Kokoda Track Tours

Welcome to Kokoda

Australian Guided Kokoda Track Tours

The Kokoda Track is a world-class tropical bushwalking oasis. This escape will lead you through amazing jungle terrain, moss coated forests and pristine waterways. Australia’s involvement in the Kokoda Trail Campaign is the primary reason for this quaint 96km walk becoming so famous.

 

Click on our Kokoda Track tour dates (tab at the top of the page) to see our small group set departure dates and all the information you require.

 

All Kokoda Track Tours

Escape Trekking Adventures run primarily two-length tours for the Kokoda Track, both tours enjoying a 9-day trek through the wartime jungle path and a night spent before and after the trek at the beautiful Ela Beach hotel in Port Moresby.

 

Northern Battlefield Tours (2-day extension before or after Kokoda trek)

Our extended tour visits the Northern Beach villages of Gona, Sanananda and Buna where we stay in our beachside guesthouse. Here we tour the battle sites of mass carnage before spending time with the village locals admiring the PNG village life (schools, churches, cooking and making sago flour to name but a few experiences).

 

11 day Kokoda Track tour package from  Ex Port Moresby $3845

13 day Kokoda Track tour package from EX Port Moresby $4195

9 day professionally guided Australian tour following the wartime trail

All historical sites are visited and included in our trek packages with battle site tuition on events

The Kokoda Track tour-grade is a 7/10 and requires a proper level of fitness and preparation

 

Private Group Tours

Enquire about our private group tour’s. We can host school groups, corporate groups, family groups and mates looking to trek Kokoda.

The Kokoda Trail battle begins

The Kokoda Campaign was considered the battle for Australia in 1942.

This was considered the battle for the Australian mainland as the south sea’s force of the Japanese empire swept through the pacific capturing Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Rabaul unchecked, before coming ashore the Australian mandated territory, in a bid to isolate the Allied offensive in the Pacific.

1942 was considered the crisis year for Australia during the war years. The Australian general public was kept in the closet about what seemed like an imminent invasion by the Imperial Japanese Army. The Sir Robert Menzies era of governing left Australia almost defenceless on the eve of the imperial push.

Our highly skilled and trained armed forces (the AIF) were serving abroad in the deserts of the Middle East, Europe and England. Australia was left with a nation being defended by our militia (today’s equivalent of the Army Reserve) who were either too young to go to war or leftover WW1 veterans who were too old to be sent into battle. Many of the young and inexperienced militia didn’t care for the army defending the king and country. However, the militia provided shelter, food and meager pay, which preceded the Great Depression, it seemed like a pretty good deal. Their training was basic to describe it at best. Many hadn’t fired a weapon let alone understand any military tactics or discipline.

Our warships were given to our mother country England at the beginning of the European war, leaving us with a fleet of coast runners and merchant ships. It was like sailing into the battle for the Coral Sea with harbour tugboats.

The skies were defended by under engineered planes such as the Wirraway, which was no match for the Japanese Zero’s that hunted us down like a pack of lions on a cornered meerkat.

With Prime Minster Curtain now at the helm of Australia, he recognised the dire situation of our armed services and lack of spending during the preceding decade before the outbreak of war. Curtain swung the Australian manufacturing industry into overdrive.

Curtain was also responsible for bringing home the 7th division just in time to halt the Japanese advance along the now-famous, Kokoda Trail.

The 39th Battalion

The now-famous 39th Battalion advanced over the Kokoda Track, meeting the highly skilled and trained Japanese soldiers who pushed the Australian’s back out of Kokoda and Deniki to Isurava, where the 39th dug in and were ordered to defend until they were replaced by the AIF’s 21st brigade. The Japanese closed in on the 39th Battalion dug in at Isurava, many of the 39th veterans at the time believed their country abandoned them and left to die with no sign of the AIF arriving.

The AIF arrive

The AIF arrived in the shape of the 2/14th, followed by the 2/16th, and later the 2/27th battalions. This saw a bitter struggle take place with the Australian’s fighting a rearguard action dubbed the fighting withdrawal. This action saw the Australian’s defend the track keeping themselves between the Japanese and Port Moresby.

Withdraw to the Beaches

In late September the Australian’s where able to reverse the battle situation pushing the now tired and depleted Japanese back over the Owen Stanley Range to the Northern Beaches where at Gona, Buna and finally Sananada the Australian’s (and American’s) defeated the Japanese in detail.

This battle is known as the Kokoda Trail Campaign and battle honours where awarded for these actions.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

2016 / 2017 Kokoda Trek Itineraries

Day Buna-Kkd-Owers Cr Kokoda-Owers Cr Owers Cr-Kokoda
1 Arrive Port Moresby Arrive Port Moresby Arrive Port Moresby
2 Port Moresby-Buna Port Moresby-Hoi Goodwater
3 Buna-explore area Surgeons rock Ioribaiwa
4 Buna-Kokoda-Hoi Eora Creek Agulogo
5 Surgeons rock Camp 1900 Efogi 1
6 Eora Creek Brigade Hill Camp 1900
7 Camp 1900 New Nauro Eora Creek
8 Brigade Hill Ioribaiwa Surgeons rock
9 New Nauro Goodwater Kokoda
10 Ioribaiwa Hotel Port Moresby Hotel Port Moresby
11 Goodwater Depart for Australia Depart for Australia
12 Hotel Port Moresby
13 Depart for Australia

11 day Kokoda Kokoda Track Tour Kokoda to Owers's Corner

Day 1 Arrive Port Moresby from your connecting flight

Trekkers, please note that the itinerary is just a guide and can change for many reasons. Your Australian guide will keep you informed and up to date with the itinerary daily.

Day 1:Arrive Port Moresby

Itinerary

Your Kokoda trek package starts when you arrive in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

You will be met at the airport by our Escape Trekking Adventures PNG Operations Manager, and transferred to the Ela Beach Hotel for the night.

In the late afternoon trekkers will meet, collect gear and be briefed on what will happen whilst on the track. If you have any questions, the guide will be more than happy to answer them for you. Your group will enjoy a nice meal (personal expense) and discuss the adventure ahead.

The night is then yours to pack for the following day and rest up before the onward journey. Please avoid alcohol before, or during the trek.

Any unwanted gear that you do not wish to carry on the track, can be left at the Ela Beach Hotel in a suitcase with a lock attached. This will be there for you to pick up on your return – Please see the reception desk that night or in the morning to secure your luggage.

Day 2: POM to Kokoda to Hoi via Kokoda Battle Site

Early the next morning, trekkers will wake and meet their Guide and team at the foyer of the hotel.

Once the group is together, they will be transferred to the Domestic Airport to take the flight to Popondetta.

This can take a little bit of time, so you need to be patient, slow down and relax. The flight over the Owen Stanley Range takes 30 minutes and before you know it you have arrived in Popondetta. On the ground, you will be joining our Escape Trekking Adventures team who will continue with you to Kokoda.

From Popondetta, the group will take the long drive through to Kokoda, on the way stopping at Awala, Kumasi River & Oivi for pictures and commentary.

After arriving in Kokoda, we will take a walk to the Kokoda Museum (if open).

From the Kokoda Station, the group will commence the trek from Kokoda to Hoi that takes around 2.5 hours (depending on the pace of the group).

Hoi is a great little village and is a fitting first night to camp.

After a wash, the trekkers will share their first evening meal before being briefed on the history and the next day’s journey.

Day 3: Hoi to Cons/Surgeons Rock via Deniki & Isurava Battle sites with detailed historical presentations

Rising early, the team enjoy breakfast and soon enough will hear the call to be ready to move out.

With Kokoda in the distance, we trek through the lush green Choko vines that reach into the canopy of the trees. The trekkers continue to move up the Owen Stanley Range to Isurava Village for welcomed rest before continuing onto Isurava Battle site.

A minute silence is held here to remember the Soldiers who fought, and to also pay tribute to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. The battle site was lost for many years to the jungle, although today the site is cleared and serves as a memorial to the fallen soldiers that died in the Kokoda Campaign.

We relish in the history of the area visiting Bruce Kingsbury’s VC rock and take many photo’s of the area.

There is a small war museum here and if open trekkers can look inside and take photos.

After seeing the battle site we take a short 15-minute walk to our campsite Con’s Rock, this campsite supports the Alola school.

After a wash, the team prepare for tomorrow and share the evening meal along with the briefing, and welcome the opportunity to head off to bed.

Day 4:Cons/Surgeons Rock – Eora Creek via the lower Japanese defensive position

After breakfast, we hold a sacred service at Con’s Rock, a moment everyone will remember.

Leaving Cons Rock, we walk for nearly 2 hours where we reach Alola and take a short break. From Alola we encounter our first steep downhill section which can be quite slippery if it is wet, this takes around 1 hour. From here we cross a creek and proceed to climb at a steady pace for 2 hours onto Eora Creek.

Along the way, a detour is taken to view the lower Japanese defensive position overlooking Eora Creek. This position was used by the Japanese primarily in their retreat and was the scene of bitter fighting as the diggers scaled in some parts almost vertical embankments.

From the junction, we walk on to Eora Creek campsite.

Some trekkers say that this is their favourite spot, and you will understand why as you stop for a rest.

The creek is a beautiful swimming place, although it can be a little chilly, which is great for your aching muscles.

We meet again tonight as we do each night and reflect on the day, talk about the war history and cover what the next day entails.

Day 5: Eora Creek to Diggers/Camp 1900 via Myola wartime drop zone

Another 4 am wake up and we prepare for a long hard days hiking, which will see us rise to the highest point on the track.

For now, we spend 2 hours of solid climbing and will pass many Australian weapon pits that were used in the fighting withdrawal in 1942.

Trekkers will stop for a rest at Templeton’s Crossing for morning tea then onto Dump 1 for lunch.

We then proceed up to Mt Bellamy and stop to take in the breathtaking view of the Kokoda Gap.

We take our time and encourage each other; this section of the track can be quite tricky.

