Kokoda History Trek

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8
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$3,995
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Kokoda History Treks led by an expert Australian guide -  unforgettable 8-day experience from $3995.

Our Kokoda History Treks 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 Kokoda History Trek

Date
Status Price  
17 Mar - 26 Mar 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
24 Mar - 2 Apr 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
7 Apr - 16 Apr 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
9 Apr - 18 Apr 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Dave Sherry Private group only Private group
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Limited Places $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
3 May - 13 May 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
John Nalder Taking Bookings $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
6 May - 15 May 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
27 May - 5 Jun 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
10 Jun - 19 Jun 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
21 Jun - 30 Jun 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
26 Jun - 5 Jul 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,792 $4,895 $3,995
26 Jun - 5 Jul 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
28 Jun - 7 Jul 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
30 Jun - 9 Jul 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
4 Jul - 13 Jul 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
7 Jul - 16 Jul 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Limited Places $5,095 $4,695 $4,795 $3,995
12 Jul - 21 Jul 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Limited Places $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
7 Aug - 16 Dec 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
11 Aug - 20 Aug 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
23 Aug - 1 Sep 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
23 Aug - 1 Sep 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
4 Sep - 13 Sep 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
11 Sep - 20 Sep 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
24 Sep - 3 Oct 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
25 Sep - 5 Oct 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
2 Oct - 11 Oct 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
15 Mar - 24 Mar 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
8 Apr - 17 Apr 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2024
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $5,695 $5,295 $5,395 $4,495
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Limited Places $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
4 May - 13 May 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
8 Jun - 17 Jun 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995
2 Nov - 11 Nov 2024
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,195 $4,795 $4,895 $3,995

FAQs about this trek

The difference is the dialogue we have within the group during and after our presentations.

We have a combined total of 160 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.

Yes he does. 

The VHF radio net along the Kokoda Trail has improved however there is only one channel and it is sometimes difficult to break into the chatter.  The system does not have a base station with a 24/7 listening watch which could be critical in an emergency.

Professional operators are equipped with satellite phones for use in emergencies.

Trek Operators who do not have a satellite phone with an active account fall into the 'dodgy' category - unfortunately they exist and the only protection trekkers have is the old caveat emptor of 'Let the buyer beware'.

 

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 trekkers bring some of their favourite snacks to nibble on between meals during the day.  These include biscuits, chocolate bars, jelly beans, etc.

Try and avoid too many dried fruit and nut mixes as they are heavy and can be a bit hard on the digestive system.

Your daily snack pack should not exceed 150 grams.

Each village has a designated area for trekkers to camp.  They also have dedicated toilets for trekkers. Your guides will identify these areas for you.

There are also separate bathing areas for males and females.  To avoid embarrassment you should ask your guides to show you where they are.  Ladies should wear a sarong to their bathing area. 

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.'   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..

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..

 

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..

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..

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..

 

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..

 

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..

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.  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..

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..

Sergeant Rod Foster

Rod is currently serving as a Sergeant in the Royal Australian Artillery at 4 Field Regiment Townsville.  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.  More..

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.  More..

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..

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.  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 100 expeditions across the Kokoda Trail over the past 30 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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