Mt Wilhelm

Welcome to Mt Wilhelm

MT. Wilhelm is Papua New Guinea’s highest Mountain standing at 4509 Metres tall.

The MT. Wilhelm ascent can be done from a variety of differing routes however Escape Trekking Adventures chooses to use a moderately difficult route from Keglsugl in the Chimbu Province.

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

During your ascent of the Keglsugl route you will discover high elevation mountain rain forest, alpine grassland, moss coated forests and a glacial valley to the twin lakes of Piunde and Aunde (male and female name). This takes from between three to four hours with 4 stops on the way. At Piunde (the lower lake) there are two huts, one being an old university monitoring station and the other an ‘A-Frame’ hut. Though not a technical climb, once past Lake Aunde (the uppermost lake, which feeds Piunde), there are at least four sections where sure footing is essential; in wet weather various sections can be treacherous. It is essential that an afternoon trek to the top lake is taken to help the body adjust to the altitude.

MT. Wilhelm is one the most accessible and beautiful mountain to climb in Papua New Guinea.

All of our MT. Wilhelm tours include

One nights accommodation pre and post ascent in a luxury 4 star hotel in Port Moresby.

All domestic airfares to and From Goroka.

A qualified and experienced cook to ensure safe and hygienic meals while touring the highlands.

Australian guides to facilitate the tour and ensure the best for our clients in this high elevation and potentially dangerous ascent. (we are the professionals when it comes to AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema)and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema)

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.



A government patrol officer Leigh Vial and two native papuans was the first successful recorded ascent of MT. Wilhelm on the 15th August 1938.

Many successful attempts to summit this mountain has been made along with a few disasters. A handful of deaths have occurred while summiting mainly due to slips and falls into steep ravines. Professional care is needed in order to make this a safe and successful journey.

The Traditional name of MT. Wilhelm is Enduwa Kombuglu (local Kuman language name) and this forms a part of the Bismarck range that runs across 3 provinces of Papua New Guinea. The precise summit is surrounded by the 3 provinces of Chimbu, The Western Highlands and Madang.

The Chimbu province has a population of 376,473 (2011 census) and a land area mass of 6,112 km². Chimbu is derived from the word Simbu that translates to “very Pleased”.

MT. Wilhelm is named after Kaiser Wilhelm who was the first European to explore the area during the 1930’s.

MT. Wilhelm’s geographical land location has been from the date of independence customary land to the native landowners. Not with standing the potential alienation of customary land within the national park area MT. Wilhelm was a declared national park and was managed by the National Parks Board and more recently by the Department of Environment and Conservation. There has been little active management or recognition of the area as a protected area from the period of 1994 onwards though the Park would appear to still be statutorily declared as a protected area.

WWII Trivea

During World War II in the early hours of May 22, 1944, an American F-7A named “Under Exposed” crashed into the mountain while flying too low. The aircraft left from Nadzab airbase, close to Lae, and had been assigned for a reconnaissance mission to photograph Padaidori Island in Dutch New Guinea. Around 0400 the plane crashed into Wilhelm at about 13,000 feet (4,000 m) above the twin lakes. All crew were killed and most of the wreckage landed in the topmost lake although some can still be seen today. There are some remains at the site are from the plane.

MT. Wilhelm Tour Itinerary

Mt Wilhelm Short Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby transfer to hotel

Day 2: Port Moresby – Goroka

Day 3: Goroka – Keglasugl

Day 4: Keglasugl acclimatisation day trek high sleep low

Day 5: Keglasugl – Base Camp post-lunch

Day 6: Base Camp- to hike above top lake

Day 7: Base Camp to Summit and return to Keglasugl

Day 8: Drive to Goroka overnight hotel

Day 9: Fly to Port Morseby overnight hotel

Day 10:Port Moresby  – International Flight Home (not Included) 

Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby

Your Mt Wilhelm adventure begins when you arrive in Port Moresby (POM), where you will be met by one of our Escape Trekking Adventures staff and transferred to the Hotel for the night.


You will be briefed in on the events of the coming days events.