From the Gap, we trek to Camp 1900 and view the Myola Drop zone.

Tomorrow morning on our way to Naduri village, there is an option to trek along Bamboo Ridge to Large Myola (2), and back to Diggers Camp for the evening, this trek route will lengthen the day by up to 2 hours and only a complete and fit group can achieve this in daylight hours. Occasionally this land along Bamboo Ridge may be closed by the landowners for a cultural reason, and this may result in us walking down the alternate track to 1900 our campsite for the night where there is a pleasant little stream to wash in.

This campsite will be the coldest night sleep you will have on the track so rug up. Here we have a bonfire weather permitting.

Day 6: Diggers/Camp 1900 to Brigade Hill via Ovuru Ndiki’s Tomb

Setting off from Diggers/1900 we trek onto Naduri Village, the track leading into Naduri can be extremely slippery if it has rained, so take your time and watch your step.

Naduri is a charming village, and the team will stay just beside the airstrip at the guesthouse with an intriguing treehouse built by the locals for lunch.

Naduri was the home of Ovuru Ndiki, one of the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who sadly passed away in November 2013. We visit his sacred memorial and tomb where the old man lays in peace. One of Ovuru’s family members will greet us and tell stories passed on by Ovuru.

From Naduri we plunge a steep descent (2 hours) and climb a steep ascent up to Efogi 2 then on to Efogi for lunch. We can also stop for a quick swim in the creek before lunch to cool down

After lunch ensure you are wearing sunscreen as we spend quite a long period out in the open climbing up to Brigade Hill.

Brigade Hill is the eeriest place to camp on the track, and quite often the clouds roll in over the summit adding to the deep feeling of this special place.

Tonight we will prepare ourselves for a dawn service the following morning.

Day 7: Brigade Hill to Nauro via Japanese offensive positions

After an emotional early morning Dawn Service, we descend to Menari, on the trek down the ridge the team will be shown the lookout to Menari, and briefed on the Japanese positions in the area during their advance.

The group will then move down to the creek and up to the guesthouse for a rest.

While in Menari the school students may gather to present a show for you.

Trekkers can bring educational & stationary resources as gifts for the students (Escape Trekking Adventures has an ongoing relationship supporting the Menari school).

From Menari, we trek up towards the top of ‘The Wall’. Here we will have a rest and take our time descending amongst all of the tree roots and mud which can be quite slippery.

We stop for lunch at Agulogo, and it is not long after that the boots come off for the crossing of the Brown River.

For the next hour, you will trek through the muddy Swamp below following the Naoro River, then slowly climb our way up to New Nauro Village where a welcomed rest and our campsite is for the night; this is halfway up the nine false peaks and is the most comfortable campsite on the track.

Day 8: Nauru to Ioribaiwa Village via the Japanese Ofi Creek and Ioribaiwa ridge defensive position

After Nauro, we trek up the ridge where it is easy to get discouraged with the remaining 9 false peaks. Trekkers encourage each other and before long, you reach the top and trek down to the Japanese Ladder for lunch. From there we continue down the ridge to Ofi Creek. This trek will take around 2-3 hours, depending on the pace of the group.

Near the descent to Ofi Creek, we pause at the Japanese ambush defensive position. From here you can see how deadly this position was.

At Ofi Creek you can enjoy another welcomed wash, at another beautiful location.

The group will trek up and over Ioribaiwa Ridge to the post-war village.

We will gather and go over the brief on the history that took place here.

This is quite an amazing place for trekkers to stand, as it marks the place that the main forces of Japanese got to before being ordered to ‘advance to the rear’.

The sunsets here are magical if the weather is kind to us and our Crew quite often play footy on the large grassed area and sing into the night.

Day 9: Ioribaiwa Village to Camp Goodwater Via final defensive position in the Australian withdrawal

The team sets off early and progresses down through Dump 44 and on to Ua-Ule creek where we will cross the streams numerous times (17 times in total in this valley) before stopping for morning tea.

From the northern foot of Imita Ridge, (where the Salvos had a ‘Hop In’ tent erected during the war, serving refreshments to the soldiers) here we make our climb up Imita Ridge. It is quite a challenging climb and trekkers should be aware of pacing yourselves.

At the top after a group picture and briefing, the team will make the trek down to Imita base (Goodwater) camp for the night.

This is a terrific swimming hole to enjoy your last night on the track.

This night, trekkers pass the hat around to tip the Crew and their personal guides. A night of mixed emotions, relief, sadness and gratitude.

Day 10:Goodwater to Port Moresby via Ower Cr & Bomana Cemetery

The team are feeling exhausted, but eager to get to Owers’ Corner, as we progress on for just a few short hours to Goldie Creek.

Trekkers welcome the great opportunity here to cool down in the water before morning tea.

After leaving Goldie, we trek up the last climb to Owers’ Corner where there are many cheers, photos and celebrations as we walk through the gates.

There will be an opportunity here to view the memorials before boarding the bus back to Port Moresby and spend the last night at the Hotel.

On the way you will have a brief stop at Macdonald’s Corner, The Sogeri Junction, Rouna Falls and Bomana Cemetery.

At the hotel, all trekkers meet to celebrate their successful trek and enjoy a celebration meal together.

Trekkers do need to make sure that all their trekking gear is cleaned properly before the international flight to avoid any quarantine delays back in Australia.

Day 11:Tour Conclusion and airport transfer

Trekkers are free to do as they choose before being transferred back to the Airport for the flight back to Australia. Most flights after midday allow for a lazy sleep in and a final breakfast with your fellow trekkers. Flights between 6-10 am require an early rise and transfer to get to the airport in time to clear customs.

13 day Kokoda Kokoda Track Tour 2 Day Buna Village Stay 9 Day Kokoda to Owers's Corner trek

Day 1 Arrive Port Moresby from your connecting flight

Trekkers please note that the itinerary is just a guide and can change for a number of reasons. Your guide will keep you informed of the daily itinerary should it need to change.

Day 1:Arrive Port Moresby

Itinerary

Your Kokoda Trek package starts when you arrive in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

You will be met at the airport by our Escape Trekking Adventures PNG Operations Manager, and be transferred to the Ela Beach Hotel for the night. Your Australian guide will be waiting to greet you at the hotel.

In the later afternoon, trekkers will meet with the Australian guide to collect gear and be briefed on what will happen while on the track. If you have any questions, the guide will be more than happy to answer them for you. Your group will enjoy a nice meal (personal expense) and discuss the adventure ahead.

Then the night is yours to pack for the following day and rest up before the onward journey. Please avoid alcohol prior or during the trek.

(Any unwanted gear that you do not wish to carry on the track, can be left at the hotel in a suit case with a lock attached to pick up on your return – Please see reception that night or in the morning to secure your luggage).

Day 2: POM to Popondetta to Buna Village via Gona & Sanananda

Early the next morning trekkers will wake and have breakfast before meeting in the foyer of the hotel.

Once the group is together they will be transferred to the Domestic Airport to catch the flight to Popondetta.

This can take a little bit of time so you need to be patient slow down and relax. The flight over the Owen Stanley Range takes 30 minutes and before you know it you have arrived in Popondetta. On the ground our Escape Trekking Adventures team will be awaiting your arrival and will continue with you on the Buna Adventure.

There are a few stops on the way so keep your cameras handy.

We will continue onto Gona by boats.

It is not too long before the drone of the boat engine gets louder, and the team moves down to the beach. As you do, you will see that you are being farewelled by a number of locals who followed you to the beach to say goodbye.

It is nice to cruise along the coast and very hard to imagine what took place 70 yeas ago.

After cruising for a while, the boat will head into the beach at Sanananda, where the group will take a short walk into the village to see the Australian and Japanese museums.

Back onto the boats we soon arrive in Buna. We will be warmly welcomed by the locals when we arrive with a traditional dance and flowers.

After lunch there is an opportunity to settle into your room at the Guest House.

In the afternoon trekkers can take a walk through the village and a have a swim. This is a hidden secret so take the time to enjoy your self.

We come together for our evening meal and have a briefing about the next days movements before heading off to bed.

Day 3: Buna Village via Battle site & Old Strip

Trekkers wake before the heat sets in. After breakfast we take a tour and are briefed on the history of the area. A guided walk through the village seeing the local war remains and sites in the area follows this. The locations we visit include Old Strip (where there are remains of Japanese zeros), Japanese pillboxes, field equipment, artillery gun shells and much more. This does take a few hours so be sure to take your hat sunscreen and water.

After the tour, the group return for lunch and a swim. The locals are very friendly and will sometimes come for a swim with the trekkers.

After an easy afternoon, there is opportunity to mix with the local villagers, be sure not to walk too far to avoid heat stress, remember to take some water, camera and some Kina.

Inquisitive kids from the village will be eager to play some games and entertain you so be prepared for some fun.

There is a farewell meal cooked by the Escape Trekking Adventures family, trekkers will enjoy the feast and may take an evening walk along the beach. The night is very peaceful and the Guesthouse paints the perfect picture. Soon the trekkers move off to bed.

Day 4: Buna to Kokoda to Hoi via Kokoda Battle Site

By now you are adjusting to the new routine, up and packed ready to go before you know it.

We walk out from Buna for a period of 1 & ½ to 3 hours until we reach a road junction and the group will jump on board the PMV and move towards Popondetta. The drive to Popondetta takes around 45mins-1hr, once we arrive we will stop off at the supermarket, trekkers usually grab a drink and something to eat (personal expense).

From Popondetta, the group will take the long drive through to Kokoda, on the way stopping at Awala, Kumasi River & Oivi for pictures and listen to the tour commentary.

After arriving in Kokoda, we will take walk to the Kokoda Museum (if open).

From the Kokoda Station, the group will commence the trek from Kokoda to Hoi that takes around 2.5 hours (depending on the pace of the group).

Hoi is a great little village and is a fitting first night to camp.

After a wash, the trekkers will share the evening meal before being briefed on the history and the next day’s journey.

