Frequently Asked Questions

That depends on your age, interest and fitness level.

We have tours recommended for different age groups to tours that fit different interest categories such as military history, military pilgrimage, remembrance, personal challenge, and adventure. All tours have their intensity levels giving you plenty of options to choose the tour that’s ideal for you based on your fitness level.

There a number of destinations you can travel to apart from the Kokoda Track. These are Buna-Sanananda-Gona, Tufi, Milne Bay and Rabaul. You can choose to trek, tour, or trek and tour. See our tours page for our exciting range of tours you can choose from.

We have over 20 different tours to choose from for your Kokoda trip – from a 3-Day Kokoda Budget Trek to 12-Day Kokoda Tufi Getaway Trek & Tour. With the exception of our ANZAC Day tours which are only undertaken from April to May, all tours are conducted between January and December.

Traditionally, Kokoda Trail treks start from the Port Moresby side of the Owen Stanley Range at Owers’ Corner and ends at Kokoda. Australian troops took this route at the start of and during the Kokoda Campaign in WW2. But the trek can also be done beginning at Kokoda. By contrast, setting off at Owers’ Corner the challenge is immediate, whereas setting off at Kokoda it’s gradual. This is because from the Port Moresby side, the track hits the mountain ranges right away, whereas from the Kokoda side, it elevates into the ranges unhurriedly.

All Kokoda Trail Expeditions treks begin at either direction. You can choose depending on whether you want to get into it all from the start. Despite the route, you’ll get a unique view of local communities and their culture, take in the stunning scenery of Papua New Guinea, and experience the challenge of trekking the Kokoda Track.

If you choose a standard Kokoda trek, you’ll be covering anywhere between two and eight hours each day. However, if you go for our extreme trek, you’re looking at anywhere between three and thirteen hours a day.

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

We run set-departure for our trekking and non-trekking tours between January and December, which overlaps Papua New Guinea’s dry season from late May through to late October. But even during the wetter seasons, we always make sure our clients are safe, comfortable, and well prepared.

Yes. The Kokoda Track runs through extremely rugged, challenging and unbearable terrain. While you’re on the trail, your safety and comfort will depend a great deal on your level of physical fitness.

Our ten-day treks move at a slightly slower pace, which makes them more ideal for certain groups like families and older trekkers. Our nine-day treks are recommended only for fitter, more experienced trekkers.

You’ll want to incorporate cardiovascular, strength, and endurance fitness training into your exercise regimen. We recommend you start training at least ten weeks before going on one of our treks. You can Download our Free Kokoda Trek Fitness Plan that you use as a guide.

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

Even though you’re fit but think you need someone to carry your backpack, hiring a personal porter is not a bad idea. This will make your trek more enjoyable apart from helping many lovely locals who we employ as personal porters with employment and income.

For our set-departure treks, the group size ranges between two and twenty people. Smaller groups make tours more enjoyable, safer, and eco-friendly.

If you can’t find a tour that fits your travel plans or have special requirements, we can customise one for you.

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 emergencies.

Kokoda 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 and professional tour leader and guide from a reputable trekking company.

Our guides are wilderness safety experts who know the Kokoda Track 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.

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

Yes. Kokoda Trail Expeditions requires all our clients to take out travel insurance with a suitable travel insurer. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C Plan which can cover you on the Kokoda Track and in Papua New Guinea in the event of an emergency. The policy covers hospitalization as well as emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.

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

We have emergency preparedness strategies including evacuation plans using designated helipads, airstrips and airports for all our tours. Throughout each trek, we are in close contact with the Kokoda Track Authority.

Yes, but it’s not a relatively safe and tourist-friendly city so it’s always important that you tour with a reputable tour company who know the city’s trouble spots. Don’t go wandering of on your own and always be accompanied by a member of our staff. When alone, always use common sense and don’t do anything that would put you in harms way.

Our destinations are relatively safe and you’ll always be accompanied by either a tour leader, guide or hotel staff.

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

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.

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.

No. Kokoda Trail Expeditions does not allow alcohol or illegal drugs of any kind during the course of tours

On the track, you’ll be staying and sleeping in village guesthouses and jungle campsites. All guesthouses and campsites have toilets, a fireplace, and water for washing and cooking. Your porters will assist with tent setup and bed-making.

We recommend you book at least three months in advance, so that you’ll have plenty of time to prepare and/or train for your tour. Payments must be completed at least one month prior to its commencement.

Our tour prices vary depending on the type and length of tours. Please visit our tour page for tour prices and inclusions.

You can book directly through our website, by sending us an email, or calling our office at either (02) 8958 8813 or 043 848 3789.

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

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

Yes. Interaction with the villages is extremely important to our vision and our expeditions. Not only do we hire experienced tour leaders, guides and porters for Papua New Guinean-led tours, we also locally source some food like vegetables and fruit from many local communities.

Yes. Kokoda Trail Expeditions has worked with and assisted charity organisations like The Kids’ Cancer Project (thekidscancerproject.org.au), and Heart Kids (heartkids.org.au).