Charlie's Premium Kokoda Campaign Trek

Days
10
From
$4,595
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Major Charlie Lynn's Premium 10-day trek

Over the past 27 years Charlie has developed the ultimate trek itinerary to allow trekkers to maximise the value of their pilgrimage.

His Premium Treks include visits to all battlefields, fire support bases, logistic areas and evacuation centres along the original Kokoda Trail. 

In addition to this we take a day to explore the mystical, historical Myola lakes which were considered to be tabu by the local Koiari  tribes from the beginning of time until 1942.

We also trek across to the eastern side of the range that was defended by the 53rd and 2/16th Battalions.

We provide superior battlefield presentations regarding the strategy of the Kokoda campaign; the phases of war; the principles applicable to each phase; our battlefield tactics; and soldiers recollections.

We follow the original wartime trail mapped by the Royal Australian Army Survey Corps in 1981 and rediscovered through numerous mapping expeditions led by Major Charlie Lynn over a three year period from 2010 - 2013.

What's included

  • Meals
  • All transportation
  • All accommodation
  • All trek fees
  • Mosquito-proof tents

Dates & Availability for Charlie's Premium Kokoda Campaign Trek

Date
Status Price  
18 Aug - 29 Aug 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Fully Booked $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345 Booking closed
19 Aug - 30 Aug 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
John Nalder Private group only Private group
10 Sep - 21 Sep 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
24 Oct - 4 Nov 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
25 Oct - 4 Nov 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
7 Dec - 18 Dec 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
23 Feb - 6 Mar 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
18 Mar - 29 Mar 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Dave Sherry Private group only Private group
10 Apr - 21 Apr 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
13 Apr - 25 Apr 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Taking Bookings $5,795 $5,491 $5,595 $4,795 $5,545
14 Apr - 25 Apr 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Simon Hart Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395 $5,145
24 Apr - 4 May 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
John Nalder Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395 $5,145
13 May - 24 May 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
27 May - 7 Jun 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
1 Jun - 11 Jun 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Private group only Private group
1 Jun - 12 Jun 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
17 Jun - 28 Jun 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Simon Hart Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
1 Jul - 12 Jul 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
6 Jul - 17 Jul 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
8 Jul - 19 Jul 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Private group only Private group
20 Jul - 31 Jul 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Davis Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
5 Aug - 16 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,294 $5,395 $4,594 $5,345
10 Aug - 21 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
9 Sep - 20 Sep 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Simon Hart Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
28 Sep - 9 Oct 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
30 Sep - 11 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
2 Oct - 13 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
14 Oct - 25 Oct 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
21 Oct - 1 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
2 Nov - 13 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
2 Nov - 13 Nov 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
11 Nov - 22 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
23 Mar - 3 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
14 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
14 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Taking Bookings $5,795 $5,495 $5,595 $4,795 $5,545
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395 $5,145
24 Apr - 4 May 2010
Owers Corner to Kokoda
John Nalder Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395 $5,145
9 May - 20 May 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Reg Yates Private group only Private group
11 May - 22 May 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,344
25 May - 5 Jun 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
15 Jun - 26 Jun 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
29 Jun - 10 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
4 Jul - 15 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
6 Jul - 17 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rod Foster Private group only Private group
17 Aug - 28 Aug 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
31 Aug - 11 Sep 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,340
14 Sep - 25 Sep 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
26 Sep - 7 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
28 Sep - 9 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
30 Sep - 11 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
12 Oct - 23 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
26 Oct - 9 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $4,495 $5,395 $3,795 $4,545
2 Nov - 13 Nov 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
9 Nov - 20 Nov 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,595 $52,954,600 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345

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Photos from the Charlie's Premium Kokoda Campaign Trek

FAQs about this trek

Adventure Kokoda has a strict policy of carrying our rubbish off the track.  All rubbish is collected by our PNG guides and carriers from our campsites and carried off the track for disposal. 

When planning to complete the journey along the Kokoda Trail the most common question we are asked is whether it is safe. 

The Kokoda Trail is a rugged and remote 130 kilometre jungle path across some of the most hazardous terrain most people will ever traverse. The trail itself can be quite dangerous with steep jungle clad mountains and swift-flowing rivers/creeks strewn with large rocky boulders.  Much of the area is inaccessible by helicopter.  Rivers and creeks can rise rapidly after heavy rain in the catchment area and can be dangerous to cross.

In order to minimise risk it is therefore essential to trek with a reputable trek operator.

If an emergency occurs it is vital that your trek leader be experienced and capable of handling the situation.  Ideally they should also be equipped with a satellite phone and VHF radio with a reliable back-to-base line of communication that maintains a 24/7 listening watch..

As a trekker you need to ensure you are protected with a personal Travel Insurance policy to cover your medical evacuation and treatment costs should you become sick or suffer a personal injury.  It is your responsibility to ensure the insurer you select will approve immediate air evacuation from the Kokoda Trail if the call is made by your trek leader.

You also need to ensure the operator you choose to trek with has suitable Public Liability Insurance protection.  If they don't have it don't even think about trekking with them.

You should not confuse Personal Travel Insurance (your responsibility) with Public Liability Insurance (trek operator's responsibility).

Adventure Kokoda only use trek guides and personal carriers from the Koiari and Orokaiva people who live along the trail. These are the sons of the famous 'fuzzy-wuzzy angels' who look after our trekkers just as their fathers looked after our diggers.

Our trek leaders are trained in emergency evacuation procedures and are qualified in emergency first aid.  They also carry satellite phones and VHF radios with direct links to our rear base at Sogeri for use in emergency situations.

