8-day Kokoda Pilgrimage

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8
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$4,195
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Our 8-day Kokoda Pilgrimages are led by an expert Australian guide -  unforgettable 8-day experience from $4195.

We follow the footsteps of the brave as they fought one of the most desperate series of battles across the Owen Stanley Ranges from Kokoda to the doorstep of Port Moresby at Imita Ridge.

They are led by experienced Adventure Kokoda trek leaders with a detailed knowledge of the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign. They understand the Principles of War; the strategy of the Kokoda campaign; and the tactics of each battle which they will explain at each site.

The route follows the original 138 km wartime trail which is shorter than our 10-day Kokoda Premium Campaign Treks as it does not include the battle areas defended by the 53rd and 2/16th Australian Battalions on the eastern side of the Yodda Valley.

Our Kokoda History treks cover all the major battle sites at Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa Ridge, Brigade Hill, Templeton's Crossing, Eora Creek, Isurava, Deniki and Kokoda where you will receive detailed historical presentations.

What's included

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

Dates & Availability for 8-day Kokoda Pilgrimage

Date
Status Price  
8 Jun - 17 Jun 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
19 Jun - 28 Jun 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
30 Jun - 10 Jul 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Private group only Private group
1 Jul - 10 Jul 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Jake Leske Limited Places $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
3 Jul - 13 Jul 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
3 Jul - 13 Jul 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
3 Jul - 13 Jul 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
3 Jul - 13 Jul 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
8 Jul - 17 Jul 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
10 Jul - 19 Jul 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
4 Aug - 13 Aug 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
7 Aug - 16 Aug 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Kerry Symes Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
14 Aug - 23 Aug 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
14 Aug - 23 Aug 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
21 Aug - 30 Aug 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
1 Sep - 10 Sep 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
9 Sep - 19 Sep 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
11 Sep - 20 Sep 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,185
25 Sep - 4 Oct 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Jake Leske Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
3 Oct - 12 Oct 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
9 Oct - 18 Oct 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
2 Nov - 11 Nov 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
30 Mar - 9 Apr 2025
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
7 Apr - 16 Apr 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
8 Apr - 18 Apr 2025
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
8 Apr - 17 Apr 2025
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Jake Leske Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
3 May - 12 May 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
14 May - 23 May 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Jake Leske Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
17 May - 27 May 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
1 Jun - 10 Jun 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
1 Jun - 10 Jun 2025
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $4,595 $4,195 $4,295 $3,395
8 Jun - 17 Jun 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195
18 Jun - 28 Jun 2025
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2026
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2026
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,395 $4,995 $5,095 $4,195

FAQs about this trek

Yes - Adventure Kokoda treks include International economy class return ticket to Port Moresby (for bookings ex-Cairns, Brisbane or Sydney), all accommodation, meals, transport, trek fees etc.  The price also includes the provision of a roomy mosquito-proof tent. 

If you engage a Personal Carrier, a backpack (75 Litre) is included; otherwise you can hire our backpack for $50.

You will find that some trek operators offer much cheaper treks - you need to check the small print to find out if there are any 'hidden extras' - which is often the case.  If you have to pay for additional items or 'hidden extras' such as accommodation and meals in Port Moresby, airfares to/from Kokoda, personal camping equipment etc, then any saving on price can prove to be a false economy.  Make sure you check the fine print with the tour operator you choose. 

If you trek from Owers Corner to Kokoda via the wartime trail you follow the footsteps of our young Diggers as they advanced across the Owen Stanley Ranges to meet the Japanese 144th South Sea Islands Regiment.

If you trek from Kokoda to Owers Corner via the wartime trail you follow the route of the Australian withdrawal in the face of overwhelming Japanese odds back to the last line of defence on Imita Ridge.

There is no 'best' way to trek Kokoda. The experience is just as powerful in either direction (that is the opinion of Charlie Lynn who has trekked 62 times from Kokoda to Owers Corner and 38 times from Owers Corner to Kokoda).

The difference is the experience and knowledge of your trek leader.  If your trek leader has a detailed understanding of the history of the Kokoda campaign you will get maximum value from your trek.  If they don't you will be disappointed and will soon realise the savings you made from going 'cheap' are a false economy in more ways than one.

You should not have any worries if you are travelling with a reputable trek operator who utilizes a secure hotel and pre-arranged transport in Port Moresby.

Our trek leaders meet you on arrival at the Port Moresby airport; accompany you to your accommodation; provide detailed pre-trek briefings and equipment checks; lead you safely across the trail; and escort you back to the Port Moresby airport at the end of your trek.  We are with you the entire time you are in PNG.