Day 5: Hoi to Cons/Surgeons Rock via Deniki & Isurava Battle sites with detailed historical presentations

Rising early the group will enjoy breakfast and soon enough will hear the call to be ready to move out.

With Kokoda in the distance, the group will trek through the lush green choko vines that reach into the canopy of the trees. The trekkers will continue to move up the Owen Stanley Range to Isurava Village.

After a welcomed rest, the group will continue to Isurava Battle site.

A minute silence is held here to remember the Soldiers who fought, and to also pay tribute to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. The battle site was lost for many years to the jungle, although today the site is cleared and serves as a memorial to the fallen soldiers that died in the Kokoda Campaign.

We relish in the history of the area visiting Bruce Kingsbury VC rock and take many photo’s of the area.

There is a small war museum here and if open trekkers can look inside and take photos (entry fee own expense).

After seeing the battle site we take a short 15 minute walk to our campsite Con’s rock, this campsite supports the Alola school.

The group will then wash, share the evening meal along with the briefing, and welcome the opportunity to head off to Bed.

Day 6:Cons/Surgeons Rock – Eora Creek via the lower Japanese defensive position

We take off early after a special service held at Con’s rock and walk for nearly 2 hours were we reach Alola and take a short break. From Alola we encounter our first steep down hill section which can be slippery if it is wet, this takes around 1 hour. From here we cross a creek and proceed to climb at a steady pace for 2 hours onto Eora Creek.

Along the way, a detour is taken to view the lower Japanese defensive position overlooking Eora Creek. This position was used by the Japanese primarily in their retreat and was the scene of bitter fighting as the diggers scaled in some parts almost vertical embankments.

From the junction we walk on to Eora Creek campsite.

Some trekkers say that this is their favourite spot, and you will understand why as you stop for a rest.

The creek is a beautiful swimming place although it can be a little chilly, which is great for your aching mussels.

We meet again tonight as we do each night and reflect on the day, talk about the war history and cover what the next day entails.

Day 7: Eora Creek to Diggers/Camp 1900 via Myola wartime drop zone

We rise early and prepare for a long hard days hiking which will see us rise to the highest point on the track.

For now we spend 2 hours of solid climbing and will pass many Australian weapon pits that were used in the fighting withdrawal in 1942.

Trekkers will stop for a rest at Templeton’s Crossing for morning tea then onto Dump 1 for lunch.

We then proceed up to Mt Bellamy and stop to take in the amazing view of the Kokoda Gap.

We take our time and encourage each other for this section of the track can be quite difficult.

From the gap we primarily trek to Camp 1900 and view the Myola Drop zone. Tomorrow morning on our way to Naduri village there is an option to trek along Bamboo Ridge to Large Myola (2) and back to Diggers camp for the evening, this trek route will lengthen the day by up to 2 hours and only a complete and fit group can achieve this in day light hours. Occasionally this land along Bamboo Ridge may be closed by the land owners for cultural reason and this may result in us walking down the alternate track to 1900 our campsite for the night where there is a pleasant little stream to wash in.

This campsite will be the coldest night sleep you will have on the track so rug up. We will have a bonfire here weather permitting.

Day 8: Diggers/Camp 1900 to Brigade Hill via Ovuru Ndiki’s Tomb

Setting off from Diggers/1900 we trek on to Naduri Village, the track leading into Naduri can be extremely slippery if it has rained, so take your time and watch your step.

Naduri is a very beautiful village and the group will stay just beside the airstrip at the guesthouse with a very intriguing tree house built by the locals.

Naduri was the location of Ovuru Ndiki, one of the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who sadly passed away in November 2013. We visit his sacred memorial and tomb where the old man now lays in peace. One of Ovuru’s family members will greet us and tell stories passed on by Ovuru.

From Naduri we plunge down a steep descent (2 hours) and climb a steep ascent up to Efogi 2 then on to Efogi for lunch. We can also stop for a quick swim in the creek before lunch to cool down

After lunch ensure your wearing sun screen as we spend quite a long period out in the open climbing up to Brigade Hill.

Brigade Hill is the most eerie place to camp, often the clouds roll in over the summit adding to the sombre feeling of this special place.

Tonight we will prepare ourselves for a dawn service the following morning.

Day 9: Brigade Hill to Nauro via Japanese offensive positions

After an emotional early morning dawn service we descend down to Menari, on the trek down the ridge the group will be shown the lookout to Menari, and be briefed on Japanese positions in the area during their advance.

The group will then move down to the creek and up to the guesthouse for a rest.

While in Menari the school students may gather to present a show for you.

Trekkers can bring educational & stationary resources as gifts for the students (Escape Trekking Adventures has an ongoing relationship supporting the Menari school).

From Menari the group will trek up towards the top of ‘The Wall’ here the group will have a rest and take our time descending down the wall amongst all of the tree roots and mud.

We stop for lunch at Agulogo, and it is not long before boots are off, for the crossing of the Brown River.

The next 1 hour you will trek through the muddy Swamp below following the Naoro River, then slowly climb our way up to New Nauro Village where a welcomed rest and our campsite is for the night; this is halfway up the nine false peaks and is the most comfortable campsite on the track.

Day 10: Nauru to Ioribaiwa Village via the Japanese Ofi Creek and Ioribaiwa ridge defensive position

After Nauro we will trek up the ridge where it is easy to get discouraged with the remaining 9 false peaks. Trekkers encourage each other and before long you reach the top and trek down to the Japanese ladder for lunch. From there the group continues down the ridge to Ofi Creek. This trek will take around 2-3 hours, depending on the pace of the group.

Near the descent to Ofi Creek we pause at the Japanese ambush defensive position. From here you can see how deadly this position was.

At Ofi Creek you can enjoy another welcomed wash at yet another beautiful location.

The group will trek up and over the Ioribaiwa Ridge to the post war village.

We will gather and be briefed on the history that took place here.

This is quite an amazing place for trekkers to stand, as it marks the place that the main forces of Japanese got to before being ordered to ‘advance to the rear’.

The sunsets here are magical if the weather is kind to us, the porters quite often play footy on the large grassed area and sing into the evening.

Day 11: Ioribaiwa Village to Camp Goodwater Via final defensive position in the Australian withdrawal

The group sets off early and progresses down through Dump 44 and onto Ua-Ule creek where we will cross the creek numerous times (17 times in total in this valley) before stopping for morning tea.

From the northern foot of Imita Ridge, (where the Salvos had a ‘Hop In’ tent erected during the war, serving refreshments to the soldiers) here we make our climb up Imita Ridge. It is quite a challenging climb and trekkers should be aware to pace yourself.

At the top after a group picture and briefing, the team will take the trek down to Imita base (Goodwater) camp for the night.

This is a terrific swimming hole to enjoy your last night on the track.

This night the trekkers often pass the hat around to tip the porters.

Day 12:Goodwater to Port Moresby via Ower Cr & Bomana Cemetery

The with group now exhausted but eager to get to Owers Corner, we progress on for just a few short hours to Goldie Creek.

Trekkers welcome the great opportunity here to cool down in the water before morning tea.

After leaving Goldie we trek up the last climb to Owers Corner where there are many cheers, photos and celebrations as trekkers walk through the gates.

There will be opportunity here to view the memorials before boarding the bus transport back to Port Moresby and the last night at the Hotel.

On the way you will have a brief stop at Macdonald’s Corner, The Sogeri Junction, Rouna Falls and Bomana Cemetery.

At the hotel all trekkers usually meet to celebrate the trek, and to enjoy a celebration meal together.

Trekkers do need to make sure that all their trekking gear is cleaned properly before the international flight to avoid and quarantine delays back in Australia.

Day 13:Tour Conclusion and airport transfer

Trekkers are free to do as they choose before being transferred back to the Airport for the flight back to Australia. Most flights after midday allow for a lazy sleep in and a final breakfast with your fellow trekkers. Flights between 6-10 am require an early rise and transfer to get to the airport in time to clear customs.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

What's Included In Your Kokoda Track Tour

 

  • Escape Trekking Adventures T-shirt
  • All accommodation as part of the package, including two nights at the Ela Beach Hotel –Twin Share (single share can be arranged at an additional cost – $200 per night)
  • Airport Pick Up & Transfers
  • Bomana War Cemetery visit
  • Use of Hiking tent, Backpack & Sleeping Mat (use in PNG).
  • Single share two-person tent for every trekker (no sharing tents with any other trekker)
  • All freshly prepared meals while trekking on the Kokoda Trail by our highly trained cooking team
  • Commercially dried Australian beef for protein to accompany the fresh vegetables, pasta, sushi, pizzas, arancini balls, beef koftas, spaghetti bolognese, dahl Bharat, doughnuts, and much more. Our menu has been devised to ensure you get the correct amount of nutrition for such a marathon. Being protein, good fats and carbohydrates.
  • Transfers to and from the Kokoda Trail (inc. flight from Popondetta)
  • Experienced Australian Guide
  • Experienced Local Head Guide
  • Experienced and trained Head and Assistant cooks
  • Experienced Team Crew to carry the team’s food, cooking equipment and safety equipment. Our Crew have been with us for six years, and they are the very best in their field..
  • Track Permit fees
  • Village/Guesthouse fees
  • Family/next of Kin updates
  • Certificate of Completion
  • The knowledge that you are contributing back to PNG villages
  • Public Liability Insurance Cover (underwritten by Lloyds of London for 10 million)
  • Group emergency communications – Satellite Phone, Group tracking and updates
  • Memorial and museums entry fees along the track
  • Wilderness and Senior First Aid trained guides
  • History of the Kokoda Campaign, the culture of typical village life in PNG

 

What’s Not Included:

 

  • Anti-malaria medication, and other medication & injections as recommended by your Doctor/Travel Doctor
  • Postage and handling charge of your registration packs $7 – $15
  • International Flights
  • Personal First Aid Kit & necessary supplies
  • Personal Travel Insurance (must have emergency airlift cover included)
  • Passport (must have more than 6-month validation on departure)
  • Visa for entry into PNG (free)
  • Personal expenses while in Port Moresby
  • Medical clearance Certificate (for Kokoda trekkers)
  • Personal Trekking Gear Items
  • Personal Guide to carry your trek gear $730 AU if you have chosen this option
  • Meals at the Hotel, airports or any other destination other than the Kokoda Track

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Optional Extras For Our Kokoda Tours

The optional extras for our Kokoda Trail tours include a personal guide, self-inflating sleeping mat and single supplement for the hotel component of the tour.

