Kokoda Track

Papua New Guinea

Trek through 96 kilometres of rugged mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and unspoiled villages on the legendary Kokoda Track.

Trip duration:
11 days

Challenge duration:
9 days

Challenge grade:
5/5

Departure months:
April to May, September to November

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 4-star hotel and comfortable camping

Hiking the Kokoda Track

1942 saw the Kokoda Track as a scene of bitter fighting when the Australian Army fought to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces. Today, walking that same track has become an iconic pilgrimage for those wanting to honour the ANZAC spirit.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest treks, the Kokoda Track links the south and north coast of Papua New Guinea across 96 kilometres of rocky mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and pristine villages.

On this inspiring adventure, you will trek the track by day, open to the unforgiving and inspiring beauty of Papua New Guinea’s tropical rainforest. As nightfall descends, you will stay in isolated camps, swapping stories with local Koiari and Orokaiva people and falling asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

Best of all, you’ll make a difference to a cause you’re passionate about and meet like-minded people on this adventure of a lifetime. Get ready to find out why the Kokoda Track is considered one of the world’s great treks.

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek through 96 kilometres of rugged mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and unspoiled villages of the legendary Kokoda Track
  • Walk in the footsteps of Australian soldiers and learn about the history of the battle sites along the Track
  • Discover the villages of the Papua New Guinea highlands, meet locals and experience firsthand the extraordinary cultures of this region
  • Meet like-minded people and make a difference to a cause you are passionate about

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby

After making your own way to Papua New Guinea, you will be met on arrival at Port Moresby Airport and transferred to our accommodation. A team briefing is held this afternoon to discuss final preparations for our trek. We’ll all enjoy an early evening team dinner, then it’s off to bed for a good nights’ sleep to be prepared for an early morning departure on Day 2. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Hoi Village

Today begins with a spectacular flight over the Owen Stanley Ranges into Popondetta and road to Kokoda. Your leader will explain the battle history as you explore the Kokoda battle site and museum. We have a short acclimatising walk today to our first night’s beautiful campsite at the small village of Hoi.

Trekking Distance: 8.5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Alolo Village

We start early so we can walk at a slow and relaxed pace. The morning walk is very steep, and you’ll be thankful for your training. The scenery is spectacular with sweeping views as we trek near the original war time village of Deniki, the site of the 39th Militia Battalion’s first defensive position after withdrawing from Kokoda. We push on for a late lunch at the war memorial at the Isurava battle site. We will have enough time to explore the area thoroughly. A full briefing is given on the now legendary 4-day battle of Isurava. It was here that the 2/14th Infantry Battalion arrived to support the 39th Militia Battalion and the legend of ‘The Ragged Bloody Heroes’ was born. From Isurava it’s a short walk to our campsite in Alolo Village. Alolo was the major logistics support base and first aid post during the Isurava battle. On the walk to Alolo you will visit Conn’s Rock, a very special campaign site.

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Templeton’s Crossing

Our walk today begins with a short, taxing descent followed by a long gradual ascent to Eora Creek battle site. We leave our packs on the main trail and ascend a short side trail to the Japanese forest fort often referred to as “The Lost Battlefield”. This fortified area is extensive, though the higher fort areas are not properly surveyed and therefore not accessible. The fort covers part of a high ridge with a commanding position overlooking Eora Creek. For many years now, all our trekking teams have been visiting the lower sections of this important site. Your trek leader will explain the fort's defensive significance and how the battle to capture this fort unfurled. You will explore the Japanese mountain gun and heavy machine gun positions. Many Australian soldiers lost their lives here, before the Japanese fled. After exploring the Forest Fort, we move on. Further on, there is a large mortar and grenade dump site to explore, which was only recently discovered. The trail is challenging today and the beauty of the jungle provides a wonderful distraction. We camp beside the creek at the battle site at Templeton’s Crossing.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Naduri Village

The day commences with a steep climb and descent to Templeton’s Crossing 1, followed by a long climb on slippery trails to our highest point on Mt Bellamy (2190m). From this high point, known as the Kokoda Saddle, the beautiful forest track, lined with trees festooned with moss and vines, drops away to the southside of the Owen Stanley Ranges. We have an option of moving ‘off track’ and following the “Telegraph Track” down to the dry Myola lakes area. Depending on the weather, track conditions and the pace of the team as a whole, we will make this decision on the day. Later in the day, there is also an opportunity to view one of the lakes. The dry lake-beds were, at various times during both phases of the Kokoda campaign, the site of a major Australian Army supply depot. They were also a point for evacuation of the wounded. Myola is most remembered as the site for low level dropping of provisions by the Australian Air Force. We arrive late afternoon at Naduri Village and our friends welcome us as guests of honour in their village. This evening, the local people commence their religious ceremonies acknowledging the start of their Sabbath.