Our relationships with local villagers along the trail is based on mutual respect because of the employment we provide to their local Koiari and Orokaiva guides; the money we have invested into their local campsites; and the community benefits we provide through our not-for-profit company, Network Kokoda.

 

 

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

According to reports we receive we are the only operator to provide real fresh meals along the trail.

We have obviously trained our PNG guides to prepare, cook and serve meals and this has proved to be a most attractive option to trekkers.  Life is too short for ration packs!

Our menu includes breakfast cereals, tropical fruits, biscuits, jam-vegemite-nutella-peanut butter-cheese, pasta, noodles, rice, meat and vegetables with potato, tea/coffee/hot chocolate etc as standard fare.

We are able to provide for special diets as required.

 

 

 

Most of the emergency evacuations from the Kokoda Trail are caused by gastro problems which cause severe vomiting and diarrhoea leading to dehydration - the most likely source of this condition is contaminated food cooked and served by villagers.  This is why we carry ALL of our food with our trek groups.

Meet the Trek Leaders

Major Charlie Lynn OAM OL - Director, Adventure Kokoda

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.'   More..

Tracie Watson - General Manager

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.  More..

Tau Maguli - Quartermaster

Tau Maguli is our PNG Quartermaster with an enormous task, he coordinates the allocation of 350 of our PNG guides and porters to ensure each trek has an equal number from each village across the Trail and each one gets at least six (6) treks a year.  More..

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.  More..

 

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.  More..

 

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.  

Scott has worked with the United Nations in Sudan as a Military Observer and as an Adviser in Afghanistan with the US 82nd Airborne and the 3rd Infantry Divisions.  More..

 

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 and he now lives on a farm just outside the western country town of Horsham.  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.  

Dave first trekked Kokoda in 2006 and began leading expeditions across the trail in 2011.  He has now led more than 35 groups across the trail.  More..

 

Major Craig Moffat OAM

Craig joined the Australian Army in 1979 and was posted to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps where he has served for 40 years with over 20 years serving in Special Operations Command as a Commando.  

Craig has seen regimental service as a soldier and officer rising through the ranks within The Royal Australian Regiment and Special Operations Command, his career culminated as soldier with two Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) appointments prior to commissioning to officer in 2005.  More..

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.  More..

Jake Leske

Australia’s Honey Bee.  Former Navy sailor, Jake Leske, is more than an outstanding Kokoda trek leader, he is Australia’s original ‘Honey Bee’ and a remarkable endurance athlete.  Jake first trekked with Adventure Kokoda to learn more about the Kokoda campaign.  He returned as a volunteer 2IC and later led his first trek.  More..

Warrant Officer James 'Max' Walker

James ‘Max’ Walker (first trek with Adventure Kokoda Aug 2018 – 2IC Apr 2024).  

Max Walker is a former career soldier who first joined the Australian Regular Army as a young apprentice.

During his service, Max was posted to the United Nations in Cambodia and deployed to the Republic of Narau prior to the establishment of the Australian offshore immigration detention facility.  More..

Angelo Tsirekas

Angelo first trekked Kokoda in 2010 and has since trekked it another 10 times with groups he has recruited from the Canada Bay Area. He has been 2IC to Charlie Lynn on his recent treks and has not stepped up to be a trek leader.

He is a former Board Member of the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord and was instrumental in establishing the 'Rusty Priest Kokoda Scholarship Program' with students from Rosebank College.

Fiona Foster

Fiona has a strong passion for Kokoda, PNG and its people which was sparked as a young girl knowing her grandfather fought on Kokoda.

As a school teacher Fiona has extensive experience in developing leadership in young Australians and has been involved in the development of a leadership program within the school environment.  This saw her bring two passions together; teaching our future generations and Kokoda, whilst getting them outside of their comfort zones, and allowing them to learn about themselves.  More..

Carla Valmorbida

Carla brings great organisational skills, energy and humour to her role.  She is passionate about the Kokoda campaign and thrives on seeing how transformative and life-changing this experience can be for trekkers.

Carla was initially inspired to trek Kokoda to honour her Grandfathers service with the AIF in Buna and has now successfully participated in a number of Adventure Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge treks as a Trek Guide.  More..

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 55 times.  Bernie has transposed his success in business to his passion for leading treks across the Kokoda Trail.  More..

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.  More..

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.  More..

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.  More..

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 101 expeditions across the Kokoda Trail over the past 32 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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