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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 Adventure Trek - Kokoda to Ower's Corner

Date: 8 August 2011 - 14 August 2011

Open Trek. PNG Guided. This trek will commence on the 8th August when you arrive at Kokoda and spend the night at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat as our special guests. The following day 9th August you will commence your walk to Ower's Corner arriving there on the 14th August where you will be collected and returned to Port Moresby to the hotel of your choice. Trek 737 - Robert Kaiva

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. Joshua Mario - Paid in Full 08/07/2011

Food Porter: Moxy

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Joshua Mario - Flight Details
Arrival : DJ0191, 7th August, 1315h
Departure : DJ0190, 14th August at 2pm



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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.
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 26 July 2011 - 2 August 2011

Open Trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 25th July and finishing at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat on the 1st August where you will overnight as our guests. The following day, 2nd August you will be driven down to Popondetta, Guria airport where you will be flown back into Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 aircraft - Trek 727 - Wallace Lemeki

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. Ian Dall + Requires a porter - Hobert Keke - Paid in Full 21/05/2011
2. Steven Wilson + Requires a porter - Danny Aikari - Paid in Full 24/05/2011
3. John Stroud + Requires a porter - Jimmy Buka - Paid in Full 24/05/2011
4. David Russell + Requires a porter - Evan Maiyosi - Paid in Full 24/05/2011
6. Melissa Hawkins + Requires a porter - Felix Haera - Paid in Full 13/07/2011
7. Annette Hawkins + Requires a porter - Francis Baing - Paid in Full 13/07/2011

8. Jurgen van Herk + Requires a porter - Horace Yauga - Paid in Full 16/06/2011
9. Stuart Bowditch + Requires a porter - Wayne Urina Tihimi - Paid in Full 20/06/2011
10. Brett Mills - Paid in Full 03/05/2011
11. Arjun Iyer - Vegetarian - Paid in Full 06/07/2011
12. Ben Howes - Paid in Full 06/07/2011
13. Adam Wood + Requires a porter - Robert Kaiva - Paid in Full 22/07/2011



Food Porters: Lawrence Umbu; Sione Orosambo; Paul Ume; Freddy Fems; Malum Eroro; Anthony Yabumon (Gona)?

Trekker Flight Details: Booking Reference - AAJQVY - Kushan Senaratne, Lilyanne Bellsenaratne. Booking Reference - AAJQVW - Ian Dall, Steven Wilson and John Stroud. Booking Reference - AAJQVX - David Russell, Melissan Hawkins and Annette Hawkins.

Porters Flight Details: Booking Reference - AAJQVV - Jimmy Buka and Malum Eroro. Booking Reference - AAJQVU - Francis Baing, Alex Didime, John Korove, Lawrence Umbu, Pascol Tumonde and Paul Ume. Booking Reference - AAJQVT - Wallace Lemeki, Hobert Keke, Danny Aikari, Oliver Beaga, Harry Duna and Felix Haera.

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Brett Mills Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF349, Sun Jul 24, 1:10pm
Departure : Flight QF380, Tue 2nd Aug, 5:00pm

Ian Dall Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF 197, Fri 22nd Jul, 18:00hrs

Melissa & Annette Hawkins Flight Details
Arrival : Sun 24 Jul QF193 ETA 1.55pm
Departure : Tue 2 Aug QF198 ETD 5.40pm

Steve Wilson, John Stroud, David Russell Flight Details
Arrival : PX24 , Sat 23 Jul, 21:05, Staying Gateway Hotel
Departure : PX3,Wed 3rd August, 11:00am

Jurgen van Herk & Stuart Bowditch Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX393, Sat, 24 Jul, 08:05
Departure : Flight PX392, Tue, 02 Aug, 14:15


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Transferring 2012
Katie Walsh + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 13/03/2011
Sarah Coxhead + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 13/03/2011


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.
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 20 July 2011 - 28 July 2011

Open Trek. PNG Guided. This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 20th July from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 27th July where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 28th July you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 736 - Guide Chris Suma:

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. Robin Farrington - Paid in full 15/05/2011


Food Porters: Roland Mabia; Robert Sipupu

Trekker Flight Details - Booking Ref AAJQVQ - 28th July 10:15 departure arriving in Port Moresby 10:45am

Porter Flight Details - Booking Ref AAJQVN - 19th July - 08:00am - arriving in Port Moresby 08:30am - Tarina Bore, Robert Sipupu and Roland Mabia.


