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  
1 Nov - 10 Nov 2018
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
9 Dec - 18 Dec 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Private group only Private group
12 Mar - 21 Mar 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
1 Apr - 10 Apr 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
3 Apr - 12 Apr 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
6 May - 15 May 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
13 May - 22 May 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
1 Jun - 11 Jun 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Charlie Lynn Private group only Private group
10 Jun - 19 Jun 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
1 Jul - 10 Jul 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,759 $4,545
12 Jul - 21 Jul 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
13 Jul - 22 Jul 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
3 Aug - 13 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
10 Aug - 19 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Private group only Private group
19 Aug - 28 Aug 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
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 Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
7 Sep - 16 Sep 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $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
21 Sep - 30 Sep 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
29 Sep - 8 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
5 Oct - 14 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Dave Sherry Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
12 Oct - 21 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
19 Oct - 28 Oct 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,595 $4,695 $3,795 $4,545
26 Oct - 4 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,595 $4,694 $3,795 $4,545
9 Nov - 18 Nov 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,595 $4,695 $3,795 $4,545
16 Nov - 25 Nov 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $5,595 $5,295 $5,395 $4,595 $5,345
23 Nov - 3 Dec 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Taking Bookings
16 Mar - 25 Mar 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
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
26 Jun - 5 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
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 $4,545

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FAQs about this trek

No - we are not.

We declined the invitation to join the Kokoda Tour Operators Association (KTOA) which was established to protect the interests of Australian companies operating in PNG and does not provide for the welfare of the PNG guides and carriers they engage.

We believe the reasons for establishing the KTOA were well-intentioned however whilst they tolerate practices that allow some of their members to exploit local PNG guides, carriers and subsistence villagers we will not join.

The failure of the KTA to provide proper welfare support to local villagers they engage is evident in their reluctance to require all KTOA members to provide such basics as a sleeping bag and mat for each guide and carrier they employ.  We do not believe that PNG guides and carriers should have to sleep on wet ground because they are not provided with such essential items of comfort.

One KTOA tour operator has a record of failing to meet their legal and moral obligations in regard to the payment of trek fees which are meant to benefit local subsistence villages along the trail. 

Recently a local carrier employed by KTOA tour operator tragically died on the trail.  A local Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) Ranger has alleged that the load he was carrying was far in excess of the 20 kg recommended in the KTA Code of Conduct for tour operators.  According to other KTA Rangers the overloading of local carriers is a common practice by many Australian tour operators as a means of keeping their costs down.

Adventure Kokoda will not join to the KTOA until they weed out those who don't provide for the proper welfare of their local guides and who deprive subsistence villagers of their rightful share of benefits from the Kokoda trekking industry.

The difference between Adventure Kokoda and KTOA members is that we provide the following for each of our PNG guides and carriers:

  • Maximum allowable weight of 18 kg (which means we have to engage more carriers);
  • Full trek uniform - cap, shirt, shorts
  • Sleeping bag;
  • Sleeping mat;
  • Wholesome meals - equivalent to what we provide for our trekkers;
  • Gratuity equivalent to one day's pay at the end of each trek; and
  • A 'Walk-Home Allowance' of PNGK250 to allow our guides and carriers to walk back to their villages after each trek.

In addition to this we engage a PNG medic with a full medical kit to look after their specific medical needs across the trail.

If our guides or carriers suffer serious illness or injury during their trek we arrange for them to be evacuated by helicopter and treated at the Port Moresby Private Hospital - they receive the same care, attention and treatment as our trekkers.

 

Yes - Adventure Kokoda treks include International economy class return ticket to Port Moresby (for bookings ex-Cairns, Townsville, 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 $35.

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. 

The trek across Kokoda is the toughest physical challenge most people will encounter. 

The decision as to whether to carry your own backpack is important because it can mean the difference between enjoying the experience or suffering and having to withdraw from the trek.

Some trekkers in the past have stubbornly refused to engage a personal carrier because they want to do it like ‘the diggers did it!’

If this is your rationale we suggest you purchase a pair of hobnail leather boots, carry a canvas backpack with webbing pouches; travel with a half-blanket which you will willingly share with up to six other trekkers; borrow a rifle and ammunition; sleep outside your tent and leave your underwear and toiletries at the hotel in Port Moresby!

