LOCAL KOKODA

LOCAL LED KOKODA

11 Days $3150 ex Port Moresby

Accommodation

9 Nights Camping
2 Nights Hotel

Transportation

Mostly on foot
Vehicle transfers, return flight to Port Moresby

Included Meals

10 Breakfasts
9 Lunches
9 Dinners

Trip Grade

Category 3
High Heart Rate Holiday

Feel the humidity; sweat trickling down the brow as you rest, or flowing in a torrent as you climb! Appreciate how diverse the Owen Stanley Ranges truly are.

This is the real Kokoda.

Walking through pristine rainforest, absorbing stunning valley views, and making thrilling river crossings, with only a coarse rope and a slick log between you and the frothing, chilling waters below!

Descending a steep section, and suddenly, without warning your footing gives way and you’re falling…

Then, showing an awareness, almost instinct that you’d not have believed, had you not just experienced it, a strong hand has a hold of you, preventing you from careening down the hillside by the scruff of your pack.

“To be able to bring well known Australians through the villages along the Kokoda Track brought a lot of happiness to me and my family”

Terrance David, No Roads PNG Operations Manager & Kagi Villager

The local Koairi No Roads guides often appear, at least at first, timid, quiet, or shy.

But as they learn their group and understand the people they’ll not only be leading through their lands, but protecting and caring for throughout the journey, they’ll emerge from their shells, sharing an understanding and perspective that only a local can have.

It’s a special experience, and one that brings the Papuan team and their international visitors that much closer together.

People walking the Kokoda Track near deniki
Isurava Battlefield

The Journey

Arrive Port Moresby and transfer to hotel. 
Pre-expedition briefing with your local guide. Get to know your fellow adventurers!

(6 Hours) We depart Port Moresby at 7am for Owers’ Corner where our trek begins.

At Ower’s you will be introduced to your general guides and will climb down to Goldie River on the first leg of the expedition. Your local team will carry camp food and all necessary equipment (as well as your pack if you’ve engaged one especially for that service).

From Goldie River we head up towards Imita Ridge, our path adjacent to the famous Golden Stairs (these no longer exist).

From atop Imita Ridge we head down to Vuale Creek and our first campsite. (B,L,D)

(6 Hours) After a breakfast of hot porridge, plenty of fruit and other cereals we’ll resume our trek.

It’s a wet start to the day, with several more creek crossings to be negotiated, before we begin the climb up to Ioribaiwa Village.

From there we continue on to the ridge of the same name, where the Japanese advance was halted. This marks the closest point they would get to Port Moresby.

It is then a long down to Ofi Creek, where we’ll overnight there in huts or tents. (B,L,D)

(9 hours) This is a long day, punctuated by some awesome views of the ranges, and a swim in Brown River (should you care to do so).

We’ll then begin our final ascent into Menari where the night can be spent in either your tent, or a guesthouse of your choosing. (B,L,D)

(9 hours) From Menari we head down to a local watering hole, and then it’s straight up to Brigade Hill.

This is a long limb, and one should be prepared for the demons in the head to start telling you, you can’t make it. But you will.

From Brigade Hill, the site another famous battle, we continue on to Kagi for a warm welcome and a good nights sleep. (B,L,D)

Today is the local Sabbath (Seventh Day Adventists).

There’s an invitation to join them (if you wish) in a church service to hear them sing, and observe how they pray.

Afterward, make use of the day to relax and explore the village. (B,L,D)

(9 Hours) Today is a big one! Via Nadoori, we’ll ascend Mt Bellamy, the highest point of the Kokoda Track.

Great views across the Kokoda Gap, then it’s down to Templeton’s One for overnight. (B,L,D)

(5 Hours) Now on the downward leg, we’ll trek from Templeton’s One to Eora Creek via Templeton’s Two. Plenty of long ascents and descents, with plenty of gunners pits and foxholes along the way.

We will overnight at the beautiful Eora Creek, right beside the river crossing. (B,L,D)

(8 Hours) After breakfast, we will make the trek up to Alola along a largely narrow path.

Beyond, lies Isurava via the famous Isurava Battlefield.

Site of a major battle along the trak, we’ll have a chance to visit Kingsbury’s Rock and the other battle-sites in the area.

From there we head off to stay in Isurava for the night. (B,L,D)

Note: Depending on fight availability back to Port Moresby, we may have to trek all the way to Kokoda. This will only add two hours to our day and it is all on a slight downhill.

