Kokoda Village, Papua New Guinea
The Kokoda Trail is a classic walk that runs 96km through the Owen Stanley Mountain Range in Papua New Guinea. This is the most famous walk in Papua New Guinea and is considered a place of pilgrimage for many as it was the site of ferocious fighting between Australian and Japanese Forces in World War Two and has great historical significance. Since 1957 the Kokoda Trail is a battle honour for the Australian Army.
The Kokoda Trail begins in Owen’s Corner in Central Province and after traversing rough and hilly terrain ends in Kokoda Village in Oro Province. When it passes Mount Bellamy the maximum height of 2190 metres is reached.
This is a very challenging walk with the risk of torrential rain, malaria and cold nights even in jungle conditions, and the best time to trek it is during the dry season from April to September. There is shelter and food in villages along the way and the trek can take anything from four to twelve days to complete. It is a challenging but enlightening walk to take to get an insight into the village way of life in Papua New Guinea.