For those who are young, confident and physically fit it will not be a problem.  But for those who lead a sedentary lifestyle; who might be carrying an extra kilo or two; who might be harbouring some self-doubt about their ability to burden themselves with extra weight; or who do not maintain a daily regime of physical training it will be a struggle – you will find the track does not make concessions to anybody!  It is therefore important that you do an honest assessment of your physical capabilities.

If you are physically fit, are an experienced extreme conditions trekker, and have prepared yourself with a strenuous training program then you should be able to carry your own pack.  On the other hand if you have any doubts about your ability then you should consider engaging a personal carrier for yourself or sharing one with a mate. 

If you engage your own Personal Carrier prior to your trek we provide them with a trek uniform and purchase additional food and camping gear for them before we leave Port Moresby – there is none available along the track.

The cost of a Personal Carrier is between $660 - $790 per person, depending on the trek type/duration.  The cost will be displayed when completing the online Booking Form.

If you decide to engage one after you arrive an additional $150 surcharge will apply to cover the additional costs we have to incur as short notice.

From time to time we have trekkers who realise they cannot carry their backpack after the second or third day - we then have to try and recruit additional carriers along the trail. This is a difficult exercise in the middle of the Owen Stanley Ranges as we are not able to arrange for additional food, uniforms or camping gear for the additional carriers.  It’s also unfair as our PNG trek guides and carriers, who already work hard under extreme conditions, don’t appreciate having the size of their meals reduced whenever we have to engage additional personal carriers during the trek.

A Personal Carrier will carry your backpack and act as your ‘trek caddy’ for the duration of your trek – he will often catch you before you fall; will assist you over the most difficult sections of the trail; assist you with packing up and setting up and proudly introduce you to his family in his village.  

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

 

Trip Advisor is the only independent and reliable forum for trekkers to post their comments in regard to their trek. You should therefore be wary of companies who don't rate much of a mention because trekkers obviously did not rate their experience with them. .

The following post illustrates the difficulties you could face if you do not conduct proper research on the company you choose:

'I do not recommend booking Kokoda with INTREPID

'Trek is an amazing experience but not with Intrepid. I was doing it in July. 
Organization of the trip was terrible but price really high (2600 -2800 pounds).

'Our guide .....oh it was impossible to understand him. First I thought - it's because of my English ( it's not my first language ) but soon I realized - nobody can't understand him. So from my point of you - the historical part didn't exist! I am not Australian i just had a tiny knowledge about the battle. Hoped I will learn more during the trip - unfortunately...nothing! Need to read about it at home.

'Another thing: it's a challenging trek. You ( or maybe just me) expect that at the end of the day person who look after the group will ask: are you ok? how are you feeling/doing?

'Nothing.Two guys were ill during the trip. The only thing they did - stopped trek when they were throwing out. People from the group cared after each other - sharing first kit, happy to help each other

'Food - disaster. For breakfast salty crackers with jam of honey, corn flakes with powder milk.....every day. Never ate it). Dinner and lunch - boiled pasta/ noodles/ spaghetti plus breakfast set. 18 meals - PASTA. Sorry...twice we had rice. No fruits - if you want to, need to get for yourself. Didn't expect amazing meals, understand that you can't get products on the way....but other groups had really great food - so if you want to, you can organise it much better than ours.
My porter was really bad too. Here I need to admit that I was unlucky because it was just few like him! He rarely was behind me - didn't have any help/security. When he was on his place .... I don't know who saved more other bottom. He landed on my back quite few times! 

'Also when he finally arrived on place where we were staying ( people from the group were enjoying water, I was waiting for my porter) , very often was leaving my backpack somewhere....I had to find it. 

'Finally .... I had a feeling that they just going with us, we weren't a group 9 I mean a crew and people from the group). The didn't stay with us after walking, didn't' talk to us etc. 

'Anyway: I think that the trek is great and Kokoda can be an amazing experience.....but think twice before you'll book it with Intrepid.

Ask annapietrasz about Kokoda Track

www.tripadvisor.com.au

 

 

Meet the Trek Leaders

Major Charlie Lynn 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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