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Kokoda Trekkers Hall of Fame

Our Kokoda Trekking (KTL) - Hall of Fame shows all the names of our past trekkers and also up to date statistics:

We at Kokoda Trekking would like to thank past trekkers for their support and confidence in choosing us as their preferred operator. To all future trekkers, we look forward to meeting you in 2008

KOKODA TREKKING (KTL) STATISTICS:

As at the 31st December 2011, we are proud to announce that we have taken well in excess of 4000 trekkers safely across the Kokoda Trail.

Many years in a row we have taken more trekkers on the Kokoda Track than any other operator. This is indeed something we are proud of. Our Kokoda operation is PNG run and you can be assured your money employs hundreds of porters and guides from Kokoda and surrounding areas right up to Sogeri. We have invested heavily in motor vehicles; satellite radios; two way radios; Orohaven Kokoda Retreat and other equipment we feel necessary to run successful Kokoda Treks.

KOKODA CHALLENGE RACE - 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011:

In 2004 I arrived home one day to find our porters disappointed that Brian Freeman had broken the track record. They felt the record should belong on PNG soil. Russell and I discussed this and decided that in 2005 we would run a race so that the local boys could try and win back the record and their pride. John Hunt Hiviki not only broke the record, he smashed it. Last year we decided to change direction and run the race from the Ower's Corner end. Brendan Buka won the race in 17 hours 49 minutes.

Update 31st August, 2008: Once again Brendan Buka has re written the history books when he broke his old record to win the 2008 Kokoda Challenge Race in a record time of 16:34:05.

2005 - Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Kokoda to Owers' Corner - 28th August, 2005 - Winner - John Hunt Hiviki Time 22:14:01

2006 Kokoda Challenge- Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on 26th August, 2006 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 17:49:17

2007 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 26th August, 2007 - Winner - Tom Hango (KTL) - Time: 19:07

2007 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Kokoda to Owers' Corner on the 26th August, 2007 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 17:20

2008 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 30th August, 2008 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 16:34:05

2011 Kokoda Challenge - Race Winner - Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 27th August 2011 - Brendan Buka (KTL) in a time of 17:50:33.

Placings:

1. Brendan Buka 17:50:33
2. Andrew Yauga 19:10:06
3. Horace Yauga 20:18:36
3. Moses Buka 20:18:36
5. Luana Nagas 20:34:37
6. Samson Joheri 22:40:19
7. Cyprian Aire 24:30:03
7. Aidan Bauba 24:30:03
9. Lenny Enjeka 26:40:50
10. Henson Kokeni 27:30:40
11. Matt McLaughlin 31:47:25
11. Tom Hango 31:47:25
13. Frank Ombi 32:30:20
14. Wayne Urina 33:20:41
15. Jessie Aire 34:40:50
16. Ramsi Idau 39:20:41


Kokoda Challenge Race Records:

Fastest man on the Kokoda Track/Kokoda Trail: Kokoda Trekking (KTL) porter - Brendan Buka - in both directions set in August 2007 and August 2008
Fastest Female - Nesta Gipine - set 31st August 2008 - Time 22:08:38
Fastest white man - International Competitor - Owers' Corner to Kokoda - Damon Goerke set in August 2006 in a time of 19:28
Fastest white man - International Competitor - Kokoda to Owers' Corner - Andrew (Andy) Rowan set in August 2006 in a time of 24:15


Other KTL records:

First Trekkers: 16th April, 2003 - Geoff and Daniel Trott from Melbourne
Youngest Male Trekker: Nicholas Lawson (7) - 2005
Youngest Female Trekker: Ellie Hargrave (12) - 2004
Oldest Male Trekker: Walter (aka The Fox) Kelly (81) - 2004
Oldest Female Trekker: Sybil Dwyer (74) - 2010
Youngest Papua New Guinean Trekker: Malik Suma (6 years) 2007
Trek Numbers - most trekkers - over 4000 in the past 5 + years
Bases - only company with a head office in Port Moresby and bases in Kokoda and Australia


