Thank you for your enquiry about trekking on the Kokoda Trail.
We have developed a package of information that will help you to determine the right trek for you and to prepare you sufficiently prior to your arrival. We invite you to read through the information provided which should help to answer some of your many questions about the experience of a lifetime.
If you have further questions and would like further information you are encouraged to contact us via the the contact page and or the numbers provided or join our Forums where trekkers have supplied some of there insites and knowledge of the Kokoda Trail.
THE KOKODA TRAIL
The Kokoda Trail was the scene of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II and still carries the scars of a fierce campaign. The Kokoda Trail is the site where the advancing Japanese forces lost their campaign to claim Port Moresby from the ‘back door’ in their ultimate goal to capture Australia.
For those who lost family members from a previous generation in WWII this walk can be an intensely emotional and spiritual experience and indeed for all trekkers the sheer beauty of the terrain and spectacular scenery is unforgettable.
To walk the trail is by far the most popular trek in Papua New Guinea and takes between 6-8 days to walk as you ascend and descend a range of simply stunning but unbelievably challenging terrain including endless river crossings and rain forests. Conditions are usually wet and slippery and rain can be expected most days. Temperatures range from 24 – 30c degrees in the day and 10 – 24c degrees at night.
Trekkers are welcome to join our scheduled treks or we can create a trek to suit. These can be set up as a “Private Trek” or an “Open Trek”. The Open trek allows others to join your group whereas a Private trek will just be for your group of trekkers alone and will incur an additional cost depending upon numbers booked.
When walking in groups “SIZE” does matter. Knowing what group size you are walking with is important and should not be a surprise after booking or upon arrival in papua New Guinea. Operators are required to advise on website maximum and minimum numbers.
Walking in a group size of 20 or more trekkers is a VERY LARGE TREK if more guides are not employed. In some cases you will no doubt pass groups of 30-50 trekkers and that does not include the staff that accompany those treks which is crazy for many reasons with safety being at the top of the list.
1 Night before trek departure (Twin Share)
1 Night Accommodation post trek (All Anzac Trek Accommodation differs, Please view individual pages for Anzac Trek Specifics) (Twin Share)
Accommodation en route is included as part of the pre–paid tour package which also includes your ‘Kokoda Track Permit’, airline ticket to or from Kokoda, food, Guide and food porters. The accommodation en route is either tent or guesthouse.
Accommodation is generally in villages along the Kokoda Trail in Hoi, Isurava, Kagi, Naduri, Efogi, Menari, and Nauro. There is also open air camping space at Templeton’s Crossing and Ua–Ule Creek. The majority of campsites now have traditional dwellings however tents still need to be carried in case they have already been taken by another trekking company as no operator can pre book guesthouse accommodation. In some cases larger companies such as ourselves have preferred stops and these are generally saved for ourselves in return for helping landowners build and maintain their properties.
As mentioned accommodation at pre and post trek is (Twin Share). We are able to offer single room suppliment for the trekker(s) who does not wish to share a room. Single female trekker(s) will be matched with other female trekker(s) for twin share accommodation.
We have pre and post accommodation as part of our trek packages. We ask all trekkers to arrive the day prior to trek departure date listed on trek schedule. Trekkers are able to depart the following day after trek end date listed on trek schedule. If you are short on time then we have various options available such as departing the same day at trek’s end.
If trekker(s) wish to depart the same day as the trek ends and avoid the extra night then this too can be accommodated but we need to know well in advance. We do ask all trekkers to consult with us prior to making flight bookings. We provide further information about flight “date” bookings upon receipt of booking.
With regards to flights we recommend that you that you depart Brisbane airport. The destination is Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. With regards to airlines we recommend the following :
Virgin Australia : www.virginaustralia.com
Air Niugini : http://www.airniugini.com.pg
The treks we offer contain an ‘internal’ flight component which is inclusive within the trekking Costs. We can arrange a special charter flight for any day of the week which is particularly beneficial for group bookings.
The Ration Packs contain sufficient and nutritious supplies for Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner. Depending on your daily food intake requirements, some trekkers also opt to bring additional food as well, such as muesli bars, chocolate, soup, lollies, biscuits, and other favourites, to supplement their energy needs. This is a great idea but don’t make your backpack too heavy!
