Kokoda Track 10 Day Hiking Trek

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INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Overview

Join an ex-Australian SAS veteran on a once in a lifetime trek to the historic battlefields of Kokoda.

Hike through the pristine jungles of the Kokoda track and walk in the footsteps of our forefathers while getting an account of all the battles that took place in this sacred place.

Experience the primitive untouched villages and hike with the descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy angels who will continue the tradition of caring for you in every aspect which will leave you with a lifelong impression.

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“Words can hardly express the experience that is the Kokoda track as presented by Olly from Adventure Bound Tours. From the hectic hustle and bustle that is Port Moresby to the epic battles along the track. A history lesson of the Kokoda campaign, the tactics employed, the units involved, the ground covered, the weapons and equipment used. From Ower's Corner, Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa, Menari, Brigade Hill, Eora Creek, the magnificent memorial at Isurava to Kokoda, all portrayed in laymens terms without compromising on the history by Olly. A spiritual journey retracing the steps of my forefathers. It was so much more than a trek, by hiring a porter I could slow down and take all in, the mud, the history, the culture,the beautiful mountains, sparkling fresh water creeks, epic crossing at Brown river, the hospitality of the local villages, the tribal welcome at Soputa village, swim at Kumusi river and the magnificent porters; always there to lend a hand, put up your tent and had the billy on for a much looked forward to cuppa. By far the best journey I have had and am so proud to walked the track with my brother. From woe to go it was seamless and very professional. Thanks Billy and Olly. ”.

Lance Edwards

Day 0: Pre-trek: Cairns (Aus). D

You will arrive in Cairns on the afternoon before we fly to Port Moresby. We gather at our hotel, the Double Tree Hilton for a pre-departure dinner and briefing. We meet the other trekkers in our group and your trek leader. Before dinner your trek leader will give a short presentation covering safety, culture and expectations and do last-minute pack adjustments. We will then have dinner together before getting an early night ready for our morning departure.

Day 1: Cairns - Port Moresby – Good Water Camp. B L D

Today is an early start where we will fly from Cairns into Port Moresby Jacksons Airfield. This is where we will meet the support crew who will have a bus waiting for us to transport us to Owers Corner.

On reaching Owers, we will have lunch and make any last minute preparations for our trek. We will take a group photo under the arches and will then make our way down to Goldie River and onto Good Water Campsite.

Day 2: Good Water Camp – Ioribaiwa Village. B L D

We will start the day with an uphill climb up to Imita Ridge where the gallant Australians were ordered to make their last stand against the Japanese. We can move a short distance along the ridge where there are still defensive positions visible after 70 years.

From here we will descend down into Ua-Ule creek where we will crisscross the creek a number of times before commencing the climb up to Ioribaiwa Village for our night stop.

Day 3: Ioribaiwa Village – Nauro Village. B L D

After breakfast and a brief, we will continue our journey up to Ioribaiwa ridge where we find the furthest point of the Japanese advance. Here we can take a break and again discover some visible defences from both the Australians and Japanese. We will now descend into Ofi creek where a successful ambush was set and initiated by the Australians during their tactical withdrawal using food stores as bait for the starving Japanese. We now make our way up the summit of Maguli range and to Nauro Village.

Day 4: Nauro Village – Menari Village. B L D

Our day starts with a relatively easy walk through the Nauro Swamp and passing through the village of Agulogo and onto the Brown River. Further on, we hit the wall which is an appropriate description of a steep climb which takes you to a lookout where you will experience views over Menari and Mt Victoria on a clear day. We now descend into Menari Village which is famous for the 39th Battalion parade where they were addressed by their Commander Lt Col Ralph Honner and congratulated on their efforts. Here, we will have the opportunity to walk around the village and meet some of the locals and see some war time ordinance. There is also a nice waterfall for a swim and clean before dinner and bed.

Day 5: Menari Village – Brigade Hill - Efogi Village. B L D

We kick off today with a steep incline up to the famous battle grounds of Brigade Hill. There is a memorial here and some stakes in the ground where Australians were buried and later relocated to Bomana War Cemetery. We will stop here for a short time and pay our respects to the fallen with a simple service. We descend into Present day Efogi Village where we will make camp for tonight. We are about halfway.

Day 6: Efogi Village – Myola: Bombers Camp. B L D

Leaving Efogi Village we have a climb up to Efogi 2 Village. Here we will stop for a short break and inspect the memorial constructed by Nishimura for his Japanese comrades he left behind during the Brigade Hill battle. We once again descend down into Efogi River then back up into the village of Naduri. This is where the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel was living prior to his death in 2013. We can inspect his memorial and also have a look at a traditional tree house built by the locals. We will continue up until we reach Bombers camp. We will leave our packs here and have a nice easy walk to Myola lakes which was a vital supply drop zone during the Kokoda campaign, then back to bombers for the evening. Put on the warm and woollies for a cool night sleep.

Day 7: Bombers Camp – Templeton’s Crossing. B L D

Leaving Bombers Camp, we will head through the Moss forest making our way up to the highest point of the track. We then continue onto the Kokoda Gap and then down to Dump 1 where we are refreshed by a swim and some smoko before continuing to our Campsite at Templeton's Crossing named after Captain Sam Templeton who was one of the first to be killed during the early stages of the Kokoda Campaign. Here we will find the graves of the 31 Australian who fell during the battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance. The fallen were later relocated to Bomana War Cemetery. Our campsite tonight is beside the raging Eora Creek.

Day 8: Templetons Crossing to Isurava Village. B L D

Today we leave Templeton’s crossing and make our way to the Eora Creek spur. This is one of the positions where the battle of Eora creek was conducted. There are still visible signs of the Australians defensive positions, the most predominant being a possible Australian mortar position where we will find a recently dug up cache of mortars and grenades. We will continue down the spur into Eora creek where we can inspect some remaining remnants of Australian and Japanese equipment left after the battle. Leaving Eora Creek, we start climbing again and have a short stop to inspect the Japanese positions on the opposing side of Eora Creek. Here we will find some well-preserved Japanese trenches and the site of the Japanese mountain gun and mortar positions which caused havoc amongst the Australians while they were trying to cross Eora Creek.

