Kokoda History Trek

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8
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$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  
28 Sep - 7 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
John Nalder Limited Places $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
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
30 Mar - 9 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
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
24 Apr - 4 May 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Rowan Tracey Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395 $5,145
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
13 Jun - 22 Jun 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
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
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
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
19 Sep - 29 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Chad Sherrin Private group only Private group
27 Sep - 6 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison 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
26 Oct - 4 Nov 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington 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
19 Mar - 28 Mar 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
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

The average size of our groups in 2017 was 12 trekkers - groups are larger during school holiday periods.

 

'Blackbirding' was a term associated with the kidnapping of Pacific Islanders to work in the Queensland sugar-cane fields in the late 19th Century - it was later outlawed as a form of slavery.

The practice, and its ugly connotations has been adopted by shady Australian trek operators who have sought to benefit from the increasing interest in trekking Kokoda in recent years.  These operators are able to get away with the exploitation in Papua New Guinea because they do not have systems in place to protect their villagers against such abhorrent practices and because many Australians are seeking the 'cheapest' deal.

Blackbirders can be flushed out by asking the following questions:

  • Do you have a maximum weight limit of 18 kg for the local guides and carriers you engage?
  • Do you provide each of your local guides and carriers with a sleeping bag and mat each?
  • Do you provide each of your local guides and carriers with a full trek uniform i.e. a cap, shirt and shorts?
  • Do you pay each of your guides and carriers PGK 70 per day?
  • Do you pay each of your guides and carriers a 'Walk-Home-Allowance' of PGK 250?

If they cannot answer an affirmative 'Yes' to each of these questions - no ifs or buts - you are dealing with a Blackbirder.

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. 

We provide a personal tent for each trekker. 

Our tents are fully screened and provide protection from malarial mosquitos, leeches, cockroaches, mice and other creepy-crawlies.

For personal protection, privacy, comfort and convenience our guides will set up your tent each night - pack it up the next morning - carry if to the next campsite and have it ready for you again.

Guesthouses in villages along the trail are built from local bush materials - they offer basic shelter from the elements but don't have any privacy or screened protection from malarial mosquitos, leeches, cockroaches, rats and mice, etc!

The increase in trekker numbers over recent years has led to an increase in infestation in villages guesthouses.

If you have to sleep in these because your trek operator does not provide mosquito proof tents make sure you sleep with your mouth closed and that you don't mind the pitter-patter of little mice running across your forehead - if you are a bit sensitive in this area the only guarantee you have against the local infestation is to sleep in an insect proof tent.

There is also no protection from the inevitable snorer in guesthouses where everybody is required to bunk together.

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.

 

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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