Kokoda Trekkers Hall of Fame

Our Kokoda Trekking (KTL) – Hall of Fame shows all up to date statistics:

We at Kokoda Trekking would like to thank past trekkers for their support and confidence in choosing us as their preferred operator. To all future trekkers, we look forward to meeting you in 2019 and beyond!


As at the 16th April 2019, we are proud to announce that we have taken well in excess of 1100+ Treks and 6000+ trekkers safely across the Kokoda Trail.

Many years in a row we have taken more trekkers on the Kokoda Track than any other operator. This is indeed something we are proud of. Our Kokoda operation is PNG run and you can be assured your money employs hundreds of porters and guides from Kokoda and surrounding areas right up to Sogeri. We have invested heavily technology; satellite radios; two way radios; and other equipment we feel necessary to run successful Kokoda Treks.

KOKODA CHALLENGE RACE – 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011:

In 2004 I arrived home one day to find our porters disappointed that Brian Freeman had broken the track record. They felt the record should belong on PNG soil. Russell and I discussed this and decided that in 2005 we would run a race so that the local boys could try and win back the record and their pride. John Hunt Hiviki not only broke the record, he smashed it. Last year we decided to change direction and run the race from the Ower’s Corner end. Brendan Buka won the race in 17 hours 49 minutes.

Update 31st August, 2008: Once again Brendan Buka has re written the history books when he broke his old record to win the 2008 Kokoda Challenge Race in a record time of 16:34:05.

2005 – Kokoda Challenge – Track Record Kokoda to Owers’ Corner – 28th August, 2005 – Winner – John Hunt Hiviki Time 22:14:01

2006 Kokoda Challenge- Track Record Owers’ Corner to Kokoda on 26th August, 2006 – Winner – Brendan Buka (KTL) – Time: 17:49:17

2007 Kokoda Challenge – Track Record Owers’ Corner to Kokoda on the 26th August, 2007 – Winner – Tom Hango (KTL) – Time: 19:07

2007 Kokoda Challenge – Track Record Kokoda to Owers’ Corner on the 26th August, 2007 – Winner – Brendan Buka (KTL) – Time: 17:20

2008 Kokoda Challenge – Track Record Owers’ Corner to Kokoda on the 30th August, 2008 – Winner – Brendan Buka (KTL) – Time: 16:34:05

2011 Kokoda Challenge – Race Winner – Owers’ Corner to Kokoda on the 27th August 2011 – Brendan Buka (KTL) in a time of 17:50:33.


1. Brendan Buka 17:50:33
2. Andrew Yauga 19:10:06
3. Horace Yauga 20:18:36
3. Moses Buka 20:18:36
5. Luana Nagas 20:34:37
6. Samson Joheri 22:40:19
7. Cyprian Aire 24:30:03
7. Aidan Bauba 24:30:03
9. Lenny Enjeka 26:40:50
10. Henson Kokeni 27:30:40
11. Matt McLaughlin 31:47:25
11. Tom Hango 31:47:25
13. Frank Ombi 32:30:20
14. Wayne Urina 33:20:41
15. Jessie Aire 34:40:50
16. Ramsi Idau 39:20:41

Kokoda Challenge Race Records:

Fastest man on the Kokoda Track/Kokoda Trail: Kokoda Trekking (KTL) porter – Brendan Buka – in both directions set in August 2007 and August 2008
Fastest Female – Nesta Gipine – set 31st August 2008 – Time 22:08:38
Fastest white man – International Competitor – Owers’ Corner to Kokoda – Damon Goerke set in August 2006 in a time of 19:28
Fastest white man – International Competitor – Kokoda to Owers’ Corner – Andrew (Andy) Rowan set in August 2006 in a time of 24:15

Other KTL records:

First Trekkers: 16th April, 2003 – Geoff and Daniel Trott from Melbourne
Youngest Male Trekker: Nicholas Lawson (7) – 2005
Youngest Female Trekker: Ellie Hargrave (12) – 2004
Oldest Male Trekker: Walter (aka The Fox) Kelly (81) – 2004
Oldest Female Trekker: Sybil Dwyer (74) – 2010
Youngest Papua New Guinean Trekker: Malik Suma (6 years) 2007
Trek Numbers – most trekkers – over 4000 in the past 5 + years
Bases – only company with a head office in Port Moresby and bases in Kokoda and Australia