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Kokoda Track Adventure

Walk in the footsteps of our World War II heroes

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KOKODA TRACK

When we think of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, it’s hard not to draw a reflection on the words that are inscribed on the large stone blocks at the memorial at Isurava – ‘Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice’. The Kokoda Track is one of the most iconic adventures to complete, retracing the footsteps of our heroic diggers who in World War II heavily outnumbered and against the odds, courageously defended our great nation.

Our nine-day trek along the 96km historic Kokoda Track is designed to meet the needs of those looking not just for the in-depth military history, but for those who may be looking for that next formidable adventure challenge or cultural experience. We understand that people take adventures for many reasons, so our trek is designed to provide a wonderful balance of military history, cultural immersion and natural habitat exploration along the track. During your adventure, you will discover a beautiful part of the world that is rich in tradition and diversity. You will come away from the experience in awe of the courage and sacrifice of our Australian troops as they defended our great nation through the inhospitable and challenging Kokoda jungle. You will learn about the significant battles during the Kokoda Track Campaign and hear the stories of incredible bravery and mateship. Each day will bring a new and exciting adventure, as you pass through beautiful local villages and interact with the warm and friendly nature of the local people. You’ll cross flowing jungle rivers and conquer the legendary uphill and downhill sections that make this historic track legendary.

FITNESS

Medium-High

DURATION

11 Days Total

COST

$4,250.00

2020 DATESSPOTSBOOKINGSGTD DEPART
Jul 08 - Jul 18Nearly FullBook NowYes
Oct 06 - Oct 16AvailableBook NowNo

Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required. If the trek date is not guaranteed to depart yet, please do not book flights until we have confirmed the date as guaranteed in the box. Your funds will be held in our adventure holding account until guaranteed.

KokodaTrack Overview and Itinerary

Join us on this exclusive nine-day fully supported and professionally guided trek traversing the iconic Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. The 96km long Kokoda Track and the Kokoda campaign is etched in Australian’s history as one of our most significant land-based World War II campaigns so close to Australia.

Imagine for a moment. You are standing under the famous arches at Owers Corners. You are part of a team that has shared nine days of adventure in the pristine rainforests traversing the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. You have walked from Kokoda Village along a track that is rich in Australian wartime history. You have trekked, slept and ate in a landscape of ancient rainforests, crossed flowing rivers, passed through local villages, met the friendly local village people, heard stories of the incredible bravery of our heroic diggers and visited significant battle sites of the Kokoda campaign. Your adventure immersed you in experiences of achievement and friendship. At that moment of reflection and achievement, the emotion of reaching your goal is almost overwhelming… you feel alive and changed by the experience! Trekking the Kokoda Track is not just another trek; it is a journey of self-discovery and a reflection of Australian wartime history, and the memories and the friendships with the people who shared the journey with you will last a lifetime.

The Kokoda Track is unquestionably one of Australia’s most significant and historic internationals walks. Our itinerary is designed to traverse the Kokoda Track from north to south, retracing the fighting withdrawal our Australian troops after encountering heavy fighting and being heavily outnumbered. We will walk from Kokoda Village after flying in by private charter with Tropic Air, and make the journey south over the Owen Stanley Ranges to Owers Corner over nine days. Joining us on our treks is veteran Australian Kokoda guide and historian Nikki George. Nikki is a passionate Kokoda Track campaign historian having crossed the Kokoda Track almost 70 times. With over 32 years in the tourism industry and over 15 years trekking the Kokoda Track and exploring broader Papua New Guinea, you will be hard-pressed to find anyone more passionate and knowledgeable on the history of the Kokoda campaign or crossing the track safety.

Highlights

  • Visit the famous Isurava War Memorial
  • Trek through some of the most pristine rainforests in the world
  • Immerse yourself in the  beautiful local village culture and hospitality
  • Explore the battle ruins of the Japanese Fort
  • Visit the beautiful and historic Myola Lakes
  • Receive a balanced and accurate history of the Kokoda Campaign from experienced Australian guides
  • Visit Brigade Hill which is the site of one of the significant battles of the Kokoda Campaign
  • Take refreshing swims in the high mountain rainforest creeks and river along the track
  • Visit the Bomana War Cemetery in Port Moresby
  • Enjoy a five-star team celebration buffet dinner at the Stanley Hotel the last night.

