KOKODA TREK FITNESS PLAN

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. Download your free Kokoda Trek Fitness Plan’ to begin your physical preparations for your Kokoda trek with us immediately.

It is important that you adhere to your fitness plan and monitor your fitness levels during your preparations. If you in doubt, speak to us or consult a personal trainer for advice.

KOKODA TRAIL EXPEDITIONS KOKODA TREK PHYSICAL RATINGS

Unlike other operators, Kokoda Trail Expeditions makes it possible for just about anyone which the relative physical fitness to trek Kokoda. This is possible because we have selected our Kokoda treks based on the physical intensity levels and categorised each one with a physical rating making it possible for you to do Kokoda with us. These intensity levels are:

  1. Leisurely;
  2. Moderate;
  3. Challenging;
  4. Tough;
  5. Extreme

If you think you can’t do Kokoda, you might be wrong! Kids and seniors have walked and experienced Kokoda with us, so if they can do it, you can too.

LEISURELY

These are activities ideal for all age groups and fitness levels. No extravagant physical intensity is involved in travelling and exploring the region. Some trips may involve longer day sessions but are assisted and less intense. A whole day’s session utilising a variety of travel means over short and long distances maybe included with activities mainly involving exploring military complexes, historical sites, key attractions, and nature reserves. Diving may be included with the activities but this is classed as a moderate to tough activity depending on the nature, duration and complexity of the dives.

MODERATE

These are activities ideal for beginners or individuals not intend on physically challenging themselves but keen to adopt the less unventured means of travelling and exploring the region. The trips may include longer day sessions but with some rest times or the activity may be spread over shorter sessions during the day. About 3-4 hours of hiking maybe included over shorter distances with activities mainly involving exploring military complexes, historical sites, key attractions, and nature reserves.

CHALLENGING

These are activities with a more balanced level of physical intensity for fit individuals and amateurs. The activities may entail medium and longer day sessions but will not be technically demanding but can still be physically demanding. The trips may include medium to longer day sessions but with some rest times during the day. About 3-8 hours of trekking maybe included over medium to longer distances, with activities mainly involving exploring military complexes, historical sites, key attractions, and nature reserves.

TOUGH

These are activities that are physically and technically demanding for the fit to the very fit individual. A relatively advanced level of knowledge of the activity is required. The duration is longer and consequently more demanding. The trips are mostly longer day sessions but with some rest times during the day. About 3-10 hours of trekking maybe included over longer distances with activities mainly involving exploring military complexes, historical sites, key attractions, and nature reserves.

EXTREME

These are activities not for the faint-hearted individuals with the requirement for very to ultra-level of physical and mental fitness. An extremely high knowledge of the activity is required. The duration is longer and physically and mentally demanding. About 3 – 20 hours of trekking maybe required beginning early and finishing late but not at night with activities more focused on setting goals and completing a challenge rather than exploring military complexes, historical sites, key attractions, and nature reserves, though these are included.

PHYSICAL FITNESS & KOKODA

The Kokoda Trail runs through the 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 the fitter, more experienced trekkers.

It is therefore important that all trekkers have, at the very least, the basic level of fitness to walk the Kokoda Trail. You must be reasonable to very fit, with very good endurance and cardiovascular fitness. We will provide you with the Kokoda Trail Expeditions Trek Fitness Plan after you book to help you get fit for your Kokoda trek .

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CAN YOU DO KOKODA?

Kokoda Trail has been completed by a wide range of people, ranging from the young to the very old, extremely fit to the physically-challenged, novices to trekking experts, and footballers to Paralympians. Even individuals over 70 have successfully trekked it with Kokoda Trail Expeditions. If they did it, you can too.

If you are determined, train well and believe in yourself, you should have no problems completing the trek. Have the courage, help each other as mates, keep going, even if you feel down and out, and sacrifice all that you have just to finish the trek, and you should finish point. Our friendly Guides and Porters will trek and support you every course of the way, and you won’t thank them enough when you cross the finish triumphantly.

PERSONAL PORTERS

Remember, you also have the option to hire a personal porter to carry your backpack so you only have to carry a small day-pack or camel pack while walking.

During the trek, if you ever start to feel faint or exhausted, always alert your Guide so you can stop, take a rest, and the guide will assess your health status. Communication is the key to a safe and successful Kokoda Trail trek, so never feel shy about letting your Guide and Porters know how you’re feeling.

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