Trekking History

The Kokoda Trail

Kokoda can be trekked from either direction. Some say that from Kokoda to Owers Corner is easier, even though in that direction one must actually climb an extra 550 metres in height.

The Kokoda Trail can take anywhere from 4 days to 12 days to complete, depending on fitness and rest time involved. Locals are renowned for being able to regularly complete it in 3 days. The best time to trek the Kokoda Track is from April to September, during the ‘dry’ season.

There are a number of guesthouses located along the way, some at villages and others at traditional rest spots. The main villages passed through (from Owers Corner) are Naoro, Menari, Efogi Creek 1 & 2, Kagi or Naduri (if shortcut is taken), Alolo, Isurava, Hoi, Kovolo. Villagers are increasingly taking part in the commercial opportunities created by the growing number of tourists; in October 2006, some were known to be selling cans of soft drink and beer at double the price payable in Port Moresby.

The Kokoda Track Authority (the PNG Special Purpose Authority with responsibility for managing the Track) requires tour operators to hold a Commercial Operators Licence to lead treks along the Kokoda Track and purchase a trek permit.

Licensed operators carry first aid kits, undertake first aid training, carry radios and/or satellite phones, respect the people who live along the Kokoda Trail and ensure their porters and guides are treated in a professional manner.

Getaway Trekking is an approved licensed operator.

Note: Trekkers walking with unlicensed operators will be stopped by the Kokoda Track Authority Rangers and the local people.