Hike the Kokoda Track

Owen Stanley Range, Papua New Guinea
Kokoda Track Papua New Guinea

Luke Brindley, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Enveloped deep in the jungle, this trail was barely heard of 15 years ago, but as it’s gained more popularity the government has spent significant amounts of money to improve it. It is full of challenges: the 120 mile round trip trek can take 3-12 days, it is prone to dangerous tropical weather, disease-riddled mosquitoes lay waiting to attack, you must endure the wilds of the jungle, and even some of the people living around the trail can be hostile. Going with a guide is strongly recommended. The area also has a huge World War II significance, so many of the visitors come in remembrance of those lost.

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