Day 1 – Arrive in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and Prepare for Trek

Meals: meals will be at your own cost

Accommodation: Stanley Hotel – twin share

You will arrive at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby. A member of the Peak Potential Adventures team will be there to meet you, and a private shuttle will transfer you to the five-star Stanley Hotel in central Port Moresby. Rooms won’t be available until around 2:00 PM, so if you arrive early, you can store your luggage at the reception. The rest of the Peak Potential Adventures guiding team will already be at the hotel, so arrive at your convenience. An earlier arrival in Port Moresby will mean that we can use some of the remaining day to sort out your equipment and complete gear checks. An earlier arrival may also mean you will have some free time to look around the hotel and enjoy the 5-star comfort an amenities. The hotel complex features restaurants, comfortable bar areas and fully airconditioned rooms with all facilities.

We will do an equipment check in the afternoon and weigh packs. Packs weight is regulated by the Kokoda Track Authority, so some gear may have to be left behind if you have overpacked. We recommend that you aim for personal gear weight of around 14kg without the tent. Some spare weight also needs to be allocated to your porter’s gear. We will confirm the equipment check time based on when the whole team has arrived. Checks will be done in your room, and it’s easier if your equipment is spread out on your bed for viewing. A team briefing will also be held later that afternoon to discuss final preparations for our trek. We would then suggest you have an early dinner and head to bed and get a good night’s rest in preparation for an early morning departure on the private charter to Kokoda Village.

Day 2 – Fly from Port Moresby to Kokoda Village by Private Charter and Trek to Deniki Camp 

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals Included: buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share

We will confirm the time of departure on Wednesday afternoon at the team briefing or beforehand in our email communication. The departure time varies with the private charter which is operated by Tropic Air, but we will aim to be at Kokoda Village by mid-morning. The flight to Kokoda takes around 35 minutes and is a very spectacular flight. On arrival at Kokoda, Nikki will explain the battle history as you explore the Kokoda battle site and museum. Here you will also meet your personal porter if you have chosen to use one which we highly recommend you do. Kokoda is situated 340 metres above sea level and is a hot and humid place, but you may have the opportunity to take a dip in the local river. After lunch, we have a 3-4 hour acclimatising walk up to Deniki Camp that will involve a 50-minute steep climb, so you will be glad that we did the pre-training. The scenery heading up is spectacular with sweeping views across Kokoda Valley as we trek near to the original wartime village of Deniki. Deniki will be our first campsite for the night. Our only objective today is to relax, acclimatise and reach our first night’s campsite before dark.

Day 3 – Trek Deniki Village to Alola Village

Trekking Time: 6-8 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share

We will get an early start so we can walk at a slow and relaxed pace. The morning walk is very steep, and along the way, we will visit the site of the 39th Militia Battalion’s first defensive position after withdrawing from Kokoda. We will then push on to Isurava village, which is 1,350 metres above sea level. The village has been relocated several times since end the end of World War II, but now sits in a beautiful location with excellent access to amenities like water and sunshine which supports the village. We will then continue to the famous Isurava War Memorial located at a significant point on the Isurava battle site which the Kokoda Track bisects. Here we will stop for a good break and where our Kokoda Track historian Nikki will explain the military significance of this site. The Australian Government has built a beautiful memorial at Isurava in memory of the famous battle, and this is where the famous words’ Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance’ are inscribed on the massive stone pillars. At Isurava, you’ll also learn about the courageous actions which earned Private Bruce Kingsbury his Victoria Cross on 29 August 1942. A full briefing is given on the now legendary 4 day battle of Isurava. It was here that the 2/14th Infantry Battalion arrived to support the 39th Militia Battalion and the legend of ‘The Ragged Bloody Heroes’ was born.

From Isurava, it’s a short walk to our guesthouse/campsite in Alolo Village, which sits at around 1,400 metres, and this is where we will spend the night. On our way to Alolo, we will visit Surgeons Rock, a medical staging post, and rest house area of World War II.