We will continue on through Alola Village and towards the famous Isurava Battlegrounds. Here we will learn about the battle and take the time to hold a small service at the Isurava memorial in commemoration of the Australian soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

Before moving on to our night camp, a short walk to Isurava Village, we will have the time to inspect the site where Bruce Kingsbury won the Victoria Cross, the only one awarded during the campaign.

Day 9: Isurava Village to Kokoda. B L D

We are now on our downhill stretch where we will walk through many native gardens and into the village of Deniki. Here we can stop and look out over Kokoda and its airstrip. We continue down and into an old rubber plantation on the flats on the outskirts of Kokoda Station. We continue into Kokoda to our night location where we will be met by a traditional local dance welcome. A feast and some cold beer awaits us where we can sit around tell stories, and contemplate the past 9 days. This is where we will have the opportunity to thank our local hosts and exchange gifts and say a few words to thank our hosts. This will be the last opportunity as we will be leaving early next morning.

Day 10: Kokoda – Popendetta – Port Moresby - Cairns. B D

Whilst today is our last day we still have plenty to do, we will tour the Kokoda Plateau and the museum which stands there. For the next part of the trip there is no more walking; we take a PMV to Popendetta passing through the areas of Oivi, Gorari, and Wairopi on the Kumusi River. Boarding our Flight at Popendetta bound for Port Moresby we will be able to look out over the ranges that we have travelled through; we see the villages and just how incredible the landscape and jungle is. On reaching Port Moresby, we will conduct a tour of Bomana War Cemetery and reflect on the sacrifice that so many men made in the defence of Australia. Time permitting we'll take a quick trip into the markets for some souvenir hunting before our final farewell to Papua New Guinea. Our short flight back to Cairns allows us time to reflect on this amazing journey.

Day 0: Pre-trek: Cairns (Aus). D

You will arrive in Cairns on the afternoon before we fly to Port Moresby. We gather at our hotel, the Double Tree Hilton for a pre-departure dinner and briefing. We meet the other trekkers in our group and your trek leader. Before dinner your trek leader will give a short presentation covering safety, culture and expectations and do last-minute pack adjustments. We will then have dinner together before getting an early night ready for our morning departure.

Day 1: Cairns - Port Moresby – Good Water Camp. B L D

Today is an early start where we will fly from Cairns into Port Moresby Jacksons Airfield. This is where we will meet the support crew who will have a bus waiting for us to transport us to Owers Corner.

On reaching Owers, we will have lunch and make any last minute preparations for our trek. We will take a group photo under the arches and will then make our way down to Goldie River and onto Good Water Campsite.

Day 2: Good Water Camp – Ioribaiwa Village. B L D

We will start the day with an uphill climb up to Imita Ridge where the gallant Australians were ordered to make their last stand against the Japanese. We can move a short distance along the ridge where there are still defensive positions visible after 70 years.

From here we will descend down into Ua-Ule creek where we will crisscross the creek a number of times before commencing the climb up to Ioribaiwa Village for our night stop.

Day 3: Ioribaiwa Village – Nauro Village. B L D

After breakfast and a brief, we will continue our journey up to Ioribaiwa ridge where we find the furthest point of the Japanese advance. Here we can take a break and again discover some visible defences from both the Australians and Japanese. We will now descend into Ofi creek where a successful ambush was set and initiated by the Australians during their tactical withdrawal using food stores as bait for the starving Japanese. We now make our way up the summit of Maguli range and to Nauro Village.

Day 4: Nauro Village – Menari Village. B L D

Our day starts with a relatively easy walk through the Nauro Swamp and passing through the village of Agulogo and onto the Brown River. Further on, we hit the wall which is an appropriate description of a steep climb which takes you to a lookout where you will experience views over Menari and Mt Victoria on a clear day. We now descend into Menari Village which is famous for the 39th Battalion parade where they were addressed by their Commander Lt Col Ralph Honner and congratulated on their efforts. Here, we will have the opportunity to walk around the village and meet some of the locals and see some war time ordinance. There is also a nice waterfall for a swim and clean before dinner and bed.

Day 5: Menari Village – Brigade Hill - Efogi Village. B L D

We kick off today with a steep incline up to the famous battle grounds of Brigade Hill. There is a memorial here and some stakes in the ground where Australians were buried and later relocated to Bomana War Cemetery. We will stop here for a short time and pay our respects to the fallen with a simple service. We descend into Present day Efogi Village where we will make camp for tonight. We are about halfway.

Day 6: Efogi Village – Myola: Bombers Camp. B L D

Leaving Efogi Village we have a climb up to Efogi 2 Village. Here we will stop for a short break and inspect the memorial constructed by Nishimura for his Japanese comrades he left behind during the Brigade Hill battle. We once again descend down into Efogi River then back up into the village of Naduri. This is where the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel was living prior to his death in 2013. We can inspect his memorial and also have a look at a traditional tree house built by the locals. We will continue up until we reach Bombers camp. We will leave our packs here and have a nice easy walk to Myola lakes which was a vital supply drop zone during the Kokoda campaign, then back to bombers for the evening. Put on the warm and woollies for a cool night sleep.

Day 7: Bombers Camp – Templeton’s Crossing. B L D

Leaving Bombers Camp, we will head through the Moss forest making our way up to the highest point of the track. We then continue onto the Kokoda Gap and then down to Dump 1 where we are refreshed by a swim and some smoko before continuing to our Campsite at Templeton's Crossing named after Captain Sam Templeton who was one of the first to be killed during the early stages of the Kokoda Campaign. Here we will find the graves of the 31 Australian who fell during the battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance. The fallen were later relocated to Bomana War Cemetery. Our campsite tonight is beside the raging Eora Creek.