It’s an early start as we have a plane to catch in Popondetta!

We snake our way down to Kokoda, and once there shall visit the battlefield before we bid our local team farewell and jump on board our truck to Popondetta.

This can be a bumpy ride, quite aptly labelled the “Chiropractic Express”!

Once back in Port Moresby, a visit to the Bomana War Cemetery will follow. An incredibly moving place, and helpful to provide further context to where we’ve just been.

Then, it’s back to the hotel to clean up and relive our journey together. (B,L,D)

Our adventure is over. Transfer back to the airport and return home, or journey onward!

Season

March to November

Includes

  • Trained local guides for the entire expedition (who carry all group equipment, food & set up camp)
  • Electrolyte supplements such as Hydralyte
  • All domestic flights within PNG (as per itinerary)
  • The support of a trained medic and our River rescue team
  • Shower tent to wash with soap and protect the environment. Hot showers are available for a small fee.
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners (some dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan & gluten intolerant can be accommodated)
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • A visit to Bomana War Cemetery
  • All accommodation during the scheduled itinerary (2 nights hotel accommodation in Port Moresby, and tents inclusive of sleeping mats for the remainder of the trip)
  • Kokoda Track Permit
  • 1 to 1 General Guide-Client ratio
  • A rubbish Guide that takes all our (and some other operators) rubbish from the Track
  • Farewell dinner on the final night
  • Snack Pack for each expedition day to get you between meals
  • No Roads Expedition T-shirt
  • Urine and health chart
  • Access to your Australian Guide for advice prior to (and on) the expedition
  • Access to FREE weekend training walks before and after the expedition

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for General Guides
  • Any meals not listed as included

Journey Extensions

Check out our Journey Extensions for those that want to stay a little longer or try something different along the way.

A shirt 10 minutes drive from our hotel, the Port Moresby Nature Park is a colourful addition to an PNG getaway. This half day tour showcases PNG’s fascinating wildlife, allowing you to get up close to the Tree Kangaroo, Cassowary, Crocodile, Bird of Paradise and a plethora of parrots and reptiles.

The park’s facilities are world class (including a great little coffee shop so you can buy water and food there if needed) with great enclosures and information signage, and you’ll be fully guided by a park expert throughout.

If you’ve a few spare hours before or after your trip, we highly recommend this tour (the park opens at 8am so you can get there early and do a tour before your flight home).

Per person is $60 

Includes: Transfers to and from park and an expert guided tour of the park.

 

Rabaul is an hour and a half flight away from Port Moresby and is a great town to explore and lots of activities.

You can go snorkelling, cruising, visit the Duke of York Islands or climb a volcano.

There are also bustling markets and great bird watching. A great additional trip for someone who wants to see other areas of Papua New Guinea, but wants to do more than just rest and relaxation.

Price per person is $600.

 

Nusa Island Retreat in Kavieng, on the island of New Ireland, is only an hours flight from Port Moresby, but feels a world away, with crystal clear waters, incredible scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and surfing. 

After finishing a Kokoda trek, Nusa Island Retreat is the perfect place to recover, and to see a whole new side of PNG.

We can help you with your domestic flights to Kavieng.

Premium Room
Single Room: $330 per person/per night
Double/Twin: $240 per person/per night

Includes all meals and airport transfers

Tufi Resort is an hours flight from Port Moresby and is situated in the world’s largest tropical loch system where palm trees flow all the way down to the water’s edge.

Tufi is a boutique resort, built to overlook the stunning landscape by which it is surrounded.

With access to some of the best SCUBA and snorkelling in PNG, waterfalls, local villages and secluded beaches, Tufi offers excellent accommodation and food for those that want to get away from it all.

After finishing a Kokoda trek or for those want to relax, dive or fish Tufi is a perfect oasis.

Tufi is serviced by flights every second day from Port Moresby. 

Check out their website at www.tufidive.com

Accommodation

Deluxe Bungalows (1 queen and 1 single) Sea facing balconies

Single $330
Double $250
Child $140

Deluxe Rooms (Balcony facing resort)

Single $295
Double $210

Standard Rooms (no balcony or sea views)

Single $235
Double $160

Includes all meals, accommodation, return airport, tea, coffee and GST.