Day 4 – Trek Alolo Village to Templeton’s 2 Crossing

Trekking Time: 9-10 hours

Side Trek: Japanese Forest Fort

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share

Our walk today begins with a beautiful walk under the jungle canopy, traversing along the western side of the Gap. From Alola Village we have a short, taxing descent followed by a long gradual ascent to the Eora Creek battle site. We leave our packs on the main trail and ascend a short side trail to the Japanese Forest Fort. Recently another extensive section of this Forest Fort, located only a short distance further up the ridge has been revealed by the local landowners. This new section is now referred to as ‘The Lost Battlefield’.The Japanese Forest Fort which incorporates The Lost Battlefield covers part of a high ridge with a commanding position overlooking Eora Creek. Nikki will explain the forts defensive significance and how the battle to capture the fort unfolded. You will explore the Japanese mountain gun and heavy machine gun positions. Still clearly visible are large quantities of munitions and artifacts. Many Australian soldiers lost their lives fighting here before the Japanese retreated further back towards Kokoda. Until the Lost Battlefield section of the Japanese Forest Fort has been properly surveyed, documented and any human remains identified and respectfully removed for proper burial, no trekking companies are allowed to visit the higher section.

The track to Templeton’s Crossing is challenging, but the beauty of the jungle terrain provides a beautiful distraction. We will spend the night at Templeton’s 2 Crossing beside the creek at the battle site.

Day 5 – Trek Templeton’s Crossing 2 to Bombers Camp

Trekking Time: 9-11 hours

Side Trek: Myola Lakes via a rarely used jungle track (Depends on time and weather conditions)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share or village hut

We start off this morning with a long climb on slippery trails to our highest trek point, the Kokoda Saddle which is situated on Mt Bellamy. Kokoda Saddle is 2,190-metres above sea level and provides some spectacular views across the Owen Stanley Ranges. Once on the summit of the Kokoda Saddle, depending on weather, track conditions and our available time, we may select the option to take a rarely used jungle track that was cut during the campaign by the Australians which will take us down to the Myola lakes. These dry lake beds were, at various times during both phases of the Kokoda campaign, the site of one of the Australian Army’s major supply depots. It was initially hoped that wounded would be able to be airlifted from the lake sites especially during the Australian withdrawal and that supplies would be able to be flown here to avoid the long haul by native bearers. Myola is mostly remembered as the site for the low-level dropping of provisions by the Australian Air Force. Live munitions, never recovered after misplaced airdrops, can still be discovered embedded in the exposed banks of the creeks flowing across the lakes.

From the Kokoda Saddle, the beautiful forest trails eventually lead us to Bombers Camp, where we will spend the night. Along the way, the occasional sweeping panorama views add to the beauty of our surrounds.

Day 6 – Trek Bombers Camp to Efogi 1 Village 

Trekking Time: 7-8 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share

We start our day walking through the enchanting moss encrusted forest on the tops of Mt Bellamy. We will then descend the mountain to the stunning village of Naduri. In Naduri Village, we will commemorate the passing of a beautiful soul Ovuri Ndiki, one of the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels on the Kokoda Track. Ovuri Indiki shared many stories with trekkers in the past in regards to the Papuan assistance to the Australian soldiers; he bought the reality of the day reciting his memories from World War II to present-day life. Our decent will then continue past Naduri followed by a steep ascent to Efogi 2 Village, (Launumu). There is a Japanese monument that rests at the summit of Efogi 2. This monument was placed there by Kokochi Nishimura, a Japanese Solider who came back to New Guinea after the war to look for the remains of his comrades. Known as the ‘Bone Man of Kokoda’, he lived in Papua New Guinea for more than 20 years.

Efogi 1 Village is one of the largest villages on the track with a population of around 400-500 people. We hope to be able to provide you with an insight into village life during our overnight stay. This will also be a great time to catch up on washing clothes, resting and preparing to commence the 2nd half of our trek. After sunset, we will try and organise a sing-along with the locals before we bunk down for a good night’s rest.

