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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

Fast Trek - Open Trek Kokoda - Ower's Corner

Date: 27 August 2011 - 30 August 2011

Fast Trek - Open. This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek on the 27th August when you fly over to Kokoda to commence your walk. The trek will begin the same day on arrival in Kokoda where you will commence walking until you reach Ower's Corner on the 30th August where you will be picked up by our transport and driven back into Port Moresby. Trek 764 - Guide Cyprian Haera:

List of Trekkers:

1. Chris Tidswell + Requires a Porter - Jenen Barai - Paid in Full 25/08/2011
2. Rachel Kurenda + Requires a Porter - Lancelot Yauga - Paid in Full 25/08/2011

3. Stephen Mace - Paid in Full 16/06/2011
4. Daniel Pittam - Paid in Full 22/06/2011


Food Porter:Chrisley Boropi and Webber Kokove

Trek Itinerary:

27th August Day 1: Fly into Kokoda - walk to Isurava
28th August Day 2: Isurava to Naduri
29th August Day 3: Naduri to Nauro
30th August Day 4: Nauro to Owers' Corner


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Chris Tidswell & Rachel Kurenda Flight Details + Require accommodation Sogeri Lodge 30th August Pay on Arrival
Arrival : Flight No DJ19, Fri 26 Aug 2011, (1:15pm)
Departure : Flight No DJ190, Wed 31 Aug 2011, (2:00pm)

Stephen Mace & Daniel Pittam Flight Details
Arrival : flight PX4, Fri 26 Aug 2011, 1600 (4:00pm)


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: 27 August 2011 - 1 September 2011

Open Trek. PNG Guided. Fast Trek. The trek has been designed to start at Ower's Corner on the 27th August. The trek will arrive in Kokoda on the 31st August 2011 where you will be accommodated at our base camp 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day 1st September you will be flown to Port Moresby and returned to your hotels. . Trek 785 - Wallace Lemeki:

The first nights ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. You will be met at the airport and driven out to Sogeri Lodge on the 26th August.

No. of Trekkers:

1. Andrez Kowalczyk - Paid in Full 06/07/2011
2. Terry Kirkman - Paid in Full 20/06/2011
3. Mark Quealey - Deposit Paid 08/04/2011; Paid $1000 09/06/2011

4. Danny Kwon - Paid in Full 01/07/2011
5. Angela Bolton-McCarty + Requires a porter - Hobert Keke - Paid in Full 17/06/2011
6. Harrison Bolton + Requires a porter - Evan Maiyosi - Paid in Full 17/06/2011


Food Porters: Kingsley Boropi; Tomsteen Koneha; Chris Orimba; Manase Jia; Winnie Pore

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Andrez Kowalczyk, Mark Quealey, Danny Kwon, Terry Kirkman
Arrival : Flight DJ19, Fri 26 Aug 2011 (1:15pm)
Departure : Flight DJ190, Fri 02 Sep 2011, (2:00pm)

Angela McCarty & Harrison Bolton
Arrival : Flight PX-6, 13:10, Friday 26th August 2011
Departure: Flight PX-3, 9:00, Friday 2nd September 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: 21 August 2011 - 28 August 2011

Open Trek. PNG Guided. This trek will commence at Ower's Corner on the 21st August and will finish when you walk out in Kokoda on the 27th August where you will overnight at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat' as our guests. The following day 28th August you will be flown to Port Moresby. Trek 742 - Guide John Derick Eroro:

You will be in Kokoda to cheer the winners off the Kokoda Challenge home.

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. Ross Prout + Requires a porter - Bill Harike - Paid in Full 26/06/2011
2. David Prout - Paid in Full 26/06/2011

3. Duncan Hale - Paid in Full 06/06/2011
4. Rob Sharp - Paid in Full 15/07/2011
5. Tony Taylor - Requires a porter - Noah Kiranasa - Paid in Full 08/08/2011
6. James Hayman - Requires a porter - Jauwara Unene - Paid in Full 23/06/2011
7. Matt Hagias - Paid in Full 03/08/2011
8. Mark Hayman + Requires a porter - Nico Boropi - Paid in Full 21/06/2011
9. Neil Taylor + Requires a porter - Jerry Kovejo - Deposit Paid 24/02/2011
10. Lloyd Heinrich - Paid in Full 18/08/2011
11. Rick Heinrich + Requires a porter - Monty Eki - Paid in Full 18/08/2011


Food Porters: Sione Orosambo; Tomsteen Koneha; Billy Bauba; Monase Jia; Ryel Kerebu; Monasi Jia;

Day 1: Owers' Cnr to Ua'Ule Creek
Day 2: Ua'Ule Creek to Nauro
Day 3: Nauro to Efogi
Day 4: Efogi to 1900
Day 5: 1900 to Eora Creek
Day 6: Eora Creek to Isurava
Day 7: Isurava to Orohaven Kokoda Retreat in Kokoda


Trekker Flight Details: Booking Reference - AAJU1B - 09:30am departure - arrival in Port Moresby 10:00am. Ross Prout, David Prout, Duncan Hale, Rob Sharp, Tony Taylor and James Hayman. Booking Reference - AAJU1C - Matt Hagias, Mark Hayman, Neil Taylor and Stephen Dascoli

Click here to book!

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Duncan Hale & Rob Sharp require accommodation at Sogeri Lodge 19th of August.

