. Very steep to begin, evening our to a more gentle climb to a camp on a ridge. Approx walking time 6 to 7 hours. Total ascent approx 1,300m m. net elevation gain approx 1,000m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 3Walk to Flying Dutchman Camp

The climb continues gently with some steeper sections. Vegetation changes are significant we go over 2,000 metres. Bird calls are prolific in the early morning. the trail will reach a height of about 2,850 metres descending to 2,700 metres to a new camp “the Flying Dutchman Camp”. Approx 7 to 9 hours

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4Trek to crach site and return to camp

The trek to the crash site will take 2 to 3 hours each way. Whilst there will be some “hills” we mostly traverse the side of the mountain

Overnight at Bush Camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5Walk to Camp Arakarea – optional Mt Obree

Today we return to our staging camp on the way up – Camp Arakarea. the trip back should take 5 – 7 hours. For those interested in climbing an extra 300 metres in elevation, and an extra 2 – 3 hours of trekking there is the option of returning via Ghost Mountain summit.

Overnight At Bush Camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6Return to Laronu

Mostly downhill and steep just before Laronu. Approx 4 – 5 hours walking.

Overnight at Laronu
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7Rest day at Laronu – cleanup

Enjoy a swim, wash clothes, enjoy local food, relax and celebrate

Overnight at Laronu
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8Dorobisoro and Port Moresby

Early morning departure from Dorobisoro – 4 to 5-hour walk, charter flight back to Port Moresby

Overnight at Port Moresby
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 9Port Moresby – End of Trek 1, Trek 2 joins

We say goodbye to those of the group finishing after Trek 1 as they return home or onward journeys.
We say Hello to those joining us for the second part of our trek

Pre trek briefing at 5pm – Gateway Hotel
Breakfast

Day 10 Itokama

Charter flight to Itokama and stay overnight. Distribute medicine packs and school books

Overnight Itkoama
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 11Walk to Natanga

Walk along good tracks to begin with and then village train in the afternoon. Approx 6 to 7 hours of walking, the first section making good time on and easy track. Generally flat with elevation gain around 150mts ( highest point 875m, lowest points under 700m)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 12Walk to Gora

In the morning (before breakfast) visit the Bird of Paradise Tree and Colonel Quinn’s plane wreck. One peak to go over today at around 1,200 metres – some steep sections. All on village trails. Approx 4 – to 5 hours of walking.

Overnight at Gora
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 13Walk to Bofu

Apart from an initial steep climo and descent (150 to 200m), we have a more gentle trail running downhill, following the river systems. Approx 6 to 7 hours of walking.

Overnight at Bofu
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 14Walk to Girua, PMV to Buna

This is a new section of trail – we are taking the mountain route that runs parallel to the Girua River to the roadhead. Estimated walking time from Bofu is is 6 – 7 hours. We are met by our PMV and taken by road to the Northern beaches village of Buna.

Overnight at Mana Mana Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 15Buna

Rest and clean up day. Swimming, old buna war artefacts, museum, memorial plaques for Red Arrows.

Overnight at Mana Mana Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 16Buna to Girua, to Port Moresby.

Overnight stay back in Port Moresby. Client responsible for their own food & drinks at the hotel.

Overnight at Port Moresby
Breakfast Included

Day 17Fly out of Port Moresby to your home or next destination.

Breakfast included

Please Note:
This itinerary remains subject to change at all times. Conditions may vary on the track and it is important that we are flexible in being able to make appropriate changes along the way if needed.

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