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Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

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For
various tragic reasons, four hikers died in separate incidents on the Kokoda
Track during the 2009 trekking season. The trail runs for 60 extremely remote
miles overland through Papua New Guinea’s Owen Stanley Mountain Range, climbing
to more than 7,000 feet. A journey on the trail—which was the site of a World
War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces—takes
4 to 10 days for most groups. Weather swings between hot days and frigid nights.
Malaria and other tropical diseases are constant threats on what is among the
world’s most dangerous long-distance backpacking routes.

World's Scariest Hikes

Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

For
various tragic reasons, four hikers died in separate incidents on the Kokoda
Track during the 2009 trekking season. The trail runs for 60 extremely remote
miles overland through Papua New Guinea’s Owen Stanley Mountain Range, climbing
to more than 7,000 feet. A journey on the trail—which was the site of a World
War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces—takes
4 to 10 days for most groups. Weather swings between hot days and frigid nights.
Malaria and other tropical diseases are constant threats on what is among the
world’s most dangerous long-distance backpacking routes.

Edward Reeves/Alamy

World's Scariest Hikes

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