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Additional:

Rob Farrington Flight Details
Arrival : DJ191 from Brisbane on 18 July, ETA Port Moresby 13:15


Accommodation Booking needed for 18th Sogeri Lodge. Pay on Arrival. Accommodation 19th at Sogeri Lodge included within our trekking package.
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 19 July 2011 - 27 July 2011

Open Trek. This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 19th July 2011 from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 26th July where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 27th July you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 765 - Christopher Talanoa

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. John McMillan+ Requires a porter - Fordy Suma - Paid in Full 20/05/2011
2. James McMillan - Paid in Full 20/05/2011
3. Lachlan McMillan - Paid in Full 20/05/2011

4. Jim Hunt - Paid in Full 23/05/2011
5. Amy Hunt - Paid in Full 23/05/2011
6. Ryan Hunt - Paid in Full 23/05/2011

7. Kylie Cook + Requires a porter - Harold Hauro - Paid in Full 07/07/2011

Food Porters: Tony Ariba; Murphy Kaiae; Rankin Borege; Gill Gainde (Gona)

Trekker Flight Details: Wed 27th July - Air Niugini PX00900272IBE - Kylie Cook, Amy Hunt, Jim Hunt, Ryan Hunt, james McMillan, John McMillan and Lachlan McMillan

Porter Flight Details: Monday 18th July - APNG - 08:30am - Christopher Talanoa, Fordy Suma, Harold Hauro, Tony Ariba and Howard Yapuri - Booking Reference: AAJQVK. Rankin Borege and Bill Gainde - Booking Reference AAJQVM - 08:30 - APNG



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Kylie Cook + Requires a Tent

John McMillan, James McMillan & Lachlan McMillan Flight Details
Arrival : Flight No DJ191, 1315hr (1:15pm), Mon 18 Jul 2011
Departure : Flight No DJ190, 1400hr (2:00pm), Wed 27 Jul 2011

Kylie Cook Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX 271 from Kavieng to POM arriving at 14:10 on the 18th July

Jim Hunt, Amy Hunt & Ryan Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX4, Mon 18/7 13.10
Departure : Flight PX25, Wed 27/7 13.30


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.



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AUSTRALIAN Guided Trek Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 18 July 2011 - 26 July 2011

Australian guided trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 18th 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 be flown back to Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 - Trek : 698 - Guide Shane Thomas

ALL ACCOMMODATION AND INTERNAL TRAVEL IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. You will be met at the airport and driven out to Sogeri Lodge where you will spend the night prior to starting your trek the following day.

List of Trekkers:

1. Shane Thomas + Requires a porter - Clement Harike
2. Derek Ingram + Requires a porter - Garni Bore - Paid in Full 12/05/201

3. Drazen Gvozdich + Requires a porter - Duggie Eroro - Paid in Full 17/05/2011

Food Porters: Dominic Beaga; Lenny Enjeka; Mark Kovejo

Trekker Flight Details: AAJQVJ - 08:00 departure - arrival Pom 08:30am

Porter Flight Details: Booking Reference - AAJQVG - 09:30am departure - arrival Pom 10:00 - Clement Harike, Garni Bore, Duggie Eroro, Dominic Beaga and Lenny Enjeka. Booking Reference - AAJQVH - Mark Kovejo


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Trek Cost: $3250.00 which includes all accommodation as per the information provided above.


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.


Additional
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Derek Ingram & Drazen Gvozdich Flight Details
Arrival : Flight DJ191, Sunday 17th July, 1310hr
Departure : DJ190 Friday 29th July, 1400hr

After Trek on 26th of July trekker's Derek & Drazen will be staying at Loloata Island Resort. Please liase with them for arrival time back from Kokoda for pickup.



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 trav


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