Day 8: Templetons Crossing to Isurava Village. B L D

Today we leave Templeton’s crossing and make our way to the Eora Creek spur. This is one of the positions where the battle of Eora creek was conducted. There are still visible signs of the Australians defensive positions, the most predominant being a possible Australian mortar position where we will find a recently dug up cache of mortars and grenades. We will continue down the spur into Eora creek where we can inspect some remaining remnants of Australian and Japanese equipment left after the battle. Leaving Eora Creek, we start climbing again and have a short stop to inspect the Japanese positions on the opposing side of Eora Creek. Here we will find some well-preserved Japanese trenches and the site of the Japanese mountain gun and mortar positions which caused havoc amongst the Australians while they were trying to cross Eora Creek.

We will continue on through Alola Village and towards the famous Isurava Battlegrounds. Here we will learn about the battle and take the time to hold a small service at the Isurava memorial in commemoration of the Australian soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

Before moving on to our night camp, a short walk to Isurava Village, we will have the time to inspect the site where Bruce Kingsbury won the Victoria Cross, the only one awarded during the campaign.

Day 9: Isurava Village to Kokoda. B L D

We are now on our downhill stretch where we will walk through many native gardens and into the village of Deniki. Here we can stop and look out over Kokoda and its airstrip. We continue down and into an old rubber plantation on the flats on the outskirts of Kokoda Station. We continue into Kokoda to our night location where we will be met by a traditional local dance welcome. A feast and some cold beer awaits us where we can sit around tell stories, and contemplate the past 9 days. This is where we will have the opportunity to thank our local hosts and exchange gifts and say a few words to thank our hosts. This will be the last opportunity as we will be leaving early next morning.

Day 10: Kokoda – Popendetta – Port Moresby - Cairns. B D

Whilst today is our last day we still have plenty to do, we will tour the Kokoda Plateau and the museum which stands there. For the next part of the trip there is no more walking; we take a PMV to Popendetta passing through the areas of Oivi, Gorari, and Wairopi on the Kumusi River. Boarding our Flight at Popendetta bound for Port Moresby we will be able to look out over the ranges that we have travelled through; we see the villages and just how incredible the landscape and jungle is. On reaching Port Moresby, we will conduct a tour of Bomana War Cemetery and reflect on the sacrifice that so many men made in the defence of Australia. Time permitting we'll take a quick trip into the markets for some souvenir hunting before our final farewell to Papua New Guinea. Our short flight back to Cairns allows us time to reflect on this amazing journey.

Guides

Olly, the Director of Adventure Bound Tours, was fortunate enough to be selected to join an RSL-run Kokoda trip back in 2012. It was on this journey that he met Stanley and forged a strong relationship with him and his family. Olly returned to Papua New Guinea and assisted in helping establish Stanley with his own business, Kokoda Logistics. Olly is now partnered with Stanley and is dedicated to supporting Stanley and his family through providing Adventure Tourism and much needed funds to his village of Menari located on the Kokoda Track.

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley is our Local Head Guide and the Director of Kokoda Logistics; our local logistic support company. He is responsible for ensuring that all logistical requirements are met in PNG before each tour, which is no small feat.

Stanley is from the Village of Menari and has been taking trekker’s across the Kokoda Track since 2001. Stanley says he has "lost count" of how many Track crossings he has made.

Stanley is well known and respected in all of the communities along the track and his efforts to ensure that trekkers have an unparalleled Kokoda Track experience is something to be admired. Having trekked the track over a long period, Stanley has a good understanding of the Kokoda Campaign and we are privileged to have Stanley on the Adventure Bound Team.

Freddy

Freddy

Freddy is the Adventure Bound Head Cook and is from the village of Alola on the Kokoda Track. He has been providing nutrition to the trekkers along the track for years and is a highly sought after cook.

Freddy will surprise you with the food he can provide using only the simplest of cooking utensils, a cooking pot and fire. He has a good understanding of the nutritional needs that a trekker requires on such a grueling journey and understands the age old term that an army marches on its belly.

Freddy cooks for every meal and has a small team of helpers to carry the food and ensure the food is cooked on time and is adequate for even the hungriest trekker.

Fred

Fred

Fred is the Adventure Bound lead guide and a favourite amongst the trekkers. Fred has a knack of being able to utilise his sense of humour and personality to uplift the most tired trekker when times are tough.

Fred communicates well and loves a chat. He enjoys telling stories of the culture and heritage of the Papuan people and will ensure that the trekkers are well informed of the good deeds performed by the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy angels during the Kokoda campaign in 1942.

Fred is from the village of Poppendatta, where he will show you first hand the culture of his people in the form of a cultural welcome ceremony and dance followed by a feast.

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Checklist

Documents

Travel documents

  • Please bring a copy of all airline tickets and travel insurance documents with you for the duration of the trip.
  • Ensure documents are water proofed.

Passport

  • To enter PNG, a passport valid for six months beyond the date of planned departure is required.
  • Take a photocopy of the photo page of your passport and keep it in a separate area in case of a lost passport.

Visa

  • You are required to apply for a visa to enter PNG for your Kokoda trek.
  • Adventure Bound will supply you with a Visa Application Form, flight itinerary and cover letter on booking and payment of deposit.
  • A Visa application can take up to two weeks to administer so should be completed as a priority.

Travel Insurance

  • You are required to organise your own travel insurance and provide proof of document to Adventure Bound prior to departure.
  • The policy should cover the following; change in airline reservations, medical expenses, lost baggage, lost passports, air tickets, personal papers, and lost money. You need to specifically state to your insurance company that you will be trekking across the Kokoda Track. It needs to be possible to claim while in PNG.

Cash

  • Bring a small amount of extra cash for purchasing of local foods and ornaments along the Kokoda Track. An amount of 300Kina is appropriate.
  • Carry some small denominations because the locals will not have change to give you.

Equipment Carriage

It is very important to select the correct gear and equipment prior to embarking on your trek to Kokoda. I have put together a check list that you should consider prior to purchasing items. All of these items I have used during years of trekking and consider them to be the best equipment for me, however; all people are different and trial and error tends to be the only way to find the best equipment for the individual, but this can be expensive. The only way to assess your equipment is to use it as frequently as possible prior to your trip, during training, which will allow you to test its durability and comfort.

