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….:)