Hike The Kokoda Track

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Trip Highlights

  • Trek the Kokoda Track
  • Cooperate Ethically with Local Guides
  • Local Communities Benefit from Visit
  • Dense Jungles & High Mountains
  • Experience Local Customs and Culture
  • Trek with a Personal Porter
  • Hear Stories of Battles from WWII


Boasting lush rainforest, strenuous mountain passes, abundant rivers, and majestic views, the Kokoda Track is hidden is one of our most remote locations, deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Learn about the humbling stories at sites of some of the bloodiest battles for the Australians in WWI while taking in the sheer beauty of jungle landscape on this 10 day journey with 8 of those days being on the trail, trekking through the Papua New Guinea mountains. A pilgrimage to some, but a physical challenge to all, this track will allow you to retrace the footsteps of avid hikers from across the world who are up to the challenge as well as of those who lost their lives here in 1942. Intrepid also ensures that you will participate in sustainable tourism and that the villages and peoples you encounter will benefit from your visit. Accompanied by personal porters, all locals to the area, to help with your belongings and food, group leaders, and local crew to to help you along the way, this trip will put your stamina and resolve to the test as you travel through small villages and dense jungles. 

Operated by Intrepid Travel

This trip is offered and operated by Wildland’s parent company, Intrepid Travel. Intrepid is an international adventure travel company committed to offering sustainable, experience-rich journeys across the globe. They’ve led the way with ethical, small-group travel since 1989, helping guests discover the magic of travel more than 30 years! When you sign up for this trip, you will be taken into Intrepid’s registration system, and book directly with them.

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$4235 Per Person
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Trip Type: Intrepid Walking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-12
Trip Length: 10 Days
Distance: 92MI / 150KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip follows mostly well-maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections. It includes many strenuous hiking distances and elevation with some more moderate distances and elevation. Some of the trails involved crossing rivers on thin logs and wading through water/swamp.

Hiking Distances:

Up To 15 MI / 24KM

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up To 3000 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for up to 10-12 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this hiking tour a Level 2 for solitude. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

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Inclusions: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners, local transportation, accommodations, personal porter and activities

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Day 1: Port Moresby

  • Orientation Meeting: 6pm
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Your tour with Intrepid begins this evening in the capital of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby with an orientation meeting where you’ll be briefed on the your journey ahead. Please arrange your included airport transfer at least 14 days before your trip with your booking agent. Get to know your group leader and fellow travelers at the meeting tonight at 6pm. 

Please be sure to attend the meeting as you will need to provide insurance and emergency contact information at this time. Please let your booking agent or the hotel know if you are going to be late. Rucksack and day pack hire is included in the price of this trip. You can bring regular luggage and repack your belongings into the 55 liter, water resistant rucksack this evening. The hotel your group will be staying at has internet access for an extra fee. There are very few places you will have cell service along the Kokoda track, so Intrepid advises you leave your cell phone behind with your main luggage in Port Moresby. 

Day 2: Deniki

  • Travel: Fly to Kokoda Station 
  • Activities Included: Kokoda Memorial, Kokoda War Museum, Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 8.5MI / 14KM
  • Accommodation: Village Hut or Camping 

Today begins your trek along the Kokoda trek. This morning, take a chartered flight over the jungles canopies and rugged peaks of Owen Stanley Range before landing at Kokoda station about 35 min later. Here you will meet your personal trekking team along with your personal and food porters, all locals to the area. Kokoda is hot and humid despite lying 1115 ft above sea level, but there is a river nearby to cool off in if you wish. Explore this historic site and visit the Kokoda Memorial War Museum this morning before you set out on the trail. The Kokoda Track is no easy trail and will be a challenge for hikers of all abilities. Take in your surroundings at this remote locations where WWII battles took place, but enjoying lunch and setting out into the jungle for the village of Deniki. Your group will travel on a flat trail through plantations growing palms for oil and rubber trees, stroll by Kovelo and Hoi villages, and then make the steep ascent up the Owen Stanley Range. Your guide will narrate more war history to you on the way before reaching Deniki. At nearly 3000 ft in elevation, you’ll be greeted by friendly locals and with spectacular views of the Kokoda Valley. Please note that depending on the size of the aircraft and the group, the plane taken this morning to Kokoda Station may have to make two trips. If weather is averse, the plane will need to be diverted to Popndetta airport where the group will then take a private van to Kokoda for about a 5 to 6 hour drive. The drive begins with bitumen roads but turns to dirt and has many creek crossings with rough traveling for the remainder of the drive. If this is necessary, your group’s arrival in Kokoda will be delayed and you will begin hiking tomorrow.

Day 3: Kokoda Track

  • Activities Included: Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 11MI / 18KM
  • Accommodations: Village Hut or Camping

Begin your group’s first full day of hiking as you leave Deniki and set out toward Isurava village. You’ll journey through choko gardens planted by the villagers and water holes where you can replenish your water supply (your leader and porter will know where the best water is to fill up). Soon you’ll arrive at Isurava, which nows lies 4430 ft above sea level after being relocated several times during the war. Continue on through the Isurava battlefield where you’ll learn about the significance of this site. A memorial of four pillars was built here by the Australian government that reads “Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship, and Endurance.” Hear stories of wartime heroism here as you take in your majestic surroundings and the sheer remoteness and vastness of this jungle. You’ll spend the night tonight at the nearby village of Alola which gives views of the lora Valley and Auberi Village. 

