The Kokoda Track

Trip Code: TESA

Why we love it

Trek the famous Kokoda Track the ethical way. We partner with a local cooperative that ensures local communities benefit directly from your visit., Hear incredible tales of wartime courage from the local historian in Brigade Hill, Hike up the arid spines of mountains and through valleys of lush rainforest, stopping to cool off in pristine rivers along the way., Meet the people who live in this region, learn about the local cultures and contribute to these small and remote communities., Trek every step with a personal porter, trekking leader and crew – all locals – to ensure that you have the best experience possible while supporting employment in the region.

Is this trip right for me?

While literature refers to the historic wartime track as 96 kilometres in length, today’s track measures roughly 165 kilometres including side trips and detours, which is the distance you will be walking on this tour. This equates to around 20 kilometres per day.

The physical challenges of the Kokoda Track are immense. Expect long, demanding days of hiking through steep, sometimes slippery terrain, often to points of high altitude and under a hot sun. Mornings are early, with the daily trek commencing at sunrise. You will be required to complete a Passenger Self-Assessment form for this trip, available from your booking agent. We also recommend you undertake a training program before you begin.

Due to the strenuous nature of the trek, the minimum age for this trip is 18 years old. Bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted.

The accommodation on the trek is basic and multishare, often in communal village huts or tents. Please note that you will be sharing a mixed gender sleeping space unless camping. Tents are provided and carried by your porter.

This trip is operated by our trusted partner South Sea Horizons, however you will be travelling on a dedicated Intrepid departure. Intrepid works closely with South Sea Horizons to ensure that all of our customers have a meaningful and safe time on the track.

Important information

1.This tour involves a very physically and mentally challenging trek. Travellers MUST be in exceptional physical health to undertake this trip. A Passenger Self Assessment form is required when booking this trip, which you can access through your booking agent.
2.Strict luggage limits apply. Please see the 'Packing' section of the 'Essential trip information' for details.
3.Special Anzac Day departures operate on 15 April and 24 April. Dawn Service will be attended on 25 April (Anzac Day).

What to bring/pack

EQUIPMENT:
A rucksack to pack your belongings in (carried by your porter and provided to you on day 1 of the trip), day pack to pack items needed while trekking (to be carried by you) are both included in the cost of your tour. Max weight of your rucksack and day pack combined should not be more than 12kg.

We recommend the following items for your trek (non-essential items are marked with an * ).

• Sleeping mat - we have simple foam sleeping mats we can provide however they may have been used multiple times prior to your trip. We encourage you to bring your own for comfort.
• Trekking poles (we do not supply these)
•A light weight sleeping bag that is good to around -2 degrees Celsius.
•An inflatable pillow * .
•A silk or cotton sleeping sheet *.
•A spare bag for leaving your extra clothes in storage in Port Moresby during your trek.
•Strong plastic bags or a dry bag to waterproof the contents of your backpack and daypack.
•Cutlery set - plate and/or bowl, large cup/mug, knife, fork & spoon.
•A multi-purpose pocket knife (do not place in cabin luggage on flights).
•Head torch (practical and light, LED versions are efficient). Remember to bring a spare bulb and batteries.
•Two one-litre water bottles/bladders that are strong and light. Bear in mind water-purifying tablets take 1 hour to work so you should always have a backup water bottle or 2 water bladders to rotate.
• Camera *. A waterproof camera is strongly suggested - alternatively investigate if there is a waterproof casing (designed for watersports) available for your particular model of camera. If you wish to bring a good quality camera that is not waterproof consider a quality dry bag from an outdoors shop to protect it. Take spare batteries and resist the temptation to constantly 'review' digital images as there will be no opportunities for recharging outside Port Moresby.
•Sunglasses
•Book or cards for down time *
•Lightweight, quick dry towel, CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR
•At least one set of non-trekking clothes for air travel, hotel use and to change back into when you return to Port Moresby.
•A pair of strong, comfortable, worn-in hiking boots (wear these on the plane just in case your bag gets lost - broken-in boots are hard to replace!)
•A pair of strong jogging shoes or cross trainers.
•A pair of cool outdoor walking sandals for river crossings.
•Gaiters *
•A woolen or polypropylene jumper/sweater.
•Thermal long-john style underwear and top, or tracksuit to use for sleeping wear.
•Waterproof windcheater/rain jacket.
•Sarongs or wrap-arounds are recommended for women when bathing in rivers, etc.
•A comfortable wide-brimmed hat with chin-strap or similar, which will survive getting wet regularly.
•Adequate underwear that is comfortable when wet. Lycra pants or cycling shorts are recommended, to prevent chafing.
•Several changes of socks. Some people find it best to wear two pairs while walking.
•Two changes of comfortable walking clothes. These must be strong, lightweight and comfortable when wet. One set can include shorts, whilst the other should include longs. You should also have leggings (gaiters) for protection of the lower leg. It is important that your shirts should have loose fitting long sleeves that can be rolled up in the shade or down to protect your arms in the sun. Cotton-based fabric is often more comfortable in the heat, though modern high-tech fibres are also excellent.
•Swimming costume (for washing in rivers - nothing too revealing) *, PERSONAL ITEMS
•'Prickly heat' powder
•Personal first-aid kit (see notes below). Please note that important personal medication should be in duplicate and one given to your tour leader or personal porter as a backup
•Mosquito net (tents provided have mosquito nets)
•Insect repellent
•Water-resistant high protection sun screen and lip balm
•Toiletries such as tooth brush, germicidal soap (such as Sapoderm), small tube of biodegradable shampoo
•Hand Sanitizer
•Toilet paper (pack in zip-lock plastic bag). Articles such as your toothpaste should also be packed in zip-lock plastic bags or small plastic containers
•Sports drink powder - useful for masking the taste of purified water
•Water purifying tablets
•Ear plugs
•Small items as gifts for local people. You will make friends with local people and they will often offer gifts. It is good to have something useful as a return gift. E.g. T-shirts (large), pocket knifes, simple jewellery, trendy hats etc.
•Extra high-energy 'nibbles' for hiking days. There will be opportunity to purchase some items after arrival but your favourites may not be available.
•Spending money for souvenirs, hotel drinks and those meals that are not included., PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT:
Please advise the Tour Leader at the Pre-Departure Meeting in Port Moresby if you are taking medication - this information will be treated in the strictest confidence, but may assist medical staff to make decisions in the unlikely event of a medical evacuation from the Track.

