How often do you run the trek?
At this stage, we will only be operating a few treks a year which will be during the main trekking season, which is from April to October. We like to allow some lead up to our trek dates which will ensure proper training and preparation is undertaken to ensure a successful outcome across the track. We pride ourselves on delivering on our service because it is a big investment for you, so we want you to succeed. And for us, it's all about quality, not quantity.
Please also check our Facebook and Instagram feeds because we also announce new trek dates there as well.
What if the fixed dates don't work, can you organise a group custom trek?
Yes, if the dates that we have organised don't work, we can organise a custom date that would suit, but the group would have to be 10 trekkers or more.
What is the best time of year to trek the Kokoda Track?
Anytime between April and October is generally a good time to trek the track. It can get busy though in some of the peak periods like ANZAC Day and Australian school holidays.
How hard is the actual trek?
With the right preparation, guides and support team, the trek is very achievable. The nine-day itinerary that we have developed gives our team a nice amount of time to cross the track and to take in the extensive military history, cultural and nature experience. The itinerary has been developed around suitable days to recover and to lead into the trek from Kokoda to Deniki. Big adventure achievements will never come easy, so there will be some challenges. We put a lot of emphasis on pre-training so the trek will be much easier. Most of the people that you speak to that didn't cross the track successfully have a common theme, they lacked preparation, were poorly guided, and there was limited to no teamwork during the trek.
What's the climate like?
The climate in Papua New Guinea during the main trekking season is humid. Temperatures will vary though over the track during the day and at night. Temperatures will also vary between the higher altitude and low lying areas, but we accommodated for these changes in the recommended equipment list. Rain is also very common given the dense tropical rainforests of Papua New Guinea. Rain covers for your day and large pack are essential, as well as a very good poncho that will allow plenty of airflow. Staying hydrated is one of the most important aspects when operating in the humid and hot conditions of the Kokoda jungle.
What is the typical day like on the track?
You will be woken up each day at around 6.00 AM by a staff member. You will get dressed and pack for the day’s walk, and have your large pack ready for your porter before breakfast, which is usually at 7:00 AM. The support team will pack up your tent. The aim will be to leave the campsite and be on the trail by 8:00 AM. These times may vary depending on what leg we are completing for the day, potential side treks, weather and team speed or other unforeseen events. On the trail, you will carry a small daypack (20-40L weighing around 5kg) with your personal items, water, warm clothing, wet weather gear and camera equipment. We will have lunch on the way to the next camp. You will be given a lunch pack for the day to carry in your day pack. In some cases, your tent and gear will already be set up at the next camp for your arrival. Dinner is usually at 6:00 PM, and most trekkers then either read, play cards or head to bed early at around to prepare for the next day’s adventure.
Can I stay on after the trek?
Yes, you can extend your stay to explore more of Papua New Guinea. These arrangements would need to be made by you and would be at your own cost. We are happy to discuss post-trek ideas with you.
Kokoda Track Authority additional information
The local Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) has published a very good information guide about the Kokoda Track it includes some important pre-departure information. It is worth reading before departing on your trek.
KTA pre-departure guide
What is the accommodation like in Port Moresby?
The accommodation in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea is the luxury five-star Stanley Hotel and will be on a twin share accommodation basis. If you would like to book your own room, please let us know when you book, but there will be additional costs. If the group size is an odd number, there will be no additional cost if you end up in your own room. The hotel will have wifi and has excellent security. (Please note that meals, when you arrive in Papua New Guinea, are NOT included in the land costs. We generally find most people have eaten on en route, or are out exploring Port Moresby. A buffet breakfast will be provided in the morning before your trek though and a buffet dinner in the last night celebration and certificate presentation.
What is the accommodation and food like in on the track?
Whilst on the trail, you will sleep in two-person tents but on an individual basis. They are large tents with plenty of room for one person. If you would prefer to share a two-person tent with a friend, please just let us know. In some camps, we may secure a village hut, but it's not guaranteed, and we consider it a bonus if we do. We aim to always secure the best and most experienced track cooks in the area. We don't use ration packs on our treks, but we will combine a mixture of group dehydrated food elements with fresh local produce.
What facilities are at there in Port Moresby?
Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea, so there are facilities like banking, general grocery stores, restaurants etc. You can purchase trekking equipment, but we would highly recommend that you sort all that in Australia.
Why use Peak Potential Adventures?