Day2: Port Moresby - Goroka

Our Escape Trekking Adventures Mt Wilhelm package is enjoyed over a few days to allow trekkers to enjoy their experience and also to allow for people to acclimatise to the altitude.

Early in the morning the group will rise and enjoy breakfast before returning to their rooms to grab their gear before meeting in the foyer, awaiting the transfer to the airport.

The Flight from POM to Goroka will take around 1 hour 15 minutes, where the group will meet Escape Trekking Adventures staff who will journey with you for the coming days.

From Goroka the group will travel for a short ride to Asaro village where the group will enjoy a tradition warm welcome as the locals visit some very speacial guests. That night the group will enjoy some local fresh vegetables and cooking, and the locals will sing and share about their lives in the local area.

Day 3: Goroka - Keglasugl

At 8 am after breakfast, the group will return to the main road and head toward the Chimbu Province. Along the way, you will travel through numerous small villages and there will be an opportunity to stop for pictures.

Turning of Kundiawa the group will start the amazing drive up the through the mountains into some amazing awe-inspiring surrounds. From Kundiawa, it is quite a drive taking around 3-4 hours and trekkers will get numerous opportunities for pictures and toilet stops if needed.

Arriving at Keglasugl for a later lunch, and accommodation for the night.

That night the group will enjoy a fresh local meal, including vegetables and local trout (other options are also available).

Day 4: Keglasugl acclimatisation day

This morning you rise to a fresh breakfast in the crisp cool air.

Today we spend the morning exploring the village of Keglasugl and enjoy a local cultural show.

This afternoon we hike high above Keglasugul to acclimatise to the higher altitude we encounter on Mt Wilhelm.

Tonight’s fresh meal and game of cards with our local team keeps everyone entertained.

Day 5: Keglasugl - Base Camp

The group will set out for Mt Wilhelm Base Camp after lunch today. The trek to camp will take around 3 hours and is not a hard trek, and the group will walk at a steady pace.

At Base Camp, we establish camp and explore lake Aude the lower lake with a walk around the banks before returning to camp for a campfire and dinner.

Day 6: Mt Wilhelm Base Camp

This morning we rise to breakfast before taking a walk up to the top lake (Puinde). We pause for a snack before trekking higher up on the mountain preparing our bodies for the lower pressure and higher altitude we encounter tonight as when we attempt the summit.

Returning back to lake Aunde and the guesthouse. Early evening the group will share a nice early tea that warms the body. The night can get cold so warm drinks are shared, and trekkers go to bed early to get some rest before rising again at 1:00 am (make sure to have light warm layers for the high alpine night air).

Day 7:- Base Camp - Mt Wilhelm - Keglasugl

After waking at 1:00 am, a nice warm breakfast is served, and the trekkers will leave their packs at Base Camp and start trekking towards the summit before 2 am with a daypack. Trekkers need to have a good quality head torch with spare batteries just in case. The group will move at an easy pace realising that the darkness brings additional risk. Guides are spread between the group, at a ratio of 1 guide per 2 trekkers, to make sure that each person is well looked after and safe.

Due to the altitude is can get extremely cold and trekkers must have adequate cold and wet weather clothing including hardshell top and bottoms, insulated jacket, fleece jumper, gloves & beanie. For this reason also there is a number of stops along the way, to reduce the chance of altitude sickness.

The group will arrive at the summit before sunrise to have the best possibility of enjoying the 360-degree view. The area at the peak is fairly small and trekkers make the most of getting some pictures of their achievement. A call will be made back to our Escape Trekking Adventures office in Australia, and loved ones will be informed of the success of the trekkers.

Once the sun rises the weather will set in and the vision will be hindered as the mist rises.

After enjoying the peak, the group will slowly descend back to Base Camp for a late lunch before descending to our lodge at Keglasugl for dinner.

Day 8: Keglasugl - Goroka

After enjoying a great rest, the group after breakfast and board the transport and head back to Goroka where the group will spend the night n the large township and home of the renowned Goroka Show is a three-day event that takes place annually around the time of the country’s Independence Day (September 16). The Goroka Show is the oldest show in Papua New Guinea, over 50 years of “keeping the spirit alive”.

