Trekking Tips for PNG
You are thinking about or perhaps you have booked your epic journey to take on the Kokoda Trek. It is an incredible trek with significant importance to all Australians and one that will test your physically and mentally! Before taking on Kokoda you need to prepare yourself in terms of training as well as what to expect and how to make the very most out of your trip. Here are some tips that will help your trip one you will remember forever (for all the right reasons!).
1. Pack Light! You really really don’t need a change of clothes every day. In fact, let’s be honest, you don’t really need a change of hiking clothes at all! Your trusty leggings and No Roads trekking top will be your life uniform for this trip. Are you going to smell? Of course you are. Will that change if you have some extra clothes with you? Absolutely not! Everything in that bag of yours is going to smell. Do yourself the biggest favour and ditch the extra clothes and enjoy your lighter pack (this tip you will really thank us for whenever you hear the infamous words ‘packs on’).
2. Wear your Hiking Boots in! You have heard this tip before but it is so important that we are saying it again! Wear your hiking boots in.. we mean wear your hiking boots so often that you feel naked without them, wear them so much that you have an intimate relationship with them. You get the picture, wear your hiking boots in. Blisters are one of the most common injuries that occur on a trip and one that can really make the trek a lot harder than it needs to be. The best cure is prevention and the best way to do that is to wear those boots in. Also carry your boots in your carry on luggage on your flight to Port Moresby, if something happens to your luggage the last thing you want to be buying a new pair of is hiking boots.
3. Be present in the moment. One thing that we often hear on treks is people saying ‘this is sort of like being in the Solomons/Vanuatu’ or ‘when I trekked Everest…..’ and while it is nice to share travel stories try to avoid comparing this trek with other experiences. You are in Papua New Guinea with its own distinct culture and terrain and you are trekking Kokoda with it’s very rich history. Pause… reflect on where you are and how unique this experience is.
4. Get to know the local porters. By the end of the trip the locals and the relationship you form with them is likely to be your favourite experience of your trek, if you open up to them. They know the country like the back of their hands, they will catch you as you are just about to fall countless times (they will miss a few times… hitting the floor is all part of the Kokoda experience) you will learn from them and they will learn from you. The locals are quite shy though so if you don’t initiate the conversation you might miss out on an incredible opportunity to learn about their culture and about the person who is helping you with your trek.
5. Mentally and practically prepare yourself for rain. While there is dry season for trekking Kokoda you might still come across some unexpected rain. The best way to prepare for this is to pack waterproof bags, you will need them for your passport/phone/camera. Use a bin bag to wrap up your sleeping bag (a wet sleeping bad means no sleep for you).
6. Things will not go to plan, they just won’t. In a Western world we are so used to our anger over things not going to plan being taken seriously. When things go wrong, we demand to speak to managers and want to know this instant why our transfer bus hasn’t turned up at the exact time it’s booked for. Getting upset about a plane being delayed, or a museum not being opened (even though the sign says it’s opened at this time) or the hotel not being able to find your booking straight away is futile! Stop. Pause. Remember that you have made the choice to come to Papua New Guinea and you are here to embrace their culture and their way of doing things. You are officially on island time. Things will work out in the end, but it might take just a little bit longer. Also, as any seasoned traveller would know, the parts of the trip that don’t go to plan always make for the best stories later on.
Why You Shouldn\'t Do The Normal Machu Picchu
There are hundreds of companies offering “the” Sacred Valley tour. But we prefer to do it a little differently.
We believe in quality over quantity. We believe that you get what you pay for. We do not try to offer the cheapest Sacred Valley tour. We do not even try to show you all the sites in the Sacred Valley. However we do try to give you the best taste of the area in the time you have available.
The photo that accompanies this post, was taken at Ollantaytambo ruins about 4pm. Most days you can go to Ollantaytambo at 4pm and it will be exactly the same. Because that is how a standard Sacred Valley tour is done.
What is a standard Sacred Valley tour like?
Leaving Cusco early, you jump on a bus with twenty or thirty other tourists and are driven round site after site, before finally returning to Cusco exhausted about 7pm. Often this is done on your first full day in Cusco. So not only are you suffering from tiredness and jet lag, but you are also only recently getting used to the altitude. And every place you go, you will see hundreds of other tourists, all doing the same thing in the same order. This is not our idea of fun.
Your tour is private. You have a guide and vehicle at your disposal. Your guide will tailor it to your wishes and pace.
By careful timing, we can avoid the crowds. Simply by not visiting things in the same order as everyone else.
