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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

AUSTRALIAN Guided Trek Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 25 June 2011 - 2 July 2011

Australian guided trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 25th June and finishing in Kokoda on the 1st July. Unfortunately as there are no flights out of Popondetta on the 2nd July, you will all be flown back to Port Moresby on the 1st July 17:30pm flilght. We will accommodate you all at our own expense on the night of the 1st July at Sogeri Lodge - Trek : 696 - 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. Jo Kneebone + Requires a porter - Ramsi Idau - Paid in Full 16/06/2011
3. Kathleen Pearce + Requires a porter - Dominic Beaga - Paid in Full 07/06/2011
4. Andrew Shepherd - Paid in Full 05/06/2011
5. Colin Pearce + Requires a porter - Moses Buka - Paid in Full 07/06/2011
6. Paul Martin - Paid in Full 08/06/2011
7. Greg Camp + Requires a porter - Lancelot Geroia - Paid in Full 17/06/2011


Food Porters: Lenny Enjeka; Roget Hango; Pesco Kageni;

Trekkers Flights:
Friday 1st July - AAJQUJ - Shane Thomas, JoKneebone, Kathleen Pearce, Andrew Shepherd and Colin Pearce.
Friday 1st July - AAJTZQ - Greg Camp and Paul Martin - 17:30pm flight - arrival 18:00pm


Porters Flights:
23/6 - Booking Ref AAJQUF - Clement Harike; Garni Bore; Dominic Beaga; Lancelot Guria and Pesco Kageni
24/6 - Booking Ref AAJQUH - Lenny Enjeka; Moses Buka and Roget Hango



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Jo Kneebone Flight Details
Arrival : flight QF351 tomorrow 24 june, 1310

Greg Camp Flight Details :
Arrival : Friday, 24th June, 1310
Departure : Saturday, 2nd July, 1330

Paul Martin Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF349 tomorrow 24th June at 4pm

Kathleen Pearce, Colin Pearce, Andrew Shepherd Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX 24, 24 June at 1620
Departure : Flight PX23, on 2 July at 1330

Jo Kneebone - 1310 flight QF351 24 June.


Gona, Sanananda and Buna Extension is available for this trek.


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



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.

AUSTRALIAN Guided Trek Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 8 June 2011 - 15 June 2011

Australian guided trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 8th June and finishing in Kokoda on the 14th June where you will be our guests at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day, 15th June you will be driven down to Popondetta for your flight from Guria airport back to Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 - Trek : 780 - Guide Shane Thomas

This trek has been designed so that you can fly back in from Popondetta on the same day as you depart for Australia.

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. Shane Thomas + Requires a Porter - Clement Harike
2. Darren Lindow - paid in full 06/06/2011
3. Stephen Murray - paid in full 06/06/2011
4. Ben Huff - Paid in Full 13/04/2011
5. Graeme Guilford - Paid in Full 03/06/2011
6. Tamara Franklin - Paid in Full 05/06/2011


Late Cancellation:

Brett Mills - Paid in Full 03/05/2011



Food Porters:

Dominic Beaga; Garni Bore and Lenny Enjeka


Additional
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Ben Huff + Requires a Backpack & Tent : Pay on arrival

Ben Huff & Graeme Guilford
Arrival : PX4, 16.00 on the 7th June
Departure : PX5, 16.25 on the 17th June

Darren Lindow & Stephen Murray + Require extra Accommodation 6th June Sogeri Lodge


Brett Mills Flight Details
Arrival : QF379, Arrives : 11:10am
Departure : QF3380, Departs : 13:30 (1:30pm)

Darren Lindow & Stephen Murray Flight Details
Arrival : DJ191, Mon 06 Jun 2011, 1:15pm
Departure : DJ190, Wed 15 Jun 2011, 5:00pm


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



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.
Optional Sananada, Buna, Gona Extension

Date: 30 May 2011 - 1 June 2011

Optionally you can extend your Australian guided trek, visiting Sananada, Buna, and Gona.

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PNG Local Led

After your one night stay at Orohaven in Kokoda, you will be driven down to Poppondetta where you will visit the war memorial.

Following this you will be driven to Gona where you will be shown all the historical locations in the area. From Gona, you will board a boat and be transported to your first nights accommodation at Sanananda. Here you will be shown all the historical locations, including two museums.

The following day you will trek to Buna, where you will be shown all the historical sites in the area. You will overnight in a Buna guesthouse.