After enjoying this achievement, there is much celebration from the locals and the Escape Trekking Adventures Trekkers. On this day we suggest trekkers take a walk around Goroka.

Day 9: Goroka - Port Moresby

Rising early with an air of sadness (after breakfast), the group will bid farewell to the locals who have shared the last few days together. Pictures will be taken and the group will board the transport for our transfer to the airport for the morning flight back to POM.

In POM you will be transferred to the last night’s accommodation at the Ela Beach Hotel. Trekkers enjoy a nice shower and will meet for a final meal together.

Home Day 10: POM - International Flight Home (not Included)

This day trekkers are free to make the most of the hotels facilities before being transferred to the airport for the flight back to Australia.

What's Included In Your MT. Wilhelm Tour

What’s Included:


  • Escape Trekking Adventures T-shirt (quick dry).
  • All accommodation as part of the package including: 2 nights at a Ela Beach hotel, 1 night Goroka hotel, 1 night Asaro village (tent), 3 night guest-house Keglasugl, 2 nights tent at Mt Wilhelm Base Camp.
  • Airport Pick Up & Transfers.
  • Use of a hiking tent and backpack (use in PNG).
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transfers to and from the trekking location
  • Experienced Local Head Guide.
  • Experienced Team of Group Porters.
  • Trek Permit.
  • Village/Guesthouse fees.
  • Family/next of Kin updates (where possible).
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • The knowledge that you are contributing back to PNG.
  • Public Liability Insurance Cover.
  • Group emergency communications – Satellite Phone.
  • Wilderness trained guides.
  • History of the PNG and village life.


What’s Not Included?


  • Anti-malaria medication, and other medication & injections as recommended by

Your personal Doctor/The Travel Doctor.

  • 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).
  • Personal expenses while in Port Moresby.
  • Medical clearance Certificate.
  • Personal Trekking Gear Items.
  • Meals at the Hotel, airports or any other destination other then the Mt Wilhelm trek.

Optional Extras For Our MT. Wilhelm Tours

Our optional extras for the MT. Wilhelm tours include a self-inflating sleeping mat and single supplement for the hotel component of the tour.


Single Supplement 

While on our tour you will have your own tent to yourself to sleeping on the track however while in Port Moresby the hotel accommodation is twin share. If you would like to have your own 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 contact our office to arrange this optional extra.

Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat

Our self inflating mattress is the best a high performance and lightweight mat.

The mats are made with high quality materials and foams to deliver you a durable and compact mat for a good nights rest. The construction include 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

Gear Required For A MT. Wilhelm Tour

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

I use a personal porter, so I have a backpack and a daypack. The below is the two bags that I use and what I carry Backpack that my porter carries, the daypack that I carry.

65 – 70 Litre Backpack:

One pairs of shorts

One pair of long trekking pants

One jacket (insulated)

One waterproof shell (jacket and pants)

One lightweight fleece jumper

Three shirts (light weight and quick dry) 2 for day use, one to wear at night

Tent (we supply one per person)

Blow up sleeping mat.

One light sleeping bag (5 degrees)

One blow up pillow

Light spray Jacket


One pair of water shoes/sandals (for walking through rivers and creeks and bathing at night in the rivers)

One towel (small)

Toilet paper (two Rolls)

3-5 Pairs of socks

4 sets of underwear

Dry bags

Ear plugs

Spare batteries


Wilderness wash


Aero guard or similar

Foot powder

Zip-lock plastic bags for packing wet or dry clothes, camera, etc.

Plastic black tough garbage bags to separate your clothing. (I separate all clothing into wet, socks, towel, clothes, end clothes)

First aid Kit and medicines (put it in an out side pocket of the bag for easy access)


Day Pack 

Camel pack (at least 3 litre capacity for water)

2 smaller water bottle to treat your water or to mix electrolytes in

30-40 l Pack with rain cover

Head light & spare batteries or small torch



Toilet paper (One Roll)

Hand cleaner


Small towel for wiping feet after river crossings etc

Snacks and or lollies.

