This trek is a combination of 3 of the tougher treks in PNG – The Bulldog Track, The Black Cat Track, and Shaggy Ridge. It is a 16 day trek including a rest day in Salamaua.
Information on each individual trek is available under the detailed tour notes on the web site:
This is an on demand trek, and requires a minimum of 6 trekkers. Dates are flexible and if you have an interest and/or require more information, please use the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.
16 DAY TREK (including one rest day) – this trek crosses over different local territories, and we utilize local porters from each different locality. We start with Bulldog Track porters, change porters for the Black Cat Track, and change again for Shaggy Ridge. This ensures good co-operation between locals, and generates an income for all 3 localities.
This is a long and tough trek, and is for experienced trekkers who wish to see a different part of PNG, and view battle sites from different WW2 war zones.
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. Trek to Hidden Valley. Pick up by PMV & transport to Wau and Kaisenik. 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 : Rest day
DAY 12 : Travel by boat to Lae (1.5 HRS), PMV to Dumpu 6 HRS by PMV
DAY 13 : Meet porters and start our trek with a steady incline to Aginau Village. Another climb during which we can view weapons pits and defence sites along the way. Camp at foot of Shaggy Ridge village 7 HRS
DAY 14 : A tough day’s walk along ridgelines, with more defence pits seen, and rough overgrown bush tracks with another steep descent then on to Mindjim River camp. Camp at Maus Karl 7 HRS
DAY 15 : Leave our gear at Maus Karl, trek to Machine Gun, and return. 7 HRS
DAY 16 : Maus Karl to Dumpu. 9 HRS
DAY 17 : Transfer by PMV to Lae ( 6 HRS by PMV) then fly to Port Moresby. Transfer to hotel.
DAY 18 : Transfer to airport to catch your International flight home.