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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: 787

Kokoda Fast Trek - Anzac at Isurava

Date: 19 April 2012 - 26 April 2012

ANZAC Dawn Service at the Isurava Memorial Open Trek. PNG Guided Fast Trek.

This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 19th of April from Ower's Corner. You will overnight at Isurava Memorial on the 24th and attend the Dawn Service there on the 25th. Following the Dawn Service you will continue walking to Kokoda where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day on the 26th of April you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 808 - Guide Trevor Jinga:

All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

List of Trekkers:

1. Cheyne Brown - Paid in Full 12/04/2012
2. Matthew Nash - Paid in Full 29/03/2012
3. Jamie Schuts - Paid in Full 03/04/2012
4. Brian Ellis - Paid in Full 10/04/2012
5. Bianca Symes + Requires a porter - Evan Myosi - Paid in Full 10/04/2012
6. Trevor McGowan - Paid in Full 10/04/2012
7. Keith Rozairo - Paid in Full 10/04/2012


Food Porters: Garry Juari; Archie Akati

Cost of this trek is A$2790.00

Jamie: Loloata confirmation received 07/02/2012 in 26th Apr to 28th Apr, checking out morning of the 29th April - single air-con room
Bianca: Double/Twin Air Con $410 AUD

Travel Details:

Trevor McGowan, Bianca Symes, Brian Ellis & Jamie Schuts - arriving CG201 on 18Apr12

Additional
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Matthew Nash Flight Details
Arrival : Flight CG 0201, 18th April, 13:05
Departure : Flight CG 0200, 26 April, 14:00

Jamie Schuts Bianca Symes, and Brian Ellis Flight Details
Arrival : Flight CG 0201, 18th April, 13:05
Departure : 29th April

Cheyne Brown Flight Details
Arrival : Flight DJ191, 18th April, 1315hr (1:15pm)
Departure : Flight DJ190, 26th April, 1400hr (2:00pm)

Keith Rozairo Flight Details
Arrival : Flight DJ191, 18th April, 1315hr (1:15pm)
Departure : Flight DJ190, 26th April, 1400hr (2:00pm)
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Anzac at Isurava

Date: 18 April 2012 - 26 April 2012

ANZAC Dawn Service at the Isurava Memorial

Open Trek. PNG Guided - This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 18th of April from Ower's Corner. You will overnight at Isurava Memorial on the 24th and attend the Dawn Service there on the 25th. Following the Dawn Service you will continue walking to Kokoda where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day on the 26th of April you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 807 - Guide Harold Hauro:

All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

List of Trekkers:

1. Chris Cox + Requires a porter - Kingsley Boropi - Paid in Full 03/02/2012 - accommodation for the night of 26/4/12
2. Alfred Mallia - Paid in Full 13/03/2012
3. Brian Magee - Paid in Full 16/03/2012
4. Karyn Glerum + Requires a Porter - Tommy Bareo - Paid in Full 12/04/2012

Food Porters:Trophian Ovivi; Aaron Horope

Brian Magee & Karyn Glerum Require Tents. Karyn Requires backpack for porter

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Chris Cox Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX 4, 17th April, 1600
Departure : Flight PX 5, 27th April, 1330

Alfred Mallia, Brian Magee & Karyn Glerum
Arrival : Air Niugini, PX 93, 17th April, 1.40 pm.
Departure : Air Niugini, PX 005, 26th April, 3.30 pm


ANZAC Pilgrimage AUSTRALIAN Led - Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 16 April 2012 - 25 April 2012

Australian led trek.

It has been designed so that you commence your trek from Ower's Corner (Port Moresby) end and walk to Kokoda commencing on the 16th April allowing you to finish your trek on the 23rd April, 2012 where you will be accommodated at our base 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat' as our guests. The following day 24th of April you will be flown to Port Moresby. You will overnight at Sogeri lodge on the 24th of April. 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 790 - Guide Shane Thomas:

All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

No. of Trekkers:

1. Shane Thomas + Requires a porter - Clement Harika
2. David Paynter + Requires a porter - Duggie Eroro - Paid in Full 05/03/2012
3. Mark Shield + Requires a Porter - Ramsi Idau - Paid in Full 29/02/2012
4. Wayne Shield - Paid in Full 29/02/2012
5. Stuart Ellis - Paid in Full 05/03/2012

6. Roderick Simpson + Requires a porter - Pesco Kageni - Paid in Full 12/03/2012

Food Porters: Lenny Enjeka; Moses Buka; Eric Uwea

Trek Itinerary:

Day 1 - 16th April - Driven out to Owers' Corner. Walk to Ua'Ule Creek
Day 2 - 17th April - Ua'Ule Creek to Nauro
Day 3 - 18th April - Nauro to Ofogi
Day 4 - 19th April - Efogi to 1900 - Myola Junction
Day 5 - 20th April - 1900/Myola Junction to Templetons
Day 6 - 21st April - Templetons to Alola
Day 6 - 22nd April - Alola to Hoi
Day 7 - 23rd April - Hoi to Kokoda Station and then down to Orohaven Kokoda Retreat where you will overnight and Celebrate your trek.
Day 8 - 24th April - Orohaven Kokoda Retreat to Port Moresby.

