9-Day Kokoda Military History, Ecotourism, and ANZAC Day Trek

Day 1: Kokoda - Deniki (4-5 hours)

After the flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta, we are driven to Kokoda. On the way, we pass the villages of Gorari,Oivi, and Wairopi, the sites of battlefields during the Kokoda Campaign. At Kokoda, we visit the battlefield before setting out on our trek.

We pass through Kovelo village and Hoi village enroute to Deniki Lookout, our campsite for the evening. The lookout provides beautiful views over Kokoda, the Yodda Valley, and the villages.

Day 2: Deniki - Alola (5-6 hours)

From Deniki, we make the climb up to Isurava Battlefield. At Isurava, we tour the battle site, visit the local musuem, take pictures of the four granite pillars - etched with the words courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice - that serve as a memorial to the battle's fallen. The battlefield is also famous as the site where Private Bruce Kingsbury, the first Australian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross on Australian soil, forced the retreat of the Japanese before suffering a fatal wound at the hands of an enemy sniper.

From Isurava, we pass Surgeon's Rock and head to Alola, our campsite for the night.

Day 3: Alola - Templeton's Crossing (5-6 hours)

On Day 3, we continue on our way to Eora Creek, the site of a major battle and a famously Japanese artillery position.

After visiting the artillery position, we cross the creek on an amazing cane bridge built by the locals. Then we climb along several ridges to our campsite at Templeton's Crossing. Templeton Crossing is also the site of fierce fighting, and is in the vicinity of an Australian war grave.

Day 4: Templeton's Crossing - Kagi (6-7 hours)

Today, we climb and pass Mt. Bellamy, at 2190 metres the highest point on the trail, before heading to the Kokoda Gap lookout for a view of the rugged terrain grossly underestimated by Generals MacArthur and Blamey.

From there, we trek to Kagi Gap to enjoy the panoramic views of Kagi and the mountain ranges to the south. Then we head to Kagi, where we spend the night. The locals, including many descendents of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, welcome us and treat us to an evening of dinner and entertainment from their sensational village choir.

Day 5: Kagi - Menari (7-8 hours)

Day 5 starts with a steep climb down to the Efogi River. On our way to Brigade Hill, we climb up Efogi 1 (Launumu), and pass through Efogi 2 and Mission Ridge. At Brigade Hill, the site of a major, four-day battle, we have the opportunity to look on the eastern slopes, where nearly 300 of the badly outflanked Australian soldiers escaped the Japanese and retreated with their wounded to spend three weeks in the jungle.

From here, we head to our campsite at Menari, where Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner gave his famous speech to the 39th Battalion, "The Ragged Bloody Heroes."

Day 6: Menari - Nauro (5-6 hours)

In the morning, we make the short trek to Mt. Tamata, also known as Menari Gap. After climbing the mountain, we make the steep descent down "The Wall," a narrow ridgeline that leads us to Augulogo.

After crossing the Brown River, we head up to Nauro, where we spend the night.

Day 7: Nauro - Ioribaiwa (6-7 hours)

After visiting a Japanese artillery position, we climb up the Maguli Ridge. Then we trek through the Japanese Camp (Japanese Ladder) and Engineer Camp before climbing down to Ofi Creek. Finally, we climb up the Ioribaiwa Ridge a major battle site, and then down to Ioribaiwa village our campsite campsite for the evening.

Day 8: Ioribaiwa - Goodwaters Campsite (4-5 hours)

We begin the day by crossing Ua-Ule Creek on our way to Ua-Ule. From there we make the steep climb up to Imita Ridge, where the Australians made their final defensive stand against the Japanese.

We then head down the Golden Stairs to our campsite at Goodwater, where Australian sapper Bert Beros wrote the poem "The Fuzzy Wuzzies." Since it's our last night with the porters, they sing for us at dinner. It's also customary for trekkers to tip porters as a token of appreciation and good gesture for their help and friendship during the trek.

Day 9: Goodwaters - Owers Corner (4-5 hours)

On our last day of trekking, we pass Uberi and cross the Goldie River before making the steep climb to Owers' Corner. At Ower's Corner, we have the opportunity to photograph the Kokoda Memorial Arch.

On the ride back to the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby, we stop at McDonalds Corner, the original trailhead of the Kokoda Trail, and the Bomana War Cemetery.

We spend the night in Port Moresby and fly out of Papua New Guinea the next day.


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