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How hard is Kokoda?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The Kokoda Track is known as a challenging trek as it travels through the remote Owen Stanley Ranges in PNG. So if you are wondering is it hard? The simple answer is ‘yes’ it is a challenge BUT it is achievable by many different kinds of people.

Weather

The Kokoda track is a challenge because of the environment and terrain. PNG is in the tropics and you can expect it to be hot, humid and sometimes raining. Having said that, up in the highest camps on the track it will be cool at night. During a lot of the track you will be walking under the canopy of the rainforest which does help with the heat. There are creeks regularly along the way to have a dip in and cool down.

Terrain

The Kokoda track terrain is mountainous with only small sections of the track being flat. This means you are either walking slowly up a ridgeline or you are walking slowly down. This is where it can get mentally and physically hard. You will feel your hamstrings and calves working hard on the uphill and your quads working hard on the downhill. During the first few days of the track you will probably experience the pain of lactic acid build up in your muscles. After the first few days your body will get better at dealing with the lactic acid and you will begin to feel stronger and less fatigued.

Mental

What goes on between your ears will be your biggest challenge though! You have a lot of time on the track to think about what you are doing and how hard it is! If you remain strong mentally you are half way there! A good perspective to have in your mind is to remember you are not being shot at, and you know you will be going home after the trek! You just need to think of the track in small achievable sections and know that you will have a break soon and a good feed!

The Kokoda Track is hard but is achievable for most people. You just need to train by walking up and down hills for a few months prior, and tell yourself that you can do it!…. One step, one hill and one day at a time!!

Kokoda Track in 2019

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Complete the Kokoda Track in 2019! Many people have the Kokoda trek on their bucket list but just never get around to doing it. All you need to do to get the ball rolling is to book Kokoda 2019, start walking and set small goals to get you there.

Another helpful way to achieve your goal is to share the experience of the Kokoda Track in 2019 with a friend! Doing the track with a friend or group helps in training and keeping each other on ‘track’. You could train together, encourage each other, and let’s face it…compete with each other!!

If you are worried that you will not be fit enough, think again! The Kokoda track is possible for all different types of people to achieve. We have helped people in their 70’s achieve their goal of walking the track! Most good trekking companies will provide you with a training program to follow, and by the time it comes around to walk the Kokoda Track in 2019 you will be well prepared! During your training you can test out your equipment, find out where you are prone to get blisters and decide which snacks you prefer!

The pace that you walk the track is not a fast one, it is a steady consistent pace that will see you over the 96kms. So the best way to prepare, is to trek up and down hills at a comfortable pace over a long period of time. So starting now for a trek in the later months of this year will be perfect to prepare you for the Kokoda track in 2019!

It’s always helpful to have goals to work towards, especially for after the Christmas silly season when we tend to indulge, so now is the perfect time to set a goal for 2019 and to work towards achieving it!