Our guides and the way we run our trek are second to none. You will only get very experienced guides on our treks that you can trust. We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone has a positive, rewarding and safe experience. We leave nothing to chance in our preparation and are always thinking about our client's safety and enjoyment during the trek. On our Kokoda Track treks, we are honoured and privileged to have well renowned Australian guide and military historian Nikki George spearheading our Kokoda treks. Nikki has crossed the track just on 70 times and has spent 15 years trekking through the Kokoda Track and broader Papua New Guinea.
Will there be Australian guides on the trek?
Yes, we work on a guiding ratio of 1 Australian guide to 10 clients, so the number will vary depending on the size of the group. Generally, we aim to send one Australian guide, and we also use very experienced local senior guides within each group. If the group is larger, we will send another Australian guide. The support group will also consist of a local safety guide and local assistant guides. All our Australian guides are very experienced in remote first aid.
Papua New Guinean culture
Papua New Guinea is one of the most diverse populations on earth, with over 700 different languages spoken in a country with a population of around 5 million people. There are many different and exotic cultures within Papua New Guinea, and it is a land of traditional people living mostly a subsistence lifestyle. People live in small villages and are dependent on subsistence farming.
This trek is limited to a maximum of 12 people.
What is the minimum age?
Because of insurance and liability reasons, the minimum age for this trek is 18. It is possible to take younger trekkers, but parental approval would be required, the parent would also need to accompany the minor, and our insurer would need to be notified. A decision will be made on a case by case basis.
How fit do I need to be and can I get fit?
The Kokoda Track can be trekked to by anyone who is relatively fit and those who are willing to get fit. A significant advantage in undertaking this challenge with Peak Potential Adventures is that our team are also qualified, personal trainers. We have had significant experience in adventure fitness preparation so we will provide you with ongoing personalised advice and support on your training and fitness requirements to ensure you are ready. Also, crossing the Kokoda Track is not all about fitness; it's as much a mental challenge, which we will prepare you for through our extensive adventure experience and qualifications in personal training.
We recommend joining one of our local weekend Six Foot Track treks or free Saturday morning monthly walks to measure your current fitness and endurance levels.
Should I hire a porter to carry my gear?
We highly recommend this option. Not only will it make your trek much more enjoyable so that you can take in the history and cultural experience, but you will also be providing employment for the local community and villages. Your porter will walk with you, which means if you are having a tough day, you can slow down and take your time because you will have your personal guide.
The cost to hire your personal porter for the trek is $650.00. These funds are used to purchase some trekking gear, purchase food and also provide funds to get your porter back to their village or home town. In that cost, there is also a repatriation fee that is paid back to the porter's village.
What equipment will I require?
The equipment list is on the website under additional information. Once you have reviewed the list, we will then discuss with you your equipment requirements and budget.
What vaccinations should I have?
We highly recommend that you speak to your doctor. You can also read up on what current vaccinations may be required on the Travel Doctor website which you can access via this link. Please also speak to your doctor about Malaria medication.
Are there other health tips?
Trekking in the humid tropics can be challenging and create some health issue if some things are ignored. The three main areas that need to be focused on are hydration, hygiene and treatment of small wounds. You will need to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and it won't be uncommon for your lead guides to remind you to re-hydrate. Also, it's important to maintain good hygiene on the track. A bug can not only bring your trek to en end, but it can spread to the the rest of the team potentially jeopardizing their trek. If you get an open wound, make sure you attend to it immediately.Hot and humid conditions are a great breeding ground for bacteria, so an open wound can very quickly become infected.
Listen to your body and alert your guides if you or your teammate are not feeling well. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will be carrying a well-stocked wilderness first aid kit along the track. It will contain commonly used medications.
Can I trek safely if I have allergies or a medical condition?
It all depends on the allergy or the medical condition, but we would strongly suggest that you speak to your doctor first before making a booking. If it is a food allergy, that will be no problem because that can be catered for by the head and assistant cook. Please just let us know on the adventure booking form so we can inform our team of what you can't eat.
How much is the trek?
The trek cost excluding international flights is AUD$4,250.00
If you decide to hire a porter to carry your gear, there will be an additional cost of AUD$650.00. This is an optional cost, but please speak to us if you are unsure about carrying a large pack.
How much could I expect to pay for flights?
Flights can range for economy up to AUD$700.00 depending on who you fly with. We would suggest searching the Webjet website that will provide you with all the comparisons.