By encouraging you to leave the bus behind and hop on a horse, or bike, or take a stroll, we can show you a side to the Sacred Valley that most people never see. It does not take long, or take much effort to get away from the tourist buses.
By taking it slower, you can concentrate on and fully enjoy a few select sites, rather than trying to cram in the whole of the valley in one day. Remember the Sacred Valley is a large area. The drive from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, its furthest point is about 60km. The valley itself extends about 60km. You should not try to see it all in one day.
For more info about our Classic Hiram Bingham Sacred Valley trip http://www.noroads.com.au/
Lake Titicaca offers a great way to relax and explore the fascinating culture of the Aymara Indians who inhabit the lake. Take a boat cruise to the amazing floating islands of Uros and Taquile Island, overnight with a local family on Amantani or watch a sunset at the pre-Inca Ruins of Silustani. Visit this special place in style on first class transport with your own private guide. There are many variations for this trip - Contact us for more details.
For those requiring Lima hotel Cusco hotel, airport transfers and internal flight services within Peru, please contact us for best options and availability.
DAY 1: ORIENT EXPRESS TRAIN TO TITICACA: An early morning transfer from your hotel to the nearby train station where we board the luxury all-day train from Cusco across the high plains to Puno. This is one of the - Great Train journeys of the World. The waiter service and entertainment is everything you expect of the - Orient Express - service. On arrival in Puno, you are met at the train station and transferred to a modern, well-equipped 3* Hotel conveniently located in the centre of Puno. This evening you are free to explore Puno (L)
DAY 2: LAKE TITICACA UROS FLOATING & TAQUILE ISLAND: We board a shared fast boat for a cruise on Lake Titicaca. Our own private guide fully explains the local history, traditions and agricultural methods as we visit the amazing floating reed islands of Uros and onto Taquile Island for lunch. Here if you wish, an extremely tough climb to the top of the Island is rewarded by spectacular views of Lake Titicaca before returning to Puno and back to your hotel. (B/L)
DAY 3: FLY LIMA and HOME: Flight time dependent, we can visit the circular Pre-Inca burial towers of Silustani, before traveling onto Juliaca airport for your ongoing travel. (B)
Those with more time may like to consider one or more of our Excellent Extensions to Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon and Arequipa, Nazca and the Ballestas islands or more adventures by bike, foot, canoe, raft or horse. Please contact us for more details.
INCLUDED: Luxury train, 3* Puno hotel and Lake Titicaca Tour, private transfers from station and to the airport. Private minibus, shared fast boat and private English speaking guide. All meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner),
NOT INCLUDED: National and International flights, personal expenses, sleeping bag (recommended but not essential), airport tax ($6) and tips.
OPTIONS: This itinerary may be run in reverse en-route to Cusco. Onward or return flights to Cusco, Lima, Arequipa and the Colca canyon can also be arranged. Coach travel to the fascinating city of La Paz and the ruins of Tihuanaco ruins is also a possibility.
The train only operates on Mondays /Wednesdays /Saturdays and occasionally on Fridays, there is a luxury bus alternative on the other days. The bus is a very pleasant alternative with a tour guide, lunch and stopping at some extra ruins en route.
Most good quality sporting equipment is unavailable in Peru so if anyone wishes to donate any outdoor clothes, sleeping bags etc they will be gratefully received by any of our staff.
If you would like to give a donation to charity whilst in Peru, No Roads Expeditions recommends the Dental Project Peru, run by a past client of ours, Jacqui Kotula who provides emergency dental treatment in the very poor Apurimac region. You can find out more about this excellent project and how to donate tax efficiently at www.dentalprojectperu.org
AND LASTLY PLEASE NOTE
The Lake Titicaca and Puno tour travels through a remote and rarely visited part of Peru and we believe our clients should be aware that the remoteness that makes this trip so very special could also cause certain problems. Thus, whilst No Roads Expeditions endeavors to minimise the chances of anything unexpected happening, it has to be noted that no itinerary can or should be rigidly adhered to. This is the very nature of Adventure Travel and we expect our clients to be prepared for delays and slight alterations in our programmed events.
In all cases we will advise you of any changes in the itinerary as early as possible. We have taken all these possibilities into account when planning this expedition and have allowed sufficient leeway to enable us to successfully run this exceptional trip. The majority of dietary and medical requirements can be catered for, but we must be notified of these at the time of booking. Obtaining the correct vaccinations and visas required for Peru is the responsibility of the clients.
You should also be aware that adventure travel, in particular trekking, mountain biking, river travel and traveling in remote areas such as Southern Peru, does carry with it certain inherent risks that you, the client, will have to assume. You will have to take out adequate travel insurance to cover these risks and any costs incurred due to sickness, delayed flights and other factors out of No Roads Expeditions control.
