Kokoda Trail Trek

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8
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$2,695

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 but who 

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  
3 Sep - 12 Sep 2018
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
30 Sep - 9 Oct 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
1 Nov - 10 Nov 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
1 Apr - 12 May 2018
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
6 May - 15 May 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,692
13 May - 22 May 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
10 Jun - 19 Jun 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
1 Jul - 10 Jul 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
12 Jul - 21 Jul 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
3 Aug - 12 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
19 Aug - 28 Aug 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
26 Aug - 4 Sep 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
2 Sep - 11 Sep 2019
Kokoda to Owers Corner
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
7 Sep - 16 Sep 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
14 Sep - 23 Sep 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
21 Sep - 30 Sep 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
5 Oct - 14 Oct 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
12 Oct - 21 Oct 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
19 Oct - 28 Oct 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
26 Oct - 4 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
9 Nov - 18 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
16 Nov - 25 Nov 2019
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
14 Mar - 23 Mar 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
2 May - 11 May 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
11 Jun - 20 Jun 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
1 Aug - 10 Aug 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
13 Aug - 22 Aug 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
26 Aug - 5 Sep 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
10 Sep - 19 Sep 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
25 Sep - 4 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
8 Oct - 17 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
22 Oct - 31 Oct 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695
5 Nov - 14 Nov 2020
Owers Corner to Kokoda
Joe Ewua Taking Bookings $2,695

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Photos from the Kokoda Trail Trek

FAQs about this trek

You should not have any worries if you are travelling with a reputable trek operator who utilizes a secure hotel and pre-arranged transport in Port Moresby.

Our trek leaders meet you on arrival at the Port Moresby airport; accompany you to your accommodation; provide detailed pre-trek briefings and equipment checks; lead you safely across the trail; and escort you back to the Port Moresby airport at the end of your trek.  We are with you the entire time you are in PNG.

Our relationships with local villagers along the trail is based on mutual respect because of the employment we provide to their local Koiari and Orokaiva guides; the money we have invested into their local campsites; and the community benefits we provide through our not-for-profit company, Network Kokoda.

 

 

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!

 

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

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 4th 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.

TripAdvisor reviews

 

Yes he does. 

The VHF radio net along the Kokoda Trail has improved however there is only one channel and it is sometimes difficult to break into the chatter.  The system does not have a base station with a 24/7 listening watch which could be critical in an emergency.

Professional operators are equipped with satellite phones for use in emergencies.

Trek Operators who do not have a satellite phone with an active account fall into the 'dodgy' category - unfortunately they exist and the only protection trekkers have is the old caveat emptor of 'Let the buyer beware'.

 

NO! PNG trek guides are masters of their environment however their knowledge of the Kokoda campaign and their presentation skills do not rate at this stage of their development.

Adventure Kokoda organises PNG led Kokoda treks for groups who are looking for a physical challenge in preference to learning about the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign.

Whilst our PNG leaders have been well trained in expedition leadership and are the best in the business they do not have the knowledge of the military history of the Kokoda campaign or the presentation skills to conduct battlesite briefings. 

Trekkers meeting PNG support crew on arrival at Kokoda airfield

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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