You will be able to avail yourself of fresh fruit such as oranges, mandarins, bananas, pineapples, sugar fruit (a kind of passion fruit), and other options which are sold by villagers along the track. Be sure to have some small change (K5, K10) with you if you would like to purchase any of these supplies.
Local food is also available upon request from the villages including kaukau (sweet potato), potatoes, bananas, taro, corn, choko leaves (in plentiful supply along the track), cabbages, tomatoes, and others. Fresh vegetables can also be supplemented by village chickens if available. If trekkers would like to partake in the feast of a pig they simply need to inform their guide and he will do his best to purchase one. Villagers often try and catch a wild pig to offer to trekkers and porters as added income for them. Trekkers generally contribute K20 – K40 each and the pig is enjoyed as a group.
At night upon reaching your intended location, our guides and porters will again help set up camp, light fire, boil water and prepare food for you. Trekkers have commented that this is ‘very’ helpful when you are exhausted after a long day’s walk. We encourage you to talk to your porter so you both learn something from each other and it also allows you to appreciate their culture. They will do everything in their power to help you finish your trek.
A satellite phone is also carried for use in emergencies and for daily briefings with Head Office in Port Moresby. The official language of Papua New Guinea is English and the other two most commonly used languages are Hiri Motu (commonly spoken on the track) and Tok Pisin. Most guides and porters speak fluent English, Motu, Pisin and one other (local) language. We encourage all trekkers to ask their guide or porter if they are unsure about what is being communicated.
All trek’s that we offer each have a GPS tracking system which allows Kokoda Trekking, family and friends to monitor your trek in real time. If you would like to see this in motion please view a trek that is currently on track or visit a past trek to see how we share information with everyone. KOKODA TREKKING BLOG
You will need a sturdy 75-80ltr backpack that can be adjusted so that 2/3 of the weight sits on your hops and 1/3 on your shoulders. Also ensure it has a well padded belt to avoid chaffing. You will need a light sleeping bag, a good set of thermal underwear (optional if you feel the cold), a self inflating sleeping mat, personal tent, plate, canteen/cup and eating utensils.
Also think about grabbing a couple of plastic zip type bags that will protect your spare clothing and other items inside your backpack, just in case it rains while you are trekking.
The information packages we offer as part of your trek package include recommended items to bring. Please review our Trekker Preparation page for recommendations.
Trekkers should consult your doctor(GP) prior to departing for Papua New Guinea and before any training commences as the Kokoda Trail can prove to be a difficult walk with high temperatures and humidity.
You do not need to be ‘Olympic level’ fit, but you should not treat the trek like a walk in the park. Prior training is also recommended along with a thorough medical examination to verify your fitness. You will be required to provide a copy of your medical declaration before commencement of your trek (Medical form is included with information package).
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We have PublicLiability Insurance : Liability Insurance ($20 Million)
In April we offer various trek’s depending on where you wish to be and which service you wish to attend. Anzac Day services are held at:
Bomana War Cemetery
We offer treks all through the year with April and school holiday periods being the most popular.
To view our trekking schedule please CLICK FOR SCHEDULE
The costs are inclusive of all food supplies, airline tickets to Kokoda, village accommodation, Kokoda Track trek permit fee and village fees, road transfers, and almost everything else that is required for your trek is covered including an experienced guide and ticket from Port Moresby to Kokoda.
A guide is a ‘necessity’ unless you have walked the Kokoda Trail yourself or a very ‘experienced’ trekker. Australian guided prices vary. You can also hire a personal porter for an additional $580 per person. The cost of a personal porter is AUS $580.00 which covers for the porter’s pay, food, airfare and road transport.
A personal porter is a matter of choice. This is highly recommended however, as the trek can be quite draining and many trekkers report that having a personal porter was greatly beneficial in helping them to successfully complete their trek.
The Guides and Porters are also supplied accommodation by Kokoda Trekking in Port Moresby and Kokoda to ensure their safety at both ends of the track to either end or begin the trek.
Full payment for your trek is due 60 days prior to the departure date. Please Note: Bookings are not considered confirmed until Kokoda Trekking (KTL) have received your completed booking sheet per the icon on the left hand side of our website. A deposit of $500.00 per trekker is required at time of booking to secure your trek. This confirms your commitment and covers all administration costs and associated expenditure.