Any medicine that is required in an emergency. i.e. Asthma Inhaler, sugar for diabetics etc.


What you use each day
This is what I personally wear on the trek.

One pair of bush walking boots or shoes (with good grip)

1 trekking pole

One pair of socks

One pair of small gators

One Pair of long trekking pants

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

One pair of weather proof gloves

One Beanie

One Jacket

Extra Bag/suit case (To leave in Port Moresby)
You will leave a bag in the hotel lock up in Port Moresby that is returned back to you when you arrive back from Kokoda. You can leave additional gear not required and clean gear for your return in this bag.
I recommend that you bring with you at least K700 ($390 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.

Visa Information for Papua New Guinea & MT. Wilhelm

Australian Passport holders who will be trekking the MT. Wilhelm are required to obtain a Tourist Visa to visit Papua New Guinea. Tourist visas to PNG are free for Australian citizens. Your visas must be arranged approved before arrival in PNG.

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

Your must fill out the visa form and provide the dates of arrival and departure for you intended stay in PNG, please be careful to ensure the dates go in the right places.
Your flight must be booked prior to filling out the form as you need 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 in relation to the countries that the Ebola virus in known.
Your passport must valid for at least 6 months from your intended stay.

Your Passport must have at least one empty page for the visa sticker to be placed on.
Buy two registered post parcels and include the second one inside the package with your application form and addressed to yourself to ensure the passport is returned safely and efficiently.

Your then are required to package together your short itinerary, health screening form, flight itinerary, visa form,self addressed return parcel pack, passport picture and your passport into a registered post parcel and mail to the PNG High Commission Att Visa application’s; (POST TO THE PO BOX ADDRESS)

Port Moresby Address: Ela Beach Hotel Kermadec St,

Port Moresby, National Capital District (NCD province)

Papua New Guinea, +675 321 2100

Australia – Canberra
PNG High Commission
39-41 Forster Crescent,
Yarralumla ACT 2602
P.O BOX E6317 Kingston ACT 2604

Brisbane – Queensland (QLD)
PNG Consulate-General
Level 3, 344 Queens Street
Brisbane QLD 4001

How Fit Do I Need To Be To Trek MT. Wilhelm

Training for MT. Wilhelm is unlike any other activity you 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 differening categories will be little to no pre-existing fitness level will require 16-20 weeks of preparation in some cases if you are over weight it may require 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 good level of cardiovascular strength. They could prepare in 10-12 weeks.

Don’t be scared or put off on taking on a challenge like MT. Wilhelm just remember everyday normal Aussie’s tackle this mountain everyday and complete their goal having felt like they have achieved an accomplishment they can be proud of.

Fitness Preparation

Trekking the MT. Wilhelm, Kokoda Track, Kilimanjaro or base camp 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 track. We recommend that you put in at least 3 months training before you 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 coarse of the 12 weeks from bike riding to interval training and a little running, however 60-70% of your cardio workout should be bush walking with a pack on.

All Trekkers ascending MT. Wilhelm will have a personal porter, so 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 important to work to build your fitness and intentionally work to build your strength. You may say, “well we don’t have hills or mountain where I live”, Push Bike riding, Climbing Steps over and over again, or Gym work out can help gain the strength and fitness you need.


MT. Wilhelm – 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







Days: 8-12 Day 13 1 hour walkWalk 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







Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 15 – 19 Day 20 1.5 hour walkWalk for 45 minutes at a faster pace, on ;hilly ground increasing weight to 4kg 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







Days: 22 -29 Day 30 2 hour walk30 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 + 5kg 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







Month 2

Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 1 – 5 (each day) Day 6 2.5 hour walk35 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 6kgs

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







Days: 8-12 Day 13 2.5 hour walk35 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 7 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







Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 15 – 19 Day 20 3 hour walk4 walks for 60 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 7kg 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







Days: 22 -29 Day 30 3 hour walk4 walks for 90 minutes at a medium to pace, on Hilly ground increasing weight to 7kg 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







Month 3

Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 1 – 5 (each day) Day 6 4 hour walk1 walks for 90 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 8kg 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