Trekking Distance: 16.5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Naduri Village (Sabbath Rest Day)

After breakfast, you will be guided around Naduri, a great insight into village life. The afternoon is a great time to catch up on washing clothes and preparing to commence the second half of our trek. After sunset tonight, you will enjoy a small concert before bunking down for a good night’s rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Menari Village

Today we bid farewell to our friends in Naduri and set off to the villages of Efogi 1 & 2, our halfway point along the Track. This peaceful village is nestled in the shadow of Brigade Hill and nearby Mission Ridge, two of the Kokoda Track’s more significant battle sites. We then begin the demanding ascent of Brigade Hill via Mission Ridge. When we reach the summit, we will conduct a small ceremony in honour of the soldiers who fought here and in remembrance of their bravery. We will then begin the long descent to our campsite in Menari Village. Menari is a famous site where the 39th Battalion were withdrawn from the campaign on the eve of the battle at Brigade Hill, while the remaining ‘Ragged Bloody Heroes’ returned to Port Moresby, exhausted and on the brink of total collapse. 

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Nauru Village

This morning after breakfast, we battle through varying terrain, crossing swampy flatlands and the Brown River, motivating and encouraging each other in the increasing heat. We then begin our ascent up the Maguli Range. While this is not an easy trek, we are rewarded with the incredible view of the sun sinking below the horizon as we reach Nauro Village. 

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Ua Ule Creek

This morning after breakfast, we trek to the top of the Maguli Range, before descending to Ofi Creek via a former major Japanese campsite. After a refreshing swim in the creek, we cross Ioribaiwa Ridge to examine the various sites that mark the furthermost point of the Japanese advance. It was here, with Port Moresby nearly in sight, that the order was received to withdraw. Half starved and facing major weapon shortages, the Japanese army retreated with the Australians in hot pursuit. While the Kokoda Campaign was far from over, it was the beginning of the end for the Japanese forces. In the afternoon, we crisscross our way along the Track to Ua Ule creek and our campsite. Tonight, we camp completely surrounded by high trees, forming a perfect frame for the star-filled night sky.

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Port Moresby

This is it, our final day on the Kokoda Track! After breakfast, we take an initial steep ascent before we descend to Imita Ridge. Enroute, we will pass what was once known as the ‘Golden Staircase’, which consisted of some 2,000-timber steps cut into the mountainside. After we cross the Goldie River, it’s a sharp 40-minute hike to Ower’s Corner where we are greeted with a cold drink and a tasty lunch. Congratulations! You have trekked the Kokoda Track. Before we head back to Port Moresby, we stop at Bomana War Cemetery to reflect on our adventure and the poignancy of the Kokoda Campaign.

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Depart Papua New Guinea

This morning after breakfast, we bid farewell to Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby and our incredible Kokoda adventure as we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Australia. From fundraising to finishing, your dedication as part of this adventure has made a real difference to a worthwhile cause.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby

After making your own way to Papua New Guinea, you will be met on arrival at Port Moresby Airport and transferred to our accommodation. A team briefing is held this afternoon to discuss final preparations for our trek. We’ll all enjoy an early evening team dinner, then it’s off to bed for a good nights’ sleep to be prepared for an early morning departure on Day 2. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Hoi Village

Today begins with a spectacular flight over the Owen Stanley Ranges into Popondetta and road to Kokoda. Your leader will explain the battle history as you explore the Kokoda battle site and museum. We have a short acclimatising walk today to our first night’s beautiful campsite at the small village of Hoi.

Trekking Distance: 8.5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Alolo Village

We start early so we can walk at a slow and relaxed pace. The morning walk is very steep, and you’ll be thankful for your training. The scenery is spectacular with sweeping views as we trek near the original war time village of Deniki, the site of the 39th Militia Battalion’s first defensive position after withdrawing from Kokoda. We push on for a late lunch at the war memorial at the Isurava battle site. We will have enough time to explore the area thoroughly. A full briefing is given on the now legendary 4-day battle of Isurava. It was here that the 2/14th Infantry Battalion arrived to support the 39th Militia Battalion and the legend of ‘The Ragged Bloody Heroes’ was born. From Isurava it’s a short walk to our campsite in Alolo Village. Alolo was the major logistics support base and first aid post during the Isurava battle. On the walk to Alolo you will visit Conn’s Rock, a very special campaign site.

