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 15 – 24c degrees at night.
Kokoda Trekking offers several different packages ranging from a (6 day / 5 night) trek to (9 days / 8 nights). We have Papua New Guinean led treks as well as Australian/ Historian led treks. A trek on the Kokoda Trail can be done either from the Port Moresby (Sogeri) side of the Owen Stanley Range to Kokoda, which is the most preferred option and historically correct route. Alternatively to start the trek from Kokoda, depending on direction and trekker numbers you will either travel to Popondetta or take a 30 minute flight to Kokoda from Port Moresby which is included within the trekking costs. Flight option chosen by ‘Kokoda trekking’ will depend on group size and or private trek option.
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.
Accommodation is included within all trekking packages to include :
1 Night before trek departure
1 Night accommodation in Kokoda or Popondetta. This will depend on direction and itinerary of package.
1 Night Accommodation post trek (All Anzac Trek Accommodation differs, Please view individual pages for Anzac Trek Specifics)
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.
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. 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.
We now 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 trekkers 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.
Tourist Visa Application
All tourist’s to PNG are required to obtain a tourist visa for entry to Papua New Guinea. If you are a citizen of some countries you may need to apply prior to arrival can obtain on arrival but it is best to check with PNG Consulates in your country to avoid not being allowed entry to Papua New Guinea. As of the 14th July, 2016 Australian passport holders can now secure a 30 day, free tourist visa on arrival in Papua New Guinea.
FOOD / MEALS
Food is included in the pre–paid tour package cost. Ration packs are carried by our food porters and handed out to trekkers in the group on a daily basis. We also purchase village vegetables to supplement your meal when available. Your ration pack is then carried by you so that you can consume what you need throughout the day.
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.
GUIDES & PORTERS
As mentioned earlier, a personal porter can be hired to carry your pack. We encourage you to confirm and arrange this with us before the trek, as it can be difficult for us to hire a porter for you once a trek has commenced. We highly recommend a porter if you do not fit into the ‘super’ fit category. The porters will look after you while you are out on the Kokoda track. They will help you lead the way, light up the fire in the morning before everyone else wakes up, boil water, cook food and in general be a reliable, helpful and friendly companion to your 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.
In order to communicate and coordinate our treks with the trek leaders, we utilise the local radio network. This is how we keep all trek leaders, guides and trekkers up to date with the latest developments on the Kokoda Trail. A two way radio is carried for this purpose.
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.
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
What do you need to bring? During the day you will get quite hot and dirty so we encourage you to bring one set of lightweight trekking clothes for day use, and a another set of clothes that you can change into after you have bathed in a local creek of crystal, clear mountain water for night use. Always think lightweight when you are thinking about what day and night options to bring. Most camping stores offer quick drying clothes which are suitable for walk the Kokoda Trail.
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.
MEDICAL & HEALTH
A moderate trek would take around eight -nine days but depending on the fitness of the walkers, varying itineraries can be tailor-made to suit specific individual and group requirements.
You should consult your doctor 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.
Travel insurance is compulsory to cove for unexpected trip cancellation and lays, loss and damage to baggage, illness, accident and medical evacuation. Trekkers must arrange and provide proof of their own travel and health insurance cover.
We have PublicLiability Insurance :
Liability Insurance ($20 Million)
WHY CHOOSE US?
We are a Kokoda based company with the majority of our treks being led by experienced PNG guides from the township of Kokoda and surrounding areas. We also offer experienced Australian Led treks.
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 6000 + trekkers to our credit
We possess over fifteen (15) years experience as a tour operator who specialise in Kokoda and only Kokoda
For three years in a row 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 18 trekkers per trek 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)
Accommodation in Kokoda & Pija
BEST TIMES TO TREK
The best time to walk the trail is between April to November. However the most popular time of the year is in April due to Anzac Day. In April we offer various different treks 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.
Please look at the schedule on our website for upcoming treks: https://kokodatrekkingaust.com.au/schedule/
COSTS & INCLUSIONS
If you cannot find a date to suit you let us know and we can work with you and your ‘party’ to schedule suitable dates.
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.
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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