Here is a check list and some tips for you to research equipment, to make sure that you do not overspend, and that you buy the correct equipment that is suitable for the tropical environment.

Back Pack

Adventure bound strongly advises the hire of a personal porter. This makes the journey more enjoyable, decreases the likelyhood of injury and puts money back into the economy.

  • Adventure Bound will supply a loaned pack to each trekker with a 75 litre capacity. If you elect to carry your own pack, please ensure that it is at least 75L and is a hiking pack and not a travel pack which is not suitable for multi day hikes.
  • If you hire a porter, a day pack is required for some personal items such as water, snacks, camera and sandals (for creek crossings).

Waterproofing

  • As most of you know, the Kokoda Trail is in the tropics and therefore receives a substantial amount of rainfall every year. As such there is a need to ensure that all equipment is waterproofed so that you have something dry to wear, sleep in, and that your food is not spoiled by water.
  • A waterproof pack cover is the first line of defence from the rain when it comes to water ingress into your pack. I also use the dry bags to individually store items inside my pack such as snacks, clothing, sleeping gear and electrical items such as cameras. This also helps to organise the items in my pack. You can even purchase different coloured dry bags for easy reference.
  • Dry bags are also a good method of storing wet, stinky or contaminated items that you want isolated from the rest of your equipment to prevent cross contamination such as dirty socks, undies and clothing.
  • Dry bags are a relatively cheap option for keeping your equipment dry and they can be reused over and over again.
  • If you are on a budget, a cheap option is to water proof food etc by using Ziploc bags and to water proof clothing and sleeping gear with garbage bags. Another cheaper option is to purchase one big dry bag, that fills the main compartment in your pack, and place all of your items inside (except drinking water).
  • I recommend the Sea to Summit range of dry bags, they make all shapes and coloured dry bags which will allow good pack organisation and will keep your gear dry. They also have Event Compression dry bags which allow you to keep your compressible items such as clothing and sleeping bag water proof and small.

Water Carriage

  • The Kokoda Trail is in mountainous country in the tropics of PNG. You will be working very hard walking up and down hills and will be required to maintain hydration.
  • There are a lot of creeks crossing the track so there is plenty of fresh water for resupply. The fresh water is generally ok to drink however ask a guide. A general rule is to purify the water with Puri Tabs or Steri tabs prior to consumption for safety sake, as a stomach bug will see you off the track.
  • There are a few different methods of carrying water but on the Kokoda Trail I recommend the use of a water bladder system because they are user friendly and can be utilised on the move without having to dig a water bottle out. They also compress down to nothing when they are empty which will save space inside your pack.
  • I have been using the same MSR hydration system now for 10 years and it is still going strong and has never leaked. It is made from a durable light weight canvas and if you want you can even blow them up at night and put a shirt over it and use it as a pillow. The MSR bladder system is resistant to having those water blow outs that saturate your entire pack contents when the bladders separate at the seam. The MSR bladder system retail for around $80.
  • I also carry a Nalgene water bottle which is lightweight and strong. It has a nice wide mouth which is good for filing out of a creek and is also used to aid in filing up my water bladder from a creek which can be tricky. It is also handy for sterilising water and mixing staminade powders etc. for salt replacement which is vital on the track. It is also a good redundancy should your water bladder fail. The locals just carry an old coke bottle which also does the job fine.

Sleeping Gear

Tent

  • Adventure Bound will loan each trekker a two person tent. The tent has an internal mesh mozzie net and is free standing which will allow it to be erected indoors without the use of pegs.
  • When indoors, the fly can be removed from the tent and the mozzie dome erected and slept in to provide better air circulation and mozzie free sleeping.
  • Adventure Bound recommends that all persons sleep inside the mozzie dome every night to prevent being bitten by mozzies.

Sleeping Bag

  • A good sleeping bag is important when walking the Kokoda Trail. People assume because the Kokoda Trail is in the tropics, it won’t get cold. During your climb, you will reach an altitude of 2200 metres which means you are going to be cold at night so you need to select a sleeping bag that will be appropriate.
  • O to 5+ rating sleeping bag is sufficient for you needs. Get one that unzips all the way so that when you are in the lower hotter areas, you can unzip it and use it as a blanket so you can ventilate and won’t get too hot. Alternately you can purchase a silk sleeping bag liner which is light weight and will be sufficient for the hotter areas. This will also lower the rating of your sleeping bag when used in combination.
  • The best and cheapest range of sleeping bags in my opinion is the Black wolf brand which has a variety of bags for a price range of $80 to $200AU.
  • Please ensure your sleeping bag is no larger than the size of a football.

Sleeping mattress

  • A mattress of some form should be used while on the Kokoda Trail. These are an item that will allow your body to rest in comfort during the night so that you are able to be fully charged in the morning to tackle the challenge that a walk on the Kokoda Trail offers.
  • A mattress also provides insulation from the ground while sleeping so when you are in the higher areas of the track where it is colder, your body will not be in contact with the cold ground. A sleeping bag will not provide that insulation from the ground.
  • The best type of mattress is the self-inflating mattress which has compressed foam inside which expands when the inflation tube is opened. These provide insulation and cushiony comfort for the weary trekker.
  • I use a three quarter mattress as the shorter version saves on weight and bulk and still provides adequate comfort and insulation.
  • There are a lot of cheap alternatives on the market but I recommend the Thermarest Prolite series of self-inflating mattresses which retail between $90 to $160.

Pillow

  • A pillow will provide you with comfort and a good night’s rest after a hard days trek. A pillow weighs just about nothing and compresses down to the size of a pair of socks, I never sleep in the field without one. It’s like a home away from home. Alternatively you can use a dry bag stuffed with clothing.
  • I recommend the more expensive Sea to Summit blow up pillow which retails for approximately $50; however, there are cheaper alternatives for $10 – $15AU.

