Steeped in history, the Kokoda Track is one of the world's toughest multi-day hikes, weaving its way through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea.

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Description

The Kokoda Track or Trail is a 85km (52 mile) long-distance hiking trail located in Papua New Guinea.

It follows the route of the Kokoda Trail, which was the site of a major World War II campaign between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.

The track is located in the Owen Stanley Range, which is a rugged and remote mountain range that runs parallel to the southern coast of Papua New Guinea. The Kokoda Track is considered one of the most challenging and historic multi-day hikes in the world.

It is a physically demanding trek, with steep and slippery terrain, and it can take 7-10 days to complete.

The track passes through dense rainforest, over mountain ranges, and across rivers and streams.

It is recommended that hikers have a very high level of fitness and are prepared for the challenging conditions. The Kokoda Track is a cultural and historical experience as well as a physical challenge.

Along the way, hikers will encounter a number of memorials and landmarks that commemorate the events of the war, as well as villages and communities that have lived in the region for centuries.

It is a unique opportunity to learn about the history of Papua New Guinea and the sacrifices made by the soldiers who fought in the campaign. The Kokoda Track is best hiked during the dry season, from May to October, when the weather is cooler and drier.

It is important to be prepared for the humid and wet conditions that can be encountered during the wet season, as well as the risk of malaria and other tropical diseases.

The track is home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and insects, and it is a unique and rewarding experience for hikers looking to explore the history and culture of Papua New Guinea.