Adventure Kokoda is one of the few trekking companies to complete a comprehensive risk assessment of the trek and has been able to secure public liability insurance protection for trekkers as a result.  The policy has a limit of A$10 million per claim. 

Our good relationship formed over the past 27 years with our guides, carriers and the people living along the trail ensures our trekkers have a safe passage.

Security and service are our main consideration in Port Moresby.  Our Adventure Kokoda groups stay at a secure and comfortable lodge on the Sogeri plateau - about halfway between Port Moresby and the start of the Kokoda Trail at Owers Corner. 

The lodge is owned and operated by Warren Bartlett, a former Patrol Officer (known as 'kiaps') who has lived in Port Moresby for 50 years. The lodge is equipped with a satellite dish, satellite phones and a VHF radio base station.

Our trek leaders are equipped with a satellite phone and two VHF radios with moonraker antennaes.

We maintain a 24/7 rear link with our PNG support contractor at Sogeri Lodge.  The lodge is owned and operated by Warren Bartlett who has lived and worked in PNG for 50 years - he is fluent in the local language and has extensive contacts in Port Moresby.

We have a helipad at the Sogeri Lodge and work in close coordination with a local helicopter company, Airborne Logistics who arrange for all of medical evacuations when required.

Airborne Logistics helicopter pilots operate a service to villagers along the trail and they are well aware of the location of the helicopter landing zones across the trail.

The following list is an indicative guide of the cost of 'hidden extras' to budget for if they are not included in the price of the trek operator you choose:

  • International return airfare - e.g. Sydney - Port Moresby - $1,100
  • Two nights accommodation in Port Moresby - $600
  • Meals in Port Moresby - $150
  • Backpack - $250 - $350
  • Tent - $180 - $300
     

 

 


If your trek operator does not have a Public Liability Insurance policy then you will need to arrange for your own cover.  This is an essential requirement but will be a difficult and expensive exercise to arrange on an individual basis.

Meet the Trek Leaders

Major Charlie Lynn OL

In 2015 Charlie was inducted as an Officer of the Logohu by the Government of Papua New Guinea in their New Years Honours and Awards list 'for service to the bilateral relations between Papua New Guinea and Australia and especially in the development of the Kokoda Trail and its honoured place in the history of both nations' over the past 25 years.'  

Major Chad Sherrin MM

Chad is a decorated Vietnam veteran - he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in action. Chad first joined the 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (8 RAR) as a tracking dog handler.  He was promoted through the ranks to Sergeant while serving with 8 RAR and served with the Battalion in Malaysia and South Vietnam.

Lieutenant Colonel Rowan Tracey LLB BA

Rowan is a pioneer of the Kokoda Trail.  He first trekked it 30 years ago when he served with the PNG Defence Force.  He is fluent in the local language 'Tok Pisin'.  Rowan is a military historian and is acknowledged as the most eminent authority on the strategy and tactics of the Kokoda campaign.

Captain Reg Yates

Over the past 34 years Captain Reg Yates has explored most of the WW11 battlesites in PNG. He is fluent in Tok Pisin and is well respected by village elders along the Kokoda Trail.

 

Commodore Simon Hart CSC MSc MA

Simon joined the Australian Navy a Cadet Midshipmen in 1973 and carved out an outstanding career spanning 33 years.  He specialised in maritime surface ship operations and spent the majority of his career at sea.

Sergeant Rod Foster

Rod is currently serving as a Sergeant in the Royal Australian Artillery at Kapooka.  He has served in the Sinai Peninsula and Iraq and has a deep understanding of the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign.  He is also a competitive ultra-marathon athlete.

John Nalder

Prior to John joining Adventure Kokoda he used to wrestle crocodiles with Steve Irwin.  John is a qualified para-medic and expert bushman.  He has a deep emotional commitment to Kokoda and the veterans he has met over the years.  He is a keen student of the Kokoda campaign.

Peter Davis

Peter served in the Army Reserve for 7 years and has two grandfathers who served in both World Wars - one being a highly decorated soldier.  Peter recently graduated with a MPhil in Military History with the Australian Defence Force Academy and is now studying for his PhD.

Bernie Rowell

Bernie is a Kokoda tragic.  He first trekked with Kokoda to honour his father who served in New Guinea during the war.  He has since trekked it 43 times.  Bernie has transposed his success in business to his passion for leading treks across the Kokoda Trail. 

Dave Sherry

Dave began exploring Australia as soon as he was old enough to escape Sydney.  He was born in the city but his heart was in the bush.  There are few places in Australia that Dave hasn’t trekked on foot or explored in off-road vehicles.  He even took to the sea as a crew member on the Tall Ship HMAS Bounty during the Bicentenary in 1988.

 

Peter Morrison

Peter Morrison is an unassuming young Australian.  He first trekked with Adventure Kokoda almost a decade ago and developed a strong desire to learn more about the campaign and the people he met along the trail.  Peter is a professional boxer and former NSW Welterweight  Champion. 

 

Tracie Watson

Tracie is the General Manager and engine room of Adventure Kokoda - she is on-call 24/7 and will look after your every need and concern from the moment you book your trek until you arrive back in Australia.

Why Trek with Adventure Kokoda

Our primary goal is to lead you safely across the Kokoda Trail and ensure you have an unforgettable wartime historical and cultural experience.

Charlie has led more than 90 expeditions across the Kokoda Trail over the past 26 years.

He previously served in the Australian Army for 21 years. During this time he saw active service in Vietnam; was assigned to the joint Australian, New Zealand and British (ANZUK) Force in Singapore/ Malaysia from 1970-72, and as an exchange instructor in Airborne Logistics with the United States Army from 1977-78. He is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College.

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