Embrace The Kokoda Track Itinerary

Below is a brief outline of the Itinerary and is subject to small changes before and during the tour.

 

DAY 1: Tuesday 4th August - Sydney to Port Moresby    [Meals: D]

  • Arrive at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby. 

  • You’ll be met by your Australian guide at the airport and transported to the hotel 

  • Pre-trek safety and information briefing will be held that evening. 

  • Dinner at the hotel and final equipment check. 

 

 

DAY 2: Wednesday 5th August – Port Moresby to Deniki   [Meals: B, L, D]

  • Early wake up call, breakfast and transport to the domestic airport terminal. 

  • 30min flight to Popondetta. 

  • 3-hour road trip (PMV-trucks) to Kokoda village arriving at lunchtime. 

  • Following lunch, we visit the Kokoda Plateau, museum and memorials. 

  • 3-hour trek from Kokoda to Deniki. 

  • Overnight at Deniki with sweeping views of the Yodda Valley. 

 

 

DAY 3: Thursday 6th August – Deniki to Alola    [Meals: B, L, D]

  • 4-hour trek from Deniki to Isurava Battle Site – Following lunch, we explore the famous Isurava Memorial and learn about the large-scale battle that took place in August 1942. 

  • In the afternoon, we walk through the Isurava Guesthouse area which was the scene of another intense battle and onto to Alola Village, where we stay overnight.

 

 

 

DAY 4: Friday 7th August -  Alola to Templeton’s Crossing    [Meals: B, L, D]

  • We begin the day with a sharp descent and then steep climb to the Eora Creek battle site where we observe the position of a Japanese Mountain gun located there during the battle. 

  • We then descend and cross the mighty Eora Creek where we stop for lunch. 

  • After lunch, we face a long and steady climb uphill to our campsite at Templeton's Crossing.

 

 

 

DAY 5: Saturday 8th August – Templeton’s Crossing to Diggers Camp     [Meals: B, L, D]

  • Our walk uphill continues to Dump 1 where we cross a large river before a sharp ascent to the top of Mt Bellamy (highest point on the track), passing through the Kokoda Gap. 

  • It’s then onto the Myola airfield and hospital site where we inspect the ammunition dump still containing wartime Australian mortars, grenades and mines. 

 

 

DAY 6: Sunday 9th August – Diggers Camp to Efogi Village   [Meals: B, L, D]

  • Today we head to Naduri where we visit the grave site of one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. 

  • We then have a sharp descent, followed by a steep incline up to Efogi 2 where we visit the memorial dedicated to Japanese soldier Kokichi Nishimura. 

  • Overnight at nearby Efogi 1 village. 

 

 

DAY 7: Monday 10th August – Efogi Village to Menari   [Meals: B, L, D]

  • Today begins with a steady incline toward Mission Ridge, and then onto lunch at Brigade Hill. This area was the site of a major battle during the campaign and we focus on this in detail. 

  • The track then takes us downhill to a well-deserved swim in the river where we visit a plaque dedicated to the famous Australian war photographer Damien Parer. 

  • We then have a one hour walk up to Menari where we camp overnight. 

 

 

DAY 8: Tuesday 11thAugust – Menari to Nauro    [Meals: B, L, D]

  • After a sharp ascent, we head down "The Wall" before arriving at the Brown River for a refreshing swim. Following lunch at the beautiful Ogulogo village, we trek up the beginning of the "9 false peaks" before arriving at picturesque Nauro. 

  • A well-earned early finish today allows us to wander the village and take in the scenic valley views. This area is typically characterized by wonderful evening sunsets. 

 

 

DAY 9: Wednesday 12thAugust – Nauro to Ua Ule  [Meals: B, L, D]

  • After completing the remainder of the "false peaks", we reach the top of the Maguli Range before we descend toward beautiful Ofi Creek. Prior to this we stop at "Jap Camp" and explore old trenches and a mountain gun emplacement. 

  • Following this we venture to Ioribaiwa Village, the furthest point of the Japanese advance along the Kokoda Track. 

  • We then trek through a beautiful creek system to our final camp of the trip at Ua Ule. 

 

 

DAY 10: Thursday 13th August: Ua Ule to Port Moresby   [Meals: B, L, D]

  • This Morning we climb the challenging Imita Ridge, which was where the Australians were prepared to make their final stand against the advancing Japanese. 

  • We then descend toward the Goldie River which provides us with our last river crossing and swim of the trip. 

  • Following this we have a final 40 min climb before we cross underneath the famous arches, marking the conclusion of our 9-day adventure. 

  • After a short break for lunch we jump onto our mini-bus and drive an hour down the hill before we stop at probably the most emotional part of our journey, Bomana War Cemetery. Here we visit the graves of over 3,000service personnel from a variety of Commonwealth nations. 

  • Celebration dinner

 

DAY 11: Friday 14th August: Depart Port Moresby   [Meals: B]

  • Typically, a mid-day departure from the hotel and we are transported to the international terminal for our flight back to Australia. ​