Attention anyone who has logged onto this page through the 'Hall of Fame' area using the icon on our front page: to view the photographs mentioned below, PLEASE CLICK HERE:

Photograph A group of our hard working KTL boys seen here at Isurava. One of our older trekkers who really enjoyed her trek. The other photograph was taken just before our boys lined up for the 2011 Kokoda Challenge Race: At Kokoda Trekking each year we try and give something of importance to the community of Kokoda. 2004, we placed a Mitsubishi Canter 3 tonne truck in Kokoda, commonly known as KTL 1 which has served the community for the past three years going back and forth from Kokoda to Popondetta on a daily basis except when trekkers are in town: In 2005 we placed a 4WD Toyota Hilux in Kokoda to add another service should the need arise to pick up trekkers from Kovelo Village or areas where our truck cannot access. This vehicle also serves the Gona/Buna/Sanananda end picking up trekkers from the airport and showing them around before driving them up to Kokoda: In May 2005 we purchased an ambulance for Kokoda and surrounding areas so that anyone requiring urgent medical attention can be transported down to Popondetta. In 2006 we purchased thousands of australian dollars worth of equipment for villages along the track which included, water containers, good quality tarpaulins, cooking pots, change rooms and other items. Photograph below was taken at Ua'Ule Creek. One of our tarpaulins was used when a roof was leaking. On one of our treks, it was used for trekkers to sit on and relax in the village of Kagi: In 2007 we decided on a 3 cyclinder tractor lawnmower as a much needed piece of equipment to help keep Kokoda Station and Kokoda airstrip mowed. Finally it has arrived in Kokoda and is now hard at work trying to clean up. After we catch up, it will be used on a monthly basis to keep Kokoda clean and tidy. Our aim is to TRY and make KOKODA the most beautiful place in PNG. All our KTL boys have been asked to find and take to the Kokoda Station at least 10 plants each when they have been selected to walk on one of our treks. With this kind of help, it is hoped they can continue to grow the beauty of the station: Another addition of ours both on the track and in Kokoda this year in 2007 has been the introduction of rubbish bins. So far we have placed them as follows: Also in Menari, Efogi, Ua'Ule Creek and Owers' Corner We also purchased various items for the Kokoda Primary School including a brand new lawnmower. However, now we have our tractor we will mow their lawn for free each month: Our latest project has been the Kokoda Airport, check out our progress:

Photographs:

Pic 1: before work commenced
Pic 2: work in progress
Pic 3: trekkers now posing for photographs in front of our carved signs
Pic 4: the end result, a nice building and atmosphere now present at Kokoda airstrip
Pic 5: our New Holland tractor which now mows the airstrip to allow all track operators the chance to trek as tractors in Kokoda have all broken down. With the rainfall in Kokoda it would not take long for long grass to close the airport - hence another community project for Kokoda Trekking (KTL) Hello Gail

Congratulations to you on your wonderful unselfish nature and attitude, in supplying all these necessary items to the wonderful people who live on the famous Kokoda Track. You never cease to amaze me with your Love and Care for PNG and it's people, by willingly donating and giving so much out of your own pocket.

I know you are rewarded in your heart for what you do, but I sincerely hope that one day you are recognised and rewarded in a tangible manner for all you have done and no doubt will continue to do over the years for the people of Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava, Alola, Eora Creek, Templeton's Crossing, Myola, Kagi, Efogi, Menari, Nauro, Ioribawa and Ua-Ule Creek.

God Bless

Love

Waza Update end of trekking season 2010: In 2009 it was decided to consolidate our business interests on some land acquired in Kokoda adjacent to the Kokoda Airstrip. This area has been developed a project at a time and is coming along quite nicely. The initial setup was a kitchen, staff quarters and four huts. In August 2010, Lady Carol Kidu and some relatives of the Airlines of PNG plane crash opened our developed which we have called, Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. Oro for the 'Oro Province of PNG' and 'Haven' as we sincerely hope when you stay with us, you will think of it as a haven after roughing it on the track. With hot showers on offer, running water to wash your gear, flushing toilets, wood fired pizza oven, cold cold beer and a bar, you will feel you have finished your trek in style before flying out of Kokoda and heading for home.