Mt Kilimanjaro stands astride the equator like a sentinel above the African plains. Snow capped, it is a beacon for adventurers, to see what really is on top of this magic mountain.
No Roads Expeditions takes 4 different tracks up the mountain. As usual we shy away from the tracks that are frequented by most trekkers. One such track is the Marangu track or Coca Cola route. Of the 25000 trekkers that try Kili each year, 80% go up Kili via this route. As such the track is well worn and over crowded at times. No Roads DOES NOT use this track.
We use less frequented and in many ways, far more beautiful and interesting approaches to the summit.
The 4 tracks we use are:
Lemosho Shira Track is the longest and the least frequented track on the mountain. This track provides you with not only an insight into the entire Kilimanjaro massif but also the best chance of summiting. This also gives you a chance to sleep in Kili's crater at over 5600m above sea level.
Rongai Track from the Kenyan side is also rarely used with a chance to see wildlife at the lower slopes
Machame Track or the Whisky Route is a dramatic southern approach to the summit.
Umbwe Track is also a southern route rarely used but possibly the quickest way up the mountain to the main Barafu track.
Please click on the links above to see more details of these Track and why No Roads Expeditions is Australia's number one Kilimanjaro operator.
The Komodo Islands area is one of the most unique eco-systems on the planet. Torn between Asia and Australasia, the topography has a prehistoric, lost in time feel about it. Topping this off is one of the most unique and awesome creatures on the planet, the Komodo Dragon.
The islands are largely uninhabited, so our Sea Kayak and SUP adventures are normally spent on secluded and pristine beaches. They are surrounded by world class snorkeling and SCUBA diving sites, with water so clear it needs to be seen to be believed.
No Roads Expeditions run 4 types of Sea Kayaking adventures in the Komodo National Park and 1 SUP trip as well as a multiple number of Sailing Adventures.
The none sailing trips are each supported by our converted fishing boat and a team of dedicated professionals to ensure your Sea Kayaking and SUP journey is a safe and enjoyable trip.
We have also tailored a Schools Program where we paddle the Komodo Islands as well as spend 2 days in a local village helping them with English lessons and understanding life at the village level.
Note : These expeditions are for novice and experienced kayakers alike. Our sit in expedition kayaks are very sturdy and our itineraries are set out so you can do as much or as little kayaking as you like.
For more information on each trip please click on the following links:
5 Day Komodo Kayaking (just the kayaking componant)
If you have something else in mind please email Peter at email@example.com.
For more information about the Flora and Fauna of the Park click on this link to take you to our Komodo Kayaking dedicated website.
One Week Adventures
It's the middle of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The days are short. The weather is foul. Your still at work. How bad could life get? There is hope! If you can manage 1 week away (that's right just 1 week) we can guarantee that we can recharge your batteries and offer you something that you won't be able to stop talking about.
The following are 5 adventures that are remote, beautiful and engaging. They range from fairly difficult mountain treks to laid back wildlife adventures and something in between. So take a few minutes to look what you can do next week or next month and then start to write that vacation notice to your boss.
6 Day Sea Kayaking around the Komodo Islands
The Komodo Islands is an area lost in time. Just paddling out into the area, one get a sense of its' prehistoric nature. This thought is galvanised when you take a trek on Rinca Island to observe the Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat. These 150kg monitor lizards are enormous and also a little disgusting. We will see many of them lounging about but don't let them fool you, they are fast when they smell blood.
While people come to the Komodo Islands for the Dragons, most people leave raving about the sea life. Below the surface is a whole new world full of coral and fish life. This is a special place, caught between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Komodo National Park has some of the greatest bio diversity on the planet. This 6 day adventure Bali to Bali is sure to recharge your batteries.
Swimming with Humpback Whales
Each year, Humpback Whales migrate north from the Southern Ocean towards warmer waters to breed and calve. One of their favourite places is Tonga. What a great choice! Palm fringed beaches, warm clear water, remote and beautiful. We think Humpback Whales have excellent taste in destinations. As such you can come and see these amazing animals in the wild. You will even have the chance to swim with them, mothers with calf. This is a mind blowing nature based experience. And at the end of the day, we head back to our wonderful resort for a great meal and an even better sleep.
