Kokoda Trail Trek

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8
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$2,895
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Our Kokoda Trail Treks are led by a PNG trek leader and designed for groups who want to experience the physical challenge of the Kokoda Trail across the original wartime route.  

While our PNG trek leaders are masters of their environment and will get you safely across the trail they only have a superficial understanding of the Kokoda campaign strategy and battlefield tactics. 

They have been leading treks across the trail for more than 10 years and are well respected by the Koiari and Orokaiva clan leaders across the trail.

Each of our Kokoda Trail Trek group has a PNG medic trained in First Aid - they also carry two VHF radios and a SatPhone and have 24/7 back up from our base at Sogeri.

These treks are best suited for a bunch of mates on a budget who want to experience the physical challenge of the Kokoda Trail and the camaraderie that goes with it.

We require a minimum of eight (8) trekkers for these groups.

What's included

  • Meals
  • All transportation
  • All accommodation
  • All trek fees
  • Mosquito-proof tents

Dates & Availability for Kokoda Trail Trek

Date
Status Price  
9 Apr - 18 Apr 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
30 Apr - 9 May 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
18 May - 27 May 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
4 Jun - 13 Jun 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
6 Jul - 15 Jul 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Private group only Private group
29 Jul - 7 Aug 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
5 Sep - 14 Sep 2022
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
21 Sep - 30 Sep 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
5 Oct - 14 Oct 2022
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
17 Mar - 26 Mar 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
31 Mar - 9 Apr 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
28 Apr - 7 May 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
17 May - 26 May 2023
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
3 Jun - 12 Jun 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895
5 Jul - 14 Jul 2023
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $3,995 $3,595 $3,695 $2,895

Photos from the Kokoda Trail Trek

FAQs about this trek

According to the IPA PNG (Investment Promotion Authority) website, Adventure Kokoda and only one other Australian trekking company have a Registered Company in PNG and a Foreign Enterprise Certificate; both are a requirement to legally operate in PNG

Prospective trekkers should check to see if the company they choose have the required registrations.  

Having a 'Tour Operators License' from the Kokoda Track Authority is not sufficient.

It is easy to check if the operator is legal - go to www.ipa.gov.pg and select 'Online Services' and enter the company.

Non-compliance may possibly void any Travel Insurance Claim.  It is not worth the risk if the company is not registered with the PNG IPA.

 

Adventure Kokoda is not a member of the KTOA.

We declined the invitation to join the Kokoda Tour Operators Association (KTOA) which was established to protect the interests of Australian trek operators at the expense of PNG guides and carriers.

In 2017 they prevented a PNG motion calling for backpack weights to be reduced; employment conditions to be improved; and for guides and carriers they employ to be provided with sleeping bags, mats and a uniform; from being tabled.  

Overloading of local carriers is a common practice by many Australian tour operators as a means of keeping their costs down. 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.

The exploitation of guides and carriers practiced by KTOA members would not be tolerated in Australia and it should not be tolerated in PNG.

They treat PNG laws with contempt by failing to ensure their members register as a ‘Foreign Enterprise’ in accordance with their Investment Promotion Authority Act.  As a result they operate illegally within PNG.

They also treat their trekkers with contempt by failing to advise them that their travel insurance policies may be voided if they trek with an illegal operator.

According to the IPA PNG (Investment Promotion Authority) website, Adventure Kokoda is one of only two Australian trekking companies who operate legally in PNG as a registered ‘Foreign Enterprise’ with the IPA.  Adventure Kokoda also provide for:

  • a maximum allowable weight of 18 kg which was the maximum weight allowed for 'fuzzy-quzzy angles' during the Kokoda campaign; (which means we have to engage more carriers);
  • a full trek uniform - cap, shirt, shorts
  • a sleeping bag;
  • a sleeping mat;
  • wholesome meals - equivalent to what we provide for our trekkers;
  • a 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.

 

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.

 

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.

The temperature on the Kokoda Trail is a constant 29 - 30 degrees Celsius during the day.

Humidity is very high however trekkers are protected from direct sunlight most of the time because they are under the jungle canopy.

Over the higher part of the Owen Stanley's the temperature can drop to 1 - 2 degrees Celsius during the night.

And it can rain in the 'dry' season and be quite dry in the 'wet' season - so always be prepared for rain!

 

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 30 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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