In July we were approached by a family who lost their daughter in the plane crash for an area where they could put a plaque in Kokoda in honour of the beloved daughter. We thought hard and then started to build two stone walls. One side was set aside for relatives to place their plaques, the other wall is work in progress as we hope to one day have some plaques in relation to the fuzzy wuzzy angels participation in the war. We also encourage any of our trekkers to bring with them a plaque in honour of their loved ones and we will find a space for it on our wall.

This was also a very sad time for Kokoda Trekking as Russell and John Eroro lost their brother Kingsley in the same accident and a plaque was also placed on this wall as our contribution to his memory. Both John and Russell were on hand along with several of our boys who sang the PNG National Anthem before raising both flags representing PNG and Australia. In July we also commenced building an outdoor bar area at Kokoda for guests and local people of Kokoda. This bar has turned out to be a really popular place for locals in Kokoda so in the new year we are planning on opening another area on the block to cater for them when guests wish to retire for the night and the general popular wish to keep partying.

The new area will be built away from the area where we present accommodation for guests but in the meantime the population of Kokoda are enjoying somewhere to sit and drink a cold beer instead of under a tree. They are now starting to buy their beers cold in smaller lots rather then the previous trend being cartons of warm beer. Sitting listening to music at a table talking and mixing with their friends is catching on so we are pleased once again to be putting something back to Kokoda.

Rusty not known to knock back a beer is also enjoying our 'Wantok' own bar. We chose the name 'Wantok Tavern' as the word means 'one language'. As my wantok's the Australian's and his wantok's, the PNG National's are guests it was a popular name choice to call the bar. In 2011, with rents skyrocketing in Port Moresby due to the economic growth of 'Mining' and the new 'Gas' project, we decided to build a place where we could operate from.

We ended up renovating an old boy house (domestic quarters). We now have an office, grounds to park our vehicles and a large two bedroom home.

It still has a few things that need attention but is ready to operate come the 2012 trekking season.

What will 2012 bring, well we will just have to wait and see what we come up with.

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Total number of treks: 753

Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 1 October 2012 - 9 October 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 1st of October from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 8th of October where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 9th of October you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 831 - Guide Kingsley Boropi:



ALL ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. You will be met at the airport and driven out to Sogeri Lodge.



List of Trekkers:



1. Mike Smith - Paid in Full 01/08/2012

2. Amanda Wilkins + Requires a porter - Wayne Urina Tihimi -
Paid in Full 01/08/2012

3. Cameron Haynes - Paid in Full 01/08/2012

4. Nicolas Malcom Jones - Paid in Full 21/07/2012

5. Corey Smith - Paid in Full 21/07/2012

6. Kevin Isaacs - Paid in Full 31/08/2012

7. Beth Way - Paid in Full 25/07/2012

8. Adam Conwell - Paid in Full 13/09/2012



Cost of this trek is A$2700.00



Food Porters: Johnsford Eroro; Sione Orasambo; Chris Orimba; Tom Hango; Benen Aruo



Booking References: AAPOQ4 and AAPOQC



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Kevin Issacs Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX4, Sunday 30th September, 13:45pm

Depart : Flight Flight CG 0200, Wednesday 10th October, 14:00pm



Adam Conwell Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF193, Sunday 30th September, 13:55pm

Depart : Flight PX3, 10th October



Mike Smith & Amanda Wilkins Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF193, Sunday 30th September, 13:55pm

Depart : Flight QF198, 9th October, 5:40pm



Cameron Haynes Flight Details

Arrival : Sunday 30th September, 2:00pm

Depart : Wednesday 10th October (Staying Lamana Hotel




Nick Jones & Corey Smith Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX4, Sunday 30th September, 1:45pm

Depart : Flight PX3, Wednesday 10th October, 6:15am



Beth Way Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX24, Sunday 30th September, 12:20pm

Depart : Flight PX5, Friday 12th October, 13:30pm (Staying Loloata Island)



Beth Way Staying at Loloata Island 9th, 10th & 11th October - Paid in Full



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Transfer to Later Date : Maud Taylor - Deposit Paid 28/08/2012

Transfer to Later Date : Jim Moreland - Deposit Paid 03/06/2012
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 24 September 2012 - 1 October 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 24th September from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 30th September where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 1st October you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 795 - Guide Clement Harika:



ALL ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. You will be met at the airport and driven out to Sogeri Lodge.