Footwear

Trek shoes

  • The most important item that you must select is footwear. Your feet are the form of transport to get you across the Owen Stanley Range.
  • Incorrectly fitting boots will cause friction and rubbing which will result in blisters.
  • Do not wear heavy leather mountaineering boots as they become water logged and even heavier which will make your legs feel like lead, walking up some of the steep terrain on the Kokoda Trail.
  • Wear lightweight synthetic or suede boots with ankle support and a vibram sole that has an aggressive tread pattern to help you get a good positive grip while trekking.
  • Your feet will get wet from time to time, either through sweat or rain. Purchase boots with composite materials such as suede and mesh for their quick drying capabilities.
  • Gortex lined boots are a personal choice. They will keep your feet dry from dew and mud, however the heavy rain and creeks that are experienced on the Kokoda Trail will find their way inside your boots. I prefer the boots that are not lined as they tend to breath and dry better in the tropical environment.
  • Go to a reputable adventure store and let them know that you intend to do the Kokoda trail. Let them know that you will require a little extra toe room in your boots for the down hill sections otherwise you will get an impact injury from your toes smashing into the ends of your boots.
  • The best brands are Merrel, North Face, Salomon, Keen and Scarpa.
  • The most important aspect is to train with the boots that you will wear on Kokoda. This training should be over varied terrain and varied environmental conditions to see how they treat your feet.

Sandals

  • There are several areas along the hike which are suitable to wear sandals rather than shoes such as creeks and wet areas. This will allow the feet to air out and prevent blisters due to wet shoes and socks.
  • Sandals are also good to wear in camp to air the feet out.
  • I recommend Teva, Keen or Merrell Sandals which are light, durable and have a good sole which are designed for this type of adventure. This type of sandals retail for approximately $120AU

Clothing

Trekking Clothing

  • The Kokoda Trail can be cold, very wet and insect ridden so your selection of clothing such as trekking gear, sleeping clothing and cold and wet weather clothing is important for your comfort and safety.
  • A lightweight moisture wicking t-shirt and shorts combination are ideal for trekking across the Kokoda Trail due to their quick drying capability. It is also advisable to purchase shorts with lots of pockets to carry maps, GPS, camera, lollies etc. Make sure the shorts come with a belt (not leather) as you will lose a few kilos on the track and you don’t want any embarrassing situations.
  • Some people like to wear a lycra/ skins style bike pant to stop from chaffing. I prefer to go commando which allows my crown jewels to stay well aired out. The preference is up to the individual. I will suggest that you do not wear cotton under pants as they will get wet, rub and cause chaffing.

Camp Clothing

  • The clothing I wear around the camp site is a pair of running shorts with the mesh undies sown into them which keep the groin area well aired. I also wear another moisture wicking shirt which is comfortable and gives me a second shirt should my trekking shirt fail. If it gets cold, I have a light weight Norwegian skivvy that is sufficient. I can also use this as an improvised pillow.

Socks

  • Socks are the individual’s preference. There are a lot of different brands of hiking socks claiming dryness and blister free trekking. Ensure you select the correct thickness so your boots don’t become too tight or too loose. You should select a thin sock for the Kokoda Trail so that your feet don’t overheat.

Rain Jacket

  • A light weight rain jacket can be utilised around camp to get you to and from your tent etc. There are extremely expensive Gortex rain coats which will cost you anywhere up to $700. I would advise just getting a light weight poncho.

Gaiters

  • Gaiters are a comfort and safety item which I don’t leave home without, as they are light and cheap. They are used primarily to prevent water, mud and small rocks from entering into your boots causing discomfort, prune feet and blisters due to wet socks. They are also used to protect your shins against scratches from sticks and rocks smashing into your shins. Small scratches can fester if not treated correctly in a tropical environment.
  • I recommend that you do not buy the cheap alternative such as, workers ankle gaiters, like the type gardeners wear because they do not have an underfoot strap that goes under the sole of the boot to stop them from working their way up.
  • I wear Sea to Summit Quagmire canvas gaiters that are full length and breathable, highly durable and water proof. They have a full Velcro opening with an underfoot strap and a lace hook that allows them to hold to your shoes laces. I have worn these on many treks across Australia and overseas and I highly recommend them. These gaiters retail for approximately $80AU

Miscellaneous

Head Torch

  • A good head torch is a requirement for a trek along the Kokoda Trail. At night time in the jungle where there is a full canopy covering any moon light, you will not be able to see your hand in front of your face.
  • We will not be walking at night; however, a head torch is a safety requirement and is useful when trying to find your way to the camp toilet in the middle of the night or for general use at night, whether it is for eating, reading or playing cards.
  • An LED torch with a maximum output of 100 Lumens should be sufficient. I recommend the Petzl, Black Diamond and Princeton Tec range of head torches which can retail from $80 to $120AU.

Gifts

  • Carry some small gifts for the children which you will meet in the villages along the track. Some simple and cheap options are items such as tennis balls, colour pencils, and Frisbees.

Photography

  • Please bring a small camera with you to document your adventure. If it is not the waterproof type, ensure that you have an appropriate dry bag to keep it dry. Also ensure that you bring extra batteries.
  • Please avoid the SLR type cameras as they are not sealed and may get moisture inside the lens and housing.

Toiletries

  • A small toiletry kit should be taken and contain a bar of soap, toilet paper, deodorant, tooth paste and tooth brush, small micro fibre towel, and face wipes all in a water proofed container
  • There will only be washing facilities in the villages which is sometimes just a creek or a shower arrangement. Please use soap which is suitable for the environment because the runoff drains to the creeks in most areas.
  • The local people will be happy to wash your dirty clothes for you for a small fee.

Eating Utensils

  • Bowl, plate, cup, knife, fork, spoon and teaspoon

 

Medical

The Adventure Bound Team takes your safety and any medical issues very seriously. All trek leaders are trained in first aid and we have a satellite phone and mobile phone available for emergency casualty evacuation.

It is essential that you look after yourself in training and while on the track so that you enjoy the trek and come home fit and healthy.