Day 4: Temleton’s Crossings II

  • Activities Included: Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 13.5MI / 22KM
  • Accommodation: Village Hut or Camping 

The trek to Templeton’s Crossing starts on a trail surrounding by dense rainforest, boasting many rivers and streams flowing fresh from mountain springs. Continue on to tranquil and quiet land on a hilly trail to Eora Creek. Two brutal battles took place here in 1942 that both ended in huge loss of Australian life. You’ll stop here to learn about the war history and perhaps take a dip in the nearby river before continuing on. After a few hours, you’ll reach Templeton’s Crossing where a narrow wooden bridge leads over a rushing river beneath. You’ll see iron rods here where Australian soldiers were buried before being relocated at the end of the war. Tonight you will stay at a cooperative guesthouse in Lokobo at about 6200 ft in elevation. The locals here are sure to be friendly so take some time to talk with these people and to understand their culture. By taking this trip with Intrepid, you are making sure that these local peoples are benefiting from your visit of sustainable tourism. The villages over the next few nights are rather high in elevation so make sure you have some warm layers as it can become chilly at night. 

Day 5: Digger’s Camp

  • Activities Included: Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 11MI / 18KM
  • Accommodation: Village Hut or Camping

Today is a tough day of hiking as the group will trek up the 7200 ft high point on the flank of Mt. Bellamy, known locally as the Gap. Take advantage of your porter being there to help you on this trek as the the trail takes some navigating. You’ll have wonderful views of the Owen Stanley Ranges before descending around 500 ft to your accommodations at Digger’s Camp, still sitting around 6600 ft in elevation. This village guesthouse can get cold, but is beautiful, set among lush jungle. There will be an optional walk to the WWII significant location of Myola where scraps of planes and the remains of a hospital could once be seen, but have mostly been scavenged by the locals for scrap metal. Enjoy a dip in the river before dinner at your mountain accommodation tonight.

Day 6: Efogi

  • Activities Included: Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 10MI / 16KM
  • Accommodation: Village Hut or Camping 

Another day of trekking lies before you as your group journeys toward the Mt. Bellamy, with vistas of Naduri, Kagi, Brigade Hill, and Nauro Villages on the way. Take a brief break at Naduri after making your way up a rather steep and slippery trail through open grassland to Efogi I. Hear more stories from wartime and this area’s past as you trek through this exotic jungle. You can also buy some of the locally grown fruit here to munch on while on the trail before descending back down to Efogi II. The hike down is not particularly long, but you’ll be hiking in the middle of the day and there is little shade, so pace yourself for a hard trek. Efogi II, a Koiari village with about 500 residents, is where you’ll stay tonight in another locally owned cooperative accommodation.

Day 7: Nauro

  • Activities Included: Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 13.5MI / 22KM
  • Accommodation: Village Hut or Camping

Get up with the sun this morning and eat hearty as you resume your trek. You’ll begin with a trek up to Mission Ridge; from this vantage point you’ll be able to see Efogi I and II. Then continue on to Brigade Hill where your leader will tell the story of this place as Australian forces were swallowed up by the quick onset of Japanese troops. After enjoying the retelling of this wartime story, descend down Mission Ridge to Menari on a steep and often slippery trail. Have lunch before climbing back up Menari Ridge and enjoy the fact that you’ve ‘broken the back’ of the Kokoda track. Your last descent of the day brings you to Nauro Valley where you’ll ford the Brown River to Nauro and refresh yourself in the stream near your cooperative guesthouse close to the original airstrip. If you’re hiking during the rainy season, this trail is often swampy in addition to muddy and mosquitos are prevalent so be prepared to get wet and to wear bug repellent. 

Day 8: Va’ule Creek

  • Activities Included: Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 15MI / 24KM
  • Accommodation: Camping

Bring on the next day of trekking today beginning with a sharp ascent to the Nine False Peaks on the top of Maguli Range this morning which will take about 3 hours of serious uphill climbing. From the top, take in the views before starting your series of descents, first with a stop to rest at Jap’s Ladder. Another break comes once you reach Ofi Creek, then press on to historic Ioribaiwa. Trek down more elevation to Uaule Creek. From the bottom of Ioribaiwa Ridge, the group will cross a multitude of rivers and creeks before setting up camp for the night at Uaule Creek. 

Day 9: Port Moresby

  • Travel: Drive to Port Moresby
  • Activities Included: Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter, Bomana War Cemetary
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 9.5MI / 15KM
  • Accommodation: Hotel 

Gear up for your final day of trekking on the Kokoda Track. Cross over more rivers and streams this morning (come with sandals or be prepared for wet boots), before continuing up the back of Imita Ridge for a few miles. Then descend back down a trail once known as the Golden Staircase, a trail built by Australian troops during WWII as an easier way to transport food and supplies from Port Moresby. Rest at the peak of Imita Ridge before descending on to Goodwater where you’ll see the Goldie river and make the final climb to Owers Corner. Congrats! You just finished the Kokoda Track. Meet up with a local driver for a drive back to Port Moresby but not before stopping at the Bomana War Cemetery to reflect once more on the loss here during the war; 3600 Australian soldiers are laid to rest here. Once in Port Moresby, perhaps grab dinner and a drink with your group to relax after the long days of trekking. 

