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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: 786

Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 5 November 2013 - 12 November 2013

Open Trek. Commencing at Ower's Corner on the 5th of November and finishing in Kokoda on the afternoon of the 11th November where you spend the night. On the 12th November you will be flown back to Port Moresby - Trek 932 - Guide Clement Harika



List of Trekkers:

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1. Roger Smith - Paid in Full 03/09/2013

2. Christopher Smith -
Paid in Full 03/09/2013

3. Miroslava Lepackova - Paid in Full 16/10/2013

4. Alex Palmer - Paid in Full 02/09/2013

5. John Palmer - Paid in Full 02/09/2013




Food Porters: Ivan Semie; Ramsy Idau; Chris Lahai; Deshon Harika; Jerry Imaita



Additional

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Roger Smith Requires 1 Backpack & 1 Tent

Christopher Smith Requires 1 Backpack & 1 Tent



Alex Palmer Requires 1 Backpack & 1 Tent

John Palmer Requires 1 Backpack & 1 Tent



Roger & Christopher Smith Flight Details

Arrival - Virgin flight VA 4191 from Brisbane arriving at 1250 on the 04/11/2013

Depart - Virgin flight VA 4190 departing at 1335 on the 12/11/2013.




Miroslava Lepackova Flight Details

Arrival - Virgin flight VA 4191 from Brisbane arriving at 1250 on the 04/11/2013



Alex & John Palmer

Arrival - Virgin flight VA 4191 from Brisbane arriving at 1250 on the 04/11/2013
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Owers' Corner to Kokoda

Date: 15 October 2013 - 23 October 2013

Open Trek. Commencing by flying into Popondetta on the 15th October and finishing when you walk off the track on the 23rd October at Owers' Corner. The following day you will fly back into Port Moresby - Trek 931 - Guide Horace Yauga



List of Trekkers:

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1. Murray Wilks - Paid in Full 30/09/2013

2. Michael Gawn - Paid in Full 10/10/2013

3. Shane Whereat - Paid in Full 30/09/2013



Food Porters: David Sauka; Lynnclark Bogaijiwai;
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Owers' Corner to Kokoda

Date: 1 October 2013 - 9 October 2013

Open Trek. This trek will commence at Owers' Corner and finish in Kokoda on the 8th October where you will overnight at our base. The following day you will be flown back to Port Moresby - Trek 930. Guide - Horace Yauga



List of Trekkers:



1. Peter Howard + Requires a porter - McKenzie Didime - Deposit Paid 02/08/2013

2. Michael Dillon + Requires a porter - Deshon Harika - Deposit Paid - Paid in Full 01/08/2013

3. Ryan Dillon + Requires a porter - Jerry Imaita - Deposit Paid- Paid in Full 01/08/2013



Food Porters: TBA



Flight Details:



Peter Howard phoned Raymond - arrives today.



Dillon x 2 - arrive 30th Sept at 13:15 and depart 9th Oct at 14:00
AUSTRALIAN Guided Trek Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 24 September 2013 - 1 October 2013

Australian guided trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 24th September and finishing in Kokoda on the 30th September where you will be our guests at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day, 1st October you will fly back to Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 - Trek : 856 - Guide Patiare Vainirere



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



List of Trekkers:



1. Guide - Pat Vainirere

2. Mark McEldrew - Paid in Full 16/08/2013

3. Daniel Colbert - Paid in Full 14/08/2013

4. Michael Swann + Requires a porter - Clement Harika -Paid in Full 30/08/2013

5. Nick Bone - Paid in Full 27/07/2013

6. Matt Sporton - Paid in Full 16/08/2013

7. Luke Oldaker + Requires a porter - Ramsy Idau - Paid in Full 23/08/2013

8. Brett McRae + Requires a porter - Duggie Eroro - Paid in Full 27/07/2013

9. Ross McRae + Requires a porter - Webber Okove - Paid in Full 28/08/2013

10. Alyssa Goode + Requires a porter - Ivan Semie - Paid in Full 15/07/2013

11. Adam + Requires a porter - Grayford Enjeka - Paid in Full

12. John Murphy - Paid in Full 20/08/2013

13. Jenny Bergamaschi - Paid in Full 20/08/2013

14. Kayla Cox + Requires a porter - Lancelot Geroia - Paid in Full 11/09/2013 ; Porter Payment to be made shortly.

15. Hayley Eastcott + Shared Porter (Kayla Cox) - Paid in Full 24/07/2013


16. Mark lawson - Paid in Full + Requires a porter - Eric Uwea

17. Pippa West + Requires a porter - Gary Juary - Paid in Full 09/09/2013



Food Porters: Sione Orosambo; John Vaibe; Trophian Ovivi; Jessie Aire; Tommy Bareo; Lenny Enjeka; Cyprian Ujara