Days: 8 – 12 Day 13 5 hour walk4 walks for 90 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 9kg 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







Day Counter Day Counter
Days: 15 – 19 Day 20 5.5 hour walk4 walks for 100 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 10kg 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







Days: 22 -29 Day 30 6 hour walk4 walks for 120 minutes at a faster pace on hilly ground increasing weight to 11kg 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







Our guides and porters are all from the MT. Wilhelm area. Escape Trekking Adventures believes in distributing the money across many locations in the MT. Wilhelm area and surrounding provinces. We employ from many villages not just one select village. We find employing from varying locations means we have a helpful friend in every village. They come from Goroka, Kundiawa and Keglsugl. They have been hand selected to ensure the safety of trekkers and to provide the best service possible.

All Porters and Guides are paid above award wages and are driven home at the conclusion of the tour. Our Porters camp site fees are covered by us and they are given ample food (a menu they selected), along with a uniform, sleeping equipment and their own first aid kit.The wage rates vary and prominant 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 the do for a job.

Porter wages not only assist the porter, but also their extended family. This has a flow on affect as well, in their local community and the economy.

 Personal Porters:

  • carry the backpack of the trekker along the full distance of the trek (backpack included in package).
  • give personal assistance along the trek, especially where there are difficult areas and river crossings.
  • carry your tent, Put it up, and down again in the morning if chosen to sleep in.

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

Head Cook & Assistant Cooks are responsible for the catering of the food and do an exceptional job. Serving up a variety of meals that are tasty, unexpected and something to look forward to. Our Chief Cook will surprise and energise you…

Head & Lead Guides are responsible for the whole group. They lead the group at a meduim pace, so that the trekkers stay together and get safely into camp.

The Guides are First Aid Qualified carry the group medic kit, carry the Satellite Phone, and satellite tracker.

MT. Wilhelm Booking Information

So you have decided to choose Escape Trekking Adventures to facilitate your MT. Wilhelm adventure, Great choice!

What are the processes to book, pay and complete your MT. Wilhelm tour?

  1. Book online via our website selecting the tour date that you wish to join and filling out our booking form as part of the shopping cart. Alternately you can call or email us to make your booking.
  2. Pay a $700 deposit (non-refundable) in to our account either online through our secure website payment system, deposit money in to our bank account (contact us for details) or call us and make a credit card payment over the phone.
  3. Escape Trekking Adventures will send out our destination information packs containing a 3 month training plan, destination information, forms (that are required to return to us), a doctors examination (to alert you and ETA of any pre-existing conditions that may effect your trek. # note this is a requirement as per our public liability insurance, visa forms including a supporting letter that the embassy requires, gear list and a gear discount voucher.
  4. Begin training for your MT. Wilhelm tour as soon as possible to ensure you get the most out of your tour.
  5. From our gear lists that we provide purchase your Kokoda trek gear.
  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 under lying health issues you and I don’t know about.
  8. Book your flights
  9. Send you passport and visa application forms (enclosed in our packs) to the PNG consulate to obtain your visa.
  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 prior to 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!

Escape Trekking Adventures Booking Terms & 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.


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.


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.


Please read carefully these terms and conditions of contract.


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.


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.

22. 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.

Why Trek MT. Wilhelm 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 yet have such high standards or regulation 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, systems for in the field risk assessments (the environment is dynamic and can change with out warning), codes of conduct and industry best training packages for leaders and porters. This is reflected in our outstanding safety record.

1. COMMUNICATIONS: Inmarsat and Iridium type satellite telephones which allow us to keep a close watch on our trekkers locations at all times. Whilst on our treks we have Comms (Communications) with the various Villages and campsites via UHF radios.

2. MEDICAL: Your safety is our business and paramount, we take it seriously and so many of our Guides and Trek Leaders have qualifications 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 travel 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 off shore. Our Australian Trek Leaders come from diverse backgrounds some are Adventure Activity Leaders others ex Military and have travelled the globe. They all trekked extensively in PNG and MT. Wilhelm and all having 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 hand picked, trained and groomed in to the best employees in the business. We recognize our teams are our greatest assets and we look after them to ensure they hang around and we have the best crews on the ground.