Day 7 –  Trek Efogi 1 Village to Agulogo Camp

Trekking Time: 9-10 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share

We will get up early and bid a sad farewell to our Efogi Family. We start the day with the slogging ascent of Brigade Hill via Mission Ridge. On the ascent, you will be rewarded with beautiful views back to Naduri, and Kagi Village, which helps as a distraction from the grind of the climb. It will take around 1-2 hours of climbing from Efogi to reach the summit of Brigade Hill, which is about 1,450 metres above sea level. On top of Brigade Hill, we will have a small remembrance service in honour of the soldiers and their courage and sacrifice.

Nikki will point out the paths taken by the Japanese forces on their famous’ ‘night-time lantern procession’. This now-legendary procession, lit by burning lengths of cable stripped from Australian field wireless lines, was undertaken on the eve of the battle of Brigade Hill in an attempt to put fear into the hearts of the 2/27 Battalion dug in on Mission Ridge. Time is taken to explain and show how and where the Japanese managed to cut the Australian defences, which eventually led to the Australian defenders having to withdraw. This is a very sacred battle site on the summit of Brigade Hill.

We will visit the site in Menari where the brave 39th Battalion paraded before they were withdrawn from the fight on the eve of the battle at Brigade Hill. Exhausted and on the brink of total collapse, the remaining ‘Ragged Bloody Heroes’ struggled back to Port Moresby. They would return to the fight at another time.

Tonight we will stay in the guest campsite area of Agulogo which is situated along the Brown River.

Day 8 – Trek Agulogo Camp to Ioribaiwa Village

Trekking Time: 9-10 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share

It will be an interesting day in differing terrain as we cross swampy flatlands, the Brown River and push on in the increasing heat up seemingly never-ending slopes of the Maguli Range. As we walk the Kokoda Track today, you can imagine how the exhausted and wounded members of the 39th Battalion must have felt as they took this same route on their trek back to Port Moresby from Menari Village. It is a very humbling experience.

Once summiting Maguli Range a steep descent follows, via ‘Jap Ladder’ a major Japanese campsite and down to Ofi Creek. Then it’s up and over Irobaiwa Ridge. As we explore the Japanese positions on the southern slopes, we recall that it was here that the Japanese soldiers were pounded for the first time by Australian artillery located at Owers Corner. The Australian forces till now had no counter to the Japanese mountain guns so skillfully used against them since Isurava. The Japanese offensive/defensive positions are located on a number of trails over Irobaiwa Ridge.

Nikki will show you the rarely visited Kunai grass clearing which marks the furthest point of contact made by Australian troops with General Hori’s South Sea Forces. In this clearing, a large heavily armed Japanese advance patrol was wiped out in a hastily planned ambush by an opposing Australian patrol, who luckily heard the Japanese officer talking as he moved his men down the trail. It was also on Ioribaiwa Ridge, with Port Moresby nearly in sight, that General Hori received orders directly from the Emperor, to withdraw. With major shortages of munitions, food and reinforcements and being pounded by Australian artillery and harassed by well-equipped Australian patrols, the Japanese army retreated with the Australians in hot pursuit.

Tonight, we will be spending the in Ioribaiwa Village.

Day 9 Trek Ioribaiwa Village to Goodwater

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: two-person tent – single share

Today’s walk begins with a descent to Ua Ule Creek. We will continuously cross Ua Ule creek leading to the base of Imita ridge then ascending the steep ascent of Imita Ridge. Imita Ridge saw the last of the Australian fighting withdrawal, where the Australian advance began along the Kokoda Track.

Today we will reflect on your last 8 days as we get close to home and the three courageous months in 1942 that the 21st Brigade took to slow the Japanese using the fighting withdrawal tactic, stretching the supply lines and building the Allied troops. The second phase of the Kokoda campaign was now to begin; the Australian advance was now in play.
The fresh troops of the 25th & 16th Brigade pushed forward over the next five weeks to reclaim Kokoda and take control of the airstrip, a tactic vital to continue a stronghold against the further Japanese advances. Our descent down the south side of Imita Ridge was known as the ‘Golden Staircase’.