This is an 8 day adventure Sydney to Sydney
Trek to PNG Highest Peak - Mt Wilhelm 4509m
There is so much more to PNG than the Kokoda Track. It has some of the most amazing mountain ranges and one such is the highest in the country - Mt Wilhelm at 4509m above sea level. This amazing trek will have you back home in 7 days. In that time you will fly to PNG, trek to the summit of Mt Wilhelm (where it has been known to snow), trek back down through remote villages and then back home. This is not an adventure for the faint hearted. At that altitude the air temperature can be a freezing: -15C: but the views are spectacular.
If you are fit and ready to go we can run this trip with a minimum of 2 people any day of the week. Trekking season of course is April to October.
Few have heard of Mt Wilhelm but when you go, it is a place you will never forget.
9 Day Trek to Mt Rinjani - Indonesia
This is an action packed adventure, if ever there was. In 9 days you will summit Mt Rinjani 3800m above sea level, see an active volcano, trek through primary rainforest, view some of the most amazing mountain ranges, swim in an high altitude lake, bathe in volcanic hot springs, snorkel with turtles in pristine reefs off Gili T Lombok and so much more.
Again this trip is physical and as such you need to have trained and are fit for the adventure. We start in Bali and fly to Lombok. An overnight at the Sheraton before the big 4 day 3 nights trek begins. This doesn't sound like much but be assured, the final summit day is exhausting. However when you reach the top, the views are amazing with the sun rising over Mt Tambora on Sumbawa and Rinjani casting a long shadow over the west toward Bali.
After the trek you will be rewarded with a day trip to Gili T for some snorkelling before heading back to Bali and then home. All this in 9 days!
Visit the Orangutans of Borneo
One of our closest cousins lives so close to us in Borneo. This amazing wildlife adventure will take us into Indonesia Borneo to view many orangutans in their wild habitat. Our home for several days will be a river boat, so we can view this amazing eco system from the comfort of our own boat. We will also have some short and easy walks into the jungle to view the orangutans at several feeding stations.
This is not a zoo or wildlife park, this is Tanjung Puting National Park, home to hundreds of orangutan, a sanctuary away from the loggers and land clearing. This trip is perfect for singles, couples or families. During the day we will see many species of bird and monkey including the Proboscis Nose Monkey with their wonderful athleticism and at night we will here the jungle come alive, safely from our river boat.
What a wonderful trip to see one of the Great Apes and it is only a 7 day trip Bali to Bali, so what are you waiting for.
For more information about our Orangutan Expedition click here. Please note this trip is run by our sister company Orangutan Odysseys.
Home to one of the greatest empires to ever exist; the Inca; Peru really does have it all for the adventurous traveller. Snow capped peaks, deep canyons, enormous lakes, coastline and a rich and colourful history that compliments an amazing and vibrant culture.
Our expeditions and short side trips will take you to every corner of Peru. Of course most of our trips revolve around the Vilcabamba and the Inca ruins surrounding Cusco. All our expeditions are led by expert guides and are supported by an amazing team and facilities you wouldn't expect on a camping trip. Other trips utilise luxury lodges along the way and in other remote places, family run hotels.
Here are our longer expeditions within Peru:
Luxury Lodges to Machu Picchu (Coming Soon!)
Our other side trips will take you deep into the Amazon or to the famed Lake Titicaca and even to the Culca Canyon. We run 1 day mountain bike and walking trips to coincide with your Machu Picchu trip, a great way to help with acclimatization.
We have often said that if Nepal had a beach we would move there. So Nepal almost has it all. But what it does have is unsurpassed on the planet. Of course the mountains are the great draw card, but Nepal has some of the greatest rivers for rafting, wonderful lowlands and jungle areas as well as an amazing, vibrant and spiritual culture.
But it is the mountains that surpass all others. Their sheer size is indescribable. Many at over 8000m, dwarf every other mountain range. Due to its latitude, Nepal's snowline is far higher than many other mountain ranges and as such to reach these distant snow capped mountains, one must take their time as the effects of altitude are a factor.
But once you are in the mountains and acclimatised, Nepal will unlock beautiful valleys, isolated monastaries, unexplored mountain peaks, rageing rivers and more.
Our Nepal expeditions utilise both Tea Houses and on climbing expeditions a mixture of these and tents. Our guide team is made up of very experienced Sherpa guides and the support team have been serving guests for years, understanding all your dietry and travel needs.
We offer many expeditions in Nepal including:
Land Based Galapagos
When you’re planning your trip to the Galapagos, there’s certainly a lot to think about, but it all starts with one simple question: Cruise or Land-based tour? Cruises are a very popular option for many travelers, but land-based tours are increasingly becoming an excellent alternative. At
There are many reasons a land-based tour is preferable to a cruise. With No Roads, you will:
Rest and relax in our comfortable boutique hotels instead of on a cramped boat.