Cost of this trek is A$3450.00

You will need to book the following flights as early as possible to save on the cost of airfares.

If you book today the 2nd of June 2011, then the following fares can be booked at the prices shown below.

Airlines PNG

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David Paynter Flight Details

Arrival : Flight No PX4, 15th April 2012, 1.10pm
Departure : Flight No CG 0200, 25th April 2012, 14:00

Roderick Simpson & Wayne Shield Flight Details
Arrival : Flight 193, 15th April 2012, 1:55 PM
Departure : Flight 192, 26th April 2012, 9:20 AM

Mark Shield & Stuart Ellis Flight Details
Arrival : Flight No PX4, 15th April 2012, 1.10pm


If you are planning to follow this trek please visit the link attached here for our Satellite Trek Tracking System (Mapping).
URL : http://www.kokodatrail.com.au/trakka.html?...id=KTR02-12-008


Cancellation Transfer to 2012
3. Casey Konig + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 01/06/2011
4. Phillip Cardilini + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 01/06/2011
ANZAC Pilgrimage Local PNG Led - Kokoda to Ower's

Date: 16 April 2012 - 25 April 2012

PNG Guided. This trek will commence on the 16th of April when you arrive at Kokoda and spend the night at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat as our special guests. The following day 17th of April 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 840 - Guide Wallace Lemeki

All ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

No. of Trekkers:

1. Janet Gartner - Paid in Full 04/04/2012
2. Joanne Nobley - Paid in Full 01/02/2012
3. Caitlin Roach - Paid in Full 18/03/2012
4. Marg Richards + Requires a porter - Hobert Keke - Paid in Full 27/02/2012
5. Rebecca Crick + Requires a porter - Jerry Imiti - Paid in full 27/01/2012
6. Kate Duxbury + Requires a porter - Jessie Aire - Paid in Full 24/01/2012
7. Luis Gachon - Paid in Full 10/04/2011 + shares personal porter between Luis and Shane - Jackson Isoro
8. Shane Osborne - Paid in Full 04/04/2011
9. David Currie - ex trekker - paid in full 11/04/2011
10. Lorraine Smith + Requires a porter - Charles Aiwa - Paid in Full 02/04/2012
11. Graeme Smith + Requires a porter - Johnsford Eroro - Paid in Full 02/04/2012
12. James Smith - Paid in Full 02/04/2012
13. Brad Lahey - Paid in Full 23/03/2012 + Requires a Porter - Noel Idau
14. Michael Lobb - Paid in Full 27/03/2012


Food Porters: Dickson Akati; Leonard Lemeki; Sione Orosambu; John Umota; John Sohembo; Teddy Orosa; Horace Yauga (Scout); David Umota

Please Note: This is a local PNG led trek

Cost of this trek is A$2990.00

Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly from Port Moresby to Popondetta and travel by road up to Kokoda. Depending on the time and the feelings of the group, Wallace would like to have lunch at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat and move off to the Kokoda Station and spend the night at Hoi.
Day 2: Hoi to Isurava Memorial
Day 3: Isurava Memorial to Templeton's 2
Day 4: Templeton's 2 to Naduri
Day 5: Naduri to Menari
Day 6: Menari to Naoro
Day 7: Naoro to Ioribaiwa
Day 8: Ioribaiwa to Goldie River
Day 9: Goldie River to Owers' Corner and back to Port Moresby
Day 10: Attend the dawn service at Bomana War Cemetery

Please note: Our treks are not set in concrete and can be changed by the guide as he sees fit in order to try and get everyone to Owers' Corner.

Flight Details:
Joanne Nobley & Caitlin Roach - Arrive POM = 15th April-Qantas QF193-at 1355hr.
Depart PNG Port Moresby Airport 25th April - Virgin Australia flight DJ190 at 1400hr

Kate & Rebecca:
Arriving on April 15 at 1:10pm flying Air Niugini Flight PX4

Marg Richaqrds & Janet Gartner - Arrive Port Morsbey -15 April - Qantas - QF193 @ 13.55
Depart Port Morsbey - 25 April - Virgin - DJ190 @ 14.00

Shane Osborne, Luis Gachon, David Currie
Arrival : Alternate accommodation to Sogeri. Airways Hotel

Brad Lahey & Michael Lobb Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF349, April 15, 13.45
Departure : Flight QF192, 26th April, 9.20am

Lorraine Smith, Graeme Smith, James Smith
Arrival : Awaiting Information

ANZAC Pilgrimage - Owers' Cnr to Kokoda

Date: 16 April 2012 - 25 April 2012

Open Trek. PNG Guided. This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 16th of April from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 23rd of April where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 24th of April you will be flown back to Port Moresby. The following day you will be driven out to Bomana War Cemetery for the Anzac Dawn Service. Trek 859 - Guide Wayne Urina Tihimi:

Accommodation for the night of the 15th of April and the 24th April is include in the trek package. Sogeri Lodge. You will be met at the airport and driven out to Sogeri Lodge.

List of Trekkers:

1. Kaya Elkins - Paid in Full 22/03/2012
2. Cameron McDiarmed - Paid in Full 22/03/2012


Food Porters: Paulo Talanoa

Additional
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Kaya Elkins & Cameron McDiarmed Flight Details
Arrival : Sunday 15th April 1:45pm


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