Kokoda Schoolies Village Stay
So walking the Kokoda Track may be too much to ask for Schoolies. Then how about 4 days in a village along the Kokoda Track, flying in and out in a helicopter from Port Moresby? In this specially crafted get away, we will fly you to Kagi Village which is situated in the middle of the Kokoda Track. There you will be welcomed by our team and the people of Kagi.
From Kagi you will do several shorter walks, exploring the wonderful villages of this region, an area that normally takes at least 4 days to walk to.
This tour is an excellent way to still be on the Kokoda Track and partake in some shorter walks while focusing more on the cultural immersion and getting involved in projects in Kagi. With these programs you will have a chance to play soccer/rugby with the local children, take part in the traditional greasy pole, learn how to do stick carvings and attend church with the locals. With this program we can arrange specific projects for you to be involved in that will have long term benefits for the people of Kagi.
- Celebrate your end of school in style
- Understand what Australian and Japanese soldiers endured during WWII
- Amazing terrain and river crossings (great swimming)
- Walk through the most pristine rain forests in the world
- Wonderful people with beautiful singing voices
- Undertake something that will push your body and spirit to new levels
By late November very few people are walking the Track. The weather can be favourable however because it is on the cusp of the rainy season, some rain should be expected.
Our food includes coconut milk curries, vegetarian pastas, fried rice, prawn crackers, damper even pizzas etc. We do not use rehydratable vegetables and we don't supply baked beans, just delicious and nutritious meals.
No Roads also supplies a portable shower tent so you can either wash in the rivers without soap or in our shower with soap which is kept away from water courses. We supply the soap. We can even provide a hot shower anywhere along the Kokoda Track.
Our Porters are well paid, well fed and motivated to provide you with a great experience. They set up tents, boil water, help you along the Track and ,at night, sing songs. On our trek you will have the choice each night of sleeping in village guest houses or in tents.
Day 1 - Arrive Port Moresby.
Day 2 - Charter flight from Port Moresby to Kagi.
Day 3 - Work with the people of the village in their gardens, build pig fences and live like the locals do.
Day 4 - Visit the local school and teach and learn from the students about life in a remote village.
Day 5 - Charter flight from Kagi to Port Moresby.
Day 6 - Port Moresby to Home.
Note: This Itinerary is indicative and may change due to local conditions.
For those that do not wish to share accommodation in Port Moresby, a Single Supplement of $380 will apply.
No Roads Expeditions also has a dedicated Kokoda website. With over 100 pages of information, this is an invaluable source of information for those trekking the Kokoda Track. Click on the kokodaexpeditions.com.au
INSURANCE: It is mandatory for you to have appropriate insurance for this expedition. Click here to obtain an online quote.
The Porters we use are the life blood of our business in PNG. Not only do they carry your food and equipment, but many have intimate knowledge of the areas we are traveling through. They are very interesting people who, at night, cook our meals and entertain us.
PEOPLE OF THE KOKODA TRACK
The Koiari people generally inhabit the area between the foothills of the Owen Stanley Ranges east of Port Moresby and Kokoda. They once built homes in tree-tops and when Europeans first encountered them in the 1880's, they were renowned for their fierceness.
Today, the Koiari are Seventh Day Adventists so they do not raise or eat pigs, chew betel nut or smoke tobacco. They grow taros, bananas, yams, vegetables and recently coffee. They are very friendly people, however young female Koiari are particularly shy and reserved and you should respect their wishes if they do not want to talk. Male bush walkers should give women the right of way on the trail - step off the trail, the further the better.
Also, be aware that men and women bathe in different places; usually the women down stream from the men. The same can apply to toilets, so ask first. Be sensitive, as this is of great importance to the people.
No Roads deals directly with the Koiari land owners. We have a great relationship with them and assured any Track closures will not apply to us.
MEALS ON THE KOKODA TRACK
Our food is one of the biggest differences between us and other operators. We do not get you to carry the food and we do not supply baked beans and 2 minute noodles for every meal. We cook up curries, vegetarian pastas, damper, prawn crackers, fried rice and the list goes on. Our Master Chefs are specifically trained in food handling to ensure you have not only a delicious meal full of nutrition, but one that is safe to eat. You may even have the opportunity to help the Chef prepare the meal, giving you a chance to engage our local team in conversation and build a bond otherwise not obtained.
