The Kokoda Trail
The Kokoda Trail is by far the most popular trek in Papua New Guinea and takes between 6 and 10 days. It is a challenge and the difficulty of the track should not be underestimated. Kokoda is in the same province as Tufi which is Oro Province and Tufi presents the best relaxation and cultural experience for those to end their PNG trekking trip.
We recommend treks are limited to a maximum of 15 people so you enjoy a more exclusive journey where you are an individual and not just part of a large group. Kokoda is getting out there and experiencing all the delights that the trail has to offer and most importantly of all having fun.
The long days include river crossing, steep and gradual ascents and descents. The 96-kilometre trek is predominately through rain forest. Usually conditions are wet and slippery as rain can be expected on most days. Temperatures range from 24-30 degrees celcius during the day and 16-24 degrees celcius at night.
This trail was made famous during WWII and still bears the scars of a fierce campaign. For those of you who had loved ones fighting in PNG during WWII, this walk can be a very spiritual and emotional experience. Trekking in mud up to your knees and tricky river crossing indicate exactly the conditions under which the Aussie Diggers fought.
People embarking on this Kokoda adventure will be assured of the most spectacular scenery and an unforgettable experience. The local people are Koiaris who are friendly and generous. Although ideally suited to walkers who are of reasonable fitness, training for this trek is necessary. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable the trek will be.
Treks are recommended depending on the fitness of the group and the trekkers time schedule to to be in either 6 days or 8 days.
The track can be walked from either direction, although some say that from Kokoda to Ower's Corner is easier, even though in that direction you actually have to climb an extra 550 metres in height.
The track can take anywhere from 5 days to 10 days to complete depending on fitness and rest time involved. Locals are renowned for being able to regularly complete it in 3 days. The track record for completion is by Papua New Guinean John Hunt Hiviki who completed it in 22 hours, one minute and 14 seconds on 28 August 2005. We work with local partners who organise set departure 8-day treks, including a night in Port Moresby at the beginning and the end of the trek. If you really think you are fit enough to do it quicker, then we can arrange a tailor-made quote.
The best months to trek Kokoda iare from April to October during the 'dry' season.
There are a number of guesthouses located along the way, some at villages, others at traditional rest spots. The main villages passed through (from Ower's Corner) are Naoro, Menari, Efogi Creek 1 & 2, Kagi or Naduli (depending if shortcut taken), Alolo, Isurava, Hoi, and Kovolo.
Set departures for 2015 - $3895 AUD per person from Port Moresby (approximately $3245 USD on 21.12.2014)
16 April 2015 - 25 April 2015
1 May 2015 - 11 May 2015
12 May 2015 - 21 May 2015
26 May 2015 - 4 June 2015
31 May 2015 - 9 June 2015
10 June 2015 - 15 June 2015
22 June 2015 - 1 July 2015
19 July 2015 - 28 July 2015
26 August 2015 - 4 September 2015
29 September 2015 - 8 October 2015
13 October 2015 - 22 October 2015
25 October 2015 - 3 November 2015
7 November 2015 - 16 November 2015
16 April 2016 - 25 April 2016