In some cases a medical certificate will have to be obtained to ensure that you are fit and healthy to undertake the Kokoda tour prior to embarkation.

We carry a group medical kit which will be used in case of emergency and for the local guides.

Personal Medical Kit

  • The Kokoda Track is a malaria area so please see your local GP for an appropriate anti malaria medication. Adventure Bound Vanuatu will provide you with a loaned mozzie dome for protection against mozzies while sleeping.
  • You will require water sterilisation tablets for the duration of the trek. All the local water is clean however should be treated as suspect and sterilised prior to consumption.
  • A small first aid kit must be taken and contain all items as listed on the downloadable kit list. Please bring a copy of the prescription for any prescription medications you may require.

Checklist

Download our printable medical checklist.

FAQ's

Q: Do I require a Tourist Visa?

A: Australian tourists are required to get a tourist visa prior to travelling to PNG. This can take as long as two weeks depending on where you live. On booking, Adventure Bound Kokoda will provide a Visa Application, cover letter and itinerary to be sent along with your passport to your nearest PNG Consulate.

Q: Do I need travel / medical insurance for Kokoda?

A: Yes, you do need Travel Insurance, it is very important. You are responsible to organise your own Travel/Medical insurance, which can be organised at your Travel Agent.

You will need coverage for medical evacuation; medical, theft, loss etc… speak to your Travel Agent about the inclusions. Travel Insurance MUST include Medical Evacuation (anywhere along the Kokoda Track) and medical expenses including hospital coverage in PNG and Australia. It can be a very costly experience for you if you do not have your Travel Insurance!

We require a copy of your personal, Travel and Medical Insurance no later than 4 weeks before departure. Failure to have travel and medical insurance will prevent you from trekking.

Q: Do you offer group discounts?

A: Yes. We are happy to offer you a group discount. Please provide your group size and we will send your group an individual quote.

Q: What is the food like?

A: Adventure Bound Tours prides itself in the quality of the food provided on the trek. We are also well aware of the nutritional requirements to complete a grueling trek such as Kokoda. Freddy (our head cook) has a team of carriers who will carry all food and snacks along the journey. Breakfast will comprise of Porridge and fruit. Lunch is a variety of wraps, tuna, pasta, and fruit. Dinner is rice, pasta, with choice of toppings and pizza. Desert is freshly cooked doughnuts and cake.

Snacks will comprise of a snack pack containing bars, shapes, lollies etc. Adventure Bound Kokoda will also provide sports drinks to replace the salt used while trekking.

Please advise Adventure Bound Kokoda of any dietary requirements that you may have.

Q: How do you help the local communities along the Track?

A: We provide employment for locals along the Kokoda track by way of porters, cooks and guides. Additional money is also imparted into villages along the trail via accommodation fees to guesthouse owners and fire wood charges. Aussie guides also provide first aid and basic health care where they see a need.

Q: Is This an Australian led trek?

A: Yes. All our Kokoda Tours are led by ex-Australian Army leaders who are well aware of the history and tactics used during the Kokoda campaign.

Q: Do I need a porter?

A: Adventure Bound Kokoda strongly advises all trekkers to hire a porter. This will create employment for the locals and induce money into the primitive villages. You will also enjoy the experience to a greater degree and reduce the chance of injury to yourself. A porter is an additional $680AU. This pays the porter’s wage, food and return flight to their home locations.

Q: Village life

A: Whilst in the villages we recommend you do not give money to anyone, as this can generate problems between the locals. They live as a community and money needs to be shared between all in the village.

If you would like to bring something for the villages, a gift that they can share is more appropriate, clothes, ball games, colouring in items, books, reading and writing material.

First aid items are also very much needed (and appreciated) e.g. band aids, antiseptic lotions, strapping etc. Obviously you would not leave your prescription or strong medication with the local people as they are not accustomed to such medications. If taken without supervision they could cause harm.

We also ask our trekkers not to wander around the villages in swimming costumes. Please cover up while walking around the villages, as a sign of respect.

Q: What are the washing/cleaning/toilets/shower facilities on Kokoda like?

A: The facilities on Kokoda are very basic. Toilets on the Track and villages are known as ‘long drops’ and ‘short drops’. These are simple, deep pits or short pits that have been dug in the ground for use as toilets. There are no toilet seats. These facilities have a roof and screen over them for privacy.

You do need to take your own toilet paper (2 rolls).

The river is used for the shower and washing facilities or in some villages a simple water pipe is used to flow the water onto the trekker for washing. Washing of clothes is done in the river. We suggest you bring environmentally friendly soap.

Antibacterial Hand Gel is essential.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Adventure Bound Kokoda has a comprehensive Trekking Gear Guide to help you with the selection of your equipment. Please refer to our website for the Trekking Gear Guide list and printable checklist.

Q: What happens to the rubbish on Kokoda?

A: It is essential that we all take good care of the Track. If you purchase soft drinks along the Track, then you need to crush the cans and carry them out with you. All rubbish is either burnt or carried out. Whilst trekking, please put your own rubbish in your backpack until you arrive at the next campsite. If you see rubbish on the Track, please pick it up and put it in our rubbish bags.

Q: Do we have exclusive use of the campsites and guesthouses?

A: No-one has exclusive use of the campsites or guest houses along the Kokoda Track. It is possible that some campsites will be shared by other campers.

Q: How many people sleep in each tent? What size are the tents?

A: Only one person per tent, unless you specifically want to share a tent i.e. partner/friend etc. The tents are 2 person tents. Couples may prefer to bring a 3 man tent.

Q: What is the accommodation like on the Kokoda Track?

A: The accommodation on the Kokoda Track is very basic. The Guest House accommodations are open air huts with no mosquito protection. Guest House accommodation is not always available, so we will camp at the best available camp sites. Tents provide privacy and mosquito protection.

Q: Do we carry our own tents?

A: If you have a personal porter he/she would carry your tent. If you are carrying your own pack then you would carry your tent. Your personal porter will help you to erect, and pack up your tent each day.

Q: Can we bring food into PNG?

