Our trek itineries allow us to stay each night at a descent camp site or village. Most of the camp sites and villages that we normally stay at offer tent sites and huts. For smaller groups under ten, it is most likely you will have the opportunity to sleep in a hut most nights. Huts are on a first come first served basis, so a tent is reccommended for this reason. A Mosquito net should be taken as the huts will keep the weather out, but not small insects. You always have the option of sleeping in your tent each night, that you or your personal porter carry. The accommodation cost is included as part of the pre–paid package which also includes track pass, airline ticket to Kokoda, food, and food porters.
All our treks stay at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat which the best accommodation in Kokoda. Whether you start or finish in Kokoda, Orohaven is the ideal place to stay. Orohaven provides good accommodation and facilities, including a flushing toilet, a hot shower, and a bar selling ice cold beer and drinks. You will also love their pizza's cooked in a wood fired oven. Make sure you ask other operators where you will spend the night in Kokoda before booking your trek.
Food is included in the tour package cost. The ration packs are carried by our food porters and handed out to trekkers in the group on a daily basis. The ration pack is then carried by the individual trekkers. Some people shy at the term "Ration Pack, but from 6 years experience, we realise this is the only way to ensure that you eat higenically along the Kokoda Trail. We have tried all the methods of preparing food on the trail and have found ration packs to work the best. The handling of food has to be kept to a minimum for your health and safety!
The Ration Packs contain Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner. depending on your daily food intake requirements, you may want to take other food along with you as well, such as muesli bars, chocolate, soup, lollies, biscuits, and other favorites. Please ensure that you do not add too much weight to your backpack though. The trek can be very draining on energy reserves so any supplements will come in handy.
Fresh fruit such as oranges, mandarins, bananas, pineapples, sugar fruit (a kind of passion fruit), and others are sold by villagers along the track so be sure to have some small change (K5, K10) to buy these.
Local food is available upon request from the villages. These include kaukau (sweet potato), potatoes, bananas, taro, corn, choko leaves (which abound along the track), cabbages, tomatoes, and others. These vegetables can be supplemented by a village chicken. If trekkers would like a pig at the half way point of Efogi, they need to inform their guide and he will make contact by radio. Villagers will then try and catch a wild pig which can be purchased and cooked.
Trekkers generally contribute K20 - K40 each and pool for such purchases and enjoy as a group. Trekkers who are from the city areas and not rural areas have informed us, this is also an added experience they obtain from walking the Kokoda Trail and watching the locals prepare such meals.