An early start this morning, we climb to roughly 1610 meters above sea level, navigating our way through swampy and slippery tracks. We then descend very steep paths and see Australian ambush positions and view Japanese foxholes along the way. We continue to trek to Eora Creek about 1425 meters above sea level, which was a significant Australian Field Hospital. It also was a supply base during the Australian advance and the battle of Isurava. Many war relics remain scattered along this section including empty mortar shells, empty ammunition shells, Japanese tunnels and trenches. Please take photos and leave everything where they are.
A memorial brass plaque commemorates the memory of the brave diggers at Eora Creek Campsite. Here we must carefully navigate across the log bridges that can be quite daunting if you are afraid of heights. Take your time and listen to your porters and guides.
We climb up to Alola Village, where we can see the Kokoda Plateau. Alola village is a beautiful mountain top village with many fresh local organically grown fruits, and we encourage you to purchase any fruits from the villagers. K10 will buy a hand of bananas. We will have lunch here at Alola. We can also visit the Alola Village museum which also has many relics from the battles around Eora Creek – K10 donations to the village.
After lunch, we trek stony tracks with many steep climbs both up and down toward Isurava. Here we advise trekkers to be very careful as many have injured themselves throughout this section of the Kokoda.
Passing Con’s Rock on our way to Isuarava, we will hear the Story of Stan and Butch Bisset – the Kokoda Wallabies. We highly recommend an optional visit to Con’s Rock ( K10 donation) as this is a site recognised by Con Vapp himself on his last visit back to the Kokoda. This rock saw many operations of wounded men injured from the battle of Isurava.
At Isurava battlefield campsite, we will take in breath-taking views of Kokoda and its surrounding mountains. When we reach this point of the track – we will have a substantial appreciation of the Kokoda Campaign, what the men on both sides had to endure throughout the Kokoda battles. At this site, there is a monument which was opened by both the Australian and Papua New Guinea Prime Ministers in memory of the brave efforts of the many Australian diggers and their Papuan “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel” friends. We will camp here for the night.
ACCOMMODATIONVillage Hut (1 night)
MEALS INCLUDEDBreakfast, lunch and dinner