•Ibuprofen or similar anti-inflammatories
•Antibiotics – we recommend cephalexin (for wound infections, urinary tract infections) and ciprofloxacin (for diarrhoea),
•Antihistamine – for allergies, insect bites/stings, antifungal ointment or powder,
•Bepanthen or similar barrier ointment, ,
•Disinfectant gel for handwashing,
•Waterproof elastoplast,
•Strapping tape,
•Blister dressings – prevention and treatment,
•Band-Aids (waterproof),

Physical rating

5

Trekking the Kokoda Track is physically demanding and training is essential. Any training programme should consist of aerobic exercise, strength building and hiking up and down hills with a backpack.

We recommend that all trekkers over the age of 40 have an exercise stress test prior to commencement of training. Those with risk factors such as obesity, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or strong family history of cardiac disease should consider an exercise stress test even if under the age of 40. Trekkers with known cardiac disease should have a stress echocardiogram or myocardial perfusion study prior to commencement of training.

The historical length of the war-time track is 96 km, however today’s track measures roughly 165 km (this includes side trips and detours), which is the distance you will be walking. This equates to around 20 km per day. The track is a narrow, uneven, muddy path with numerous steep inclines and declines. The climate is hot and humid.

Click here to view our Kokoda Training Guide:
https://www.intrepidtravel.com/sites/intrepid/files/101701_Intrepid_KokodaTrack_Training.pdf

Joining your group

Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby, Islander Drive, Waigani, Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Phone: 675 3032002

The new Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby is next to the Holiday Inn Port Moresby (about 200m walk) in a great central location. Facilities include free wifi in room, colour tv, private facilities, air-con and a restaurant.

Check in time from 2pm. Check out time by 11am

Joining instructions

Arrival and departure transfers are complimentary if you advise your booking agent of your flight details (or any amendments) at least 2 weeks prior to departure. On arrival to Port Moresby Airport, once you clear customs you will be met by a representative from our local operator, South Sea Horizons.

The airport transfer is only valid if you arrive today or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please ensure you provide us with your flight arrival time no later than seven days before your trip commences. If we do not receive this information we will not be able to meet you at the airport. Late night arrival in particular may make it difficult and daunting for you to make your way to the starting point on your own.

If you have not provided us with your arrival information, you will need to look for a representative from Holiday Inn out the front of the airport to direct you to the transfer bus.

Finishing your trip

Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby, Islander Drive, Waigani, Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Phone: 675 3032002

The new Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby is next to the Holiday Inn Port Moresby (about 200m walk) in a great central location. Facilities include free wifi in room, colour tv, private facilities, air-con and a restaurant.

Check in time from 2pm. Check out time by 11am

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 9

Lunches included: 8

Dinners included: 8

We provide freshly prepared meals when you are on the trek, as well as some additional snacks for each trekker. Wherever possible our meals are also supplemented using fruit and vegetables from the villages that we pass through. You will be asked to pay for your own hotel meals in Port Moresby. All other meals are included in the cost of the expedition.

Local food consists of various combinations of the following: rice, pasta, sweet potato, potato, yams, corn, taro, oranges, mandarins, cabbage, bananas, pineapples, paw paws, sago and coconut. Clients who have special dietary requirements should discuss with us their specific needs well in advance of departure so that we can try to plan food that is suitable for you.

Trekkers are advised to carry some money (approximately PGK100-150) in small amounts, as limited additional supplies can be purchased along the track if you wish.

Climate & seasonal information

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid’s Local Operator: +675 73885036; +675 70190972; +675 7100 9934‬

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