Kokoda History Trek

Days
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  
12 Mar - 21 Mar 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
23 Mar - 1 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
8 Apr - 17 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Limited Places $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
1 May - 10 May 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
2 May - 11 May 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,589 $3,795 $4,545
20 May - 29 May 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $5,345
13 Jun - 22 Jun 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
19 Jun - 29 Jun 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Chad Sherrin Private group only Private group
27 Jun - 7 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Private group only Private group
29 Jun - 8 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
1 Jul - 11 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
6 Jul - 15 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
10 Jul - 19 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
11 Jul - 20 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
13 Jul - 22 Jul 2020
All Female Trek
Carla Valmorbida Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
29 Jul - 7 Aug 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
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 - 6 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
12 Sep - 21 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
John Nalder Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
27 Sep - 6 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
5 Oct - 14 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Private group only Private group
16 Oct - 25 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
2 Nov - 11 Nov 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
12 Nov - 21 Nov 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
19 Mar - 28 Mar 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Davis Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
24 Apr - 4 May 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
1 May - 10 May 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
28 Jun - 7 Jun 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795

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FAQs about this trek

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.

 

NO! PNG trek guides are masters of their environment however their knowledge of the Kokoda campaign and their presentation skills do not rate at this stage of their development.

Adventure Kokoda organises PNG led Kokoda treks for groups who are looking for a physical challenge in preference to learning about the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign.

Whilst our PNG leaders have been well trained in expedition leadership and are the best in the business they do not have the knowledge of the military history of the Kokoda campaign or the presentation skills to conduct battlesite briefings. 

Trekkers meeting PNG support crew on arrival at Kokoda airfield

Some claim that 'there are many tracks to the Kokoda Trail' - this is code for them using eco-shortcuts that allows them to cut costs by getting groups across in shorter periods of time.

Much of the wartime trail is much as it was in 1942 because fewer trekkers use it today. 

Those interested in the authentic history of the Kokoda campaign trek via the original wartime trail over the Kagi Gap to Lake Myola.  Those who wish to explore the mystic charm of the Lake Myola area should allow for an additional day otherwise all they will get is a quick glance at it. 

The map below shows a popular eco-shortcut via Naduri village - neither the track itself nor the village existed during the Kokoda campaign.

 

 

 

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.

The villages along the Trail are Seventh Day Adventists. They are vegetarian, don't drink alcohol and strictly observe their Sabbath between 4.00 PM on Friday and 4.00 PM on Saturday each week.  They also have two church services in each village each day - one at 6.00 AM and one at 6.00 PM.  Trekkers are asked to respect these religious protocols.

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.  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..

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.  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..

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..

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..

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.  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 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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