There are three paths from the Goldie River to the summit of Imita Ridge. The Australian forces used each. The steeper sections were improved by cutting steps and reinforcing them with timbers cut from the forest. Today the timber reinforcing has long since rotted away. Some believe (and diary records to support the view) that there were several staircases constructed on steeper sections of these early ridges encountered on the trek towards Kokoda.

Our final night camp in Goodwater will be beside a creek with a beautiful swimming hole nearby. Our campsite clearing is completely surrounded by high rainforest trees which form a perfect frame for the star-filled night sky.

Day 10 Trek Goodwater to Owers Corner

Trekking Time: 3 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, buffet dinner

Accommodation: Stanley Hotel – twin share

Our final half days walk is short, but we will get an early start to make Owers Croner around 9 – 9:30 AM. We walk via major Australian army supply sites, and after we cross the Goldie River, it’s a steep 40-minute hike till we triumphantly arrive at Owers Corner where our transport will be waiting.

On the way to Port Moresby, we stop at the Bomana War Cemetery to pay our respects. This is where Australian soldiers who died during the Kokoda Track campaign and in other battles in the Pacific have been laid to their final rest. This visit is the final tribute we pay to these courageous soldiers before our return home tomorrow.

We have done it! We have conquered the Kokoda Track together and along the way, leaned the incredible wartime Australian history that makes this track legendary. Today, hopefully, we have more insight as to those iconic words that symbolise the Australian spirit, ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance’.

We will have a cold drink and lunch under the trees of Bomana War Cemetery, and reflect on the many men that fought, fell and survived this incredible plight of the ordinary man doing the extraordinary while battling what appears the impossible in inhospitable jungle terrain and against an aggressive foe.

We will also extend our respect and remembrance to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Australian wartime conflicts, and to the men and women who today continue to risk their lives defending our great nation so that we can enjoy the freedom that we have today.

We will head back to our five-star accommodation at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby for a swim in the hotel pool, clean up the gear and prepare for a final night’s celebration at the hotel. Tonight we will have a team buffet dinner courtesy of Peak Potential Adventures and be presented with a certificate of achievement for completing the Kokoda Track that can be framed.

Day 11 – Depart Port Moresby for Home

Meals included: Meals at your own cost

Today you will book out of your hotel in Port Moresby and will be driven by shuttle to Jacksons International Airport for your return flight home.

Nauro Village on the Kokoda Track

Additional Information

Peak Potential Adventures operates small group adventures both in Australia and overseas and was founded by a group of experienced adventurers who have built a solid and well-regarded reputation. Our experience in the outdoors has been built from the ground up over many years. Adaptability, planning, logistics, transparency and professionalism are our strengths and qualities. Meeting your expectations, servicing your needs, keeping your safe and delivering value for money adventure experience are our priorities. Taking on an adventure can sometimes seem a bit daunting, so one of our most important qualities is that we are approachable and always available to answer any questions or provide advice – with us, you’ll always get a personalised level of service.