Another feature of this expedition is that we try to maximise the economic benefits from your presence to the village people living in villages along the Track. This provides incentives for villagers to offer a good standard of service to trekking parties as well as a vital source of income to pay for medicine, education and transportation.
As an ecotourism company we are always looking for ways to maximise the benefits of tourism to the people living in the local area. Our tour uses experienced guides and porters recruited from all along the Track. And much of the food you will eat along the way is supplied by village people en route. This not only gives the villagers a market for their vegetable crops but gives you a wonderful opportunity to try out local foods. Food purchased locally includes pineapple, bananas, potatoes and pumpkins as well as eggs.
Camp breakfast is billy tea/milo/coffee with damper and porridge or Weetbix and Corn Flakes with powdered milk. Occasionally we also have banana fritters. Camp lunch is noodles,pasta, cuppa soups, biscuits and cheese.
We also provide you with 4 days of electrolyte replacement such as Endura, to replace fluids and essential electrolytes. This process helps prevent muscle seizures and cramps.
Finally, we provide you with 4 days of snacks that will help you from meal to meal. These consist of muesli bars, lollies, cuppa soups and trail mix.
KOKODA TRACK FACTS
* From Owers' Corner to Kokoda as the crow flies is about 60km
* The Kokoda track between these two points is 94-km
* One trekker recorded over 25,000 steps on his pedometer in one day
* If you total all the uphill climbing along the track, it comes to more than 5500m of elevation gain
* The best section is between Menari and Kagi, although the nicest forests are found at the higher elevations between Kagi Gap and Templeton's Crossing
* The highest point on the track is 2190m
Walking times are estimates and include breaks and lunches. Weather, Track conditions and Trekker fitness will impact on these times.
Day 1 - Arrive Port Moresby. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Holiday for your nights stay. (B)
Day 2 - Charter flight from Port Moresby to Kagi. Early morning and we will head off to the airport for our helicopter transfer to Kagi Village. There you will receive a traditional welcome before you are shown your accommodation and then a guided walk around the village. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Work with the people of the village in their gardens, build pig fences and live like the locals do. Today we will immerse ourselves in the local's way of life, helping them out in their gardens, buiding fences and preparing meals. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Visit the local school and teach and learn from the students about life in a remote village. Time to give back with some fun at the local school. You will help in the class room, assisting the teacher with the children. You will also have a chance to play some sport with them and even have a go at the greasy pole. Tonight we will have a traditional dinner to celebrate your end of school.(B,L,D)
Day 5 - Charter flight from Kagi to Port Moresby. After breakfast we will fly back to Port Moresby. In the afternoon we will visit the Port Moresby Nature Park to see all the fascinating PNG Flora and Fauna and then back to the Holiday Inn for dinner. (B,L)
Day 6 - Port Moresby to Home. (B)
- Hand selected and trained Local Guide for the entire expedition
- Electrolyte supplement such as Hydralyte, essential for such a trip
- All domestic schedule flights
- River rescue team and procedures, essential for large rivers
- Government Taxes (except visa charge and civil aviation terminal facilities charge)
- Shower tent to wash with soap and protect the environment. Hot showers are available.
- 6 delicious breakfasts, 3 nutritious lunches, 3 fresh dinners. Meals on expedition include Curries and Pasta. All prepared by a trained Master
- Chef. (Dietary requirements can be incorporated)
- All transfers including those from the airport and from Owers Corner
- Visit Bomana War Cemetery
- Nutritious and delicious food for Porter team who deserve the best.
- All accommodation outside of Port Moresby in either insect proof tents or guest houses
- Kokoda Track Permit
- Hand selected Guide and porter team (who carry all group equipment, food, set up tents etc)
- 1 to 1 Porter-Client ratio
- A rubbish Porter that takes all our rubbish and other operators rubbish from the Track
- Tent hire and floor mats.
- 2 nights accommodation in Port Moresby twin share (4 star Holiday Inn : the best in Port Moresby)
- Dinner on the last night at hotel
- Snack Pack for each expedition day to get you between meals
- VHF Radio contact with Port Moresby, Kokoda and 10 other Track villages for emergency purposes.
- No Roads Expedition T-shirt
- Urine and health chart
- Access to your Australian Guide for advice prior to the expedition
- Access to FREE weekend walks before and after the expedition
- International airfare
- Meals not included in itinerary
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