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Templeton’s Crossing

Our walk today begins with a short, taxing descent followed by a long gradual ascent to Eora Creek battle site. We leave our packs on the main trail and ascend a short side trail to the Japanese forest fort often referred to as “The Lost Battlefield”. This fortified area is extensive, though the higher fort areas are not properly surveyed and therefore not accessible. The fort covers part of a high ridge with a commanding position overlooking Eora Creek. For many years now, all our trekking teams have been visiting the lower sections of this important site. Your trek leader will explain the fort's defensive significance and how the battle to capture this fort unfurled. You will explore the Japanese mountain gun and heavy machine gun positions. Many Australian soldiers lost their lives here, before the Japanese fled. After exploring the Forest Fort, we move on. Further on, there is a large mortar and grenade dump site to explore, which was only recently discovered. The trail is challenging today and the beauty of the jungle provides a wonderful distraction. We camp beside the creek at the battle site at Templeton’s Crossing.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Naduri Village

The day commences with a steep climb and descent to Templeton’s Crossing 1, followed by a long climb on slippery trails to our highest point on Mt Bellamy (2190m). From this high point, known as the Kokoda Saddle, the beautiful forest track, lined with trees festooned with moss and vines, drops away to the southside of the Owen Stanley Ranges. We have an option of moving ‘off track’ and following the “Telegraph Track” down to the dry Myola lakes area. Depending on the weather, track conditions and the pace of the team as a whole, we will make this decision on the day. Later in the day, there is also an opportunity to view one of the lakes. The dry lake-beds were, at various times during both phases of the Kokoda campaign, the site of a major Australian Army supply depot. They were also a point for evacuation of the wounded. Myola is most remembered as the site for low level dropping of provisions by the Australian Air Force. We arrive late afternoon at Naduri Village and our friends welcome us as guests of honour in their village. This evening, the local people commence their religious ceremonies acknowledging the start of their Sabbath.

Trekking Distance: 16.5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Naduri Village (Sabbath Rest Day)

After breakfast, you will be guided around Naduri, a great insight into village life. The afternoon is a great time to catch up on washing clothes and preparing to commence the second half of our trek. After sunset tonight, you will enjoy a small concert before bunking down for a good night’s rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Menari Village

Today we bid farewell to our friends in Naduri and set off to the villages of Efogi 1 & 2, our halfway point along the Track. This peaceful village is nestled in the shadow of Brigade Hill and nearby Mission Ridge, two of the Kokoda Track’s more significant battle sites. We then begin the demanding ascent of Brigade Hill via Mission Ridge. When we reach the summit, we will conduct a small ceremony in honour of the soldiers who fought here and in remembrance of their bravery. We will then begin the long descent to our campsite in Menari Village. Menari is a famous site where the 39th Battalion were withdrawn from the campaign on the eve of the battle at Brigade Hill, while the remaining ‘Ragged Bloody Heroes’ returned to Port Moresby, exhausted and on the brink of total collapse. 

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Nauru Village

This morning after breakfast, we battle through varying terrain, crossing swampy flatlands and the Brown River, motivating and encouraging each other in the increasing heat. We then begin our ascent up the Maguli Range. While this is not an easy trek, we are rewarded with the incredible view of the sun sinking below the horizon as we reach Nauro Village. 

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Ua Ule Creek

This morning after breakfast, we trek to the top of the Maguli Range, before descending to Ofi Creek via a former major Japanese campsite. After a refreshing swim in the creek, we cross Ioribaiwa Ridge to examine the various sites that mark the furthermost point of the Japanese advance. It was here, with Port Moresby nearly in sight, that the order was received to withdraw. Half starved and facing major weapon shortages, the Japanese army retreated with the Australians in hot pursuit. While the Kokoda Campaign was far from over, it was the beginning of the end for the Japanese forces. In the afternoon, we crisscross our way along the Track to Ua Ule creek and our campsite. Tonight, we camp completely surrounded by high trees, forming a perfect frame for the star-filled night sky.

