Ever feel that there are no unknown wonders left in the world? No undiscovered mysteries? No bona fide adventures? Take heed: we have a trip that will take you far, far off the beaten path and into Papua New Guinea’s unchartered jungles.
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Up for a Challenge?
If you want to challenge yourself to a once in a lifetime Ray Mears-style adventure, this trip will separate the men from the boys. You may have heard of the Kokodo Trail; we’ve got an even more exciting challenge: it’s called the Black Cat Track. Rich in military history but little known; only 35 walkers completed this trail in 2007 compared with over 6,000 along the Kokodo Trail. We have a highly skilled ex-military expedition team to guide you and an expert medical team on hand with first-rate safety measures in place.
Off the Beaten Track
You’ll begin in the highland jungles near the town of Wau (pronounced "wow") and trek for seven days through clouded forest mountains and remote villages, crossing gorges and sleeping in traditional homes (or even in a hammock, if you wish). This is no walk in the park – the terrain is incredibly raw and varied: grasslands, rainforest, cloud forest, canyons and untouched war relics. Passing through seven remote tribal villages, you’ll get an intimate look at PNG’s local culture.
History of War
This country has over 800 dialects and each village along the BCT has its own set of values and customs. The people could not be more friendly – they live a subsistence lifestyle off the jungle and own only the clothes they stand up in, but they are incredibly generous with what little they have.
History buffs will appreciate the strategic role Morobe Province played in WW2. The 30-mile Black Cat Track was the main jungle track that the Australians took in their fight against the Japanese as they came across the Ridgeline. Starting with a steady climb to over 3,000 feet over the Kuper range, you’ll dip through the Buisaual river valley and over Mt Tambo at 6,000 feet (where some the most intense fighting took place) before following the San Francisco river to the coast.
Finally, catch a deep sea fishing boat to the gorgeous palm-fringed beach of Salamua and enjoy some freshly chilled champagne – an incredible end to a hard trail. Chill out sunbathing, snorkeling, or if you’re still hungry for adventure, go deep sea shark diving in the Huon Gulf. The diving is spectacular: perfect blue waters teeming with tropical fish, cute pygmy seahorses and orca whales. Not a diver? If you’re looking for a place to learn, this place is unbeatable.
PNG is the true spirit of adventure. For the rest of your life, you’ll harbor images of its breathtaking beauty: gorgeous birds of paradise, flamboyant sing sings, teaming rainforests and coral seas.