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  
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $5,395 $5,095 $5,195 $4,395
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Private group only Private group
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
9 May - 18 May 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Private group only Private group
20 May - 29 May 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Reg Yates Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $5,345
12 Jun - 21 Feb 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Scott Babington Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
13 Jun - 22 Jun 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
13 Jun - 22 Jun 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
19 Jun - 29 Jun 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Chad Sherrin Private group only Private group
25 Jun - 4 Jul 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
26 Jun - 5 Jul 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Craig Moffat Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
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 Fully Booked $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 Booking closed
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 Limited Places $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 Limited Places $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Private group only Private group
7 Sep - 16 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
John Nalder Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
14 Sep - 23 Sep 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
27 Sep - 6 Oct 2020
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795 $4,545
7 Oct - 16 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
14 Oct - 23 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
26 Mar - 4 Apr 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
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
25 Jun - 4 Jul 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Private group only Private group
28 Jun - 7 Jun 2021
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Bernie Rowell Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795
14 Aug - 23 Aug 2021
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Peter Morrison Taking Bookings $4,895 $4,495 $4,595 $3,795

FAQs about this trek

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. 

Adventure Kokoda was rated as the best trekking company on the Kokoda Trail in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and again in 2019.

What is the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence?

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honours businesses that deliver consistently great service.  The award is given to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews.

We are very proud to be rated #1 on TripAdvisor for the 5th successive year which shows our commitment to providing an outstanding experience to all our trekkers, ensuring they have an enjoyable, challenging and informative historical and cultural experience among friends.

View TripAdvisor reviews here and here.

 

Adventure Kokoda TripAdvisor 2019 Certificate of Excellence

 

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 situation is assessed by the trek leader.  If it is an emergency he will immediately contact the Adventure Kokoda base at Sogeri via satellite phone or VHF Radio.  The person in charge of the office will initiate immediate evacuation procedures by telephone with the appropriate emergency authorities in PNG and will advise the Australian High Commission of the details.  Immediate action will be taken to move the patient by stretcher to an area accessible by helicopter or to a nearby airfield.  The patient will be met on arrival by our representative from Sogeri who will then liaise with the appropriate medical authorities and the Australian High Commission for the most appropriate treatment or further evacuation to Australia if necessary.

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 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..

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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