4. CATERING: Food, it is said an Army marches on it’s stomach. ETA have dedicated Cooks (who are well versed with Food Hygiene and handling) on the trek who produce culinary delights both local grown and western variety with the right balance of carbohydrates and protein to ensure you have all what you need to keep you going each day. Signature dishes can be Calzoni Pizzas, fresh scones to name but some of our surprises! We do not issue rations packs to our trekkers.

5. INSURED: We have full Public liability insurance and we are a licensed Tour Operator.

6. LOGISTICS: Once you arrive at your destination for your trek and your needs are tended to and co-ordinated and controlled by one of the most experienced local Operations Manager in the business who is a permanent ETA in-country staff member.

7. DEDICATED: Personal Porters 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.

8. HOLISTIC HISTORICAL JOURNEYS – MT. Wilhelm is a cultural tour where our leaders will bring together you with our local porter team and villagers.

9. GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL VILLAGES: Whilst we are a private 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 like educational items, and basic amenities such as toothbrushes and torches to give the locals self support and we encourage fund raising treks which we can help you arrange.

10. PRICE: Value for money, you will find ETA one of the most affordable tour operators and our small groups means quality we want to see and encourage more Australians to ascend MT. Wilhelm

Australian Trek Leaders For MT. Wilhelm

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 wont.

Escape trekking Adventures has hand pick our guides and consider them the cream of the crop so to speak.

Our guides are trained, assessed and deemed competent as tour guide. Our rolls for MT. Wilhelm tours are dynamic and we recognise this 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 and most of all we are your friend when you need some one to talk to, laugh with and cry with.

Shane is an avid outdoor bushwalking enthusiast and leads tours to all of our destinations.

Shane has led 100’s of tours and is widely experienced in adventure walks within Australia and internationally to such locations as the Kokoda Trail, Everest Base Camp, MT Tomaree and MT Kilimanjaro just to name a few places he has hiked.

Shane is trained in first aid and a member of the Surf Life Saving Club at Birubi beach. Shane is also a qualified life guard.

His delightful personality and high standards will ensure you enjoy your guided MT. Wilhelm tour.

Health Information for MT. Wilhelm

If you are looking at trekking MT. Wilhelm 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.


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 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, Whooping Cough and 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 and occasionally the skin. It is found world wide and is transmitted from person-to-person by coughing and sneezing.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is a highly infectuous respiratory infection responsible for 300,000 deaths annually, mainly in children.

Because many adults no longer have immunity from childhood immunisation it is advised that travellers to less developed countries have a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Childhood immunisation coverage in many developing countries is not good. As such, travellers under the age of 40 years should have their MMR immunisation completed. Those over the age of 40 years are most likely to have long term immunity from previous exposure as a child.


This very comon infectious disease can now be prevented through immunisation. Many people miss the disease in childhood only to have a significant illness as an adult. If you do not have history of immunisation, a simple blood test can show whether you are at risk.


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 and commuter transport is common and exposure may ruin a much needed break.

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 and prevention is based upon insect avoidance via repellents, nets and insecticides.


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 Papua New Guinea. Which drug is recommended depend on individual circumstances and needs to be discussed with an experienced travel doctor. 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.

Japanese Encephalitis

JE is a mosquito borne disease prevalent in rural areas of Asia and Indonesia that can lead to serious brain infection in humans. Risk is usually greatest during the monsoon months. A vaccine is available and is particuarly recommended for adults and children over 12 months of age who will be spending a month or more in rice growing areas of countries at risk. This vaccine would not usually be recommended for a MT. Wilhelm trek of up to 10 days, but if further time was expected to spent in the region, it could be indicated.

Travellers' Diarrhoea

Up to 40% of tourists may develop diarrhoea wihtin the first week of travel. A variety of germs can be responsible and a Traveller’s Medical Kit containing appropriate therapy can rapidly improve the symptoms. It is also important to follow the rules of healthy eating and drinking to minimise risks.

View Our Adventures Trek series Videos

The Kokoda Trail, MT. Wilhelm, 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.