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Port Moresby

This is it, our final day on the Kokoda Track! After breakfast, we take an initial steep ascent before we descend to Imita Ridge. Enroute, we will pass what was once known as the ‘Golden Staircase’, which consisted of some 2,000-timber steps cut into the mountainside. After we cross the Goldie River, it’s a sharp 40-minute hike to Ower’s Corner where we are greeted with a cold drink and a tasty lunch. Congratulations! You have trekked the Kokoda Track. Before we head back to Port Moresby, we stop at Bomana War Cemetery to reflect on our adventure and the poignancy of the Kokoda Campaign.

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Depart Papua New Guinea

This morning after breakfast, we bid farewell to Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby and our incredible Kokoda adventure as we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Australia. From fundraising to finishing, your dedication as part of this adventure has made a real difference to a worthwhile cause.

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) 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. The Kokoda Track involves trekking for nine days in remote areas for up to eight hours a day (possibly more, subject to weather conditions). 

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 trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will 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.

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, which you will be sent after registering. Our best training advice is the same for all adventures: start early, increase gradually and be consistent. 

We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

Do I need to carry my own pack? 

Due to the challenging nature of this trek, we highly recommend you opt for a personal porter to carry your pack for you. This is available at an additional cost and can be arranged at the time of registering. You will still be required to carry a daypack with water, snacks, extra clothing, personal medications and anything else you may need for the day’s trek. 

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in a 4-star hotel in Port Moresby. While camping, you will have a twin-size tent for individual use. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation in Port Moresby is based on twin-share (you will have your own tent while trekking). You will 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 will pair you together.

 

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

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. 

Are showers available? 

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

What is the food like? 

While out on the Track, food will be provided by your local team. Sit back, relax, and they’ll prepare everything you need. While the food won’t be gourmet, you’ll be treated to a variety of freshly prepared, hearty meals.

Breakfast typically consists of tea/coffee/milo, porridge, cereals and fresh fruit when available.

Lunch includes noodles, soups, biscuits, mountain bread, cheese, salami, and tuna, along with tea and coffee. 

Dinner is prepared each night by the head cook and features both meat and vegetarian dishes. Dinners include pasta with sauce, fried rice, curries, casseroles, crackers and pappadums.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Mobile coverage is very limited along the Kokoda Track and regular signal should not be expected. If you wish, you may like to purchase a local sim card or check with your service provider regarding worldwide coverage for the few opportunities during which you may be in range. 

The head guide will have a satellite phone, however this is only available for use in the case of an emergency. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Papua New Guinea uses outlet type I, as in Australia and New Zealand. 

While trekking, you will not have access to electricity. We recommend bringing a powerbank (portable charger), which you can charge before embarking on the trek to be used to charge any devices. 

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry satellite phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta as per itinerary
  • All land transfers as per itinerary in private vehicles
  • Twin-share accommodation in 4-star hotel and comfortable camping with single occupancy
  • Professional Australian trek leader, local head guide and trekking crew
  • All camping gear (excluding sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow) including tents, emergency equipment
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • All entrance fees and permits as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal guide cost and backpack
  • Expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

Shopping is extremely limited while trekking though there will be a few occasions where the local villages will set up a market for the team. We recommend you allow 30-45 Kina (approximately $15-22 AUD) per day to cover any additional purchases you may wish to make while trekking, such as snacks or Billum bags to support the local communities. 

Is it customary to tip? 

While tipping is an accepted part of the tourism industry in Papua New Guinea, you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The customary tipping amount is 80 Kina in total if you do not hire a personal guide. If you choose to hire a personal guide, it is recommended to budget 100 Kina in addition for the personal guide (180 Kina total). 

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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 will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

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. 

About Papua New Guinea

What weather can I expect?

Trekking season on the Kokoda Track typically runs from April through November to avoid the rainy season in Papua New Guinea. That said, heavy rainfall and muddy conditions should be expected at all times of the year. Temperatures typically range from 24-32°C during the day, reaching as low as 5-10°C at night. Humidity levels are very high around 80-95%. 

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Is it safe to travel to Papua New Guinea?

While in Papua New Guinea, we advise you to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always maintain eye contact or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. 

Caution should be adopted in Port Moresby, where we recommend you remain at your hotel. While trekking, it is important that you listen to the advice given by your local guides regarding responsible and safe behaviour. 

For the latest information regarding travel to Papua New Guinea, please visit the Smartraveller website.

Can I drink the water in Papua New Guinea?

You will fill up with water from the creeks everyday, but the water needs to be purified with water purification tablets or other purification devices before drinking.

Do I require any vaccinations to travel to [Insert destination name]? 

