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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 to Kokoda

Date: 27 October 2011 - 4 November 2011

This trek has been designed so that you commence walking at Ower's Corner on the 27th October and finishing in Kokoda on the 3rd November where you will be our guests at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day, 4th November you will fly back to Port Moresby from Guria airport back to Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 - Trek : 705 - Guide Eric Uwea:

ALL ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.

List of Trekkers:

1. Kristie McQuillan + Requires a porter - Roget Hango - Paid in Full 10/10/2011
2. Vince McQuillan + Requires a porter - Daniel - Paid in Full 10/10/2011



Food Porters: Grayford Enjeka; Clive Asi ;

Day 1: Owers' to Ua'Ule Creek
Day 2: Ua'Ule Creek to Ofi Creek
Day 3: Ofi Creek to Agulogo
Day 4: Agulogo to Efogi
Day 5: Efogi to 1900/Myola Junction
Day 6: 1900/Myola Junction to Alola Village
Day 7: Alola Village to Isurava Village
Day 8: Isurava Village to Kokoda
Day 9: Kokoda to Popondetta


Additional
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Kristie & Flight Details
Arrival : Flight CG 0201, Wed 26Oct 11, 13:15 (1:15pm)
Departure :Flight CG 0200, Fri 04Nov 11, 14:05 (2:05pm)


Cancellation
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James troy McConachy - Deposit Paid 08/12/2010 ;Transfered $400 from Father deposit.
Kokoda Adventure Trek - Ower's Corner to Kokoda

Date: 3 October 2011 - 10 October 2011

Open Trek. PNG Guided. This trek will commence on the 3rd October when you will be met at your hotel and driven out to Ower's Corner. On the 9th October, you will walk off the track into Kokoda and will spend the night at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat' as our special guests. The following day you will be flown back to Port Moresby. Trek 740 - Guide Harold Hauro:

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. Mickey Lay - Paid in Full 23/09/2011
2. Steve Tu - Paid in Full 23/09/2011
3. Jeremy Lay - Paid in Full 23/09/2011
4. Mark Hua - Paid in Full 23/09/2011
5. Cameron HA - Paid in Full 23/09/2011


Food Porters: John Korove and Kingsley Boropi

Flight Details
Arrival : Flight Air Niugini 93, 2nd October, 1.25pm
Departure : Flight Air Niugini 25, 10th October, 1:20pm

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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: 3 October 2011 - 11 October 2011

Open Trek.PNG led trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 3rd October 2011 and walking out in Kokoda on the 10th October where you will overnight as our guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day you will be flown back into Port Moresby on the 11th October from Guria Airport on a Dash 8 aircraft Trek 708 - Guide 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. Rachael Reimers + Require a porter - Johnsford Eroro - Paid in Full 01/09/2011
2. Matthew Reimers + Require a porter - Trophian Ovivi - Paid in Full 01/09/2011

3. Renee Roberts - Paid in Full 28/09/2011
4. William O'Donnell - Paid in Full 13/09/2011
5. Kelly Freeman + Requires a porter - Hobert Keke - Paid in Full 24/08/2011
6. Pamela Bennington + Requires a porter - Clyde Govero - Paid in Full 24/08/2011

7. Annie Lydon + Requires a porter - Jerry Imaita - Deposit Paid 10/06/2011; Paid $1000 02/08/2011; Paid $500 04/08/2011; Paid $500 05/08/2011
8. Tony Lydon - Paid in full 13/09/2011
9. Celene Black + Requires a porter - Horace Yauga - Deposit Paid 10/06/2011; Paid $500 04/08/2011[/b]
10 Justin Owers - Paid in Full 01/08/2011
11. Ryan Mifsud - Paid in Full 12/09/2011
12. Kane Mifsud - Paid in Full 08/09/2011

13. David King - Paid in Full 26/09/2011
14. Sarah Addison + Requires a porter - Brendan Buka - Paid in Full 26/09/2011

15. Christian Gurry + Requires a porter - Jessie Aire - Deposit Paid 13/07/2011; Paid $2100 04/08/2011
16. Matt Backshall + Requires a Porter - Evan Myosi - Paid in Full 02/09/2011

Food Porters: Sione Orosambo, Deshon Harika, Reynold Taimbari, Harry Duna, Oliver Beaga, Tommy Bareo, Luana Nagas and Remmy Kaki

APNG - 8 Nationals AALA2T departing PNP at 08:00 - arriving Pom 08:30 - 30th Sept
APNG - 7 Nationals AALA2U departing PNP at 09:30 - arriving Pom 10:00 - 2nd Oct

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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.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Owers' Cnr to Ua'Ule Creek
Day 2: Ua'Ule Creek to Ofi Creek
Day 3: Ofi Creek to Agulogo
Day 4: Agulogo to Efogi
Day 5: Efogi to 1900/Myola Junction
Day 6: 1900/Myola Junction to Eora Creek
Day 7: Eora Creek to Isurava Village
Day 8: Isurava Village to Kokoda
Day 9: Kokoda to Port Moresby

Additional
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Celene Black + Requires a Tent & Backpack

Kelly Freeman - Chicken or Fish Meals in Ration Pack.