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Kayla Cox & Hayley Eastcott + Require 1 Tent, 2 Backpacks



Adam Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX6, 23rd Sep, 12:15pm

Depart : Flight PX25, 2nd Oct, 1:30pm



Mark McEldrew, Daniel Colbert, Luke Oldaker, Nick Bone, Michael Swann, Matt Sporton Flight Details

Arrival : Flight VA4191, 23rd Sep, 13:15 (1:15pm)

Depart : Flight VA9190, 2nd Oct, 2:00pm



Brett McRae Alyssa Goode Flight Details

Arrival : Flight Virgin, 23rd Sep, 13:05

Depart : Flight Virgin, 1st Oct, 14:00 (2:00pm)



Ross McRae Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX 006, 23rd Sep, 12:15pm

Depart : Flight VA 4190, 1st Oct, 1400 (2:00pm)




Kayla Cox & Hayley Eastcott Flight Details

Arrival : Flight PX 093, 23rd Sep, 13:25 (1:25pm)

Depart : Flight VA4190, 1st Oct, 2:00pm



Pippa West Flight Details

Arrival : Flight VA4191, 23rd Sep, 13:15 (1:15pm)

Depart : Flight VA4190, 1st Oct, 1400 (2:00pm)



Mark Lawson, Jennifer Bergamaschi, John Murphy Flight Details

Arrival : Flight VA4191, 23rd Sep, 13:15 (1:15pm)

Depart : Flight VA4190, 4th Oct, 2:00pm





Trek Cost: $3450.00 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.
100 Things Kokoda Adventure Trek

Date: 24 September 2013 - 30 September 2013

Private Trek : PNG Guided. Trekkers will fly into Port Moresby on the 23rd September. This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 24th September 2013 from Ower's Corner and walk off the track in Kokoda on the 29th September 2013 where you will overnight as our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 30th September 2013 you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek - Trek 935 - Guide Ernst Jinga



List of Trekkers



1. James Thomas

2. Amy Cooper + Requires a Porter -
Johnsford Eroro

3. Peta Charles + Requires a Porter - Wayne Urina Tihimi

4. Renee Bezzina + Requires a Porter - Cliff Taimbari

5. Patrick Hone + Requires a Porter - Chris Orimba

6. Russell Sheil + Requires a Porter - Aidan Bauba

7. Tara Watson + Requires a Porter - Cyprian Haera

8. Johanne McKenzie + Requires a Porter - Dudley Bubura

9. Kate Fryer + Requires a Porter - Kingsley Boropi

10. Lynda McQualter + Requires a Porter - Hobert Keke

11. Stephanie Law + Requires a Porter - Tony Ogonemi

12. Suzanne Anderson + Requires a Porter - Chris Lahai

13. Sebastian Terry + Requires a Porter - Solomon Eroro

14. Tahnee Schulz + Requires a Porter - Trevor Jinga

15. Matthew Winters + Requires a Porter - Sylvester Tibo



Food Porters: Eric & Greg Tofoambu; Forma; Morris Dunuda; Fordy Suma; Jackie Isororo and Nelson Enongi



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James Thomas + Requires 1 Backpack, 1 Tent

Amy Cooper & Renee Bezzina Require 1 Tent

Patrick Hone + Requires 1 Backpack, 1 Tent

Russell Sheil + Requires 1 Backpack, 1 Tent

Tara Watson + Requires 1 Tent

Johanne McKenzie + Requires 1 Tent

Lynda McQualter + Requires 1 Tent

Stephanie Law + Requires 1 Backpack, 1 Tent

Suzanne Anderson + Requires 1 Backpack, 1 Tent

Kate Fryer + Requires 1 Tent

Sebastian Terry + Requires 1 Backpack, 1 Tent

Tahnee Schulz + Require 1 Backpack

Matthew Winters + Require 1 Tent



Total 7 Backpacks

Total 12 Tents



Matthew Winters Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF 191, Mon 23 Sep,08:00am

Depart : Flight QF 380, Mon 30 Sep, 13:30



Trekkers 1 - 14 Flight Details

Arrival : VA4191, Mon 23 Sep, 1315

Depart : VA4190, Mon 30 Sep. 1400




Cancellation: Ingrid Paton and Harry Charters


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