Day 10: Port Moresby

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Your adventure with Intrepid comes to an end today after breakfast. Check out of the hotel is at 11. Please tell your group leader your flight details and ask for an airport transfer if you would like. 

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Transport: Private Vehicle, Plane, On Foot
  • Accommodation: 2 Nights Hotel, 8 Nights Village Community Hut or Camping
  • Local Personal Porter for the entirety of your trip: food and personal belongings
  • Activities Included
    • Kokoda – Kokoda Memorial
    • Kokoda – Kokoda War Museum
    • Kokoda – Kokoda Track Trek with Personal Porter
    • Port Moresby – Bomana War Cemetary

Important Notes

  • A single supplement is not available on this trip
  • This trek is an extreme mental and physical challenge. Trekkers MUST be in very fit and healthy in order to complete this trek even with the assistance of personal porters. All travelers must fill out a Passenger Self Assessment form before departing. You can obtain this form from your booking agent.
  • Strict luggage limits apply. Please see the packing section of the PDF itinerary packet for information on luggage and weight.
  • Special Anzac Day departures operate on April 15th and April 24th. Dawn Service will be attended on April 25th (Anzac Day)

Essential Packing List

Please see the packing section of the PDF Itinerary Packet (accessed from this page) for more information about essential items and maximum luggage weight.

  • Small to Medium Day Pack: used for carrying essentials on treks
  • Hiking Clothing: mix of lightweight quick-drying clothes and warmer layers
  • Hiking Boots: comfortable with good tread that you can walk in all day
  • Camp Shoes: comfortable footwear for wearing in the evenings and on shorter walks
  • Sport or Water Sandals
  • Bug Repellent
  • Warm Jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Jacket and/or Windbreaker
  • Water Bottle or Bladder for a Hydration Pack
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Trekking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Inflatable Pillow
  • Camp Cutlery Set

Optional Packing List

  • Small First Aid Kit (Your guide will have a large one)
  • Sleep Aids: such as ear plugs or eye mask
  • Camera, Spare Batteries, Power Bank (You will have access to power to recharge your items)
  • Swimwear
  • Good Book or Journal

Itinerary & Accommodations Disclaimer

The itineraries on Intrepid trips are updated frequently to reflect the current state of the destination and based on guest comments. Therefore it is essential that you review the itinerary information directly before your trip as there may have been changes since you booked with us. Additionally, weather, holidays, local conditions, transportation schedules, and a variety of other factors may cause us to change the itinerary during your adventure. Your guide will inform you of any changes to your trip as soon as the information is available.

Similarly, the accommodation types listed here are meant to be used as a guideline and are not guaranteed.  It is sometimes necessary to make alternative arrangements due to a lack of availability or a change in itinerary. In these situations, we will use like standard of accommodation.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Starting Point

  • This tour begins on day 1 with an orientation meeting at 6pm at the Holiday Inn Express in Port Moresby
  • Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby: Islander Drive, Waigani, Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    • Phone: 675 3032002
  • Airport transfers are complimentary with this tour if you give you flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days before you trip begins. This offer is only valid is you arrive on the first day of your tour or if you have booked pre-tour accommodations with Intrepid

Ending Point

  • This tour ends on day 10 after breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby
  • Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby: Islander Drive, Waigani, Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    • Phone: 675 3032002

Health and Safety Considerations

The health and well-being of guests and guides is Intrepid’s top priority. Please review our itinerary and activities carefully to assess whether you are able to cope with and enjoy this particular trip. If our group leader or any local guide determines a guest is not able to participate in the itinerary without undue risk to themselves or others in the group, we reserve the right to deny said guest access to all or a portion of the trip without refund. For more information about health and safety concerns for this itinerary, please see the PDF Itinerary packet accessed at the top of this page.

Group Size & Age Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Minimum Group Size: 1
  • Maximum Group Size: 12

Weather in Papua New Guinea

The temperature in Kokoda varies so little throughout the year that it is almost meaningless to talk about hot and cold seasons. It is rarely above 93 degrees F and rarely below 69 degree F in the lower parts of the country. However, on this itinerary, you will be traveling a fair distance above sea level and thus will probably experience some cooler temperatures in the mountainous camps and villages. A small sleeping bag and one mid weight jacket should be sufficient to keep you warm. The biggest weather factor to keep in mind is the rain. Kokoda is muggy and humid all year round, but the rainy season (December through May) brings much more precipitation. This tour is typically offered in the dry season that also boasts the coolest temperatures, but rain is not uncommon and you should expect it. Travel times and distances in the itinerary are dependent on good, dry weather; wet weather will result in longer travel times. Trekkers should be prepared for hiking in muddy and wet conditions any time of the year.

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