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Papua New Guinea's most iconic trail.
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Today we are heading to Popondetta, Papua New Guinea to…
Trek through history and rugged terrain as we explore the legendary Kokoda Track.
Spanning 60 miles (96 km) through the Owen Stanley Range, the Kokoda Track isn't just a trail; it's a symbol of courage, sacrifice, and resilience.
During World War II, this path witnessed some of the most intense battles between Australian and Japanese forces.
Hiking the Kokoda Track
If you’re looking for an easy walk, this trek isn't it.
Prepare to navigate through dense jungles that echo with the calls of exotic birds and rustling leaves.
The path ahead will test your endurance with steep inclines that challenge both your physical strength and mental resilience.
And remember, the weather can be as unpredictable as the terrain—be ready for anything nature throws your way.
For many, this trek is more than a physical challenge. It’s a pilgrimage—a chance to step into the shoes of heroes who once traversed these very trails amid the chaos of war. Every step forward is a homage to their bravery and sacrifice.
History enthusiasts might want to consider extending your trip to explore the Northern beaches of Papua New Guinea before the trek.
This adds depth to your understanding of the 1942 campaign, offering a new perspective on the historical context of the Kokoda Track.
You don’t need to be interested in war history to enjoy this hike. Immersing yourself in the jungle and getting a captivating insight into the lives of local villagers in some of the most remote corners of Papua New Guinea.
That alone is reason aplenty to embark on this trail.
The Kokoda Track isn’t solely about covering distances.
While it challenges your physical limits, it also invites you to soak in history and culture, giving you a deeper appreciation for the track’s significance.
It’s an opportunity to blend adventure with introspection, a chance to embrace the past while forging connections with the present.
If you would like to learn more, here are some links you can check out to get more information about hiking the Kokoda Track.
How to Hike the Kokoda Track
Because of the remoteness of this hike and the risk of sickness, it’s best to plan your trip with a reputable tour operator. These companies provide porters and have extensive connections that can get you out of trouble if things go wrong.
A great option is World Expeditions. They are specialist in the Kokoda Track and they have over 20 years of experience working in Papua New Guinea.
The most common route is to begin in Port Moresby and then drive to Owers’ Corner. From there, hike through to Kokoda, then when completed, drive to Poppendetta Airport to catch a flight back to Port Moresby.
The best time to trek the Kokoda Track is during the driest season, which runs from April to October. There is no real dry season in the highlands of PNG, so still be prepared for a bit of rain.
We hope your travels take you in this direction very soon.
Until then - keep exploring!