Take on one of the world's great treks, the Kokoda Trail, to raise funds to prepare for humanitarian aid support - so no one has to go without shelter after a disaster.

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16 - 25 April



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The Difference You'll Make


Right now, more than 100 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disasters and conflict.

By embarking on the Trek for Shelter Kokoda 2024, you’ll raise awareness about the support ShelterBox Australia provides to communities in need when a crisis strikes.

 Over 10 days, challenge yourself to explore the great Kokoda Track, learn about the rich history of Australian soldiers in the Pacific War of WWII whilst trekking through steep mountains, tropical terrain and grasslands. On your way, you’ll visit the pristine villages of the Koiari people, meet and learn from the locals and swim in rivers, water holes and streams for a tropical nature immersion. Get out of your comfort zone whilst raising awareness and funds, which will be used to support disaster-stricken communities in times of need. All funds raised on this epic adventure will go towards supporting ShelterBox Australia.

Hitting your $3,500 fundraising target will mean funding 116 solar lights, 70 water filters, 35 shelter kits, 7 relief tents or 3 complete ShelterBoxes. 


How it works


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Pay only $475 upfront to secure your place and pay the remaining balance in flexible instalments.

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Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.


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Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1: Tuesday 16 April 2024

Arrive in Port Moresby

Our adventure begins in the capital of Port Moresby with a welcome meeting tonight. An airport arrival transfer is included, so please speak with us to organise this no later than 30 days before your tour begins. Tonight we will have a briefing at 6pm to meet the rest of the team and guides.

Meals: none

Day 2: Wednesday 17 April 2024

Port Moresby - Kokoda - Deniki

This morning take a short, spectacularly scenic chartered flight over the jungle canopies and craggy peaks of the Owen Stanley Range to the landing strip of Kokoda station. Kokoda, situated at 340 metres above sea level, is a hot and humid place, but there’s a nearby river to cool off in if we need. There is free time explore and visit the Kokoda Memorial and War Museum this morning before the trek begins, where we’ll learn a little more about Kokoda station. This spot held importance during WWII due to having the only airfield along the track, and the opening stages of the Kokoda Track campaign saw two battles take place in and around the village. Australian forces reoccupied Kokoda in November 1942 as the Japanese retreated to the north coast. After lunch, lace up and set off for the village of Deniki (4–5 hours). Begin with a flat walk through rows of palm oil and rubber tree plantations, passing through Kovelo and Hoi villages before the first steep ascent up the Owen Stanley Range. Deniki village is a historically significant location where the 39th Battalion first regrouped when Japanese forces occupied Kokoda. At 900 metres above sea level, we’ll be greeted with incredible views across the Kokoda Valley upon arrival, giving us the chance to pause and reflect on all that occurred here.

Trekking distance: 14km

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Thursday 18 April 2024

Deniki - Isrrava Village - Alola

Today will be our first full-day trek with an early start towards Isurava village. Pass through choko gardens planted by local villagers and by water holes where we can fill up our bottles. We will arrive at Isurava (1350 metres), a village relocated several times since WWII which now sits in a tranquil location with good access to water and sunshine.  We continue to the famous Isurava battlefield and stop for a break to learn about the significance of the site. A powerful memorial built by the Australian Government features four pillars, reading ‘Courage, Sacrifice, Mateship and Endurance’, words we are sure to carry with us for the rest of our journey. Hear the story of the heroic Private Kingsbury, a real estate agent from Melbourne enlisted to fight in New Guinea. Kingsbury gallantly volunteered to clear a path through the enemy, allowing the Australian troops to regain their control, only to lose his life to a sniper’s bullet. Private Kingsbury’s courage earned him a posthumous Victoria Cross, and is one of many stories of unbelievable tragedy and bravery we will encounter on your journey. We continue to the village of Alola (at 1400 metres), which overlooks the Iora Valley and Auberi village, which is where we will spend the night.

