The Black Cat Track is a very tough 58km trek in remote North West PNG.
It is far less travelled than its famous cousin The Kokoda Trail.
This trek combines the Bulldog Track to add another 60km of a remote and less known and less travelled track. We utilize local porters from 2 territories on this trek – we start with Bulldog Track porters, and change at Kaisenik where we meet Black Cat Track porters. This ensures good co-operation between locals, and generates income for both localities.
This trek is like Kokoda 20 years ago, with more evidence of the WW2 fighting, and it includes swamps, dangerous river crossings, cliffs, dangerous ledges, jungle, fallen trees and more.
The WW2 battles around Salamaua and Wau saw fierce fighting, and saw our Aussies joined by some American GIs, alongside the largest concentration of PNG natives in the PNG campaign with the Papuan Infantry and New Guinea Volunteer Rifles.
This trek is for the very experienced and fit hikers only.
NOTE: This trek is scheduled on demand. Dates are flexible and can be tailored if you have a group, with a minimum group of 6 trekkers. If you have a group, please use our enquiry form to express your interest. Individual trekkers please also use the form to express your interest, however you will need to be flexible with your dates until our minimum numbers are reached.
Flight to Port Moresby from Australia. Transfer to Hotel. Pre-walk briefing.
Transfer to airport and flight to Lae. Visit Lae war cemetery. Transport to Bulolo. Accommodation at Pine Lodge.
Early morning pick up and transfer to Kaisenik. Camp
Transport to the start of the Track. Cross Crystal Creek, climb through kunai grass and scrub, pass the B-17 bomber site, and on to Charlie’s Camp. We continue along the track (sometimes also referred to as Buisaval Track or Ballam’s Track – a small overgrown track used for ferrying goods from Salamaua to the goldfields around Wau) to Skindewai Village 9 HRS
Today’s trek has some variation with many hills and descents where we follow the spurs all day long. Most walking is on sloped ridges, some with sheer drop offs, and is hard walking. We spend the night at Gorogasul (Guadagasul) camp 9 HRS
Continuing on, down to the Bitoi River, and to Makoop, wade the Bitoi River, and cross it multiple times to Mubi (Mubo), where we camp for the night. 7 HRS
We pass Vickers Ridge, climb to Tambu saddle, pass New Camp, walk along Buirali Creek, climb the spur, and then to Timbered Knoll, and onward to Kamiatum. Walk in some steep areas over many ridge lines to Buiayau Creek, then to the Francisco River. Travel by raft to Salamaua, and stay at Salamaua guesthouse 8 HRS
Boat to Lae, and transport to Bulolo – accommodation at Pine Lodge
Early morning pick up and transfer to Hidden Valley. Trek to camp site between Hidden Valley and Yanina 8 HRS
Tough walking today to finally camp at Yanina 9 HRS
Trek from Yanina to Tekadu 8 HRS
Trek from Tekadu to Bulldog. Camp 10 HRS
Boat transfer down Lakekamu River to Terapo. Camp 7 HRS
Transport to Port Moresby to Hotel
Transport to airport & fly home
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