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1. Posted by k-j (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

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Hi all, I'm heading to Papua New Guinea in April to walk the Kokoda Track and was just wondering if anyone else is headed out there, or if anyone has done it before and has any tips??? I have a list of travel and first aid essentials, but if anyone has any advice I'd love to hear it! It would also be great to hear from anyone else looking forward to a Kokoda trip, as I'm starting to get excited about it I'm heading out on the 13th April with Peregrine.

This will be my first overseas experience so I'm a little clueless when it comes to the finer details. I'm going during the wet season so I'm thinking that blisters and infection may be the main things to prepare for.

Thanks!

k-j

2. Posted by Aquemini (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

How was it?!!!

3. Posted by k-j (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Absolutely the most amazing experience of my life! 10 times harder than I could have ever imagined it but so unbelievable. It's the type of trip that will change you, it's so emotional but so satisfying at the same time. If you're thinking about it and you feel ready to take it on physically, go for it! It is really dangerous though, so don't take what you see in pictures - you'll only see the good parts of the track because the really hard parts are too dangerous to take pics on! You'll climb waterfalls, cross rivers, walk up and down vertical slopes for hours at a time, and walk on the very edge of high vertical drops. It will challenge you in every way possible, and I have nothing but amazing things to say about it :) The PNG people are the most gentle and generous people. I initially didn't pay for a personal porter but the company decided that everyone had to have one - I honestly don't think I would have made it without one because there are some parts where you're walking alone on dangerous ground and the effect it has on you mentally is very difficult to take. The porters made all of us feel much safer, and were there to grab us when we slipped, which was often.

Have a great time if you decide to go, and if you have any other trip suggestions please let me know :)