Kokoda track trekking holiday, Papua New Guinea
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Description of Kokoda track trekking holiday, Papua New Guinea
This iconic Kokoda Track trekking holiday in Papua New Guinea is an eleven day trip, with nine full days of trekking through jungle wilderness. Travelling in a small group, and guided by an Australian wilderness expert with vast experience of the Kokoda Track, you follow the trail that has become an important memorial of the route taken by Allied and Japanese forces during World War II, in the bid to take Port Moresby.
This is a very challenging trek, not only because you are negotiating wild jungle terrain, mountains, and elevated ridges, with numerous creeks and river crossings to be made donning backpacks and so on, but also because there is little or no infrastructure. You will be camping throughout, with a support team to carry equipment. What you will experience, however, is a fascinating trek through history, poignant memorial sites and the support of dedicated porters and villagers along the way. The sense of achievement and respect for those who perished here during WWII makes this a truly incredible 100km journey.
Many of our Australian guests plan this battlefield pilgrimage around Anzac Day, the Australians having fought heroic battles here in 1942 to defend Port Moresby. Whatever your reasons for taking on this extraordinary route, you will face some tough challenges within the jungles of the Owen Stanley Ranges as well as blissful moments of swimming in creek pools, watching sun rise over the mountains and ascending peaks such as at Efogi.
Many of our guests extend their trip to include the Northern beaches of Papua New Guinea, so do talk to us about this option.
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1 Reviews of Kokoda track trekking holiday, Papua New Guinea
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2019 by Charlotte Astridge
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The history and the people of PNG
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Get in contact with the trekking company about bringing the correct equipment and materials asap
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Definitely, the locals were very clear on the positive impact the trekking company were having in their community
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetOur philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.
The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.
PeopleThe Kokoda Trail is an extremely remote experience taking in many villages which still survive on subsistence farming across the rugged highlands of Papua New Guinea and have a local village orientation.
Prior to departure you are fully briefed on the ways of the locals by our experienced bi-lingual guide. Thanks to our depth of experience in operating this trip sensitively and imparting of local ways to walkers the villagers we come across are hospitable and friendly - seemingly more so to Kokoda Track walkers, who are regarded locally as above the business people or the rare tourist who visits, in their ability and desire to 'fit in' with the country and villagers ways.
The tour cost includes track fees, which are utilised for upkeep of the track as well as a 100 Kina per person payment which is contributed to a Development Fund, which assists with local community projects. The local operator has been involved in privately funded developmental projects along the track for the benefit of local communities since first operating this trek.
Local fruit and vegetables are usually purchased in certain villages, where food is in abundance, to supplement the local incomes. Food drops are organised in other areas to ensure we do not exhaust limited supplies from villages that do not have as much.
When not camping we utilise village rest houses which is an important source of income for the locals as the remoteness of their location limits income earning opportunities. A fair price is paid which ensures we are welcomed time and time again.
There are numerous opportunities for real cultural exchange as village people will often be eager to talk to visitors and are keen to hear about their lives and families and in exchange much can be learnt from the villagers about their lifestyles and interests, as many have a working knowledge of English. One of the guides is always there to assist should communicating be a problem.
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.
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