Trekking distance: 18km 

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Friday 19 April 2024

Alola - Templeton’s Crossing - Lokobo

Our trek to Templeton’s Crossing today begins with a walk through lush rainforest and past creeks and rivers that feed directly out of mountain springs. Follow the hilly trail to Eora Creek, where the tranquil landscapes are in stark contrast to the two brutal battles that took place in 1942, resulting in the loss of many Australian lives. Take a break here to learn about the battles and perhaps freshen up in the river before continuing along the track. Three more hours of hiking will lead us to Templeton’s Crossing, the location of the Australian supply and storage facility during the war. Templeton’s Crossing also served as a burial ground for Australian soldiers lost during the Battle of Eora, and while the bodies were relocated at the end of the war, symbolic iron rods remain in the place of each soldier once buried at the site. Tonight will be spent at a cooperative guesthouse in Lokobo (at 1900 metres altitude). 

Trekking distance: 22km

Meals: B L D

Day 5: Saturday 20 April 2024

Lokobo - Mt Bellamy - Digger’s Camp

This morning we rise for a tough day of trekking as we climb to a 2200-metre-high point on the flank of Mt Bellamy, also known as the Gap. Be sure to stay close to your personal porter while navigating the ascent. Take in some spectacular views across the Owen Stanley Ranges and descend a few hundred metres to your accommodation at Digger’s Camp. Set among lush rainforest, the village guesthouse is still around 2000 metres above sea level, so it can get very cold. Take a quick walk to the flat grasslands and creeks of Myola, a location that played a pivotal role in WWII, being used for supply drops and to tend to the sick and injured. The scattered remains of old aircrafts used to be seen around Myola, however these have since been salvaged by locals for scrap metal. Head back to Diggers’ Camp and enjoy a dip in the river before dinner.

Trekking distance: 18km

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Sunday 21 April 2024

Digger’s Camp - Efogi I - Efogi II

Rise and shine and set off towards the northern face of Mt Bellamy, taking in views of the villages of Naduri, Kagi, Brigade Hill, and Nauro along the way. Make a 2-hour descent to Efogi I through open grassland and along steep, slippery trail, with a brief break en route in Naduri. Enjoy a well-deserved rest on arrival at Efogi I, a staging post where troops stopped overnight during their advance along the Kokoda Track. Keep some change handy so we can buy some of the organically grown fruit the locals sell. Continue the trek to Efogi II with a roughly 2-hour descent. While this leg of the trek is relatively short, it will take place in the middle of the day and the trail has no canopy protection, so we need to pace ourselves. Arrive in Efogi II, a Koiari village of around 500 inhabitants, and settle into our locally-owned cooperative accommodation.

Trekking distance: 16km

Meals: B L D

Day 7: Monday 22 April 2024

Efogi II - Brigade Hill - Menari

Embrace an early start this morning to trace the path taken by retreating Australian soldiers. The first climb takes us to Mission Ridge where we can turn and look back over Efogi I and II. Continue following the ridge towards Brigade Hill. Upon reaching Brigade Hill (approximately 1.5 hours), the trek leader will relate the wartime history of the spot where Australian forces were overwhelmed by fast-approaching Japanese troops. Hear how 20,000 soldiers marched down Mt Bellamy, their thousands of lanterns resembling a sea of fireflies to the Australian troops. This swift and efficient advance saw the Japanese take complete control of Brigade Hill in just a few days. Begin the descent down the back of Mission Ridge to Menari (approximately 2 hours) on a steep and sometimes very slippery track. Grab lunch and then set off again on a steep, 1.5-hour climb to the top of Menari Ridge. Enjoy the mental boost that comes with knowing we’ve ‘broken the back’ of the Kokoda Track, then make a descent to the Nauro Valley (approximately 1 hour). Cross the mighty Brown River to Nauro and cool off in a pleasant stream near our cooperative guesthouse accommodation near the original airstrip.

Trekking distance: 22km

Meals: B L D

Day 8: Tuesday 23 April 2024

Menari - Ioribaiwa - Uaule Creek 

This morning we begin by tackling the Nine False Peaks to the top of Maguli Range (1350 metres). This involves roughly 3 hours of serious uphill trekking. From the top of the ridge, make the first of many descents today with a rest stop at Jap’s Ladder. Take another break at Ofi Creek and continue on to historic Ioribaiwa, situated at approximately 650 metres. It was here that the Japanese troops fought their final victorious battle against the Australians before withdrawing. From Ioribaiwa continue down a steep slope that leads to Uaule Creek. At the base of the Ioribaiwa Ridge make our way across a myriad of river and creek crossings (nine in total) until we reach Uaule Creek and set up camp for the night. 

