Trek 1097: Introducing Mt Victoria Trekking. Includes:
- Walk in a unique and untouched landscape that is equal to any of the great walks around the world.
- Guided by professional & experienced Australian trek leaders.
- Medical wilderness trained leader with 24 hr phone access to Doctor's advice
- Fully catered, delicious meals using a mix of imported and local foods.
- Relaxing before and after the trek at the convenient and beautiful Kokoda Trail Hotel
- Private charter flight over your trek route through the spectacular Owen Stanley Range,
- Communicating with your own porter enables a genuine connection with PNG culture.
Situated in the Owen Stanley Ranges of Papua New Guinea, Mt Victoria (4038) is the highest mountain in that range and the 7th highest mountain in PNG. Mt Victoria is approximately 75km north-east of Port Moresby and can be seen on a clear day from the city. It is also very prominent from many parts of the Kokoda Track.
Mt Victoria's remote location and cool elevation has led to its isolation and consequently pristine environment which awaits only the most adventurous. The locals rarely venture up the ridges leading to the summit because of the cold, preferring to stay in lower elevations below 1200m.
Sir William McGregor, Administrator of the Protectorate of British New Guinea was first to climb Mt Victoria in 188, approaching the mountain from the south via the Vanapa River.
In 1896, he again climbed Mt Victoria this time approaching it from the north using the Mambare River. On this journey he joined up with the track he made in 1889 which took him back to the south coast, making him and his party the first Europeans to traverse the island of Papua New Guinea from north to south.
In recent times, treks were opened up thanks to Soc Kienzle, the son of Bert Kienzle (who was responsible for arranging the Fuzzy Wuzzy angels to support the troops on the Kokoda Track). Soc grew up in Kokoda located in the Yodda valley and within Mt Victoria's shadow and made three treks to the summit via the main range, the last led by Soc in 2009.