  • Personal Guides

You can hire a personal guide (recommended) to carry the main components of you trek equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothing, first aid kit and any other additional items that you do not require during the day. An overwhelming majority (over 65%) of people engage a personal guide for their tour.

Your porter will stay by your side while walking and assist you in descending steep muddy slopes and give you a helping hand up the steep ascents. Our porters will get your drinking water for you as they know the purist locations, set up and pack down your tent and become your friend over the tour sharing his culture and life stories with you.

You would only be required to carry a 30-40L day pack containing 5-8 kilograms of contents (a majority of this is water). Escape Trekking Adventures supplies you with a 76L good quality hiking pack (given to you in Port Moresby) to pack your additional equipment in for the guide to carry.

The additional costs for our porters is $730AUD and this fee covers a well above award wage (as set out by the Kokoda Track Authority), all the guesthouse fees for the guide, his food for the entire trip, an airfare or additional money to get to or from the start or finish of the tour (personal choice for the porter), food while waiting at the beginning of the trip, a sleeping mat, uniforms, access to a sleeping bag and hygiene products.

  • Single Supplement 

While on our tour you will have your own tent! (NO sharing with strangers) To sleep in on the track, however, while in Port Moresby the hotel accommodation is twin share. If you would like to have your privacy in the hotel, this luxury comes at a price of $200 per night. You can select this option while booking your tour or after the booking is made by contacting our office to arrange this optional extra.

  • Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat

Our self-inflating mattresses are one of the best, a high performance and lightweight mat.

The mats are made with high-quality materials to deliver you a durable and compact mat for a good nights rest. The construction includes horizontal and vertical coring for strength. The mats are tapered in shape; this keeps unnecessary weight to a minimum.

Size: 168 x 51 x 3.8cm
Weight: 654g
R Value: 3.2

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Kokoda Track Gear List

A more detailed gear list will be sent out to you upon registration of your selected tour. We can assist you in your purchases, these are all suggested items, and you should also do some research to ensure you are carrying what suits you. If you have what we indicate on our gear lists, this should be sufficient, but if you have any questions, please ask.

If you are using a personal guide, you will have a 76L backpack (supplied by us) and a daypack to carry your water and a few loose items you need throughout the day. If you are not using a personal guide, you will need to buy (or free of hire from ETA) a 76L backpack or larger to carry all of your contents including your tent.

  • Hiking Boots (full length for ankle support)
  • Sport Sandals (for crossing rivers and creeks)
  • Socks  4-5 pairs
  • Gaiters
  • Daypack 30-40L (if you engage a personal porter)
  • Hiking Pack 76L+ (if carrying your own gear)
  • Rain Cover for your backpack if not inbuilt   
  • Trekking Pole(s)
  • Headlight torch
  • Dry Sacs x 5 (mix of 3-10L)
  • Knife, Bowl, Fork, Spoon, Cup
  • Water Bladder (2-3L Camelbak type or similar)
  • Water Bottles 1L x 2 (leak Proof)
  • Sunglasses & Case
  • Sleeping bag 0 to +5 C (no more than 1.2kg in weight)
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Inflatable Sleeping Pillow
  • Thermal Underwear Top
  • Thermal Underwear Bottom
  • Hiking Shirts x 3 (moisture wicking)
  • Hiking Shorts x 2
  • Gym Lycra Shorts x 2 (skins or similar)
  • Underwear x 4
  • Light Spray Jacket
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Spare Batteries
  • Towel microfiber (quick-dry)
  • A small towel to dry feet
  • Face Washer
  • Wilderness Wash Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • First Aid Kit
  • Blister Pads
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antibiotics (general use)
  • Strapping tape for ankles 5 cm thick
  • Painkillers (As Prescribed by Doctor)
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (Voltaren As Prescribed by Doctor)
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti sickness tablets (As Prescribed by Doctor)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Electrolytes
  • Malaria tablets (As Prescribed by Doctor)
  • Anti Fungal Powder (for feet and shoes)
  • Insect Repellant cream/spray (Bushman’s)
  • Ziplock bags & garbage bags for wet items
  • Snack bars x 12 – 15Lollies small amount
  • Travel docs & copies x 2
  • Passport & Visa + copies

Items that you will carry in your 30-40L Daypack

  • Camel pack ( 3 litre capacity for water)
  • Two smaller water bottle to treat your water or to mix electrolytes in
  • Water purifiers
  • Electrolytes
  • Rain cover for your daypack
  • Headlight
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper (One Roll)
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Spoon/cup/bowl/utensils
  • Small towel for wiping feet after river crossings etc
  • Foot powder
  • Your daily snacks
  • Any medicine that is required in an emergency. i.e. Asthma Inhaler, sugar for people with diabetes etc.
  • Blister pads
  • Bandaids
  • Insect repellant

 

What you wear each day
This is what I wear on my Kokoda trek.

▪    One pair of bushwalking boots or shoes (with good grip)
▪    One trekking pole
▪    One pair of socks
▪    One pair of gators
▪    One pair of shorts
▪    One shirt
▪    One pair of lycra gym shorts
▪    One cap for the few sunny areas and to keep the rain from running down your face

 

Please bring an extra bag/suitcase (To leave in Port Moresby at the Hotel)

You will leave a bag in the hotel lock up in Port Moresby that is returned to you when you arrive back from Kokoda. You can leave additional gear not required and clean gear for your return in this bag. Ensure you bring along a combination padlock to secure your items. It is entirely safe and secure, but it is just an extra safety net.

 

Money

I recommend that you bring with you at least K700-1000 ($390-600 AUD), as it is better to have more money than not enough and there are no credit card facilities at the end of the trail. There are ATM’s in the Hotels at Port Moresby, but these are not always reliable..

You have the opportunity to purchase fruit, twisties and soft drink along the trail and you may wish to buy some souvenirs from the villages also. It is custom for the guides to receive tips for all of their hard work and you will need to bring this money with you for the last night thank you to the group.

At the hotel in Port Moresby, you are required to purchase your meals (2 dinners and 1 breakfast) allow for 30-40 Kina for Breakfast and 50-90 Kina for dinner. The upper amount for dinner is the reef and beef however you can get pizzas for less than 50 Kina, and they taste great.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Visa Information for Papua New Guinea & the Kokoda Track

Australian Passport holders who will be trekking the Kokoda Trail are required to obtain a Tourist Visa to visit Papua New Guinea. Tourist visas to PNG are free for Australian citizens if getting in person, or via post, a fee applies for the online process. Your visas must be arranged approved before arrival in PNG.

Escape Trekking Adventures supplies you with a Visa form and a short visa itinerary to apply for your visa in our registration packs.

You must fill out the visa form and provide the dates of arrival and departure for your intended stay in PNG, and please be careful to ensure the dates go into the right places on the forms.

Your flights need to be booked before filling out the form as you are required to provide the flight number and destination of your flight. Be sure to include a copy of your flight itinerary in your application.
You must send 1 passport sized picture of your self in the application.
You must fill out the health screening form, which provides details of your movements concerning the countries that the Ebola virus is known.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months from your intended stay. Your Passport Must have at least one blank page for the visa sticker to be attached.

If obtaining by post:

Purchase two registered post parcels. Be sure to address the second envelope to yourself so the Embassy can return your passport.

You are then are required to package together with your short itinerary, health screening form, flight itinerary, visa form, self-addressed return envelope, passport picture and your full original passport into a registered post parcel and mail to the PNG High Commission.

Brisbane – Queensland (QLD)

PNG Consulate-General
Level 3, 344 Queens Street
Brisbane QLD 4001
GPO Box 220, BRISBANE
Australia

 

If obtaining online:

Visit the official website: www.ica.gov.pg and follow the prompts beginning with Tourist Visa.  You will need a screenshot of your passport and flight schedules. A fee applies for this process. However, the PNG Government has only introduced this process in 2019, eventually post visa applications will not be accepted.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

How Fit Do I Need To Be To Trek Kokoda

Training for Kokoda is unlike any other activity you will undertake. The type of training program will vary on your pre-existing fitness levels, strength and minor injuries or impairments you may already have.
The different categories will be; little to no pre-existing fitness levels will require 16-20 weeks of preparation in some cases if you are overweight, you may need more then 20 weeks to be ready).

Limited fitness, but can climb a 3 story staircase in a brisk manner resulting in a little shortness of breath and not be bent over huffing and puffing at the top of the stairs, should see you needing 12-16 weeks of training to prepare.

Some fitness level, which includes mostly cardio training. This type of person could complete 3 x 1-hour walks per week and do 10 push-ups along with 20 sit-ups. This type of persons would also engage in physical activity on a few occasions per week i.e. bike riding, running, swimming, ball sports or sport that involves a solid level of cardiovascular strength. They could prepare in 10-12 weeks.

Don’t be scared or on taking on a challenge like Kokoda, remember everyday average Aussie’s tackle Kokoda every day and complete their goal having felt like they have achieved an accomplishment they can be proud of.

Fitness Preparation

Trekking the Kokoda Track, Kilimanjaro or EBC is not a walk in the park! It is an amazing challenging experience, and the amount of training and preparation you do beforehand can determine the amount of enjoyment you have on the trek. We recommend that you put in at least 3 months of training before your trek. If you are in good physical fitness, your preparation time may be less. To avoid residual fatigue, ensure you have at least one rest day, ideally after your hardest session of training for the week. Vary the method of training over the course of the 12 weeks from bike riding to interval training and a little running, however, 60-70% of your cardio workout should be bushwalking with a pack on.