  • We provide experienced Australian and local guides with extensive trekking experience – the number of guides depends on group size
  • Our local Papua New Guinean support team have been operating and guiding on the Kokoda Track for many years and have extensive experience and invaluable local knowledge
  • The opportunity to join some of our other local treks to assist in your fitness preparation (we highly recommend this option)
  • We have extensive experience working with teams and helping individuals reach their goals
  • We will provide ongoing fitness advice leading up to the trek being qualified personal trainers and experts in adventure fitness training
  • We ensure the team gets to know each other before the trek, so you know who you are trekking with and you feel like you are part of a team before you depart
  • We provide personalised and individual advice about gear/equipment to ensure that your gear won’t let you down on the trek
  • Our senior guides will provide medical support on the trek if as required and arrange a helo extraction if required
  • We prepare you extensively for the trek physically
  • We are very passionate and dedicated about getting everyone across the Kokoda Track safely in a very enjoyable operating environment.
  • Australian professional and local guides with extensive trekking and Kokoda experience – number decided on group size
  • Australian guide with extensive knowledge about the history and facts of the Kokoda Track War Campaign
  • Transport, airport transfers, private vehicles used throughout the trek
  • Internal private charter flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda Village
  • 2 person lightweight quality insect-proof tent per person, or twin share if preferred
  • 2x nights twin share accommodation in the five-star Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby – one night before the trek and one night after the trek (Please contact our team if you would like to pay extra for a single supplement room)
  • All meals as indicated in the travel itinerary
  • 1x buffet breakfast the morning before the trek
  • 1x buffet team celebration dinner the night after the trek
  • Certificate of achievement
  • All official local trekking permits and approved porters for the group and personal porters if you choose to use a personal porter
  • Personal fitness training support and preparation from the Peak Potential Adventure’s Team who are qualified personal trainers with extensive adventure experience
  • Full equipment advice and personal shopping trips if required
  • Emergency remote communications and group wilderness first aid kit.
  • International airfares to Port Moresby and return back home
  • Meals in Port Moresby the day you arrive
  • Meals on the day you return home
  • Personal porter if you choose to employ one to carry your personal gear for the trek (Cost is $650.00)
  • Personal items (e.g. phone calls, laundry, tips, incl. early departure or emergency rescue)
  • Travel insurance (it is compulsory for all team members to have Cover-More travel insurance for this trek)
  • Meals and drinks outside of the trek package (Please refer to the trip itinerary)
  • Personal expenditure
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Vaccinations, medical checks and medication requirements.

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Fitness Grade: Moderate-HighYou should be able to walk at least 8-12 hours with a daypack of up to 6kg. This is a trek and requires no prior trekking experience. A moderate to high level of fitness is required though as most days will involve trekking carrying a daypack. The route is non-technical but will undulate significantly both up and down along the track.

(Weight will depend on your personal gear requirements for the day. Porters will carry your personal equipment, sleeping mat and tent). The Peak Potential Adventures Team will work with you personally to ensure you are fully prepared for the trek physically.

The trek itself by GPS is around 140km in total length with all the side treks and undulating terrain. Depending on your health history and previous trekking experience, we may ask you to provide a doctor’s certificate for this trek given the difficult and dangerous terrain in arranging for a medical evacuation.

Support

With any adventure, preparation is vital for success. Peak Potential Adventures provides an ongoing training and equipment support program during the lead up to the trek. Regular contact and support will be provided through the Peak Potential Facebook page, as well as by email, phone and personally as required. We strongly suggest that you find a local training and trek partner to undertake this trek with you. This will go a long way in providing vital ongoing motivation for training and support, not just leading up to the trek, but also during it.

Fitness Preparation

Sticking to a fitness program in the months prior to trekking the Kokoda Track is a vital part of preparation. It is true that attempting to become as fit as possible may not ultimately help, it will be the training that is done with your endurance that will make the most difference. Training on both up and down hills will be the best training for completing the Kokoda Track successfully.

Other than building up your endurance, activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming and boxing all increase the heart rate and improve your cardiovascular (CV) fitness. The best option is to attempt to include activities that you enjoy, which will improve the chances of actually continuing with a fitness program. Performing the same exercise every time is not recommended, as sooner or later the body becomes accustomed to the training and is thus no longer challenged by it. Effective methods of training include cross-training and interval training. Cross-training involves performing at least two different forms of exercise in one session; whilst interval training includes varying your effort level substantially every couple of minutes during a single session. Both of these techniques keep the heart challenged on an ongoing basis, ensuring that your CV fitness is constantly on the increase.

The closer it gets to the trek, the longer cardio sessions should last. Ideally, a month before the trek is due to commence, you should be training for around 45 minutes at least three times a week. Closer to the commencement of the trek, it is advisable to include activities such as steep hill climbing and long hikes to build up your endurance. Any training that is similar to the Kokoda Track experience will be beneficial, even a short hike every second weekend. Purchasing a daypack long in advance and taking it on ‘practice runs’ will help to prepare your body for the conditions it will experience during the trek. If you cannot get out into the mountains regularly, find a gym that has a summit climber in their equipment line-up. These machines work the climbing muscles that will be used during the trek. Also, as previously mentioned, try and do the trek with a partner. A trek partner is not only a great source of motivation leading up to the trek, but you will be great support for each other during the trip – making the whole experience more enjoyable.

