Kokoda History Trek

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8
From
$3,795
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Kokoda History Treks led by an expert Australian guide -  unforgettable 8-day experience from $3795.

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  
10 Jun - 19 Jun 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Charlie Lynn Fully Booked $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545 Booking closed
10 Jun - 19 Jun 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
1 Jul - 10 Jul 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
12 Jul - 21 Jul 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
13 Jul - 22 Jul 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
3 Aug - 12 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
10 Aug - 20 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
14 Aug - 23 Aug 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
26 Aug - 4 Sep 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
2 Sep - 11 Sep 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
7 Sep - 16 Sep 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $4,895 $4,494 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
14 Sep - 23 Sep 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
28 Sep - 7 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
2 Oct - 11 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
26 Oct - 4 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,595 $4,694 $3,795 $4,545
2 Nov - 11 Nov 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595
16 Mar - 25 Mar 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
30 Mar - 9 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
7 Apr - 16 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
John Nalder Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395 $5,145
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Davis Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
24 Apr - 4 May 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395 $5,145
4 May - 13 May 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,589 $3,795 $4,545
13 Jun - 22 Jun 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
29 Jun - 8 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
6 Jul - 15 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
3 Aug - 12 Aug 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
15 Aug - 24 Aug 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
28 Aug - 7 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
12 Sep - 21 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
27 Sep - 6 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
10 Oct - 19 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
24 Oct - 2 Nov 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
7 Nov - 16 Nov 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795

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FAQs about this trek

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.

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 61 times from Kokoda to Owers Corner and 31 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.

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.

Adventure Kokoda are equipped with satellite phones for use in emergencies.

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'.

Trekking without a satellite phone in your group is classified as 'unnecessary risk'.

 

The distance across the Kokoda Trail between Owers Corner and Kokoda as the crow flies is 96 km. However if you were to strap a Garmin 64st GPS to the leg of the crow and get him to trek it via the wartime trail the actual distance is 143.7 km - you would also climb a total of 6748 metres.

 

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

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. 

 

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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