These guidelines are for those carrying your pack along the trail, if you have a personal guide, then your training should be with at least 11kg. This equates to the water you carry, as well as daily personal gear, eg. camera, sunscreen, lunches etc and a little extra for better preparation.

It is essential to work at building your fitness and intentionally work to build your strength. You may say, “We don’t have hills or mountains where I live”, Push Bike riding, Climbing steps/stairs over and over again, or Gym works out can help gain the strength and fitness you need.

Kokoda Trail - 3 Month Exercise Plan

FYI: The Day Counter numbers are so that you can mark the days off as you go.

Month 1

Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 1-6 (each day)

Walk for 30 minutes at a medium to fast pace, on flat ground x 6 times a week

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

10 Push ups & 20 Sit ups

3 sets of 12 lunges each leg

3 sets of 12 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 20 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day 7: Rest

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7

Days: 8-12 Day 13 1 hour walk

Walk for 45 minutes at a medium pace, on flat to hilly ground, carrying 3kg( camel back) x 6 times a week

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

15 Push Ups & 25 sit ups

3 sets of 12 lunges each leg

3 sets of 12 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 20 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day 14: – Rest

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Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 15 – 19 Day 20 1.5 hour walk

Walk for 45 minutes at a faster pace, on ;hilly ground increasing weight to 5kg x 6 times a week you should by now had purchased your hiking boots and be wearing them for all walk.

3 – 4 sessions a week of the below excises

15 Push ups & 25 Sit ups.

3 sets of 12 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 12 lunges each leg

3 sets of 20 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 21- Rest

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Days: 22 -29 Day 30 2 hour walk

30 minute of interval training such as excise bike, sprints, rowing etc. Do 30 secs at high speed, 30 secs slow pace of the chosen excise 4 times a week. 1 x walk for 2 hours + 7kg pack

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

20 Push up 30 sit ups.

3 sets of 12 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 12 lunges each leg

3 sets of 20 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 31 – Rest

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7

Month 2

Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 1 – 5 (each day) Day 6 2.5 hour walk

35 minute of interval training such as excise bike, sprints, rowing etc. Do 30 secs at high speed, 30 secs slow pace of the chosen excise 4 times a week. 1 x walk for 2.5 hours carrying 7kgs

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

20 Push ups & 30 Sit ups

3 sets of 12 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 12 lunges each leg

3 sets of 20 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

Day: 7 – Rest

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3

4

5

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Days: 8-12 Day 13 2.5 hour walk

35 minute of interval training such as excise bike, sprints, rowing etc. Do 30 secs at high speed, 30 secs slow pace of the chosen excise 4 times a week. 1 x walk for 2.5 hours carrying 8 kg.

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

15 Push ups & 25 sit ups

3 sets of 12 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 12 lunges each leg

3 sets of 20 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

Day 14: – Rest

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2

3

4

5

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7

Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 15 – 19 Day 20 3 hour walk

4 walks for 60 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 9kg over the week and 2 walks of 2.5 & 3 hour duration.

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

25 Push ups & 30 Sit ups.

3 sets of 14 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 14 lunges each leg

3 sets of 25 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 21 – Rest

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Days: 22 -29 Day 30 3 hour walk

4 walks for 90 minutes at a medium to pace, on Hilly ground increasing weight to 11kg over the week and 2 walks of 2.5 & 3 hour duration.

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

30 Push up 35 sit ups

3 sets of 14 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 14 lunges each leg

3 sets of 25 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 31 – Rest

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7

Month 3

Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 1 – 5 (each day) Day 6 4 hour walk

1 walks for 90 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 13kg over the week and 2 walks of 3 & 4 hour duration & 2 runs or bike rides for 30 minutes on grass areas to reduce impact & residual fatigue.

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

30 Push ups & 35 Sit ups

3 sets of 16 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 16 lunges each leg

3 sets of 30 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 7 – Rest

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4

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Days: 8 – 12 Day 13 5 hour walk

4 walks for 90 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 15kg over the week and 2 walks of 4 & 5 hour duration. You can replace 2 short walks with runs/rides this week also reduce residual fatigue.

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

30 Push ups & 40 Sit ups

3 sets of 18 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 18 lunges each leg

3 sets of 35 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 14 – Rest

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2

3

4

5

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7

Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 15 – 19 Day 20 5.5 hour walk

4 walks for 100 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 17kg over the week and 2 walks of 4 & 5.5 hour duration.

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

30 Push ups & 40 Sit ups.

3 sets of 20 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 20 lunges each leg

3 sets of 40 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 21 – Rest

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2

3

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Days: 22 -29 Day 30 6 hour walk

4 walks for 120 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 19kg over the week and 2 walks of 4 & 6 hour duration.

3-4 sessions a week of the below excises

35 Push up 40 sit ups

3 sets of 20 calf raises each leg

3 sets of 20 lunges each leg

3 sets of 40 squats with a fitness ball against a wall

 

Day: 31 – Rest

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Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Kokoda Trail Guides

Our PNG Guides are all from the Kokoda Track.

Escape Trekking Adventures believes in distributing our guide’s employment from across many locations across the Kokoda Track; we employ from many villages, not just one. We find employing from varying locations means we have a helpful friend in every village, proudly, we have made great relationships with the landowners and their families of each Campsite we stay. Our guides originate from Owers’ Corner, along Ioribaiwa, middle of the track villages, Efogi 1 & 2, Isurava, Kokoda (and surrounding areas) not to mention the North Coast village of Buna. Our team have been hand-selected and trained by us to ensure the safety of trekkers and to provide the best service possible.

All our Guides are paid above award wages, believe me they deserve it! And are either paid to return home (walk back allowance) or have the flight home covered (this depends on where they live and their personal preference). We pay our Guides campsite fees, provide ample food each day (a menu our guides selected), along with uniforms, sleeping equipment and their own first aid kits and personal hygiene products. The wage rates vary and prominent roles such a head cook and head guide are paid more along with point man and assistant cook to ensure we have the best staff working for us. These guys work hard and love what they do for a job. They do us proud every trek. You will get to know them on your tour, and they soon feel like a part of your family.

 

The main difference our porters and guides offer

Our porter teams are long term employees who value their job and love the safe and friendly working conditions we provide them. We have picked the best porters from a variety of villages to provide you with a safe and cultural journey through PNG and Kokoda. We have strong relationships with our trekking crew, we know all their names, all about their families, where they are from, we know if they are ill on the trek and hiding it because they want the work. Not many companies can claim the same.

We love our porter teams, and our teams love us.

 

 

PNG Guide wages not only assist the guide but also their extended families. This has a flow-on effect, in their local community and their economy.

Personal Porters:

  • Carry the backpack of the trekker along the full distance of the track (76ltr backpack included in the package).
  • Assist the trekkers at river & log crossings.
  • Give personal assistance along the trek, especially where there are difficult areas, they know when you are going to fall before you do!
  • Carry your tent, put it up of an afternoon, and down again in the morning.
  • Collect your water from the purist streams (these guys know the best locations) when you require it.

Group Porters are included in the package and are there to carry the food and cooking equipment.

Head Cook & Assistant Cooks are responsible for the catering of the meals and do an exceptional job. These guys are highly trained and spent many years on the Kokoda Track before becoming a cook. Our cooks will serve up a variety of meals that are tasty, unexpected and something to look forward to. Our Chief Cook will surprise and energise you. You will be blown away with what we have taught our cooks to prepare!

Head & Lead Guides are responsible for the whole group, trekkers and guides. They lead the group at a medium pace so that trekkers stay together and get safely into camp.  Living along the Kokoda Track & having walked the track, some over 100 times, they are very experienced.

The Guides are First Aid Qualified carrying the group medic kit and can assist with any emergency.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Kokoda track Booking Information

So you have decided to choose Escape Trekking Adventures to facilitate your Kokoda Trail adventure, great choice!

What is the process to book, pay your deposit and secure your place? Then what?

  1. Book online via our website selecting the tour date that you wish to join, complete the booking form as part of the shopping cart. After you book, you will receive another form to complete for us that asks a few questions about dietary requirements, next of kin details etc. Alternately you can call or email us to make your booking, we understand not everyone is tech savvy and would prefer post options.
  2. Pay a $700 deposit (non-refundable, but can be transferred with adequate notice) into our account either online through our secure website payment system, a direct deposit option is available upon checkout, or call us and make a credit card payment over the phone.
  3. Escape Trekking Adventures will send out your Kokoda Destination Information Packs containing a 3-month training plan, destination information and advice, forms (that are required to return to us), a doctors examination letter that your GP needs to complete, to alert you and ETA of any pre-existing conditions that may affect your trek. # note this is a requirement buy the Kokoda Track Authority, Visa forms including a supporting letter the PNG Embassy requires, and a comprehensive gear list for your upcoming trek.
  4. Begin training for your Kokoda Tour as soon as possible to ensure you get the most out of your trek.
  5. From our gear list that we provide purchase your Kokoda trek gear, ask us any questions about gear and equipment, we can offer you good advice and recommend stores that will look after you price-wise, all you need to do is mention you are trekking with us.
  6. Be sure to send us some pictures of your training and tag us with #etaescapes
  7. Get a medical check to ensure that there is no underlying health issues you and I don’t know about.
  8. Book your flights
  9. Send your passport and visa application forms (enclosed in our packs) to the PNG consulate to obtain your visa. Alternatively, apply online; this is an immediate process and eventually will be the only option.
  10. Fill out our destination forms and return to us no later than 60 days prior to your adventure beginning.
  11. Pay your balance 60 days before your adventure beginning. (let us know if you need a little more time we are not unreasonable if you have paid for a majority of your tour already).
  12. Receive pre-departure emails from us with advice and information.
  13. Your big adventure begins! We see you in PNG!

Escape Trekking Adventures booking terms and conditions

Escape Trekking Adventures Terms & Conditions

(Booking Terms & conditions including cancelation policy)

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of this contract.

