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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

AUSTRALIAN Guided Trek Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 19 July 2012 - 26 July 2012

Australian guided trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 19th July and finishing in Kokoda on the 25th July where you will be our guests at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day, 26th July you will fly back to Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 - Trek : 794 - Guide Shane Thomas



ALL ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.



List of Trekkers:



1. Guide + Requires a Porter - Clement Harika - Shane Thomas

2. Susan Sandy + Requires a Porter - Moses Buka - Paid in Full 16/05/2012

3. Adrian Castle - Paid in Full 11/07/2012


4. Julie Hughes - + Requires a porter - Ramsi Idau - Paid in Full 06/07/2012



Food Porters: Lenny Enjeka; Trophian Ovivi



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Susan Sandy Flight Details: Arrival: Flight DJ4191, 13.15 - Departure : 14.00

Adrian & Julie - Arrive DJ4191 1.15PM Wed 18th July - Depart DJ4190 2.00PM Thurs 26th July
Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 19 July 2012 - 26 July 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided. This trek will commence at Ower's Corner on the 19th July and will finish when you walk out in Kokoda on the 25th July where you will overnight at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat' as our guests. The following day 26th July you will be flown to Port Moresby. Trek 846 - Guide Brendan Buka:



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



List of Trekkers:



1. Alana Freeman - Paid in Full 14/06/2012

2. Justin Stiles - Paid in Full 05/07/2012

3. Justin Tolliday - Paid in Full 03/07/2012

4. Tania Tandora + Requires a porter - Pescol Kageni - Paid in Full 05/07/2012

5. David Ross - Paid in Full 02/07/2012

6. Elia Samusamuvodre - Paid in Full 02/07/2012



Food Porters:



Tommy Bareo; Jimmy Orimba; Jimmy Ami; Bunny Buka;



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Justin Styles, Alana Freeman, Justin Tolliday, Tania Tandora


Arrival : Flight DJ191, 18th July 2012, 13:15

Depart : Flight QF352, 26th Juily, 15:30
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 10 July 2012 - 18 July 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 10th of July from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 17th of July where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 18th of July you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 819 - Guide - Christopher Talanoa, Assistant Guide - Paulo Talanoa:



All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.



List of Trekkers:



1. Krystal Chandler - Paid in Full 08/05/2012

2. Werner Carstensen + Requires a porter - Paulo Talanoa - Paid in Full 14/06/2012

3. Kevin Brown + Requires a porter - Paul Aire - Paid in Full 18/06/2012

4. Rene Zehnder - Paid in Full 18/06/2012


5. Albert Girle + Requires a porter - Eric Uwea - Paid in Full 11/06/2012

6. Ashley Girle + Requires a porter - Murray Evari - Paid in Full 14/06/2012

7. Anthony Harper + Requires a porter - Paul Esiko - Paid in Full 07/06/2012

8. Robert Dickson + Requires a porter - Ernst Jinga - Paid in Full 12/06/2012

9. Gary Payne + Requires a porter - Ivan Semie - Paid in Full 25/06/2012

10. Mitchell (Mitch) Payne + Requires a porter - Albert - Paid in Full 25/06/2012




Food Porters: Tony Sombiro, David Karu, Mack Simeni; Noel Idau; McKenzie Didime; John Sohembo; Mack Orovo; Ryan Umopa; Saku Idau;



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



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Robert Dickson Flight Details -

Arrival : Flight QF197, Monday 9th of July 2012, 16:50

Depart : Flight QF0380, Wednesday 18th July 2012, 13:30



Krystal Chandler Flight Details

Arrival : Flight DJ4190, 9th july, 1:15pm

Depart : Flight DJ4191, 18th July 2012, 2:00pm



Werner Carstensen Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX93, 9th July, 1:15pm

Depart : 22nd July, 13:30pm, Loloata Island



Kevin Brown Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX02, 9th July, 1:15pm

Depart : 21st July, 9:20. Loloata Island



Rene Zhender Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF, 9th July, 1:10pm

Depart : 21st July, 9:20. Loloata Island



Albert Girle & Ashley Girle Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX4, 9th July, 1:45pm

Depart : Flight PX5, 20th July, 1:30pm



Gary Payne & Mitch Payne Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF197, 9th July, 4:50pm

Depart : Flight QF0380, 18th July, 1:30pm



Werner Carstensen - Loloata 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st July Paid in Full 14/06/2012

Kevin Brown, Rene Zehnder - Loloata 18th, 19th, 20th Paid in Full 18/06/2012
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 8 July 2012 - 16 July 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 8th of July from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 15th of July where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 16th of July you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 813 - Guide Horace Yauga, Assistant Guide Brendan Buka:



All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.



List of Trekkers:



1. David Briese + Requires a porter - Hobert Keke - Paid in Full 18/05/2012

2. Nicholas Brown + Requires a porter - Jessie Aire - Paid in Full 23/05/2012

3. Imogen Boden-Brown + Requires a porter - Jerry Imaita - Paid in Full 23/05/2012

4. Shaun Matthews - Paid in Full 21/04/2012

5. Chris Richards - Paid in Full 09/05/2012


6. Jodie Horsburgh + Requires a porter - Trophian Ovivi - Paid in Full 01/07/2012

7. Bobbi Sawyer + Requires a porter - Jimmy Orimba - Paid in Full 02/07/2012

8. William ( Bill )Toon + Requires a porter - Brendan Buka - Paid in Full 27/06/2012

9. Lisa Day + Requires a porter - Jimmy Ami - Paid in Full 27/06/2012

10. Tristan Day - Paid in Full 27/06/2012

11. Gemma Day - Paid in Full 27/06/2012






Food Porters: Bunny Buka; Sione Orosambo; Pescol Kageni; Tommy Bareo; Noah Kiransi; Bill Bauba; Nelson Enonge; John Arua



Comments:



David, Nicholas and Imogen would like a 2-night extension at Loloata Island when they finish (i.e. nights of July 16 and 17




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David Briese, Nicholas Brown, Imogen Boden-Brown Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF31, 7th July 2012, 8:50pm



Bobbi Sawyer Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF31, 7th July 2012, 8:50pm



Shaun Matthews Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX6, 7th July 2012, 12:20pm

Depart : Flight PX3, 17th July 2012, 9:00am



Jodie Horsburgh Flight Details

Arrival : Flight DJ4191, 6th July 2012, 13:15

Depart : Flight DJ4190, 26th July 2012, 2:00pm



William Toon, Lisa Day, Tristan Day & Gemma Day Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX 93, 7th july 2012, 13:25

Depart : Flight DJ4190, 26th July 2012, 2:00pm



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Cancellation Transfer to later trek

7. Matt Henderson - Paid in Full 13/04/2012

8. Stephen O'Hehir - Deposit Paid 07/05/2012
Kokoda Fast Track

Date: 6 July 2012 - 11 July 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 6th July from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 10th of July where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 11th July you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 864 - Guide Kingsley Boropi :



List of Trekkers:



1. Dennis Donovan - Paid in Full 27/05/2012

2. Ismail Khan - Paid in Full 03/06/2012





Food Porter: Luana Nagas; Johnsford Eroro





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Dennis Donovan Flight Details

Arrival : July 5 from Manilla, 5:00am

Depart : 11th July, 5:15pm




Ismail Flight Details

Arrival - Flight DJ4191, 5 July 2012, 1:15pm

Departure - Virgin Australia flight DJ4190 departs Port Moresby at 2:00pm on 11 July 2012


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