The Peak Potential Adventures Team will be available leading up to the trek to provide training advice and ensure you are physically prepared. They will also provide valuable advice on your mental preparation and what to expect when crossing the Kokoda Track.

After you have booked, the Peak Potential Adventures Team will discuss with you personally your requirements and your budget.

The extra luggage that you will not be taking on the trek with you can be left in a locked storage room at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby for no charge. Valuables should be left in a safety deposit box at the Hotel. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will discuss with you your equipment requirements to determine your budget and potential future use. Our team is very familiar and experienced with most of the outdoor equipment brands, their performance suitability and where you can obtain the best pricing deals.

Points to Remember

  • Overweight or extra luggage may require an extra porter
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags or waterproof stuff sacks
  • In the daypack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, waterproof jacket and trousers at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters and the rest of your gear until the end of your trek for that day. Also, carry with you snacks like energy bars etc.

Luggage

  • You should aim for personal gear weight of 15kg including the pack’s weight that the porters will carry each day
  • Day pack, for you to carry (30-35 litres) if employing a personal porter – preferably with water bladder
  • Large backpack (70-85 litres) for you to carry if you are carrying your own gear, or for porters to carry your personal gear. Please speak to our team first beforte purchasing backpacks because we have found some good cost-effective options
  • Waterproof pack cover for your large pack and daypack
  • Plastic bags or waterproof stuff sacks
  • Combination lock.

Note: The most convenient system for expedition travel is to take a 120-litre collapsible duffel bag and put your large backpack around 75-80 litres inside the lightweight collapsible duffel. All the straps of your large backpack will be protected and you will also have some extra room in the duffel bag for additional items. You can then board the plane with just your daypack with any valuables like cameras, laptops etc. You can then leave the duffel bag at the hotel with any gear in it that you do not wish to take on the track. A 120-litre collapsible duffel can be purchased at many of the adventure shops or on eBay. Please also make sure the duffel bag can be locked with a combination lock. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss.

Clothing

You want your layers to be wicking material—not cotton. Next layer should it get cold in the high country or at night should be insulating and warm like fleece. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly on the track.

  • 1x Long trousers, for hiking and for the evenings (zip off leg trousers work well, and saves taking shorts to trek in during the day)
  • 1x Shorts
  • 1x Short-sleeved wick t-shirts
  • 1x Long-sleeved wick shirts, for hiking and the evenings
  • 1x swimmers for washing in the rivers
  • 3/4 length bike pants to prevent chaffing do to the humidity
  • Sarong for women to wrap around after swimming and washing
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket – poncho works well in the tropical rainforests
  • Bandanna to wick sweat away from your forehead and neck.

Footwear

Please be sure to break in your boots before the trek

  • Trekking boots for hiking during the day, waterproof and with ankle-support – not too light and not too heavy. A composite boot is perfect. Have a look at Asolo and Salmon boots.
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for water crossings and for around camp in the evening 9You can purchase shoes that are designed for water
  • Long gaiters that are knee length
  • Hiking socks designed for warmer conditions
  • Sock liners to wick away moisture.

Note: Boots are a personal preference and eveyone’s feet are different, so try a few different brands. Make sure they are not too tight at the front; give yourself plenty of room for coming down without hitting your toe on the front of the boot. If you have problems with your feet like blisters, we would suggest trying on the Salomon mid-high ULTRA 3 GTX and QUEST 4D GTX . They are a bit more like a runner, so they may be more comfortable. Also try the leather boot options because that can be very durable for tropical conditions, but they will take more to break in properly.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (Rated 5 degrees C or colder is recommended)
  • Inflatable sleeping mat
  • Ear plugs
  • Inflatable portable pillow (Optional)
  • Groundsheet large enough to put under the tent in case of heavy rain. (2.6m x 1.7m minimum)