In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Escape Trekking Adventures ABN 71 827 095 874 and you. No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Escape Trekking Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Escape Trekking Adventures representatives” means tour leaders and staff of Escape Trekking Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.

  1. How to Book. To reserve your place on one of the tours, you should complete the Booking Form and send it, along with a non-refundable deposit of $700 per person per trip to the nearest Escape Trekking Adventures office, or to your travel agent. Some trips require a non-refundable additional deposit or instant payment for a permit. In these instances refer to the individual trip notes for details.
  2. Travel Insurance. Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all of Escape Trekking Adventures travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. We also suggests it covers cancelation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of insurance to Escape Trekking Adventures. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.
  3. Evacuation, Withdrawal From Tour. In the unlikely event of an evacuation or withdrawal from any tour, Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to pass on costs incurred, including transport, logistical support and communications. Clients should submit these costs to their travel insurance company as part of their claim. Clients who have to withdraw from the trek for medical or any other reason, will be required to return to Australia on the first available International flight. They will also be required to meet any personal accommodation, transport and medical expenses incurred during their time away from their nominal home and claim these against their personal travel insurance policy. Escape Trekking will Adventures not accept liability for any of these expenses.
  4. Personal Images. You agree that Escape Trekking Adventures may use images of you taken during the tour without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium it chooses.

If you do not want agree to Escape Trekking Adventures using these images, you must inform Escape Trekking Adventures in writing prior to the departure of the trip.

  1. Personal Information. In order to be able to supply our adventure service to you Escape Trekking Adventures will need to collect certain personal information from you. The information may be disclosed to, or collected on our behalf by our service providers to enable the services to be provided, but will not be used by them for any other purpose without your express permission.

6.Health & Fitness Requirements. You must be in good health and physical condition and are strongly advised to follow our pre departure fitness training recommendations, where necessary. For many of our tours you will be required to submit a medical questionnaire completed by you or your doctor as proof that you are fit enough to participate in the tour. If you have booked a tour graded 1-5 the only time that a medical questionnaire will be required by your doctor is where you have a pre existing medical condition, are over 65 years of age. This will be sent to you upon booking and you will be required to return the form completed and signed by your doctor 70 days prior to departure. If you have booked for a tour graded 6-10 you will be sent a medical form upon booking and you will be required to have your doctor complete and sign your medical questionnaire and return to us 60 days prior to departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating. Tours take place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities for serious problems. Evacuation, where necessary, can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be your responsibility. While we do not discriminate by age, due to the extreme nature of our mountaineering trips we strongly discourage participants over 60 years of age. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right in its absolute discretion to refuse a participant.

7. Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise Escape Trekking Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our tours. Escape Trekking Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Generally, we do not allow travelers under the age of 12 years. However we will occasionally make exceptions for under-18s traveling with their legal guardian or following discussion with parents or legal guardian. The decision for any person less than 18 years of age to travel on our scheduled itineraries is at the absolute discretion of the directors and guides of Escape Trekking Adventures. We reserve the right to;

You declare and warrant that

  • You are in good health and mental and physical fitness at the time of booking this tour;
  • You have disclosed to Escape Trekking Adventures every matter concerning your health and mental and physical fitness of which you are aware, or ought reasonably be expected to know, that is relevant to Escape Trekking Adventures decision to permit you to go on the adventure tour;
  • Immediately upon any adverse change in your health or fitness that may be likely to affect Escape Trekking Adventures decision to permit you to go on the adventure tour, you will notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing of any such adverse change;
  • Escape Trekking Adventures are permitted to disclose medical information to our consultant doctor.
  • Escape Trekking Adventures consultant doctor may exclude you from a tour if he/she deems it necessary. You acknowledge that the obligation to disclose under this condition continues from the time of booking the tour through to departure and extends for the duration of the tour.
  • You have taken the necessary precautions to immunise/vaccinate for the destination you are travelling to. If you fail to comply with the duty of disclosure in this condition and if Escape Trekking Adventures would not have permitted you to undertake the tour, or continue participation of the tour, had you made full disclosure under this condition, Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable, except to the minimum extent.

8. Tour Leaders. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this condition, ‘tour leader’ includes both the nominated tour leader and any other nominated person given at any time the task of leading or supervising any aspect of the tour. Escape Trekking Adventures tour leaders take their responsibilities seriously and if for any reason a tour leader believes, in his or her absolute discretion, that you should not participate in the tour, before your departure, even if you pass your medical, he/she may exclude you from the tour. In this event, but subject to condition 6, you will be offered the option of taking another tour considered suitable for you or a full refund. If for any reason during a tour the tour leader considers you should not participate further due to you committing an illegal act, or in the opinion of the nominated tour leader, your behavior is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others, or your fitness or health is inadequate, he or she may direct you not to continue and you must follow the nominated tour leader’s instructions. In this case you will not be entitled to any refund. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to change, at any time, the tour leader of any tour. If that happens, Escape Trekking Adventures will try to ensure that the alternative tour leader has expertise commensurate with that of the tour leader. Any such change by Escape Trekking Adventures will not give rise to any right on your part to cancel the tour or claim any expenses, loss or damage which may be suffered.

9. Cancelation by Escape Trekking Adventures. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure and will advise you of such cancelations no later than 30 days before the tour departure date. If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure at any time. With any form of cancelation, Escape Trekking Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Escape Trekking Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.

Force Majeure
Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancelation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Escape Trekking Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

Escape Trekking Adventures and or its third party reserve the right either before or during the course of the tour to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the tour group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behavior.

10. Cancelation due to small tour numbers. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on a tour in which case you will be given a full refund of the tour price paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes). We require a minimum of 6 trekkers in a selected trek. If numbers fall to 6 or below, we reserve the right to cancel, or change dates of the trek or refer you to another existing trek. Trek numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancelations no later than 50 days prior to your selected trek.

If numbers for your selected trek decrease below 6 people, you may be required to pay a small group trekking fee should you wish to proceed with the tour. A $4-600 fee per person is required to be paid. This does not happen very often, so if you have any questions regarding this just ask.

11. Itineraries and brochures. Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Escape Trekking Adventures. The information contained in Escape Trekking Adventures brochures, itineraries, and internet site is, to the best of Escape Trekking Adventures belief, correct at the date of publishing.

12. Route changes, Postponement, Cancellation or Delay. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to:

Cancel or modify any routes within the tour or objectives set out in the itinerary; or

Substitute different or equivalent routes within the tour in place of cancelled or modified routes, or

Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the tour) any such aspect of the tour if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the tour being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Escape Trekking Adventures. In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the tour price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves, in its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any tour due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. In this event, condition 4 applies as if you had transferred or cancelled the tour at the date that Escape Trekking Adventures cancelled the tour due to the governmental travel warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.

13. Tour Prices. Package prices are per person based on ground costs, fuel prices, airfares, exchange rates and assumptions made at the time of printing the brochure. Escape Trekking Adventures tries its utmost not to increase tour prices, however sometimes increases are outside its control. The most current prices will be listed at www.escapetrekkingadventures.com.au so visit the website before booking. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to amend tour prices without notice at any time before and including the departure date. Amendments may be necessitated for many reasons including, but not limited to, exchange rate fluctuations, increased fuel costs, airfares, airport charges, increases in ground operator service fees, or the need to engage alternative air or ground operators. Any increase in tour prices must be paid prior to the departure date.

14. Proof of citizenship or information required to travel. It is your responsibility to obtain proper identification or proof of citizenship as required by the authorities of the destination to which you are travelling. You will not be entitled to a refund if you are denied boarding or entry on any basis, including without limitation, improper documentation or failure to provide information. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months beyond the date of your return home to your home country.

15. Airlines and other transport providers. Any material published by Escape Trekking Adventures, the Booking Form and these conditions of contract are not issued on behalf of, and do not commit any airline whose services are used or proposed to be used in the course of the tour. In the event that an airline’s proposed travel or fare schedule is amended or cancelled, such amendment or cancellation will not be considered a cancellation of the tour by Escape Trekking Adventures. Any flights or other transport forming part of the tour arrangements are subject to the conditions of the carrying airline or other transport entity, which in most cases limits the airlines’ or other transport entity’s.

16. Exclusions from tour price. Without limitation, the following items are excluded from the tour price:

Personal travel insurance;

Visa, passport and vaccination charges;

Departure, airport and airline taxes and on some tours internal domestic flights;

Extra meals, transport costs, accommodation costs, or other expenses not included in the itinerary; laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses & items of a personal nature; emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges;

Additional expenses caused by delay, accidents or disruption of planned itineraries;

Tips, onboard beverages and excess

17. Assumptions of Risk. You understand and will accept that your proposed tour may expose you to inherent dangers. Only people in good physical and mental condition should undertake this tour. Our tours are physically and mentally challenging you will be required to consult with your Doctor and ensure that your health is sound and you are able to undertake a rigorous training program as necessary to complete this tour. You must accept that you will be traveling through remote areas where external assistance may be delayed or unavailable if an unforeseen event occurs. This may be due to medical, weather or political situations and may affect you or other members of the group or our trekking crew. You must understand and accept that a medical emergency in this remote area may be life threatening and by completing your booking form you accept these potential adverse and unfavorable conditions and potential life threatening situations as your choice. You acknowledge and agree that:

By the very nature of adventure travel and trekking holidays, they are more challenging and demanding with a commensurately higher level of risk compared with conventional holidays, and involve potential exposure to injury and possibly death;

In the countries and regions in which adventure travel is undertaken, standards of accommodation, transport, health care, hygiene, safety and service provision generally are often not as high as those standards in your country of residence and may require flexibility and patience on your part;

The additional dangers and risks associated with adventure travel may include difficult and dangerous terrain; high altitude; extremes of weather, including sudden and unexpected changes; political instability; remoteness from normal medical services and from communications; and evacuation difficulties in the event of illness or injury;

The enjoyment and excitement of adventure travel is derived in part from the inherent dangers and risks associated with adventure travel and that those inherent dangers and risks are a reason why you wish to undertake the adventure tour, and

You have submitted your booking for the tour after giving due consideration of relevant travel information including, without limitation, any relevant information or advice given by the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the British Foreign Office and US Department of State and that it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself that information or advice.

