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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: 18 May 2012 - 25 May 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 18th May the same day as you arrive from Australia. You walk from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 24th of May where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 25th of May you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 810 - Guide - Wayne Urina Tihimi:

All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

List of Trekkers:

1. Stuart Jolly + Requires a porter - Kingsley Boropi - Paid in Full 23/03/2012
2. Tom Zorich + Requires a porter - Jenen Barai - Paid in Full 03/05/2012
3. Bruce Crow - Paid in Full 19/03/2012
4. Paul Prudon - Paid in Full 19/03/2012


Food Porters: Slimmy (Sairope); Felix Haera (Eora Block); Moses Buka (KBK)


Additional

Bruce Crow & Paul Prudon's Flight Details - Arrival: Flight No. CG 0201, 1305 May 18th - Departure : Flight No. CG 0200, 1400 May 25th

Tom Zorich & Stuart Jolly Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF349, 17th May, 1:45pm


Kokoda Adventure Trek - Kokoda to Ower's Corner

Date: 5 May 2012 - 17 May 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 5th May the same day as you arrive from Australia. You will be met at the airport for transfer to Domestic Terminal for flight to Popondetta. On arrival in Popondetta you will be met by Kokoda Trekking staff for transport to Kokoda where you will overnight at our Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. On the 6th of May you will commence your walk to Ower's Corner arriving on the morning of the 17th of May. Trek 879 - Guide Kingsley Eroro:

All ACCOMMODATION IN KOKODA AND ON THE TRACK IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

List of Trekkers:

1. Jessica Thomas - Paid in Full 03/05/2012
2. Callum Fox - Paid $900 03/05/2012
3. Peter Collette - Paid in Full 03/05/2012
4. Fransesca Thompson - Paid in Full 03/05/2012
5. Thomas Breaden - Paid in Full 03/05/2012


Porters: Wayne Urina Tihimi and Jenen Barai

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Jessica Thomas, Callum Fox, Peter Collette, Fransesca Thompson & Thomas Breaden Flight Details
Arrival : Qantas Airways QF351, Saturday 05 May, 12:20.
Departure to Popondetta Saturday 05 May, 14:35

3 Trekkers departing Port Moresby Qantas Airways QF352, Thursday 17 May, 15:30


Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: 5th May - You will be met at Jackson's airport and taken to the domestic airport where you will book in for your flight to Popondetta. At Girua airport you will be met by Russell Eroro (Kokoda Trekking) and driven up to Kokoda where you will overnight as our guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. At Orohaven you will be introduced to your guide Kingsley Boropi and Jenen Barai who will accompany you on the track.
Day 2: 6th May - Today you will commence your walk up to Isurava Village where you will spend the night. Before you commence however, you will have time to take a walk around the Kokoda Station and have your photographs taken under the archway near the Kokoda Hospital before you hit the track.
Day 3: 7th May - This morning you will begin a short walk from Isurava Village to Isurava Memorial area where you will stop for morning tea. The monument is the highlight of your walk so you might like to spend some time here. Later, you will then continue your walk to Alola where you will leave the track and head for Abuari village where you will overnight.
Day 4: 8th May - Today you will follow the Japs Track to Eora Creek and continue your walk up to Templeton's 1
Day 5: 9th May - this morning you will begin your climb to the highest point on the track, Mt Bellamy and then head off the track into Myola Lakes area
Day 6: 10th May - Today will see you pass through the Village of Naduri where you can meet Ovoru Indiki, one of the few surviving 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels'. Later in the day you will commence your climb up to Kagi Village where you will spend the night.
Day 7: 11th May - This morning you will walk down to Efogi Village.
Day 8: 12th May - Today is a rest day, put your feet up and just spend a day doing absolutely nothing in Efogi except, eating, sleeping and meeting the locals.
Day 9: 13th May - Today you will pass through Manari and climb up to Brigade Hill and down to Agulogo where you will spend the night.
Day 10: 14th May - Today you will walk through the village of Naoro and head down to Ofi Creek to spend the night.
Day 11: - 15th May - From Ofi Creek, you will walk to Ua'Ule Creek and camp next to the river.
Day 12: - 16th May - Today you will trek from Ua'Ule Creek to Goldie River where you will have a chance to clean your boots and gear before walking off the track the next day at Owers' Corner.
Day 13: - 17th May - This morning you will climb up the hill to Owers' Corner and walk under the archway and celebrate your successful trek. Our vehicle will pick you up and return you all to Port Moresby.
ANZAC Pilgrimage Australian Led - Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 25 April 2012 - 2 May 2012

Australian Guided. This trek has been designed so that you attend the Bomana War cemetery for the Dawn Service. Following the service you will be driven to the Australian High Commission grounds for their 'Gunfire' breakfast. The night of the 24th will be spent at Sogeri Lodge. After attending the Anzac Day service you will be driven out to Owers' Corner around midday to commence your trek and will finish in Kokoda on the 1st May where you will overnight as our guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day you will be flown back into Port Moresby and can fly home to Australia the same day. Trek 841 - Guide Shane Thomas - Australian Guide:

All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. You will overnight at Sogeri Lodge on the 24th and begin the trek on the 25th of April. Meals and beverages have to be purchased by trekkers.