Trekking distance: 24km

Meals: B L D

Day 9: Wednesday 24 April 2024

Uaule Creek - Owers Corner - Port Moresby

Our journey today starts across multiple river crossings along Uaule Creek. Come prepared with sandals or expect wet boots. Continue with a trek up the back of Imita Ridge for about 1.5 hours. From here, trek down a trail once known as the Golden Staircase, built by Australian troops during the war to transport artillery and supplies from Port Moresby. Take a break at the summit of Imita Ridge then descend to Goodwater. Continue to Goldie River (3 hours), then make the final climb to Owers Corner. Congratulations! We can now officially say we have completed the Kokoda Track! We will meet with our driver and transfer back to Port Moresby, stopping en route to visit Bomana War Cemetery, where 3600 Australian soldiers were laid to rest. This evening perhaps grab a well-deserved drink with your team and fellow trekkers. Cheers!

Trekking distance: 18km

Meals: B L D

Day 10: Thursday 25 April 2024

Depart Port Moresby

Our adventure has come to an end. Check out of the hotel is at 11 am and transfer to the airport can be organised on request. Just let us know your flight details 30 days prior to adventure departure date.

Meals: B 

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-Star hotels and village huts or camping • Meals as per itinerary • Personal porter • Large back pack and day pack hire, sleeping mat and poles • Water on trekking days • Local English-speaking guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Doesn’t include: International Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Lightweight sleeping bag• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities


Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek the full length of the Kokoda Track, 149 kilometres

  • Walk in the footsteps of Australian soldiers, and learn about the challenges of life during the Pacific War of World War II

  • Visit the pristine villages of the Koiari people, meet and learn from the locals

  • Swim in rivers, water holes and streams along the way

  • Raise funds that will provide shelter and essential items after disasters

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email ( or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Kokoda Track is a very physically demanding challenge, involving trekking 96km kilometres through dense jungle over 9 days. The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the experience. You’ll be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You’re free to move at your own pace and we’ll take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own? 

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we’ll connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

ShelterBox Australia has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 17 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $44 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and ShelterBox Australia, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

Training for the Kokoda Track should not be taken lightly. We have prepared a special training guide specifically for Kokoda adventures with detailed suggestions. Our best training advice is the same for all adventures: start early, increase gradually and be consistent. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 7+ hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.


What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in a 3-star hotel in Port Moresby. While camping, you’ll have a twin size tent for individual use.

The hotel will have western amenities with water and flushing toilets. While trekking, toilets are primarily basic squat-style or in the bush. When using these toilets, toilet paper should be placed in the bins provided or in a recyclable brown paper bag to be disposed of later. You should bring hand sanitiser and your own toilet roll. 

Bathing will typically mean a cold shower or a wash in the river near the village.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share in Port Moresby, and you’ll have your end tent while trekking. You’ll be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we’ll pair you together.

What to expect

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we’ll happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You’ll be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.


How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You’ll have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we’ll also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we’re looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we’ll review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you’ll each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to ShelterBox Australia? 

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to ShelterBox Australia. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for ShelterBox Australia are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure?

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $4,699

(inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you also commit to raising $$3,500 (per person) for ShelterBox Australia.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.

  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.

  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you’ll need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit

Do I need a visa to travel to Papua New Guinea?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for entry into Papua New Guinea. 

Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.


All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.


Here’s what ShelterBox Australia supporters have said in the past about their fundraising trips:

“A wonderful week spent with like-minded people”

- Stephen Foster, Larapinta Trek 2021 for ShelterBox Australia

“Life changing and humbling”

- Kimberly Fogarty, Larapinta Trek 2019 for ShelterBox Australia

“It made me believe that I can do anything!”

- James Fogarty Larapinta Trek 2019 for ShelterBox Australia

“Enjoyable trek and trip, met amazing people and visited incredible places”

- John Paul Tuite, Nepal Trek 2018 for ShelterBox Australia

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