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 28 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  
14 Nov - 25 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
1 Apr - 12 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
13 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Fully Booked $5,795 $5,495 $5,595 $4,795 Booking closed
14 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Limited Places $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
24 Apr - 4 May 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey 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
4 Jun - 15 Jun 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
15 Jun - 26 Jun 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
4 Jul - 15 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
6 Jul - 17 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rod Foster Private group only Private group
18 Jul - 29 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
20 Jul - 31 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Davis Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
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
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,340
14 Sep - 25 Sep 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey 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
30 Sep - 11 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,394 $4,595
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 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
31 Mar - 11 Apr 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
13 Apr - 25 Apr 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,795 $5,495 $5,595 $4,795
14 Apr - 25 Apr 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,394 $4,595
10 May - 21 May 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Chad Sherrin Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595

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Photos from the Charlie's Premium Kokoda Campaign Trek

FAQs about this trek

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle you will need a minimum of three months physical training and preparation.

You should start with a complete medical check-up then consult with your local gymnasium to prepare a personal training program aimed at increasing your aerobic fitness level. As a guide we recommend you start with minimum of 45 minutes of aerobic activity (walking, power-walking, jogging, cycling, tennis, etc) at least four times per week.

You should aim to increase your work rate by ten percent each week after that.

Your training needs to include extensive walking, preferably in a hilly-area, carrying a weighted pack. In the last month of your training you need to be capable of walking at least 10 km daily, carrying 3 to 5 kg more than the weight you expect to carry on your trek.

Think of your training as a deposit in your fitness account – everything you do between now and the trek will pay a dividend on the trail.  If you haven’t made enough ‘deposits’ into your fitness account you will have to go into ‘debt’ on the trail – and debt of any kind is always painful!  

You can’t cheat yourself on Kokoda – if you have done the work you will complete it OK – if you haven’t you will be a candidate for an emergency evacuation!  

39th Battalion preparing for the Kokoda campaign on the Sogeri plateau in 1942

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 the Lodge.  

We have a helipad at the 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 difference is the dialogue we have within the group during and after our presentations.

We have a combined total of 130 years professional military experience - our trek leaders have served in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. They are able to relate discuss the ground and conditions to the strategic situation of the time and the various principles that apply to the different phases of war.

They have also experienced the emotional aspects of perhaps never seeing their families again - and they understand mateship because they have experienced it under combat condtions.

As a result they are able to provide informed debate surrounding some of the decisions made by commanders in the heat of the campaign and relate many of the personal stories of veterans they have previously served with.

This is not stuff you can learn from a book - it comes from personal experience in the army and makes for interesting and lively dialogue.

According to Major General Gordon Maitland, a distinguished military historian there are three types of military historians:

  • Journalist historians, who show little respect for the facts in order to tell a good story
  • Academic historians, who have the time and facilities to unearth new and valuable information, but mainly at the political and strategic levels
  • Soldier historians, who are the only ones one can trust at the tactical level, for they have been taught to understand the key factor – ground'.

Adventure Kokoda engages 'soldier historians'! who meet Major General Maitland's criteria of understanding key tactical factors and are able to incorporate them into interesting and entertaining battlefield presentations.

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. 

Most evacuations from the trail are due to gastro-intestinal problems which cause severe vomiting, diarrhoea and chronic dehydration.

Unhygienic handling and preparation of food is the most common cause of the gastro problems which lead to medical evacuations.  Most evacuations result from trekkers who eat vegetables prepared by local villagers. 

To avoid this we carry all of our own food which we purchase from supermarkets in Port Moresby.

We actively discourage our trekkers from eating food prepared in villages as we cannot guarantee the standard of the local hygiene.

Some operators rely on village food to save costs - If the operator you choose includes ‘village food’ as part of their catering plan it might save them money but it could lead to your evacuation from the trail.

 

Meet the Trek Leaders

Major Charlie Lynn OAM 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. 

 

Major Scott Babington

Scott joined the Australian Army as a 16 year old apprentice in 1985.  He was promoted through the ranks and has spent over 34 years serving in the Australian Regular Army.

 

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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