Can I pay a deposit and pay the rest before departure?
Yes, we only require a 30% deposit to secure your position on the trek if the trek is more than 60 days out with the full balance payable 60 days before departure. If the trek is departing within 60 days, full payment will be required when you book.
Is there a credit and debit card payment surcharge?
Yes, if you book using the credit or debit card Stripe payment gateway, there will be a 1.6% surcharge. You can avoid this 1.6% surcharge by electing to do a bank transfer in the payment option.
What happens to my payment?
When you book an adventure with us, your funds go into an adventure holding bank account until such time the adventure is definitely guaranteed to start. If an adventure does not go ahead for some reason like bad weather, or not enough participants, we will refund you in full. Please also read our full booking terms and conditions.
Booking Terms and Conditions
How much should I tip the guides and porters?
Tipping for you personal porter if you employed one to carry your gear: 100 kina
Tipping for the group porters, cooks and guides: 100 kina.
The porters can you make you a personal walking stick and the cost would be:
Long walking stick: 100 kina
Short walking stick: 50 kina
If you would like a personal walking stick made for the trek, please let us know before you arrive in Port Moresby so that we can arrange to have it made and ready for your trek. You will pay the porter directly for the work. These walking sticks can be brought back to Australia as a memento of your adventure.
You will receive the highest commitment and service from your guides, and they are highly experienced, so an adequate level of tipping is actually a reasonable gesture of thanks for going above and beyond for you. Our guides are some of the most experienced on the Kokoda Track, and in our experience, you will only get what you pay for.
Do I need to obtain a visa for entry into Papua New Guinea?
Yes, but Australia is an eligible country for the 'visa on arrival program'. We recommend that you obtain your visitor's visa on arrival, and there is no cost. The process is showing your visa and return ticket back to Australia to customs. The tourist visa is for 30 days would apply to most people undertaking the Kokoda Track.
What currency should I take with me?
The official currency of Papua New Guinea is the kina. We would suggest that you take a minimum of 450 kina which should cover tipping and purchases on the track at the local villages. Money can be exchanged at the Bureaux de Change, which can be found at the international airport. Make sure that they change your money at the rate which is written in front of the bureau. Only hotels, restaurants and tourist shops of higher category accept international credit cards.
Why is your price slightly higher than some other operators?
Our different is mostly in higher logistical costs because we fly directly into Kokoda Village by private charter to start your trek where many other operators take the cheaper option of flying to Popondetta and getting the long truck or bus ride to Kokoda. Also, we provide five-star accommodation in Port Moresby at the Stanley Hotel and provide ongoing pre-training events and advice.
Aside from some higher logistical costs, from the time you book with us, we will provide you with one on one personalised service and provide advice and assist with your travel arrangements, your fitness training and equipment requirements. We understand what is required to trek the Kokoda Track successfully and have an enjoyable adventure, so we will eliminate as many risks as possible so that you are rewarded with an amazing trekking experience that you committed to and paid for.
What happens if I need to cancel?
If you cannot participate in the trek for which you have paid, you will receive a 24-month credit to join one of the next Kokoda Track treks.
Please read our booking terms and conditions for specific policy details.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Do I need travel insurance to trek the Kokoda Track?
Yes, it is a requirement to take out travel insurance with Cover-More Insurance with our Kokoda Track treks. We always ensure all our team members have the same travel insurance, just in case of some unforeseen reason we need to coordinate a full team evacuation not just off the track, but out of Papua New Guinea.
Travel insurance will also insure you against:
- Trip cancellation
- Trip interruption
- Missed connection
- Travel delay
- Loss of baggage
- Medical emergencies
- Medical evacuation
You can read more about Cover-More insurance here and also get a quote. We firmly believe through our past experience that they are the best in the industry and will be there if you or we need them.
Will I get access to photos & media content?
Yes, any photos that are taken by the Peak Potential Adventures team during the trek will be shared with you via Dropbox. This is a free file/folder sharing service up to 2GB which is usually enough space for any photos that we have taken during the trek. If the photo folder is more than 2GB, we will reduce the quality of the photos. The quality will still be more than enough to share on social media etc.
If you don't already have a Dropbox account, please click here to go through to their signup page. We would recommend using the same email address to signup that you used on the trek booking form because we will generally use that email address when we share the photo folder. Once you have shared access to the photo folder, you will be able to download any photos in that folder. We will usually delete the folder after a month after the trek to free up our available file storage.