Papua New Guinea is often referred to as the "land of the unexpected" or a "parliament of a thousand tribes". It is the most complex and culturally diverse island on the planet. It is also the custodian of our wartime history in the South-West Pacific.
The Kokoda Trail is located in remote mountainous terrain in the formidable Owen Stanley Ranges. The climate is tropical - hot, wet and humid. Much of the area is inaccessible by helicopter and remote from the nearest medical facility in Port Moresby.
The trek itself is a physically demanding challenge. We therefore require each of our trekkers to be in good physical shape and free of any medical conditions that may prevent them from completing such an arduous personal challenge. We also need to ensure our trek leader is fully alerted to any potential health problems.
The most important qualities for a successful pilgrimage are a sense of adventure, a positive attitude, a healthy body, an inquiring mind, an abundance of common sense and a good sense of humour.
Keep in mind that from the time you arrive at the airport in Port Moresby, until the time you depart at the end of your pilgrimage, you will be led and accompanied by our trek leaders and PNG guides. We have successfully managed every situation we have encountered over the past 26 years, however our job is always made easier if our trekkers have taken note of our advice and prepared themselves.