Posts Tagged ‘Kokoda fitness’

How fit do you need to be to trek Kokoda?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

The Kokoda Track is one of the most challenging treks due to the terrain and its unrelenting steepness. While walking you travel from 735m above sea level to 2190m’s. You therefore experience the stifling humidity of the tropics but also the coolness of the altitude at night.

So yes you need a certain amount of fitness to complete the Kokoda Track….you need to be trek fit! Trek fit means you need to be ready to walk long distances often up steep mountains for around 10 days! It is important that you prepare your body for what it will need to do over the duration of the trek. So how you train your body is going to determine your level of fitness and your comfort level over the track.

Intentional training should begin at least 3 months before you head to Kokoda or longer if you are starting with absolutely no physical fitness. Training for Kokoda will involve walking with a daypack on for extended distances, starting with 5km and working up to 15kms. If you intend to carry your own pack and not use a local porter you will need to train wearing your trek pack at full weight. It is also important that you train in the shoes you will trek in. Endurance training is vital to improve your trek fitness and as you begin to gain a base fitness you can up the intensity of your training by including hill climbs. Because training will take up a large chunk of time, try to incorporate it into your daily routine. So get up early and walk to work or the train station and take the stairs wherever possible! So, “How fit do you need to be to do Kokoda?” Well unless you have a heart condition or serious knee problems, if you put in a certain amount of training in preparation, it is possible for anyone to complete the Kokoda Track.

How do I train for Kokoda?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

So you’ve decided to do the Kokoda Trail and you want to use your Kokoda training time well. You are aware that you need to do a fair bit of walking to prepare for the 96km trek. But how do you maximise your training time to get the best results? Well the answer is simple…. Hills!! It’s all about the hills!

To get the most benefit out of your training for Kokoda, you need to walk up and down, just like the track itself! When planning your training, research your local area and find hill climbs that are available to you.

In most towns there is the local lookout or hill, these are perfect locations to regularly climb, up and down carrying your daypack. If you get used to hill climbs, you are more likely to find the Kokoda Track enjoyable and your body will thank you!

If you live in a built up city area you might have to be more creative during the week, like looking for every opportunity to take the stairs rather than the elevator, and then head out to the hills on the weekend! Although even in the city, for example Perth’s Kings Park has a great stair walkout called ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ right in the heart of town!

As your Kokoda trek gets closer it’s a good idea to go hiking for the weekend and do a 2 day walk and campout for the night. This will give you a great opportunity to test out your equipment and spend 2 full days trekking! So my red hot tip for training for the Kokoda Track is…. Get vertical….often!