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The Kokoda Track
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The Kokoda Track is a 96km walking track linking Sogeri (near Port Moresby) in the South with Kokoda on its northern end. The narrow track winds its way through breathtakingly beautiful rainforest over the Owen Stanley Ranges up to 2100m above sea level. Apart from some tiny mountain villages there is no civilisation along these 96km. And still, due to it's significance as a World War II battle site the Kokoda Track and all it's lonely rainforest is tourism wise the by far best developed area in PNG. It was here that for the first time Australian bataillons fended off Japan's invasion force and kept the enemy well away from the Australian homeland. In remembrance hundreds of Australians each year walk 'The Track' and experience the legendary 'hellish' conditions themselves.

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On our way to the end of the road

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End of the road is the start of the Track

The start of the Kokoda track is the end of Sogeri Road. When you get here you will find yourself on top of a mountain. All you can see in front of you is rainforest and mountains. And you know you have to go down into each valley to go up on each mountain again. And more valleys and mountains you can not see yet. For more than a week. Without the option to buy food or equipment. Without knowing if the weather will be kind to you. There will be no quick exit back to civilisation. You know that every year too many people die on this track. And you feel the heat and humidity causing millions of little pearls of sweat on your skin. You shoulder your pack and start walking. And you know it's gonna be good.

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The condition of the track may vary without notice...

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...just dont lose sight of the track.

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Villages enjoy fantastic views over the mountain ranges (here: Naoro)




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