Mark Hayman + Requires Backpack & Tent - Paid in Full 21/06/2011
James Hayman + Requires Backpack & Tent - Paid in Full 23/06/2011
Matt Hagias + Requires Backpack & Tent - Paid in Full 03/08/2011
Tony Taylor + Requires Backpack & Tent - Paid in Full 08/08/2011

Tony Taylor & Neil Taylor Flight Details
Arrival : Friday 19/08/11 and will be staying with a friend. They will be meeting up with the group at the airport on Saturday at 13:15

Duncan Hale & Rob Sharp Flight Details
Arrival : Flight DJ191, Friday 19/8/2011 arriving Port Moresby 13:15hrs

Ross & David Prout Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX93, Sat, 20 Aug 2011, Cairns to Port Moresby, 13.25
Departure : Flight PX98, Sun, 28 Aug 2011, Port Moresby to Cairns, 14.30

Mark Hayman & James Hayman Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF 313, 20th August 2011, 1PM
Departure : 28th August

Matt Hagias Flight Details
Arrival : Flight PX 93, 20th August, 12:00pm
Departure : Flight PX 5, 28th August, 1:30pm

Lloyd & Rick
Arrival : Flight PX6, Arriving Port Moresby Saturday August 20, 12.40pm
Departure : Flight DJ190, Departing Port Moresby Sunday August 28, 2pm

Cancellation
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Stephen Dascoli - Paid in Full 28/06/2011 - Cancellation due to Injury


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: 15 August 2011 - 22 August 2011

Australian guided trek commencing at Ower's Corner on the 15th August and finishing in Kokoda on the 21st August where you will be our guests at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day, 22nd August you will fly back to Port Moresby on board a DASH 8 - Trek : 700 - 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. Jacqueline Marks + Requires a porter - Garni Bore - Paid in Full 09/07/2011
3. Matthew Rowe + Requires a porter - Dominic Beaga - Paid in Full 09/07/2011
4. David Cameron + Requires a porter - Johnsford Eroro - Paid in Full 09/08/2011


Food Porters: Lenny Enjeka; Paulo Talanoa; Duggie Eroro; Paul Aire; Suckling Semini; Roget Hango

Trekker Flight Details - AAJQVZ - 08:30am 22 Aug - Shane Thomas, Jacqueline Marks, Matthew Rowe, Phillip, David and Simon Wells

Porter Flight Details - AAJQW2 - 09:30am - Clement Harike, Garni Bore, Dominic Beaga, Moses Buka. Booking Reference - AAJU1A - Jimmy Buka, Lenny Enjeka, Trophian Ovivi, Suckling Simeni and Kingsley Suma


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David Cameron + Requires Tent + Requires Accommodation 22nd August Sogeri Lodge - Pay on on arrival for tent & accommodation.

David Cameron Flight Details
Arrival : Flight QF193, Sunday 14/8, 1355
Departure : 23rd August.

Matthew Rowe Jacqueline Marks Flight Details
Arrival : Flight CG 1543 from Mt Hagen on 14th August at 14:55

Cancellation 13/08/2011
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1. David Wells + Requires a porter - Jimmy Buka - Paid in Full 15/06/2011 - Date of Cancellation due to sickness 13/08/11
2. Phillip Wells + Requires a porter - Duggie Eroro - Paid in Full 15/06/2011 - Date of Cancellation 13/08/11
3. Simon Wells + Requires a porter - Paulo Talanoa - Paid in Full 19/07/2011 - Date of Cancellation 13/08/11
Private Trek commencing at Kokoda

Date: 13 August 2011 - 20 August 2011

Private booking of 13 commencing in Kokoda on the 13th August and finishing at Owers' Corner on the 20th August 2011 - KTL Guide Wallace Lemeki - Trek 838:

List of Trekkers:

1. Paul + Requires a porter - Chris Lahai
2. Amanda + Requires a porter - Ramsay Idau
3. Mark + Requires a porter - Paul Esiko
4. Tim + Requires a porter - Trophian Ovivi
5. David + Requires a porter - John Korove
6. John + Requires a porter - Winnie Pore
7. Greg + Requires a porter - Benan Aruo
8. Rob + Requires a porter - Ricky Periawa
9. Chris + Requires a porter - Evan Maiyosi
10. Nick + Requires a porter - Dudley Bubura
11. Andrew + Requires a porter - Jessie Aire
12. Rob + Requires a porter - Cyprian Aire
13. Ashley + Requires a porter - Chris Orimba

Extra 4 special porters:

1. Brendan Buka
2. Horace Yauga
3. Kingsley Boropi
4. Tom Hango

Guide: Paul and his 2IC Amanda
Asst Guide: Wallace Lemeki
2IC to Wallace: Wayne Urina-Tihimi


Food Porters: Sione Orosambo; Jenen Barai; Frank Ombi; Moses Buka; Kila Tona; Mathias Geroia; Lancelot Geroia; Ivan Bauba; Aidan Bauba; Luana Nagas; Henson Kokeni; Cliff Taimbari; Pesco Kgeni; Stafford Enjeka; Justin Koneha; Moi Kodoa and Tomsteen Koneha

Paid in full 11/08/2011

This is a private FLK sub-contract trek.

Day 1- deneki
Day 2 - memorial
Day 3 - tempeltons 1
Day 4 - naduri
Day 5 - efogi
Day 6 - nauro village
Day 7 - dump 44

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