Annie Lydon, Tony Lydon & Celene Black Requires accommodation at Sogeri Lodge night of 11th October - Pay on Arrival

Justin Owers Require accommodation at Sogeri Lodge night of 11th October - Pay on Arrival

Celene Black, Annie Lydon and Tony Lydon Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX 004, 2nd October, 13:10 (1:10pm)
Departure : Flight CG 0200, 12th October, 14:00 (2:00pm)

Pamela Kelly Freeman Flight Details
Arrival : Flight DJ191, Sun 02 Oct 2011, 1315hr (1:15pm)
Departure : Flight No DJ190, 12 Oct 2011, 1400hr (2:00pm)

Rachael & Matthew Reimers Flight Details X 2
Arrival : DJ191 02Oct Brisbane Port Moresby 1000 - 1315
Departure : DJ190 12Oct Port Moresby Brisbane 1400 - 1700

Juston Owers Flight Details
Arrival : PX 4 V 02OCT, 1310
Departure : PX 25 L 12OCT, 1330

Matt Backshall Flight Details
Arrival : QF798 Sun 2nd Oct, Cairns to Port Moresby, 13.55pm
Departure : QF350 Wed 12th Oct, 06.15am

William O'Donnell Flight Details
Arrival : DJ191, 02Oct Brisbane Port Moresby 1000 - 1315
Departure : DJ190, 16th October, 2:00pm

Christian Gurry Flight Details
Arrival : QF349, 02 Oct 11, 1310, 1:10PM
Departure : PX3, 12 Oct, 06:15

Pamela Bennington & Kelly Freeman Flight Details
Arrival : 13.15 on Sunday 2nd October

Ryan & Kane Mifsud Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF 193, 2nd Oct 11, 13:55 (1:55pm)
Departure : Flight QF 198, 11th Oct 11, 17:40 (5:40pm)


Cancellation:
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Leah Holmes + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 06/06/2011
Cancelled 19/09/2011 - Karen O'Neill + Requires a porter - Evan Myosi - Deposit Paid 27/06/2011

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 - Kokoda to Ower's Corner

Date: 3 October 2011 - 11 October 2011

This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 3rd October when you fly over to Kokoda to commence your walk. On the night of 3rd you will be our special guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 4th October you will commence your trek arriving at Ower's Corner on the 11th October where you will be picked up by our transport and driven back into Port Moresby. Trek 787 - Eric Uwea:

List of Trekkers:

1. Jason Cooke + Requires a personal porter - Conwell Barai - Paid in Full 13/09/2011
2. John Liburti - Paid in Full 23/08/2011

Jason Cooke wants to hire a backpack - Paid in Full 13/09/2011

Food Porter: Dominic Beaga

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.




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: 1 October 2011 - 3 October 2011

On the 1st October you will be flown into Popondetta where you will be met by our staff, Garni Bore, Dominic Beaga and Clement Harike. You will then leave Guria (Popondetta airport) and will be driven to Gona. From Gona you will travel by boat to Sanananda where you will overnight in a hut next to the ocean.

Our staff will show you all the hictorical locations in this area. The following day you will walk from Sanananda to Buna and later that same day be picked up by boat back Gona where a vehicle will meet you and drive you up to Kokoda later that day. In Kokoda you will overnight at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat before commencing your walk on the Kokoda Track on the 3rd October.


PNG Local Led

List of Trekkers

1. Jason Cooke - Paid in Full 13/09/2011
2. John Liburti - Paid in Full 23/08/2011

Cost : $990.00 AUD

Additional
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Jason Cook + Requires a Backpack

Jason Cooke Flight Details
Arrival : 30th September, QF349, 1600, 4:00PM


The trekking costs include :

* Accommodation, Sanananda
* PNG Local Guide
* Village fees
* Food while on extension
* Road and internal flight transfers
* Porters
* Liability Insurance ($20 Million)

Whats not included:

* Personal Travel Insurance. - Must cover emergency airlift of the Kokoda Trail. Visit 1Cover for a quote by clicking here.
* 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


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