This trekking program in the rainforest foothills of the Owen Stanley Range inland from Port Moresby offers a choice of trekking journeys from 3 to 6 days. The hiking is challenging (muddy trails, slippery rocks, many creek crossings) but most of the terrain is either flat ground or net downhill gradient which makes the trekking achievable and enjoyable for experienced bush walkers but not suitable for the unfit. Each day's walking progresses from one jungle village to the next, with overnights in village huts and village people supplying lovely fresh garden food. Local guides accompany each trip.
DAY 1: pick up at your hotel in Port Moresby and drive up the Rouna Gorge to tiny Sogeri township on the cool, verdant and fertile Sogeri Plateau, known as the food bowl of Port Moresby because of all the fresh produce grown here. Meet up with your local guides at Sogeri and walk 5-6 hours to the first jungle village on the other side of Lake Sirinumu. Overnight Boredabu village.DAY 2: Scramble down the steep Unoa Creek gully and through thick rainforest 4-5 hours to the second jungle village. Optional side trip to WW2 plane wreck. Overnight Anadabu village.DAY 3: Turn left for the EM20D 4 day trek overnighting at Iawarere village, turn right for the EM20E 5 day trek overnighting at Avitana village with a stop a primitive rock art shelter, or continue straight ahead for the EM20F 6 day trek with more serious jungle walking and overnight at Iove village.DAY 4: EM20D finishes at Mororo Plantation with pickup by car for the drive back to Sogeri and Port Moresby arriving early afternoon. EM20E continues down the Wuhirogo Creek valley to Lonidairi village for overnight. EM20F has another day of hacking through the jungle along the Aieme River with overnight at Medeme village.DAY 5: EM20E ends with a final day of cross-country hiking through the Australian-style bushland of the Rigo plains with pickup at Gomore on the Magi Highway and a drive back to Port Moresby arriving late afternoon. EM20F today offers a choice of bamboo rafting down the last stretch of the Aieme River towards the mighty Kemp Welch River or otherwise an equivalent cross country hike. Overnight Kwale village.DAY 6: EM20F ends with a boat ride down the Kemp Welch River to Kwikila township and car transfer back to Port Moresby arriving in time for lunch.For most of the trekking you’ll eat whatever the villagers have on hand which will be lots of fresh vegetables, tropical fruit and the occasional bit of game meat. To avoid carrying and discarding dozens of empty drink bottles, you will refill your water bottle from village water supplies which are piped from pristine mountain springs, sterilised if you wish by boiling, chemical tablets or U/V steriliser. Bathing is in the creeks and toilets are basic pit latrines at the villages or poop-and-bury stops along the walking routes. Don’t worry you’ll cope :) We will supply a packing list of things you need to bring.How does this trekking differ from the Kokoda Track? • Shorter trekking and not so many steep climbs and descents • Female guide available. • Affordable private trekking for couples and small groups of walkers • No personal porters. Carry your own lightweight pack with your clothes and essentials. • Fresh food supplied by the village people en route, no ration packs • Undeveloped non-tourist area, unlike the Kokoda Track with its footbridges, public toilets, guest houses, cleared camping grounds and airfields