Our food and personal porters are predominantly from Kokoda and surrounding area of the Oro Province. As such, we have acute local knowledge of the area which is ideal for helping you navigate the trek, introducing you to local sites and villagers and providing a wealth of information that you could not find in books or on the web.
Here are just some of the reasons why you should experience the Kokoda Trail with us:
We are the biggest nationally owned ‘Kokoda’ tour operator in PNG
We offer excellent references with well over 6200 + trekkers to our credit
We possess over seventeen (17) years experience as a tour operator who specialise in Kokoda and only Kokoda
We have escorted more trekkers safely on the track than any other operator
All our guides and porters are predominately local and we can also offer Australian guides with war experience for ‘expat’ led treks
We have offices/bases in Australia, Port Moresby and Kokoda so you are always dealing with us locally
We offer the best guesthouse accommodation in Kokoda and surrounding areas with home cooked meals (as confirmed through feedback from past trekkers)
Your unique experience is supported by an absolute maximum of to a maximum of just 10 trekkers Local Trek Master and maximum 15 trekkers Historian Australian Guided) with most trek sizes average 5-9 trekkers.
Certificate of Completion and t/shirt provided to each trekker at the end of each trek
Kokoda Trekking information packages provided to each trekker
24 Hr backlink to our offices whilst trek is in progress
Liability Insurance ($20 Million)
To view our trekking schedule of date’s and available package(s) please CLICK FOR SCHEDULE
Our staff have trialed and tested various brand’s of boot and trail runners. With the various brands available we feel it is more about finding something that is right for the trekkers as no foot is the same and no boot is the same. A brand we highly recommend for boot is “Merrell”. If you are sourcing trail runners then you cannot go past the “Salomon” brand. But as mentioned find the right boot that works best for you!
Personally we feel a boot is the better option for those who want more support for ankles and feet. The trail runners are great if you want more freedom of movement but with freedom comes more movement and the chance of rolling ankles.
Boots can be high cut, mid and low cut. It is important to have the right sizing no matter what you choose. For this reason it is recommended to find sizing at the end of a day rather than at the beginning as your feet size can change by the afternoon with swelling.
Please note that sneakers are not recommended! Sneakers are ok for general wear in villages but can also add more weight to your backpack.
To find the best boots for you we recommend the below.
1. ANKLE SUPPORT – Don’t judge ankle support by height alone. Also consider heel cup fit and under-heel stability (firmness).
2. FIT – If footwear doesn’t fit correctly it WILL be uncomfortable. Buy footwear only from specialist bushwalking retailers.
3. WATERPROOFING – Waterproof footwear is fine for cool,wet conditions. For hot weather, mesh uppers are lighter, faster drying and more breathable.
4. QUALITY – High-quality footwear will generally fit better and last longer. It’s worth spending more for a quality product.
5. STIFFNESS The mid-sole determines sole stiffness. Ensure the sole flexes at the ball of the foot to allow natural striding.
1. MULTI-USE SHOE – Day walkers cruising graded tracks need look no further than a lightweight shoe. These allow natural striding and don’t bind the ankles like boots can. Wear them everyday!
2. LIGHTWEIGHT BOOT – Provides shoe-like comfort, while extra height gives additional ankle support and helps keep out debris. A great option for general track walking.
3. MIXED BOOT – Perfect for mixed terrain and pack carrying. A stiffer sole proides additional stability and increased under-foot protection to handle some off-track walking
4. HEAVY-DUTY BOOT – The toughness boots available. Maximum support! Best suited to rough terrain and a risky choice for track walking. Can take a while to wear in.
We have been operating on the Kokoda track for the past 17 years and have worked very closely with our Local Guides and Australian Guides. All trek package’s we offer have the same inclusions with the main difference being the guide associated with the trek.
The local guides are experienced guides with a wealth of knowledge and information, they offer a history and cultural experience. They have worked along side our Australian Guides and are very happy to share what they have learned either by way of the history books, training via our Australian guides, learned experience over the many years of guiding trek’s across the track.
Our Australian Guide’s have extensive training through a broader ability to gather information readily. They have more access to information and have a greater depth of the history. If you choose an Australian Guided Trek package don’t feel as though it will take away from the cultural experience as we incorperate a cultural experience into all our packages!
MORE INFORMATION / HOW TO BOOK
Trekkers should book as far in advance as possible as places on treks are limited and can fill up very quickly as the trek draws closer to start date.
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