List of Trekkers:

1. Shane Thomas + Requires a porter - Clement Harika -
2. Garth Hyslop - Paid in Full 12/04/2012
3. Byron Hyslop - Paid in Full 12/04/2012
4. Aaron Hyslop - Paid in Full 12/04/2012
5. Bree Langridge + Requires a porter - Jerry Imita - Paid in Full 28/03/2012 - Vegetarian



Food Porters: Lenny Enjeka; Johnsford Eroro; Noel Idau and Leonard Lemeki

Flight Details:
Garth, Byron, Aaron Hyslop: Depart Brisbane PX4 - 24th April 16:00 - departing 4th May at 18:55 - PX 1
Arrival : PX4 - 24th April, 16:00
departure : PX 1, 4th May, 14:00

Bree Flight Details
Arrival : Plane: DH4, 24th April, 4:50 PM

Cost of this trek is A$3450.00 + an extra $1000.00 if anyone chooses to do the Gona extension.

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Gona, Sanananda, Buna Extension - 2nd May - 4th May


1. Garth Hyslop - Deposit paid 21/09/2011 $200
2. Byron Hyslop - Deposit paid 21/09/2011 $200
3. Aaron Hyslop - Deposit paid 21/09/2011 $200


The cost of the extension is an optional extra and costs an additional $1000.00 per person. It is not compulsory as anyone not wanting to do this can fly out the following day after the completion of your trek on the 2nd May. For those choosing the extension you will be flown back to Port Moresby on the 4th May.


Click here to book!


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

1) Gona, Sanananda, Buna Extension - Click here to learn more.
2) Loloata Island Resort Extension - Click here to learn more.


Trek Itinerary:

Day 1 - 25th April 2012 - Driven out to Owers' Corner. Walk to Goodwater
Day 2 - 26th April 2012 - Goodwater to Ofi Creek
Day 3 - 27th April 2012 - Ofi Creek to Agulogo
Day 4 - 28th April 2012 - Agulogo to Efogi
Day 5 - 29th April 2012 - Efogi to Templeton's Crossing
Day 6 - 30th April 2012 - Templeton's Crossing to Alola
Day 7 - 1st May 2012 - Alola to Kokoda Station.
Day 8 - 2nd May 2012 - Orohaven Kokoda Retreat to Port Moresby.


Information below as to where you can book your flights:

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. Airlines of PNG run a joint share with Virgin and Air Niugini joint share with Qantas Airways.
ANZAC at Bomana - Kokoda Trek - PNG led trek

Date: 25 April 2012 - 2 May 2012

ANZAC at Bomana - Kokoda Trek. This trek has been set up at the request of Warren Turner who has walked with us before. Warren would like to attend the Anzac Day Service at Bomana War Cemetery and then commence the trek later that morning. The guide for this trek will be Wallace Lemeki - Trek 872:

List of Trekkers:

1. Lara Turner + Requires a porter - Brendan Buka - deposit paid 30/01/2012; Paid $2191 - owes for porter only
2. Grant Smith + Requires a porter - Horace Yauga - deposit paid 30/01/2012; Paid $2191 07/03/2012
3. Warren Turner + Requires a porter - Jimmy Orimba - Paid in Full 12/04/2012


Food Porters: Charles Aiwa; Dickson Akati; Jessie Aire
"Private Trek" ANZAC Pilgrimage - Kokoda to Ower's

Date: 19 April 2012 - 25 April 2012

"Private Trek" PNG Guided. This trek will commence on the 19th of April. Upon arrival in Kokoda you will commence your walk to Ower's Corner arriving there on the 24th of April where you will be collected and driven to Sogeri Lodge where you will overnight. The following day 25th April you will be collected from the Sogeri Lodge and driven to the Bomana War Cemetery for the dawn service. Following the service you will be driven to the Australian High Commission grounds for their 'Gunfire' breakfast. Trek 806 - Guide Christopher Talanoa

All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

No. of Trekkers:

1. Aaron Geier - Paid in Full 23/03/2012
2. Anthony Stevens - Paid in Full 19/03/2012
3. Jonathan knight - Paid in Full 23/03/2012
4. Jonathan Hallinan - Paid in Full 20/03/2012

Food Porters: Brendan Buka; ; Inara Mark; Cyprian Haera

Cancellation:

Stuart Roberts + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 09/10/2011 - advised cancelled 20/03/2012
John Mitchell + Requires a porter - Cyprian Aire - Cancellation Advised 28/03/2012

Please Note: This is a local PNG led trek

Additional
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Flight Details
Aaron Geier, Anthony Stevens, Jonathan, Knight & Jonathon Hallinan
Arrival : Flight CG 0201, 18th April, 2012, 13:05
Departure : Flight CG 0200, 25 April, 13:00


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