Kokoda Trail Expeditions - FAQs

Which trek or tour is right for me?

That depends on your your interests and fitness levels.

We offer both nine- and ten-day treks that begin at either end of the Kokoda Trail and cover its entire lenght. You can opt for a Military History Trek, which focusses on the rich history of the Kokoda Trail, or our Eco-Tourism Tour, which allows you to explore the unique cultures and ecology of Papua New Guinea.

We offer three- and six-day tours. These shorter expeditions are perfect for adventurers who aren't looking for the fitness of our treks. Depending on the tour you take, you'll experience Papua New Guinean Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Day, combine military history and ecotourism, snorkel and scuba dive, visit the Baining region, or canoe the fjords of McLaren Harbour.

Our 13-day Kokoda Battle Trek and Tour covers the entire Kokoda Trail and includes a visit to the beachheads of Buna, Sanananda, and Gona.

What's the best direction to trek?

Traditionally, Kokoda Trail treks start from the Port Moresby side of the Owen Stanley Range and end at Kokoda, as Australian troops took this route during the Kokoda Campaign.

With Kokoda Trail Expeditions, you can trek the trail in either direction. No matter the route, you'll get a unique view of the local communities and their culture, take in the stunning scenery of Papua New Guinea, and experience the challenge of trekking the Kokoda Trail.

How far will I be trekking each day?

Our treks cover between nine and ten kilometres each day. Depending the difficulty of the terrain, you'll spend between four and eight hours trekking each day.

Do I trek at night?

No. We've planned our daily routes so that you'll reach each campsite mid to late afternoon. That leaves plenty of time to relax and explore before sundown.

What is the best time of year to trek in Papua New Guinea?

We run set-departure treks from February through November, overlapping Papua New Guinea's dry season, late May through late October. But even during the wetter seasons, you'll be safe, comfortable, and well prepared.

Do I need to be in good shape to trek?

Yes. The Kokoda Trail runs through extremely challenging terrain. While you're on the trail, your safety and comfort depend a great deal on your physical fitness.

Our ten-day treks move at a slower pace and are ideal for families and older trekkers. Our nine-day treks are recommended only for fitter, more experienced trekkers.

How can I get into shape for trekking?

You’ll want to incorporate cardiovascular and endurance fitness training into your exercise regimen. We recommend you start training at least ten weeks before going on one of our treks. Once you sign up for a trek, you’ll receive an e-copy of our Kokoda Trek Fitness Plan.

Do I need to carry a backpack on the trail?

No. You can hire a personal porter to carry your backpack during your trek.

If you have any doubts about your ability to carry a full backpack the length the trail, we highly recommend you hire a personal porter. You’ll not only be making your trekking experience more enjoyable, you’ll also be aiding the local communities, which depend on tourism money to support their economies.

How many people will be on the trek with me?

For our set-departure treks, the typical group size ranges from three to fifteen trekkers.

We can create custom treks for groups of any size. However, we strongly feel that smaller groups make the trekking experience more enjoyable, safer, and eco-friendly.

Do you work with the Kokoda Track Authority?

Absolutely. Each Kokoda Trail Expedition trek is registered with the Kokoda Track Authority and includes the purchase of necessary permits. KTA Rangers are aware of the location of our groups, and are an integral part of our safety plans in case of emergency.

Is it safe to trek the Kokoda Trail?

The trail has been successfully trekked by tens of thousands of trekkers, of all ages and backgrounds.

Since the trail runs through such difficult terrain, it’s safest to trek it with an experienced, professional guide from a reputable trekking company.

Our guides are wilderness safety experts who know the Kokoda Trail forward and back. They trek with well-developed emergency preparedness and evacuation plans, wilderness safety equipment, and communication devices including VHF radios as well as mobile and satellite phones.

Does Kokoda Trail Expeditions carry general and public liability
insurance?

Yes. Liberty International Underwriters covers everyone who goes on a trek or tour with Kokoda Trail Expeditions. Our limit of indemnity is $10,000,000.00 AUD for any one occurrence.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. Kokoda Trail Expeditions requires all our clients to take out an individual policy with QBE Insurance. The policy covers hospitalization as well as emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.

What safety precautions does Kokoda Trail Expeditions take?

Our head guides and lead porters have many years of professional experience trekking the Kokoda Trail. They are wilderness safety experts certified in Basic and Wilderness First Aid. On treks, they’re equipped with the latest in wilderness safety equipment and communication technology, including VHF radios as well as mobile and satellite phones.

Our emergency preparedness strategies include evacuation plans that use designated helipads and airstrips along the Kokoda Trail and in the Buna, Gona, and Sanananda area. Throughout each trek, we are in close contact with the Kokoda Track Authority.

Is Port Moresby safe?

Yes. Port Moresby is known as a safe, friendly city. But as a precaution, all Kokoda Trail Expedition groups are escorted to and from Port Moresby by highly trained, plainclothes security guards.

Is Kokoda Trail Expeditions licensed?

Yes. We are a licensed tour operator in both Australia and Papua New Guinea.

What sort of food and drinks are provided?

Trail rations are sourced from supermarkets in Port Moresby that carry Australian and imported food supplies. We supplement those rations with tropical fruits and vegetables, potatoes, and pork purchased from local communities during the trek or tour.

Do I need to bring any additional food?

If you would like to bring along snacks to supplement meals, we recommend trail mix, lollies, and granola as well as energy and protein bars.

Is alcohol allowed on the trek or tour?

No. Kokoda Trail Expeditions does not allow alcohol or drugs of any kind on our treks and tours.

Where do we camp?

On your trek, you’ll stay sleep in village guesthouses and jungle campsites. All guesthouses and campsites have toilets, a fireplace, and water for washing and cooking. Porters will assist with tent setup and bed-making.

How far in advance should I book my trek?

We recommend you book at least three months in advance, so that you’ll have plenty of time to train and prepare for your trek. Once you have booked, we’ll send you a e-copy of our Kokoda Trek Fitness Plan.

Payments must be completed at least one month prior to the commencement date of your trek or tour.

How much does the trek cost? And what's included in that cost?

Our trek prices vary depending on the length of trek and its guide. Visit our Prices and Inclusions page for more information.

How do I book a trek or tour?

You can book directly through our website or by calling our office at either 043 848 3789 or 047 866 4981.

Is Kokoda Trail Expeditions ecofriendly and socially conscious?

Yes. We are fully committed to our ecofriendly and culturally sensitive approach to trekking in Papua New Guinea, one of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth.

How do you dispose of rubbish on the trail?

Kokoda Trail Expeditions practices the Leave No Trace principles on all our treks and tours, and encourages other tour operators to do the same. All the rubbish produced on our treks and tours is packed and disposed of responsibly.

Does Kokoda Trail Expeditions assist the local villages?

Yes. Interaction with the villages is extremely important to our vision and our expeditions. Not only do we hire guides and porters from Papua New Guinea, we also locally source much of our food and many of our supplies from the communities along the Kokoda Trail.

Do you work with charitable organisations?

Yes. Kokoda Trail Expeditions is a proud partner of The Kids’ Cancer Project.We donate to TKCP a portion of the proceeds from each Trek 4 a Cure. When you join a Trek 4 a Cure expedition, you’ll be helping raise money to combat the heartbreak of children’s cancer.

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