A: Yes you can. You must declare your food and advise customs that it is for trekking on the Kokoda Track.

Q: How fit do you have to be to walk Kokoda?

A: While you do not need to be an elite athlete, you do need to be in great physical condition, with good endurance and stamina. You need to be able to walk up to 9 hours per day in hot and humid conditions. The terrain over the Kokoda Track is tough and very steep. You need a strong heart, lungs, quads, calves and a strong and positive attitude.

Contact your fitness professional or we can provide our training program from our very own personal trainer. We recommend you consult your medical practitioner before undertaking any new training program.

Please Note: All trekkers need to be aware that being well above your healthy weight range seriously impacts on your ability to complete the Track. Should you fall into this category we highly recommend that you concentrate your training on an intensive weight loss/fitness program. You may like to consider hiring a personal trainer to assist you with your fitness goals. Once again we recommend you consult your medical practitioner before undertaking any new training program.

Q: When are the best conditions to trek Kokoda?

A: The conditions on the Track vary due to the changes in the season. The seasons are broken up into the dry season and the wet season. These seasons also have sub seasons which fringe the wet and dry season.

The dry season is normally from late May to late October. Good conditions can still be expected in April and November. It is possible to get rain and consequently mud on the Track during any season or month. Late November, December, January, February and March can be wet and muddy.

The temperature will range from 24-28 degrees under the canopy and up to 32 degrees out in the open areas. The night time temperature will range from 18 degrees in the lower sections down to 8 degrees in the higher areas like Mt Bellamy. Humidity will range between 80% – 95%

Q: Do you cover the Military History and Cultural aspects of the Kokoda Track?

A: Adventure Bound Kokoda is committed to passing on the history of the Kokoda campaign including the personal stories of the diggers to each trekker who journeys with them. Adventure Bound Kokoda director and guide is an ex digger who has a passion for the history of the Track. We believe this is a very important part of Australian history that needs to continually be passed on.

Our guides are passionate about the history and will share their detailed knowledge of the track and its history with you. We are also dedicated to looking after the villagers and local people along the Track. Our PNG Guides and Porters are from the track and will share their history and culture with you.

Q: What happens in case of an emergency?

A: Adventure Bound Kokoda carries satellite phones on all treks; we have an emergency evacuation plan which is implemented. On receiving call for assistance we activate our plan and organise medical, travel insurance and evacuation plans. Contact us if you require further details.

Q: How much money will I need on the Kokoda Track?

A: On the Track you need to take local currency (PNG Kina). You can organise to buy PNG currency through your local bank before you leave Australia or at the money exchanger at the International Airports. We would highly recommend that you have PNG currency before leaving Australia. 300 Kina should be sufficient to buy some small souvenirs and soft drinks along the Track. Ensure that you have small denominations because the locals will not have change.

Most things on the Track will cost K5 – K10 (5 Kina approx $3.00 AUD) i.e. bunch of bananas, photo with Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, can of Coke. Around 200 Kina should be plenty.

Please Note: the local villages do not have change to give you, therefore lots of small change is best.

In Port Moresby Eftpos machines are few and far between. For your own safety we do not recommend you go into Port Moresby town to the local bank.

Q: Do we tip the porters?

A: PNG is a not a tipping country, so tipping your porter is not necessary. However you may want to reward a job well done. Any of your excess clothes or caps, T-shirts etc. would be very much appreciated.

Testimonials

“ Walking the Kokoda Track is an experience I’ll never forget, and made possible by Olly and Adventure Bound Tours. Ollie’s military background provides an excellent insight of warfare tactics used by the Australian and Japanese soldiers during the Kokoda campaign, and his passion for adventure makes this an exciting and interesting trek. A special mention must go to the porters and cooks used by Adventure Bound Tours who at the end of each day were fantastic in setting up camp and arranging meals. Word of warning if Olly says “angulating hills ” it means there is very steep hills ahead. A thoroughly amazing walk made possible by the well organized and equipped business of Adventure Bound Tours. ”

- Warren Ford

“ My trek with Olly was absolutely 1st rate. A fantastic experience now etched in my memory and one never to be forgotten- highly recommended. The military background of Olly, who demonstrated a detailed knowledge of the tracks military history, assisted me to relive the experiences of 1942 whilst enjoying spectacular untouched mountain vistas”

- Daniel Poultney

“ Olly, our guide, proved to be the difference between this company and other trekking companies for me. His ability to transmit his in-depth knowledge and add anecdotes at every point on the trek brought the whole campaign to life and I would recommend these guys to those that wish to understand the full story behind the events that happened along the track in 1942”

- John Kehoe (Ex British SAS)

“ WOW… where to start. Magnificent scenery, passionate and knowledgeable tour guide and the friendly and welcoming locals all combined to make a truly unforgettable experience. There was a good depth of info on all aspects of the trek from both tour leader and porters. My tip for future trekkers is use a native porter to carry your main pack. This will ensure a more relaxed and enjoyable trek as well as providing a source of income for the village men and their families. GO FOR IT….you won’t regret it!!!”

- Vivienne Norman

“ Thanks for the amazing trip! My dad Richard Perrett and I had an incredible time loved every minute of it! Olly you were an awesome guide definitely made the trip interesting and had all the answers! Thanks so much to Stanley and the rest of the guys could not have got through it without you!!! Will be highly recommending you guys to everyone!!! Thanks again!!”

