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1. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

Just wondering if anyones ever done it, with which company and how hard it was?

im thinking of doing it in the dry season of 2009.. i know its ages away but i know its fairly expensive and theres the training you need to think of!

any info that anyone can give me would be great!

2. Posted by kokodachic (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hi Jaxstar... I trekked Kokoda Trail in PNG October last year (2007) with a Adventure Kokoda.. --- they do a military history style tour so you learn a lot about what went on there during WW2. I was very impressed with the organisation... they were well equipped with first aid and their guides were well trained and helpful. Other groups which trek are Kokoda Spirit, No Roads.... google it and you'll get a good selection. My trip cost me $5500 and included a personal porter to carry my 12kg pack (I am 48 years old and not as fit as I used to be) My day pack weighed about 4kg. You'll also have to have a medical before you go to reassure the travel insurance group.
This is a tough trek in an unforgiving environment... 96km over 8-9days. It's pretty much one vertical pitch after another, up and down, up and down. That said, it is a mind game of stamina and if you're reasonably fit and don't mind roughing it you'll enjoy it. The scenery is stunning and the people are delightful. Any questions let me know...Good luck, Suz

3. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

thanks suz :)

so was the $5500 for EVERYTHING - flights to/frm PNG, porter (ill get one too... ive read that you have to be super fit to carry one - bit ambitious fo rme :P), and the cost of the trip itself to the company?

about how long do you trek each day?

4. Posted by scottdaddy (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Is Kokoda trail in the Kakadu National Park, I have heard of it but wasn't sure, my friend wrote a blog about the Kokoda trail.


5. Posted by kokodachic (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Kokoda Trail is in Papua New Guinea ... just north of Australia.

6. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

no its in papua new guinea! the trail where the soldiers in WW1 (or 2?) fought the japanese, and where the japanese made the aust prisoners of war walk...

7. Posted by kokodachic (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Kokoda Trail was a battle site for Australian soldiers July - November 1942 , being WW2. Less than 1000 Australians held off the Japanese and managed to string out their supply line for six weeks that in the end the japansese retreated... however in Japanese as there's no word for "retreat" they say:"advance to the rear"

8. Posted by kokodachic (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

jaxstar ... I have sent you message in reply to your posting...let me know if you get it