The following morning you will be transported to the Girua airstrip and board your flight back to Port Moresby and then your flight back to Australia.

Minimum of Three Trekkers.

Cost : $990.00 AUD

The trekking costs include :
  • Accommodation, Sanananda, Buna
  • PNG Local Guide
  • Village fees
  • Food
  • Road and Flight transfers withing PNG
  • Porters
  • Liability Insurance ($20 Million)

Whats not included:
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Personal First Aid kit and other personal items your may require.
  • Medication - ie. Malaria tablets.
  • Any additional nights accommodation that may be required.
  • Extra money to be used while on the extension
  • Any food or snacks that you want in addition to food supplied for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Soft drinks, snacks, and alcholic beverages while on the extension


List of Trekkers:
1. Andrew - Paid in Full 29/04/2011
2. Jan - Paid in Full 29/04/2011
3. Carl - Paid in Full 29/04/2011
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 29 May 2011 - 4 June 2011

Open Trek. PNG Guided.This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 29th May from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 3rd June where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 4th June you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Guide Paulo Talanoa - Trek 730:

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. Brad Wease - Paid in Full 26/05/2011
2. Antonello Di Tomasso - Paid in Full 08/04/2011
3. Mark Brennan - Requires a porter - (Brendan Buka) from Manua - Paid in Full 23/05/2011
4. Philip Young + Requires a porter - (Jessie Aire) from Kananadara - Paid in Full 13/04/2011
5. Charlie Schwerkolt + Requires a porter - (Jimmy Ami)
6. Rick Indrisie - Paid in Full 05/05/2011
7. David Syme + Requires a porter - (Grayford Enjeka) - Paid in Full 22/05/2011



Food Porters:

Nelson Enonge; Joel Beko (Ajeka); Duncan Isiko

Additional
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Mark Brennan, Antonello Di Tomasso Flight Details
Arrival : QF313, Sat 28th May, 12:40pm
Departure : PX23, Sat 04th June 13:45pm

Brad Wease Flight Details
Arrival : QF351, Sat 28th May 11, 12:40pm
Departure : PX23, Sat 4th June 11, 1:30pm

David Syme Flight Details
Arrival : QF311, Sat 28 May 11, 20:50
Departure : QF310, Sat 4 Jun 11, 13:30

Rick Indrisie Flight Details
Arrival : QF 313, 28th May, 12.05pm
Departure : Waiting on confirmation but maybe 5th June

Charlie Schwerkolt, Philip Young Flight Details
Arrival : PX6 Sat, 28 May, 12:40pm
Departure : PX23, Sat 4th June 11, 1:45pm



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AUSTRALIAN Guided Trek Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 23 May 2011 - 30 May 2011

Australian guided trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 23rd May and finishing in Kokoda on the 29th May where you will be our guests at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day, 30th May you will be driven down to Popondetta for your flight from Guria airport back to Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 - Trek : 694 - Guide Shane Thomas

This trek has been designed so that you can fly back in from Popondetta on the same day as you depart for Australia.

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. Shane Thomas + Requires a porter - Clement Harike
2. Peter Rothwell + Requires a porter - Duggie Eroro - Paid in Full 12/04/2011

3. Andrew - - Paid in Full 29/04/2011
4. Jan + Requires a porter + Requires a backpack - Garni Bore - Paid in Full 29/04/2011
5. Carl + Requires a porter - Dominic Beaga - Deposit Paid 31/01/2011 - Paid in Full 29/04/2011
6. David Swan + Requires a porter - Moses Buka - Paid in Full 13/05/2011



Food Porters:

Lenny Enjeka; James B. Kaita; Russell Jiaba and Duncan Gawa

Additional
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Carl + Requires a backpack - Payment to be received

Carl, Jan, Andrew Flight Details.
Arrival : Sunday 22nd May, CG 0201, 13:05 (1:05pm)
Departure : Wednesday 1st June, CG 0200, 14:05

David Swan
Arrival : Sunday 22nd May, DJ191, 1:15pm
Departure : 30th May

Peter Rothwell
Arrival : Sunday 22nd May, CG0201 13:15
Departure : Tuesday 31st May, PX98, 17:15


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

Online flight bookings can be made by logging onto: www.apng.com


Additional
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The Following Trekkers are booked on Optional Sananada, Buna, Gona Extension 30th May - 1st of June :


Andrew
Jan
Carl


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