List of Trekkers:



1. Laura Kidd + Require Personal Porter - Eddie Idau - Paid in Full

2. Teena Matai
Require Personal Porter - Ivan Semie - Paid in Full

3. Travis Williams - Paid in Full 08/09/2012



Food Porters: Jackie (Sairope); Gideon Haunga (Pirive); Willie



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Why not relax after your trek on one of the following extensions :-



Additional

Laura Kidd/ Teena Matai Require a Tent

Travis Williams Requires a Tent



Laura Kidd & Teena Matai Flight Details - Arrival : Flight QF193, 23rd September 2012, 1:55pm - Depart : Flight QF198, 1 October 2012, 5:40pm



Travis Williams Flight Details - Arrival: Flight PX004 23/9/12 3:40pm - Depart: Flight DJ4190 1/10/12 2:00pm



Transfer : David Brigham - Deposit Paid 16/07/2012
Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 17 September 2012 - 25 September 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you fly on the 17th of September to Popondetta and travel by road up to Kokoda where you will overnight as our guest at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 18th September, you will commence your walk across the Kokoda Track completing your trek when you walk off the track at Owers' Corner on the 25th of September. Trek 829a - Guide Wayne Urina Tihimi:



All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.



List of Trekkers:



1. Victor Smith + Requires a porter - Charles Aiwa - Paid in Full 18/07/2012

2. Matthew Smith - Paid in Full 18/07/2012

3. Simon Dorman - Paid in Full 05/08/2012

4. Debbie Pepper + Requires a porter - Ramsy Idau - Paid in Full 28/08/2012

5. Larissa Walsh + Requires a porter - Kingsley Boropi - Paid in Full 11/08/2012


6. Sue Harrington + Requires a porter - Johnsford Eroro - Paid in Full 08/09/2012

7. Loretta Roberts + Requires a porter - Chris Orimba - Paid in Full 31/08/2012

8. Clyde Dorman + Requires a porter - Tom Hango - Paid in Full 13/09/2012

9. Emma Broadfield + Requires a porter - Gary Juari - Paid in Full 27/08/2012

10. Rodney Wilson + Requires a porter - Noah Kiransa - Paid in Full 27/08/2012


11. Helen Hanson + Requires a porter - Jenen Barai - Deposit Paid 06/07/2012; Paid $2700 07/09/2012



Trekkers Travel Booking references: AAPIK8; AAPIKH; AAPIKK 17/9/2012 6:45 departure POM/PNP



Food Porters: Sione Orasambo; Kingsley Eroro; Konsie Data (Sairope); Benen Aruo (Pirive); Jnr McKenzie Didime



Day 1: 17th Sept - Port Moresby/Popondetta to Kokoda

Day 2: 18th Sept - Commence walking from Kokoda to Isurava

Day 3: 19th Sept - Isurava to Eora Creek

Day 4: 20th Sept - Eora Creek to 1900 Myola Junction

Day 5: 21st Sept - 1900 Myola Junction to Efogi

Day 6: 22nd Sept - Efogi to Agulogo

Day 7: 23rd Sept - Agulogo to Ofi Creek

Day 8: 24th Sept - Ofi Creek to Goldie River

Day 9: 25th Sept - Goldie River to Owers' Corner



Transferred to another trek: BR: HBL28 PX



This trek will commence at Owers' Corner on the 17th September and will finish in Kokoda on the 24th September where you will overnight at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day you will be driven down to Popondetta to catch your flight back to Port Moresby. Trek 829b.



