Thursday, April 29, 2010

About the trek

Kokoda Trail (Track): I would rather call it a challenge!

Distance from Owers Corner to Kokoda: 96kms
Access: By foot only
Terrain: Rugged, mountainous rainforest
Trek type: Rated as one of the toughest trek in the world.
Expect: Gruelling uphill slogs and knee-trembling downhill slopes

Dangers: Fast flowing rivers,dehydration, exhaustion, malaria, cholera, mud.
Death: Not unheard of. Last reported was October 2009. Death due to exhaustion


Papua New Guinea
Capital: Port Moresby
Currency: Kina
Where: Pacific Ocean (Melanasia)
Famous for: Kokoda Trail, tribals

About Kokoda

Okay, any wannabe visitors to PNG or anyone intending to walk the Kokoda Trail, please do not be discouraged with what is to follow. These are few links I found while googling about what one needs to know about PNG...better to be prepared.

To be honest, the more I read about PNG, the more I am tempted to go there ASAP. The sense of excitement and adventure is heightened by the very thought of danger and hardship. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. My friend Andrew who is currently in Arusha (Tanzania) teaching Physical Education to the poorer children in Tanzania (after having chucked his job back home in Australia), told me (on seeing the pictures of the volcanic eruptions in Iceland), that he wished he was right there to see it himself...and photograph it!

Let's face it. Danger appeals to all, for some more than the others, but danger holds universal appeal. I dont know what it is about danger that is so mysterious that one, against one's better sense, wishes to run right into it.

Like Kokoda for me.

Well, people have walked it successfully. And long as people have survived the hardhsips of the trails and the surroundings..well, I can too! I am not quite sure if my Kilimanjaro experience is enough to see me through the rain forests in PNG, but well, its time I found out.

Click here. Keeps you prepared! Let in not put you off.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Kokoda Trail

Hopefully, in the days to come, this space wont't look so empty!

Okay, so I am planning a walk on the Kokoda Trail sometime in September. No, I havent got any idea what put Kokoda into my head, and anyway, why bother?

But the good thing is that, if everything (VISA, flights and trek) fall in line, I will walk for a cause through the dense rain forests of Papua New Guinea!

Wish me luck!