Diving

Outer Reef

2 tank outer reef dive $200
3 tank outer reef dive $250
6 tank outer reef dive $460

House Reef Wharf Diving

1 tank wharf dive FOC
2 tank wharf dive $100
3 tank wharf dive $120

Night Wharf Dive

1 night wharf dive $110

Speciality Wreck Dive

Black Jack B17 Bomber $3000 minimum 6 pax Nov-April only

PISTOFF B25 Mitchell Bomber $1800

Includes tanks, air, weight belts, fresh fruit, cold drinks, tea, coffee, cookies, hot showers, towels and GST per person per day.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling on outer reef (per person on Dive Boat) $95

Fishing

Masalai (Shark Cat) 4 hour trip $650 seats 1-6 people. All staff and equipment provided.

Talio Mono Hull 4 hour trip $450 seats 1-4 people. All staff and equipment provided.

Cultural Tours

There are plenty of other Experiences you can take part in at Tufi resort from Full Day Tours, Bird Watching and Lookouts. Chat to the No Roads team if you would like ideas for day tours from Tufi Resort

Less than one hour from Port Moresby is the paradise that is Loloata Island Resort. This beautiful and intimate island is just off the coast of Port Moresby and is home to some of the best island reefs in the world. 

If you have friends or family who would like to meet you in PNG after your trek, this is the perfect holiday destination for them.

There are dozens of sunken ships and even an aircraft to explore for SCUBA divers. For snorkelers, there are the reefs of Lion Island.

Each room and suite has a guaranteed ocean view.

Take advantage of the spa facilities onsite, where you can book in your next massage or any other pamper treatment.

For those that don’t want to travel too far away but just far enough to relax after their expedition, Loloata is a perfect place to spend a few days. 

Your Guides and Safety

An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. Our handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds. Each has extensive outdoor and hiking experience and a passion for the beautiful place that is Papua New Guinea. The guide will ensure that your trip is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun, and safe. All guides are trained in Safety First Aid and are connected to our Port Moresby and Melbourne offices by satellite phone.

Accommodation

“No tents tonight, as we all opted to rest our sodden bodies and damp clothes inside a rickety hut. Seriously, the floor flexed as we tiptoed over it, and it wasn’t only the two oddly shaped windows allowing in some of the dull light but also the wider cracks within the floor.”

We’ll make you as comfortable as we can, but outside of Port Moresby, there’s no escaping the fact, that we’re inhabiting the remote. Provided for you, at every campsite (should you want it) are a single-person tent and a sleeping mat. You could get by with that alone beneath your weary legs, but we’d recommend bringing an inflatable mattress, and a sleeping bag as well.

At some sites, you’ll have the option of a guesthouse should you want a bit more space to stretch. Think 3 or 4 wooden walls, and a thatch roof and floor, and you’ve got a reasonable picture.

Certainly a popular place for drying boots and socks, they’ll also on occasion sleep a trekker or two. Just make sure to bring a mosquito net, just in case.

It might sound rough, but we assure you, some nights, will come close to the best you’ve ever slept!

When you walk with No Roads, you are honouring their sacrifice, and ensuring that the soldier’s legacy lives on. Kokoda will challenge you, demanding everything that you have, and more. But it will also change you in so many ways. You will truly understand the meaning of the words ‘courage’, ‘endurance’, ‘mateship’ and ‘sacrifice’

Andrew Flanagan,
Expedition Guide.

As we departed Deniki, the relatively open jungle (at least at this point) was carpeted in lush green growth.

This was the Choko vine, and little did we know, its freshly plucked fruit would form part of our dinner, that very night!

Food in PNG

“There I was, socks screwed up into balls, massaging wrinkles out of damp, tired feet when I caught a familiar smell. Was I back at the movies?! Minutes later, a large bowl of steaming salted popcorn was plonked on the table right in front of me, almost like a dream!” 

We want to maximise the economic benefits from your visit to the local people everywhere we explore. The purchase of fruits & vegetables, allows fresh foods for our meals, and income for them. This provides incentives for villagers to offer a good standard of service to trekking parties as well as a vital source of income to pay for medicine, education, and transportation.

One of the biggest differences between us and other operators is our food. We do not get you to carry the food and we do not supply baked beans and 2 minute noodles for every meal. We cook up curries, vegetarian pastas, damper, prawn crackers, fried rice and the list goes on. Our Master Chefs are specifically trained in food handling to ensure you have not only a delicious meal full of nutrition, but one that is safe to eat. You may even have the opportunity to help the Chef prepare the meal, giving you a chance to engage our local team in conversation and build a bond otherwise not obtained.

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