Other Items

  • Water bottles or Camelback (3 litres)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Quick dry micro towels. (Bring a large and small towel)
  • 2x rolls of biodegradable toilet paper in a zip lock plastic bag with small bottle of sanitizer
  • Basic toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrush, eco soap and comb – baby and face wipes are also excellent to have
  • Camping plate, bowel and cultery or spork. We will provide an alloy camp mug
  • Watch
  • Sun hat full brim or peak
  • Sunglasses (optional as you will be under the rainforest canopy a fair bit)
  • Money
  • Whistle
  • Trekking poles (two poles are better than one)
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Bring enough batteries for your headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
  • Energy bars, boiled sweets, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Playing cards or light book for the evenings
  • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
  • Small bottles of hand sanitiser.

First Aid

One of the senior guides will be carrying a large first aid kit for the group that will contain all of this medical equipment, but we would highly recommend that you carry a small personal first aid kit that contains these basic items.

  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin (talk to your doctor)
  • Infection antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Vasoline (a must)
  • Anti foot fungal powder (a must)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50) & lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (Bushmans 40% DEET is best)
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid if you don’t sleep well
  • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor).

Food and Snacks

  • Breakfast bars, or muesli bars
  • Trail mix
  • Lollies
  • Energy gels and elecroplytes
  • Condensed milk coffee tubes.

Note: Please try to conserve your sugar-based foods for the extended parts of the day or prominent features like hills. It is important to consume regularly on during your trekking day, as you will be burning energy very quickly with the humidity and the undulating terrain. Many people fail to complete the Kokoda Track due to poor food and water management.

Gifts for Guides, Porters and Locals

  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Pens
  • Books.

Note: Please feel free to contact the Peak Potential Adventures team to discuss any equipment that you may be looking at purchasing to ensure that it will be suitable on the trek. To make it easier, please email through a link to the item so we can assess the technical aspects of the item. The main piece of equipment that we put most emphasis on to ensure a comfortable trek are boots.

The fighting on the Kokoda Track, against a strong, well equipped and mobilised Japanese invasion force, was perhaps the most significant battle fought by the Australian military during World War II. Between 21 July and 16 November 1942, the Australian Army halted the furthermost southward advance by the Japanese forces in Papua New Guinea. The Japanese landed near Gona on the north coast of Papua on 21 July 1942. In the next two months, the Japanese drove the Australians forces and their Papuan allies back over the mountains towards Port Moresby. Port Moresby was vital to the defence of Australia. If the Japanese took Port Moresby, they planned to begin a bombing offensive against North Queensland and had they decided to invade Australia; the invasion would have been launched from Port Moresby. The Japanese made their way to within 40 kilometres of Port Moresby but the Australian soldiers, in a series of costly engagements, pushed the Japanese back the way they had come. By mid-November 1942 the Japanese were forced to abandon their plan to take Port Moresby and were forced back to the northern beaches.

Prior to your trek, we highly recommend that you purchase the Field Guide to the Kokoda Track: 4th Edition by Bill James. This will give you some wonderful insights into the Kokoda Track War Campaign, as well as highlight prominent points of interest and terrain features.

Safety and Regulation Requirements

Peak Potential Adventures has a 100% safety record

Our guides carry communication equipment and communicate with our team during and at the end of each day

Our local guides are some of the most experienced and well regarded in the Kokoda region, so they have access to local resources and assistance if required

If necessary, we can arrange for a helo evacuation if required under your travel insurance policy

Our Australia adventure operations meet the highest professional standards and accreditations which also applies to our international adventure operations.

If you have any further questions or would like more information about our Kokoda Track trek.

You can contact our team at [email protected]

You can also get in contact with us on our Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Alternatively, please click here to go through to our contact page.

Please ensure that you read our booking terms and conditions below.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If there’s a question that we haven’t covered for you, we are just an email or phone call away.

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Trek Dates

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.

The Trek

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

Food, Accomdodation & Facilities

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.

Guides & Team

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.

How many people could be on this trek?

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.

Fitness & Equipment

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.

Vaccinations, Medical Conditions & Allergies

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.

Fees, Payments & Travel Documents

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.

Cancellations & Travel Insurance

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.

Photos & Media Content

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.

Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required.