For the above reasons you therefore accept the inherent and increased dangers and risks associated with the proposed adventure tour and the accompanying risk of injury, death or property damage or loss.

18. No Liability. You acknowledge and agree that:

Where Escape Trekking Adventures acts as a booking agent for third-party tour operators it accepts no liability for the acts or omissions of those third-party tour operators and does not authorise any suppliers including hotel management to promise refunds on our behalf; and

Operational control of the tour may be in the hands of a third party and that your right of action in regard to any shortcomings of that third party’s performance is against the third party and not against Escape Trekking Adventures; and

Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any breach of any law by any person with whom you travel on the tour; and

You may not rely on any representations concerning the tour made by Escape Trekking Adventures, which are not contained in these conditions.

19. Release and discharge of Liability. To the extent permitted by law, by accepting the additional inherent dangers and risks associated with the tour, you release, waive and discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all claims, actions or losses for personal injury or death, property damage, loss of services, loss of profits, consequential, exemplary, indirect or punitive damages or otherwise which may arise

Out of or occur during your travel in connection with the tour or any activities conducted in conjunction with the tour unless caused by the reckless conduct of Escape Trekking Adventures representatives, or

In connection with any optional activities which you may undertake during the course of your tour but which do not comprise part of your tour itinerary and you accept that any assistance given to you by Escape Trekking Adventures representatives in arranging such optional activities will not render the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives liable to you in any way.

20. Australian Consumer Law Under the Australian Consumer Law, statutory guarantees apply to the supply of recreational services of the kind offered by these terms and conditions. “Recreational services” is defined as including activities that involve a significant degree of physical exertion or risk undertaken for the purposes of recreation, enjoyment or leisure. These guarantees mean that Escape Trekking Adventures, as the supplier, is required to ensure that the recreational services it supplies to you are rendered with due care and skill and are fit for their intended purpose. Under the Australian Consumer Law, Escape Trekking Adventures, as supplier, is entitled to ask you to agree that these statutory guarantees will not apply to you. If you sign this form you will be agreeing that your rights under this agreement, if you are killed or injured because the services provided were not rendered in accordance with these statutory guarantees, are excluded, restricted or modified in the way set out in this condition. To the extent permitted by law, you hereby exclude, release and forever discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all liability for any and all claims, loss, damage, cost or expense arising from your death or your suffering physical or mental injury or any other condition, occurrence, activity, form of behaviour, course of conduct or state of affairs as specified in section 139A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (except in the case of liability arising from the reckless conduct on the part of the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives) and connected with your participation in the recreational services which comprise the tour.

22. Cancelation, Amendments, Quotations and transfers

 

Deposit & Final Payment

The non-refundable $700 Deposit secures your place in the trek, and No bookings will be made until the deposit is paid. This may result in missing the opportunity to be involved, so we suggest you book early.

Once your deposit is paid, your trek place & price is secure.

Balance is due 8 weeks prior to your selected trek.

Quotations

Quotes are valid for 30 Days, after which we reserve the right to increase costs.

Note: Only due to changes beyond our control, such as the exchange rate between Australia and our international destinations /or unexpected increases in outsource services/ costs (charter, accommodation, transport, fees etc) and/or review of trek package and prices, will prices be increased.

If you need to have your quote reviewed please contact us.

Cancelation

If a cancelation is made:

  • Prior to 60 days departure if you select to cancel your trek you loose 100% of the $700 deposit.
  • Between 29 & 59 days prior to your selected trek, a $1600 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • Between 28 & 1 days prior to your selected trek, a $2800 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • (We can assist with travel insurance claim).

Please note the above is a guide and maybe dependent on what has been booked for your participation in the trek itinerary – So Cancelation fee may increase to cover these costs. The cancelation fee is in addition to the $700 deposit.

Should you require canceling your trek as mentioned above – You are able to keep your ETA polo etc. that has been sent to you. – Should you need to cancel your trek, remaining balance can be transferred to another trek less your cancelation fee.

At Escape Trekking Adventures we pride ourselves on offering SAFE, professional treks, led by experienced guides and friendly service, so if you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us.

Terms

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of contract.

Transfers

If you wish to transfer from one tour to another, you must notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing. Once Escape Trekking Adventures receives your notice the transfer will take effect subject to the following. Transfers may only be made to another tour to commence within 12 months of your original departure date and the following transfer charges will apply: • If your notice is received more than 70 days prior to your original departure date a $100 transfer fee will apply. In addition, any increase in airfares or operational services will be payable by you: or • If your notice is received within 70 days prior to your original departure date up to 50% of your original tour price will be forfeited provided your notice is received at least 35 days prior to your original date.

Amendments

Additional charges will be applied to you if you add, adjust or change a service prior to, during or before the completion of a trek. The cost of these will be charged out at the full rate and may incur a surcharge fee of $80 to cover any additional logistic arrangements that may be required for this service. Examples of this service could be but not limited to change from twin share to single share accommodation, use of (additional) personal porter, excess luggage, room upgrade or airport transfer out side the itinerary.

23. Severance of conditions.

If any part of a condition is illegal, unenforceable or invalid, it is to be treated as removed from the conditions, however, the remainder of the conditions are not altered.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Why trek the Kokoda Trail with Escape Trekking Adventures

Escape Trekking Adventures is a qualified professional outdoor recreation business. We are not a travel agent selling trips to adventurous locations with no qualifications or little knowledge of the Australian Adventure Activity standards (the standards that are the minimum requirement for outdoor activities in Australia). Developing nations do not yet have such high standards or regulations in the adventure industry, and many operators can hide behind this lack of governance but not us, we ensure we operate as if in Australia.

Escape Trekking Adventures not only has a high-quality quantitive risk assessment for each destination that we travel but we also have the health safety management systems that underpin the risk assessments with safe operating procedures. Policies for in the field risk assessments (the environment is dynamic and can change without warning), codes of conduct and industry best training packages for leaders and png guides. This is reflected in our outstanding safety record.

 

Intro; you will only ever speak to Shane or Tina, the Owners and Operators of Escape Trekking Adventures, no call centre operators or agents. We pride ourselves on personalised service; we organise and facilitate everything about your tour. There is no question we can not answer or advice we can not give. Shane is our main Australian Guide for Kokdoa; Tina has walked Kokoda numerous times and loves it just as much to this day.

1. COMMUNICATIONS: Inmarsat and Iridium type of satellite phones. While on our treks we have Comms (Communications) with the various Villages and campsites via UHF radios and our Guides carry VHF 2 Way Radios for contact with each other. Our Australian office is contacted every day to advise of location and trekkers progress to update your families daily.

2. MEDICAL: Your safety is our business and paramount, we take it seriously; many of our PNG Guides and all of our Australian Trek Leaders are qualified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) and Remote Area. We carry a comprehensive team First Aid kit on all our treks.

3. QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED: We are a professional outdoor adventure recreation business, we are not ill-informed agents who sell holidays, we are not ill-trained, ill-equipped or unqualified to run outdoor adventure activities. We are licensed to carry out these types of activities in Australia and offshore. Our Australian Trek Leaders come from diverse backgrounds some are Adventure Activity Leaders others ex Military and have travelled the globe. Our Australian Guides have trekked the Kokoda trail numerous times, successfully led and encouraged trekkers to complete their journey. Every single one of them has for the passion for the people and the host county for our adventure. Our guides are there to provide life-changing experiences to you, our clients.

Our local employees and guides are handpicked and trained to be the best employees in the business. We recognise our teams are our greatest assets, and we take great care of them to ensure we have the best team on the ground.

4. CATERING: Food, it is said an Army marches on it’s stomach. ETA has dedicated Cooks (who are well versed with Food Hygiene and handling) on the trek who produce culinary delights both locally grown and western variety with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats to ensure you have all of what you need to keep you going each day. Our menu will surprise you; we hear it every trek, “I have eaten better with you than at home!” We do not issue rations packs to our trekkers, nor do you cook/prepare your own food. No one goes hungry!

5. INSURED: We have full Public liability insurance and we are a licenced Kokoda Track Authority Tour Operator.

6. LOGISTICS: Once you arrive at your destination for your trek, all your needs are tended to, co-ordinated and controlled by one of the most experienced local Operations Managers in the business. There is nothing for you to do but slow down, relax and enjoy the journey.

7. DEDICATED: Personal Guides who will assist with your day to day needs from putting up and taking down your tent to ensuring your water re-supplies giving you more time to relax. Some of our Kokoda trail Guides have trekked Kokoda over 100 times.

8. HOLISTIC HISTORICAL JOURNEYS – Kokoda, the campaign isn’t just about the Trail; in fact, some of the most significant battles were fought on the Northern Beaches at Buna, Gona and Sanananda. The history component of Kokoda is essential, our Australian Guides know their stuff, Shane, the owner of ETA is continually researching and learning more and more about the Kokoda Campaign, its heroes and fallen soldiers and passing it on to our guides. It’s the passion and attention to detail that makes us better.

We offer extended and shortened tours some cover the Northern Beaches. We offer many options and age is no barrier our youngest participant has been 12 and our oldest 82! Ask us about our 82-year trekker Headly; his story is just unbelievable and jaw-dropping. A reason to believe you can achieve anything.

9. GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL VILLAGES: While we are a private, and smaller tour operator some of our profits from your trip is used to assist the local villages along the trail with things we take for granted at home. Such as; educational items, new toilets and showers, hut repairs, basic hygiene products such as toothbrushes/paste, torches to give the locals some light. We have installed Solar Panel Systems into Schools and Villages across the Track, constructed a Museum on the Beaches of Buna, and provided the Brass headstone that today lays on Ovuru Idikis headstone in Naduri Village. (The last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel)

10. PRICE: Value for money, you will find ETA to be one of the most affordable tour operators and our small groups means quality! No groups of 30 and 40 trekkers, beyond our 16 pax limit, it becomes unmanageable, trekkers become neglected, illnesses and injuries go unnoticed. This is not what we are about. Choose wisely.  We want to see and encourage more Australian’s to walk in the footsteps of our diggers. Keeping the legacy alive is so important, we would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for these brave men.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Australian Trek Leaders

Escape Trekking Adventures only operates Australian guided tours in PNG. This is for a variety of reasons; our guides are highly skilled, pay the correct attention to the historical aspects of this tour, can handle medical emergencies better than your run of the mill tour operator and most of all being Australian we know what Australians want.

Escape Trekking Adventures has hand pick our guides and consider them the best in their field. Being an Australian qualified outdoor recreation business, our guides are trained to the same high level Australian authorities expect. We really do have the most professional guides in operation.

Our guides are trained, assessed and deemed competent as a Kokoda tour guide. Our rolls for Kokoda tours are dynamic and we recognise this, we are your Kokoda Trail war historian, we are your cultural PNG guide, we are your tour manager (this goes beyond the walk and begins from the time you book and includes the entire duration of the tour in PNG until you are back home safe in Australia), we are your environmental guide, we are you medical consultant and field medical attendant, we are your memorial service provider and most of all are your friend when you need some one to talk to, laugh with and cry with.

We come from different backgrounds but we are all highly trained and competent in outdoor wilderness environments. This is something that flows down from our planning and preparation for each tour we host and our experience in various locations.

Wanting to know more about our guides, visit our teams profiles for individual guides.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

Health Information for the Kokoda Trail

If you are looking at trekking the Kokoda Trail it is essential that good health and preparation with regard to your health is the first and foremost task. As with all adventure travel outside of your usual environment you will need to be prepared for the activity.

Immunisations

The required immunisations  for every destination around the world could change on a daily basis and as a result you will be required to check with your Doctor what you should be protected against.

The general major risks to your health while traveling in PNG can be but not limited to :

Hepatitis A

This is a viral disease of the liver which is transmitted through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated

water. It is the most common vaccine preventable disease that occurs in travellers to less developed areas of the

world. It is strongly recommended for travel to PNG.

Hepatitis B

This is a viral disease of the liver that is transmitted via blood, blood products or bodily fluids. It is vaccine

preventable. Hepatitis B immunisation is now part of the childhood immunisation schedule. Many adult travellers

have missed this very important immunisation & travel may be a good reason for vaccination. There is a high

incidence of Hepatitis B in PNG.

Typhoid

Typhoid Fever is caused by a bacteria found in contaminated food & water. It is endemic in the developing world

& vaccination is recommended for travellers to areas where environmental sanitation & personal hygiene may

be poor. The adventurous eater venturing ‘off the beaten’ path should certainly consider vaccination.

Tetanus , Pertussis & Diphtheria

Tetanus is caused by a toxin released by a common dust or soil bacteria, which enters the body through a wound.

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the throat & occasionally of the skin. It is found world wide & is transmitted

from person-to-person by coughing & sneezing. Pertussis (Whooping cough) is a highly infectious respiratory

infection responsible for 300,000 deaths annually, mainly in children. Diphtheria & pertussis vaccines can be

added to the tetanus vaccine. Because many adults no longer have immunity from childhood immunisation it is

advised that travellers to less developed countries have a tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis booster.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Childhood immunisation coverage in many developing countries is not very good. As such, travellers whose

birth date is after 1966 should check they have had 2 doses of measles vaccine. Since 1990 this may have been

as the combination vaccine MMR (measles, mumps & rubella). Those born prior to 1966 are most likely to

have long term immunity from previous exposure as a child.

Chickenpox

This very common infectious disease can now be prevented through immunisation. Many people miss the

disease in childhood only to have a significant illness as an adult. Travel puts one at higher exposure & if one

cannot elicit a history of having had the illness a test can show whether at risk.

Influenza

Individuals intending to travel out of an Australian winter might consider the current flu vaccine at the

beginning of the season. Exposure to illness in airports & commuter transport is common & infection would

put completion of the trek at risk. In fact, influenza is likely to be the most common vaccine preventable

disease faced by travellers.

Malaria

Malaria is transmitted by a night biting mosquito. Insect avoidance measures should be followed throughout

the trip. Medication for the prevention of malaria is crucial for the Kokoda trail. Which drug is recommended

depends on individual circumstances & needs to be discussed with an experienced travel physician. It is also

vital to continue with the medication for the recommended interval on return to Australia. Upon return, any

flu like illnesses should be investigated by a travel health specialist.

Dengue Fever

Dengue (pronounced den-gee) Fever is a viral disease with flu like symptoms that is transmitted by

mosquitoes. There is no vaccine for dengue fever & prevention is based upon insect avoidance via repellents,

nets & insecticides. The mosquito is a day time biter & the risk is greatest in urban areas.

Japanese Encephalitis (JE)

JE is a mosquito borne viral disease prevalent in rural areas of Asia & Indonesia that can lead to serious

brain infection in humans. Risk is usually greatest during the monsoon months. A vaccine is available &

is particularly recommended for adults & children over 12 months of age who will be spending a month or

more in rice growing areas of countries at risk (or who repeatedly visit such areas). It is also recommended

for people travelling to an area where an outbreak is known to be occurring. Insect avoidance should be

considered the primary means of defence. This vaccine would not usually be recommended for a trek of up to

10 days, but if further time was expected to be spent in the region, it could be indicated.

Traveller’s Diarrhoea

Up to 40% of tourists may develop 3 or more loose bowel motions a day within the first week of travel. A

variety of germs can be responsible for this infection & a traveller’s medical kit containing appropriate therapy

can rapidly improve the symptoms.

The following Special Considerations should be given for traveling to PNG

• Malaria is a risk factor in PNG. Malaria prevention options should be discussed with a travel medicine specialist prior to departure.

• Parasitic infections & tropical ulcers are a concern on the Kokoda trail. Hook worm can result from the penetration of worms through intact skin so enclosed foot wear is essential.

• Fungal infections occur readily in trekkers due the humidity & wet. Feet are particularly prone, & drying feet, socks & boots is advised every night. Carrying a broad-spectrum antifungal cream is recommended.

• Dehydration is a major problem. Keeping well-hydrated is important, & ensuring that trekkers are carrying adequate supplies of drinking water is essential. Water should be boiled, & the addition of electrolyte solutions, such as hydralyte, can assist in addressing the associated loss of body salts.

 

Source of information for this web page comes from the Travel Doctor 9115 TD health fact sheet Kokoda Trail.

Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

Lamargi Village Campsite Kokoda Track

View Our Adventures Trek series Videos

The Kokoda Trail, Everest Base Camp & Kilimanjaro are amazing adventures but prior to the trip you can feel a little under prepared for your journey and wish to seek a little advice. The below videos are intended to take away some of the confusion so that you are better prepared.

 

First Aid Kits & what they should contain.

When trekking in Remote area’s you should always be mindful of what items you may require to treat any aliments that may occur as if you are on the Kokoda trail or Kilimanjaro you will not be able to purchase any such items. Everest Base Camp treks (and Nepal lodge trekking in general) you can buy some supplies but these are mainly limited to the large Sherpa villages so it is best to carry the right things with you.

If you suffer from heyfever, sinus, reflux or any such medical condition you should bring medication to treat this, plan for the worst case scenario and be prepared.

Some items that are worth your consideration include but are not limited to;

Anti-inflammatory tablets and gel (as prescribed by your doctor, remember voltaren and the like take up to 48 hours to relive symptoms so a fast acting tablet such as ibuprofen is great to start with), antibiotics for treating diarrhoea (as prescribed by your doctor), gastro stop, antibacterial gel, betadine liquid (Betadine can also treat your water for purification as a emergency back up if required), blister packs, one roll of broad elasticated bandage, roll of strapping tape, antihistamines, anti sickness tablets, painkillers such as Panadol Forte/Aspirin tablets/capsules, Codral cold and flu tablets, sunscreen, pawpaw cream along with one pack of a general use antibiotics.

 

Items you should carry in your day pack

This video details the items you should carry in your day pack as overloading your self will bring excess strain on your self.

Packing and sorting your gear will always be a personal preference however there are many such items you should carry that will be required throughout the day and avoid constantly digging through your main pack for in search of the particular item you require.

 

Sorting and packing your gear for trekking

The following video explains how to separate your gear into different packs of various sizes and colours.

I personally try to use one colour dry bag for each category I separate the items into, allowing the item you are looking for to be easily identified.

You should try to group things into to medications, toiletries, clothing, sleeping gear, general use items, spare batteries, dirty or wet clothing, first aid kit and snacks in to several separate bags for identification.

Avoid using one large dry bag as this means the entire contents will need removal to find the item you are looking for as well when you pack your bag it will need to be inside the backpack to fit the gear in correctly. Trust me I have been through all of these issue in the past.

 

Cold climate trek gear for Everest Base Camp and MT Kilimanjaro explained

This video will walk you through the items you require to trek in cold climates at altitude.

Simply using ski field clothing will not suffice and will be very uncomfortable whilst trekking, you will require items to keep you warm and safe. Being cold at altitude can lead to altitude sickness such as AMS, HACE and HAPE.

Layers is still the best clothing configuration for these treks and surprisingly enough you will require lightweight items that breath, high altitude trekking be quite warm during the day one minute to freezing cold blistering winds the next, so you will need to be able to regulate your core temperature according.

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Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

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Buna Village Dancers Kokoda Tour

Templetons Crossing Kokoda Track

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Best Video of what it is like to trek Kokoda

Did you ever wonder what it is like to trek the famous Kokoda trail?

Follow the track that the Veterans of the Kokoda Trail Campaign battled the Japanese in 1942. Kokoda was one of the more difficult places to wage a war soldiers from both sides endured terrible conditions.

This detailed video account takes in the trail like rarely seen before with drone footage along with video and photography of the Kokoda Track.