Trekking in Papua New Guinea is one of the most challenging endeavors in the South Pacific. With its steep mountains, vast river deltas and heavily dense forests, this then gives travelers more reasons to visit this part of the world.
Here are some of the most popular treks around Papua New Guinea:
- Port Moresby – The world famous Kokoda Trail is the country’s most popular walk that crosses the spine of the country, passing over steep mountains and remote villages and valleys. This demanding trek is rewarded with beautiful views and sceneries that make it all worthwhile.
- Oro – A walk up to Mount Lamington is a hot two-day walk found a short way off the Kokoda Road. Tufi on the other hand has good walks on its high plateau that includes a very deep and steep cave with bats.
- Milne Bay – Weddau in Milne Bay has some good walks with spectacular views found at the top of Mount Pasipasi. The Cape Vogel trails include bush trails and waterfalls.
- Morobe – If trekkers are interested in the rich history of small villages, then the walk from Finschhafen to Lae provides great opportunities that take around three to four days to finish. The Bulldog Track, on the other hand, is done between Tekaku and Kakoro, which can be done in two days. The walk from Menyamya to Kamina takes around six to eight days.
- Madang – Set high in the Finisterre ranges, the Teptep villages have goods walks and spectacular scenery. The trek to Mount Masur in the Adelvert Range includes staying in local villages.
- West New Britain – A good trek can be enjoyed in the Cape Gloucester area where Mount Langila is still rumbling rather gently. The Kadrian area, on the other hand, provides a beautiful walk along the coast all the way to Esteli.
- Eastern highlands – For a more leisurely walk, the 11-kilometer hike up Mount Gahavisuka has fantastic views, picnic shelters and visibly marked walking tracks.
- Southern Highlands – The area mostly abundant in hiking trails, the Lake Kutubu area has some of the Highlands’ most beautiful scenery. The Ambua Lodge and the Lakwanda Lodge can organize hikes and tours in Tari Basin, which is a thriving location for traditional cultures. Climb up the country’s second largest mountain, Mount Giluwe, which is an old shield volcano with vast alpine grasslands. Finally, the climb up Mount Lalibu starts from Lalubi, which is midway between Mendi and Mount Hagen.
- Simbu – The fantastic climb up the highest peak in Papua New Guinea, Mount Wilhelm, is made harder due to altitude. Kegsugl, on the other hand, goes through the rugged country forests and impossibly steep slopes, only for experienced trekkers.
- Western highlands – A rather longer hike can be experienced by hikers that start from Mount Hagen to Mount Ongo, Mount Kunor, Mount Giluwe and Mount Kini Kaino Ku.
Trekking in Papua New Guinea has evolved to be one of the most popular adventures in Papua New Guinea. With its unspoiled mountains, rivers and forests, this country makes ideal ground for a trekking, mountain climbing and bushwalking experience.