Kokoda, Papua New Guinea

As many of you may know, I have been working as a guide on Kokoda since 2004 and this year had the pleasure of walking it for the 12th time.

Every year I am reminded of how amazing this place is, and how tough the walk is. While I have done longer walks in the Himalayas, the 96km you cover in roughly 9 days has over 7000mtrs of up and down. Considering Mt Everest is 8850mtrs above sea level, it is an achievement for all those who attempt it. Unlike trekking in Nepal where the path will often zigzag back and forth to reach the desired top of the next hill, the trails in PNG go straight from A to B. Most of the walk is in in Jungle, thick jungle!! However what many people don’t realise is the numerous views amongst many  villages that can be enjoyed along the way. There is always the opportunity to relax and absorb where you are and of course reflect on the history the track holds from WW2.

There are still many people walking the track, many more than when I first started taking groups. However it is still relatively unknown on an international scale and certainly there are not that many walkers compared to other walking destinations (5000-6000 per year compared to over 100,000 per month on some trails in Nepal).

Over the years I have also been lucky enough to shoot many images and have quite a few published as well. Below is just a small selection. I will have an article on-line soon as well talking about the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign (this year).

Hope you enjoy….:)

View overlooking Naduri Village towards Kagi, Kokoda Track.

View overlooking Naduri Village towards Kagi, Kokoda Track.

Trekkers on the long climb to Isurava from Hoi and Deniki on the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Trekkers on the long climb to Isurava from Hoi and Deniki on the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Traditional hut that has seen better days, Menari Village, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Traditional hut that has seen better days, Menari Village, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Dinner preparation under the watchful eye of head chef Silva at Hoi Village, Kokoda

Dinner preparation under the watchful eye of head chef Silva at Hoi Village, Kokoda

A collection of grenades left over from the battle of Eora Creek on the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

A collection of grenades left over from the battle of Eora Creek on the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Memorials to the fallen soldiers, Kokoda Village, Papua New Guinea.

Memorials to the fallen soldiers, Kokoda Village, Papua New Guinea.

Local radio commiunication with Port Moresby and other villages on the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Local radio commiunication with Port Moresby and other villages on the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Local children sit outside their home of the post war village New Nauro, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Local children sit outside their home of the post war village New Nauro, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Japanese helmets among the remains found at their position held during the battle of Eora Creek, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Japanese helmets among the remains found at their position held during the battle of Eora Creek, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea.

Trekkers Tents and village huts at Hoi Village, Kokoda Track.

Trekkers Tents and village huts at Hoi Village, Kokoda Track.

Bridge over the Kumusi Riverin between Popondetta and Kokoda, Papua New Guinea.

Bridge over the Kumusi Riverin between Popondetta and Kokoda, Papua New Guinea.

Japanese memorial at Kokoda village, Papua New Guinea

Japanese memorial at Kokoda village, Papua New Guinea

Children returning from a swim in the local creek near Efogi Village, Kokoda Track.

Children returning from a swim in the local creek near Efogi Village, Kokoda Track.

View from a hut towards the trekkers camp site on the Kokoda Track.

View from a hut towards the trekkers camp site on the Kokoda Track.

Local huts and houses in the large village of Efogi on the Kokoda Track.

Local huts and houses in the large village of Efogi on the Kokoda Track.

View looking south through New Nauro Village, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

View looking south through New Nauro Village, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

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