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.
Can be subject to change
DAY 1 : Flight to Port Moresby from Australia. Transfer to Hotel. Pre-walk briefing.
DAY 2 : Pick up by PMV (public motor vehicle) to Lakekamu Bridge and Lakekamu River. 6 HRS
DAY 3 : Boat up Lakekamu River to Nuikewa 7 HRS
DAY 4 : Meet local porters and guides, and trek with fairly easy walking to Tekadu 6 HRS
DAY 5 : Tougher walking today following the river with a climb of over 700m to finally camp at Yanina 8 HRS
DAY 6 : The hardest day yet – a significant climb up to a ridge line and then following to 2500m elevation – an overall climb of 1600m then to Hidden Valley. Pick up by PMV & transport to Wau then on to Kaisenik and the start of the Black Cat Track. Camp overnight. 10 HRS
DAY 7 : 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
DAY 8 : 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
DAY 9 : 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
DAY 10 : 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
DAY 11 : Travel by boat to Lae (1.5 HRS), visit the war cemetery, transport to airport, and fly to Port Moresby then to hotel.
DAY 12 : Transfer to airport, and back to Australia