The most common vaccinations required are polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and tetanus and diphtheria. Consult with your GP to discuss your needs.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 5/5. The Kokoda Track involves trekking for nine days in remote areas for up to eight hours a day (possibly more, subject to weather conditions). 

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 trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will 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.

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, which you will be sent after registering. Our best training advice is the same for all adventures: start early, increase gradually and be consistent. 

We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

Do I need to carry my own pack? 

Due to the challenging nature of this trek, we highly recommend you opt for a personal porter to carry your pack for you. This is available at an additional cost and can be arranged at the time of registering. You will still be required to carry a daypack with water, snacks, extra clothing, personal medications and anything else you may need for the day’s trek.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in a 4-star hotel in Port Moresby. While camping, you will have a twin-size tent for individual use. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation in Port Moresby is based on twin-share (you will have your own tent while trekking). You will 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 will pair you together.

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

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. 

Are showers available? 

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

What is the food like? 

While out on the Track, food will be provided by your local team. Sit back, relax, and they’ll prepare everything you need. While the food won’t be gourmet, you’ll be treated to a variety of freshly prepared, hearty meals.

Breakfast typically consists of tea/coffee/milo, porridge, cereals and fresh fruit when available.

Lunch includes noodles, soups, biscuits, mountain bread, cheese, salami, and tuna, along with tea and coffee. 

Dinner is prepared each night by the head cook and features both meat and vegetarian dishes. Dinners include pasta with sauce, fried rice, curries, casseroles, crackers and pappadums.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Mobile coverage is very limited along the Kokoda Track and regular signal should not be expected. If you wish, you may like to purchase a local sim card or check with your service provider regarding worldwide coverage for the few opportunities during which you may be in range. 

The head guide will have a satellite phone, however this is only available for use in the case of an emergency. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Papua New Guinea uses outlet type I, as in Australia and New Zealand. 

While trekking, you will not have access to electricity. We recommend bringing a powerbank (portable charger), which you can charge before embarking on the trek to be used to charge any devices. 

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry satellite phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta as per itinerary
  • All land transfers as per itinerary in private vehicles
  • Twin-share accommodation in 4-star hotel and comfortable camping with single occupancy
  • Professional Australian trek leader, local head guide and trekking crew
  • All camping gear (excluding sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow) including tents, emergency equipment
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • All entrance fees and permits as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal guide cost and backpack
  • Expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

Shopping is extremely limited while trekking though there will be a few occasions where the local villages will set up a market for the team. We recommend you allow 30-45 Kina (approximately $15-22 AUD) per day to cover any additional purchases you may wish to make while trekking, such as snacks or Billum bags to support the local communities. 

Is it customary to tip? 

While tipping is an accepted part of the tourism industry in Papua New Guinea, you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The customary tipping amount is 80 Kina in total if you do not hire a personal guide. If you choose to hire a personal guide, it is recommended to budget 100 Kina in addition for the personal guide (180 Kina total). 

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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 will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

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. 

About Papua New Guinea

What weather can I expect?

Trekking season on the Kokoda Track typically runs from April through November to avoid the rainy season in Papua New Guinea. That said, heavy rainfall and muddy conditions should be expected at all times of the year. Temperatures typically range from 24-32°C during the day, reaching as low as 5-10°C at night. Humidity levels are very high around 80-95%. 

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Is it safe to travel to Papua New Guinea?

While in Papua New Guinea, we advise you to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always maintain eye contact or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. 

Caution should be adopted in Port Moresby, where we recommend you remain at your hotel. While trekking, it is important that you listen to the advice given by your local guides regarding responsible and safe behaviour. 

For the latest information regarding travel to Papua New Guinea, please visit the Smartraveller website.

Can I drink the water in Papua New Guinea?

You will fill up with water from the creeks everyday, but the water needs to be purified with water purification tablets or other purification devices before drinking.

Do I require any vaccinations to travel to [Insert destination name]? 

The most common vaccinations required are polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and tetanus and diphtheria. Consult with your GP to discuss your needs.

 

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

Reviews

★★★★★


“Raising money to help people in need helped me with the determination I needed to take on the great challenges that life can bring, like the Kokoda Track.”

Mary Kelly

The Salvation Army Trek for Hope Kokoda 2019

★★★★★


“It made me appreciate that the Australian soldiers were remarkable under the circumstances.”

John Maag

Mission Aviation Fellowship Kokoda 2017
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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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