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  
4 Aug - 13 Aug 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
11 Aug - 20 Aug 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
25 Aug - 3 Sep 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
27 Aug - 5 Sep 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
8 Sep - 17 Sep 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
15 Sep - 24 Sep 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
18 Sep - 28 Sep 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
22 Sep - 1 Oct 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
26 Sep - 5 Oct 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
4 Oct - 14 Oct 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
6 Oct - 15 Oct 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
8 Oct - 17 Oct 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
15 Oct - 24 Oct 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
26 Oct - 4 Nov 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
2 Nov - 11 Nov 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
13 Nov - 22 Nov 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
20 Nov - 30 Nov 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
11 Mar - 20 Mar 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
18 Mar - 27 Mar 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
24 Mar - 2 Apr 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
7 May - 16 May 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
28 May - 6 Jun 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
4 Jun - 14 Jun 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Chad Sherrin Private group only Private group
11 Jun - 20 Jun 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
22 Jun - 1 Jul 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,595 $3,795
27 Jun - 6 Jul 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
1 Jul - 10 Jul 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
8 Jul - 17 Jul 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
11 Jul - 20 Jul 2022
All Female Trek
Carla Valmorbida Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
13 Jul - 22 Jul 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
1 Aug - 10 Aug 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
24 Aug - 2 Sep 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
5 Sep - 14 Sep 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
12 Sep - 21 Sep 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
25 Sep - 4 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
3 Oct - 12 Oct 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
12 Oct - 21 Oct 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
2 Nov - 11 Nov 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
13 Nov - 22 Nov 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
10 Mar - 19 Mar 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
17 Mar - 26 Mar 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
24 Mar - 2 Apr 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
7 Apr - 16 Apr 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
16 Apr - 25 Apr 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795

FAQs about this trek

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.

 

 

 

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 62 times from Kokoda to Owers Corner and 34 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 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.

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.

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..

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..

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..

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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