Doe Village Walk-POM Weekender

DOE VILLAGE WALK

The best time of year to go to Doe Village is between the months of May and October, a great weekend walk for Port Moresby residents and their families to go on. A couple of days out of the city with the family, enjoying the hospitality of local villagers. Please note that a 4WD is needed to get to the start of the track. If you are visitor to PNG you will need to hire a 4WD vehicle and driver which can be expensive.

Crossing the Musgrave River

Day 1:  Leave Port Moresby at 6:30am driving 3-4 hours before commence walking. The last hour is along a very rough road, the only vehicles that have access to this is 4WD's. X Trails are not sufficient.

The 3-4 hour walk ahead is relatively easy starting on a dirt road track through the Koitaki Cattle Station which was previously an active rubber plantation but in later years this area has been predominately a cattle station.

There is still evidence of small scale rubber production, a process very interesting especially for those of us unfamiliar with the rather strange smell which goes along with it. Our trek takes us along the GIROVA RIVER to KAILAKI VILLAGE with the SMITH SADDLE on our left with the GORODA RANGES on our right. The villagers at Kailaki are very warm friendly people and happy to share a bit of their paradise with trekkers. The scenery is spectacular, steep ravines and rugged terrain covered in thick jungle. And we have to mention all the beautiful butterflies.

Lunch is at this most inviting water hole in the MUSGRAVE RIVER. Take this opportunity to have a swim.

The Doe community normally slashes the grass some 3klms from the village so we have easy access for the trek in. We are normally greeted shortly after 2pm by local school children.

After a short rest those in the group feeling energetic can head off to visit the Bat Caves. After a tough 45 minute climb you reach the cave opening and semi abseil down by vine a few meters and then crawl through this smallish gap to get into the cave actual. It is pitch black so remember to take your torch. You are standing in this huge chamber with the most impressive stalagmites and stalactites. This is also home to hundreds of lik lik flying foxes hanging from the chambers roof and walls. The cave twists and turns for klms into the side of the hill and according to local legend you could explore off to the left but to the right is where the big serpent lives.

Climb back down the hill and walk through Doe Village itself meeting the local villages , taking photo's before heading back to camp.

For those of you who just want to relax take a walk into the village and meet the locals or walk down to the Musgrave River for a dip and "waswas" before dinner. Dinner we would suggest trekkers bring noodles, baked beans or anything else that was simple to heat on the open fire. A nice red to drink round the camp fire is always a treat while the boys play the guitars.

The people of Doe Village are wonderfully, open, hospitable people who genuinely want to share and promote this trek. Their one source of income is to grow produce and bring it to Port Moresby to sell, an option that is becoming more and more difficult for them to do due to the condition of the road.

Day 2: Must be walking by 6:30am this morning, arriving at your swim spot for a quick dip if you like and then onto the village where the car is parked. You should be back in Port Moresby between 2-3pm in the afternoon.

Track to Doe

COST:

  • K225.00 per adult
  • K95 per child

INCLUSIONS:

  • PNG Guide
  • Porters
  • Track Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Small donation to Doe Village School
  • Tarps
  • Pots (for boiling water)
  • Rubbish bags, dish washing liquid, chux clothes, tea towels
  • Guitars (boys play at night)

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Personal Porter K180.00. He will carry your large pack, tent, food and gear etc for the two days. This amount covers his food, accommodation, wages and travel expenses.
  • Tents
  • Transport - 4WD only
  • All personal trekking gear. Trekking boots must be warn.
  • Food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Please make sure you start the walk with 3 litres of water in your packs
  • Purification Tabs (available at local chemists)

                                                The Bat Caves

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