- Miss Perrett

“ My experience walking the Kokoda Track with Adventure Bound was everything I hoped for.
Olly has a great wealth of knowledge about the military history of the track. He is able to explain it so that it is easy to understand and get an idea of the hardships our soldiers endured and the enormity of their accomplishments. He also knew when a bit of quiet encouragement was needed to help over a difficult patch.
Adventure Bound were very well organized right from the time of our initial inquiries. The pre-trip advice was spot on including the training guide. I found the equipment list extremely helpful. Having the correct equipment can make a huge difference to your comfort and enjoyment of the trek.
I was pleasantly surprised by the food. Who knew you could cook cakes and doughnuts over a campfire. The porters were all exceptionally friendly and always ready to assist. Now here's some unsolicited advice; I strongly recommend hiring a personal porter. Not only do they carry your big pack, they also set up and take down your tent every day, fill your water bottles from the best places (usually a bit away from the track), and help you over the difficult creek crossings and slippery/difficult bits. You will form a special bond with your porter and provide valuable income for the local people, the descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. My lovely porter even knitted me a hat while I was relaxing at night. (Can't promise that for everyone).
I wanted to walk from Ower's Corner to Kokoda, the direction of the Australian advance. Adventure Bound is one of only a few companies that go in this direction. Finishing your trek by walking under the arch at Kokoda is a feeling that can't be described but is certainly worth experiencing. So go do it! ”

- Robyn Gipps

“ The team from Adventure Bound Olly , Belinda and Mace provided not just a tour but an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life . This began with the first interaction 6 months ago and to the moment we arrived back in Cairns. The sharing of what really happened on the ground and the context behind why tactics were used throughout the campaign gave the trek the edge. Anybody considering walking the track should look to Adventure Bound Tours for a truly authentic experience.

- Rod Hohn

“ The beauty of the Country, the history behind the trek, and the physical challenge of the hike are all bought together with guides like Chook and Mace, with their significant, and relatively recent military combat experience, adding a touch of reality when it comes to explaining the numerous significant battles fought, the tactics employed, and weapons and ammunition used. They also have a great local crew on the ground in PNG who were extremely helpful. The information and assistance from Belinda during the preparation process was also great. Highly recommended.

- Brad Rix

“ My wife and I just completed the Anzac Kokoda Track hike with Adventure Bound Tours. What an awesome and unique experience. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff, who really made the journey something special. The tour ticked all the boxes … incredible location with stunning landscapes, great guides, well organised, good food, quality tents and excellent commentary of the war history of the track. The military background of Olly and Mace, added an extra insight into strategies and tactics used by both sides and really helped bring history to life. We feel every Australian should experience the Kokoda Track and Adventure Bound Tours are the company to do it with!

- Chris & Kelly Hogan

“ A truly life changing experience engendering an indelible sense of achievement. I have never received such help and concern for my welfare, as over the track, in 67 years of existence. The historical info was both detailed, relevant and delivered in such a way as to make the sequence of the battles easily understandable. I cannot recommend this trek enough for youngsters as it will stand them in good stead for the ups and downs of life which they will undoubtedly encounter”

- Maj Alan Stenner (ex SAS)

“ Words can hardly express the experience that is the Kokoda track as presented by Olly from Adventure Bound Tours. From the hectic hustle and bustle that is Port Moresby to the epic battles along the track. A history lesson of the Kokoda campaign, the tactics employed, the units involved, the ground covered, the weapons and equipment used. From Ower's Corner, Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa, Menari, Brigade Hill, Eora Creek, the magnificent memorial at Isurava to Kokoda, all portrayed in laymens terms without compromising on the history by Olly. A spiritual journey retracing the steps of my forefathers. It was so much more than a trek, by hiring a porter I could slow down and take all in, the mud, the history, the culture,the beautiful mountains, sparkling fresh water creeks, epic crossing at Brown river, the hospitality of the local villages, the tribal welcome at Soputa village, swim at Kumusi river and the magnificent porters; always there to lend a hand, put up your tent and had the billy on for a much looked forward to cuppa. By far the best journey I have had and am so proud to walked the track with my brother. From woe to go it was seamless and very professional. Thanks Billy and Olly. ”

- Lance Edwards

Kokoda Track Trek Price – $4500

  • Discounts will apply with a group of 6 or more trekkers. Please ask for a quote.  If a discount is given for a group, the conditions for the discount is that the group size is maintained and further charges will apply if the group gets smaller.
  • For unscheduled or custom treks, a minimum group of 8 is required.
  • Treks led by a local guide will be discounted. Please ask for a quote.
  • A single supplement of $200 will be charged for solo travellers.

Inclusions

  • Australian Trek Leader
  • Return international airfares (ex-Cairns)
  • Prepaid departure taxes from Australia
  • Pre and post-departure accommodation in Cairns
  • Pre departure presentation and dinner in Cairns
  • Taxi Fares to and from Cairns International Airport
  • Airfare between Port Moresby and Poppendetta
  • History briefs on location during the trek
  • Vehicle transfers in PNG
  • Kokoda Track Authority Trek Fee
  • Village campsite/guesthouse fees
  • Entrance to Museums at Efogi and Isurava
  • Entrance fees to all battle sites
  • Guided tour of Bomana War Cemetery
  • All meals during the trek
  • Six pack of beer per person at Kokoda at conclusion of trek
  • Custom dance and string band welcome at Saputa Village
  • Trip to Port Moresby craft Markets at conclusion of trek
  • Individual mosquito proof tent ( loaned by ABT)
  • Trek backpack (loaned by ABT)
  • Quick dry ABT T-shirt

Exclusions

  • Transport to Cairns (unless quoted)
  • Food and drinks sold by local villages along Kokoda Trail
  • Snacks while trekking
  • All meals and alcohol in Port Moresby at conclusion of trek
  • Travel Insurance

Terms and Conditions

A deposit of $700 is required at the time of booking with full payment due 60 days prior to the departure date. If you fail to pay by this date you may lose your place on the specified trek and your deposit may be forfeited.

If you cancel your booking more than 90 days prior to departure your deposit will be refunded less a $100 administration fee.

If you cancel your booking between 30 and 90 days prior to your Trek you will forfeit your full deposit as stated on the website.

If you cancel 30 days or less prior to the departure date you will lose 50% of your booking fee but may in consultation, transfer your full fee to a subsequent expedition.

Dates for Kokoda Track Trip

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To
18/04/2017
27/04/2017
14/06/2017
23/06/2017
21/08/2017
30/08/2017
18/04/2018
27/04/2018
16/05/2018
25/05/2018
09/06/2018
18/06/2018
20/08/2018
29/08/2018

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