Adventure Kokoda

Safety & Security

The stories about unaccompanied trekkers being assaulted and losing their valuables in Port Moresby are true.

The stories about trekkers being left alone in villages along the track because they were unable to continue are true.

Fortunately a couple of Australian trek operators with experienced trek leaders are able to provide assistance when they happen to meet them - a report received from Adventure Kokoda trek leader, Chad Sherrin, on 9 August 2009 is illustrative:

Charlie,

A trekker from a self-guided group had been left at Ofi Creek with a sprained ankle by his mates. His leg was strapped, he was given pain killers and we evacuated him with us. You wonder where these fools get off; they had no guide, no radio, no sat phone and only the most rudimentary first aid equipment.

This is becoming a more frequent occurrance as small groups without the necessary safety protocols are not able to render proper assistance.

The Kokoda Trail is rugged and remote - as rugged as any trek on this planet! Helicopter Evacutation from Eora Creek

Normal routine injuries in this environment can result in significant planning and preparation for safe evacuation. A severely sprained ankle or broken leg may involve the recruitment of stretcher bearers from nearby villages, the construction of a stretcher from bush material, organisation and co-ordination of safe evacuation by helicopter, medical arrangements in Port Moresby, etc. If the injury is more serious then emergency evacuation procedures are more complicated.

Adventure Kokoda Expedition Leaders are trained and equipped to handle such emergencies.

If you are planning to trek across the Kokoda Trail then ensure the group you travel with has an expedition leader trained and qualified in First-Aid and the following emergency equipment:

  • A comprehensive first-aid kit
  • a satellite phone
  • A VHF radio with moonraker antennae
  • An emergency location beacon

Travel Advisory from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Trekkers on the Kokoda Trail can be vulnerable if they trek in small groups without an experienced trek leader. You can check the current travel advisory by clicking here.