1. Patrick Bishop - Paid in Full 20/08/2012

2. Michael Quinn - Paid in Full 20/08/2012




Day 1: 17th Sept - Port Moresby/Owers' Corner to Ua'Ule Creek

Day 2: 18th Sept - Ua'Ule Creek to Ofi Creek

Day 3: 19th Sept - Ofi Creek to Agulogo

Day 4: 20th Sept - Agulogo to Efogi

Day 5: 21st Sept - Efogi - 1900/Myola Junction

Day 6: 22nd Sept - 1900/Myola Junction to Eora Creek

Day 7: 23rd Sept - Eora Creek to Isurava

Day 8: 24th Sept - Isurava to Kokoda

Day 9: 25th Sept - Kokoda to Popondetta/Port Moresby



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Loretta Roberts, Sue Harrington, Larissa Walsh, Helen Hanson Require accommodation Sogeri Lodge 25th September.



Debbie Pepper Requires Accommodation Sogeri Lodge 25th September




Emma Broadfield & Rodney Wilson staying at the Grand Papua Hotel 25th September



Patrick Bishop & Michael Quinn Staying at Crown Plaza16th & 25th September



Patrick Bishop & Michael Quinn Flight Details

Arrival : QF349, 16th September, 3:40pm

Depart : Flight QF350, 26th September, 6:15am



Loretta Roberts, Sue Harrington, Larissa Walsh, Helen Hanson Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX0004, 16th September 2012, 3:40pm

Depart : Flight PX0003, 26th September 2012, 6:15am



Clyde Doorman Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF193, 16th September, 1:55pm

Depart : Flight QF 198, 25th September, 17:40pm



Debbie Pepper Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX4, 16th September, 13:45pm

Depart : Flight PX25, 25th September, 16:35pm



Vic & Matthew Smith Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF193, 16th September, 1:55pm

Depart : Flight QF 198, 25th September, 17:40pm



Emma Broadfield & Rodney Wilson Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX0004, 16th September, 3:45pm

Departure : 26th September.
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 11 September 2012 - 18 September 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 11th of September from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 17th of September where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 18th of September you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 828 - Trevor Jinga:



All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.



List of Trekkers:



1. Michelle Williams + Requires a porter - Ivan Semie - Deposit Paid 11/01/2012

2. Michael Wilson + Requires a porter - Cliff Taimbari - Deposit Paid 11/01/2012

3. Hayley Widejko + Requires a porter - Felix Haera - Deposit Paid 19/06/2012; Paid $500 06/08/2012; Paid $500 15/08/2012

4. Reece Shepherd - Deposit Paid 19/06/2012; Paid $500 06/08/2012; Paid $500 15/08/2012

5. Peter Oneill + Requires a porter - Evan Myosi - Paid in Full 10/07/2012



Food Porters: Lenny Enjeka;



APNG Booking Ref AAPH6K - trekkers



Michelle Williams and Michael Wilson - Ela Beach Hotel pickup. Arrive Saturday 8th. Depart Wed 19th Sept 06:15





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Hayley Widejko & Reece Shepherd Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF193, 9th September, 1:55pm

Depart : Flight DJ4190, 19th September, 2:00pm



Peter Oneill Flight Details

Arrival : Flight 93, 10th September, 13:25pm

Depart : Flight 90, 19th September, 9:35am



Online flight bookings can be made by logging onto: Airlines PNG or Air Nuigini. The earlier you book the less you will pay. You should also check the flight prices with each airline for travelling to Port Moresby and back to Australia as you may find that one airline is cheaper than the other. Airlines PNG is usually the cheaper of the two.
7 Day Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 3 September 2012 - 9 September 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 3rd of September from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 8th of September where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 9th of September you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 827 - McKenzie Didime:



All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.



List of Trekkers:



1. Hamish Matheson - Paid in Full 03/08/2012



Food Porters: Luana Nagas



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Hamish Matheson Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX004 Air Niugini, 2nd September, 3:40pm

Depart : Flight PX005 Air Niugini, 9th September, 1:30pm


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