Spend much less time moving from place to place, and more time having fun.
Enjoy flexibility and freedom to do what you want, when you want.
Have more time for each activity, which is great for active travelers.
Don’t worry about seasickness or your wine glass sliding off the table at dinner.
Support the local economy and help provide gainful employment for Galapagueños.
Get in touch with the unique vibe of each island and visit town whenever you want.
Not have to deal with uncomfortable and time-consuming wet landings just to get off the boat.
Experience more variety in your surroundings, activities, cuisine and interactions.
Enjoy a smaller group size, meaning more personal attention and less environmental impact.
On top of these advantages, it’s a much more eco-friendly experience, as you are not burning through hundreds of gallons of fuel every day to navigate from one destination to another. Part of traveling to the Galapagos Islands is acknowledging that it is a truly amazing, yet fragile environment, and doing your part to protect it.
If you are traveling with a family, then this is definitely the option for you, with a great selection of kid-friendly activities and no stressful adaptations to living on a boat.
We provide trained adventure sport guides, high quality equipment, a friendly and a multilingual team.
We also offer several other options than the 1 on the website so please give us a call to discuss your needs at +61 3 9598 8581
The Kokoda Track has now entered legendary status as both a difficult jungle mountain trek and as a pilgrimage for many Australians. The "Track" as it is known, snakes it way over the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea. This beautiful backdrop was the scene of fierce fighting between the Japanese Imperial Army and the Australian Infantry Forces during WWII.
It was the first time in Australia's history that it was required to stand alone against an enemy. It was also the first time Australia faced possible invasion. As such, the defeat of the advancing Japanese has become a pivotal point in Australia's national identity.
We have many expeditions to the Kokoda Track between March and December each year. This is the time of year that is relatively drier than the wet season and is considered the main trekking season.
No Roads has a Kokoda dedicated website for the Kokoda Track. This website has over 100 pages of information and is the best resource on the internet for the Kokoda Track.
For more information about our great expeditions across the Kokoda Track please click here to go to the www.kokodaexpeditions.com website.
We love Mt Rinjani. In a short trek you will go from the beautiful beaches of Sengiggi to the savannah slopes from Lawang to the rim of a volcanoe, to its summit, then down to a high altitude lake, thermal hot spings, back up to a volcanic rim for sweeping views over Bali's volcanos, down to some waterfalls, snorkel coral reefs and maybe see a turtle or tow and sleep in the wonderful Sheraton Lombok.
All this in just 6 or 7 days.
Enough gushing, you should check it out yourself. We have also combined this awesome trip with our Sea Kayaking trip in the Komodos, a real sea to summit experience.
We have information on these pages about Volcanos as well as the Flora and Fauna on Rinjani, just to make your experience that much more informed.
Click below to see our Rinjani trips:
Chiles' elongation provides it with an amazing variety of climates and landscapes. The Andes (the longest mountain range on earth) forms the backbone of this nation that runs from sub tropical regions to near Antarctic conditions in the south. It is in this southern region that plays as the backdrop to our Torres del Paine Circuit. Battered by the Southern, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans all year round as well as high chilled winds in Winter, Patagonia's landscape is a tortured one, dramatic, rugged and beautiful.
The Torres del Paine Circuit is our first expedition into this wonderful wilderness taking you around the entire Paine massif. The trip starts and ends at the wonderful domed eco village. Due to weather conditions, this circuit is only open between October and March each year.
This is a great way to see this remote part of South America, guided by one of our own knowledgeable team members and is a perfect start or finish point to this immense continent.
We have also just added a Puma Tracking Expedition for those who would love to get outside and follow these elusive and beautiful cats.
For those that have a little less time we have opened up the 7 day Classic W Trek and the 5 day W trek. And for those that want to see Chilean Patagonia in as many different ways as possible, have our Multi Sport expedition, combining kayaking, trekking, mountain biking and horse riding. This is a great family adventure.
Rella we have something for everone.
Timor Leste is one the world's newest nations on the planet. However it has a very long history. Positioned in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago, Timor Leste or East Timor was occupied by Portugese traders over 500 years ago. The nations fate has been in the hands of many nations, including the Portugese, the Dutch, English and lastly the Indonesian government. However, throughout its' entire history, there has been a strong thread of independence with its' traditional society.
Our "A Nations' Journey" examines this turbulent history as we trek from the north to the south coast over Timor Lestes' rugged interior. This is a fascinating country with a rich history, wonderful landsacpes and a wonderfully colourful culture. It really is an expedition that takes us back to a time long forgotten.