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To our Kokoda Spirit trekkers,
Below is some important information regarding changes to entry Visas for PNG.
If you have any questions regarding this information please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Kokoda Spirit Tourist Travel to Papua New Guinea urgent update

Australian Passport Holders can obtain a Visa on arrival into PNG. You can however apply for a Visa prior to traveling to PNG.

Information for Australians obtaining a visa for PNG from the consulate:

A visa application for PNG takes 5 – 7 days to be processed (process starts once documents are received) providing all paperwork is complete

PNG Consulates are located in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. We have included the postal addresses below.

A new Consulate office will open in Cairns in the near future.

The application form and requirements remain the same

1 x passport photo

Copy of travel itinerary

Completed application form

Paid, self addressed registered parcel bag for the return of your passport.

Cost for a visa will remain the same

  • $0 – Tourist Visa (no application fee)
  • $215 – single entry business visa
  • $435 – Multiple Entry Business visa (12 months period commences on first arrival)
Brisbane

Consulate-General of Papua New Guinea
Level 3, 344 Queens Street
GPO Box 220
Brisbane 4001
Tel: (07) 3221 7915
Fax: (07) 3229 6084
Email: pngcg@kundubne.org (Note: New Office Location – Level 3, 344 Queens Street)

Sydney

Consulate-General of Papua New Guinea
Level 2, 222 Clarence Street ,
Sydeny NSW 2000
PO Box A2273
Sydney South, NSW 1235
Tel: (02) 9283 9020 Fax: (02) 9283 5424
Email: pngcg@kundusyd.org

Australia – Canberra

PNG High Commission
39-41 Forster Crescent,
Yarralumla ACT 2602
P.O BOX E6317 Kingston ACT 2604
Australia
Ph: 612 62 733 322
Fax: 612 62 733 732
Email: kundu@pngcanberra.org

12 Red Hot Tips to get you safely across the Kokoda Track

Did you know that, less than 0.01% of the Australian population has walked the Kokoda Track?

Like the large numbers making the trek to Gallipoli, it is expected numbers to Kokoda will increase over the next two years as more and more Australians became aware of the heroic deeds achieved on Kokoda defending Australian territory in 1942.

With this expected increase in numbers here are 12 tips to get you safely across the track.

Tip 2 – Keep It Simple

Break the trek down into small achievable sections. Each day we walk from breakfast to morning tea, morning tea to lunch and then lunch to camp.

Tip 3 – Energy Levels

Energy levels you will get plenty of great food on Kokoda however it is still important to consistently graze on your snack food to prevent the dreaded sugar lows. You will need to ensure that you have snacks such as a good electrolyte supplements, we recommend TREK FUEL and trail mix

Tip 4 – Fluid Intake

Fluid intake on the track is crucial to your well-being. Make sure you use water purification tablets or some other form of sterilisation in your water. The water on Kokoda is plentiful and clean but it is essential that you sterilise all water.

Tip 5 – Good Foot Care Is Crucial

Make sure your boots are in good condition and well worn. There is nothing more frightening half way across the Kokoda Track to find that your favourite boots have disintegrated.

Tip 7 – Kokoda Is Hot & Humid

Kokoda is hot and humid Keep yourself cool with a wet cloth, river water etc. Do not overdress on the Track. Cool light clothes or “Cool Dry” style are good.

Tip 8 – Insects

Insects make sure you cover yourself with strong insect repellent (Bushman’s etc.) to help avoid insect bites. There are bees on the track.

Tip 9 – Hygiene

Hygiene on the track is absolutely essential to a successful trek. Please ensure that you have sufficient supplies of antibacterial hand wash and or baby wipes. Make sure that you wash your hands well before and after using the toilets and before and after eating food.

General Information

Located entirely within the tropics, barely south of the Equator and just north of the Australian continent is Papua New Guinea, the second largest island in the world. With a

Quick Facts

Geographical Location South of the equator and 160km north of Australia. Access and Entry Fees Most land, beaches, lagoons, bays and Islands in Papua New Guinea are owned by a village,

What's Included

The following are included in the price of your Kokoda trekking adventure trip:

Internal flight Kokoda to Port Moresby or Port Moresby to Popendetta(Depending on trek direction)

Airport/Hotel accommodation transfers

Accommodation 2 nights twin share, at a secure 5 star Hotel in Port Moresby. (pre and post trek only)

Two Person Tent

Breakfasts at our 5 star hotel (pre and post trek)

Comprehensive history of the Kokoda Track from our experienced, professional and passionate Australian Guides

Kokoda Specific Training Program

Comprehensive pre trek information and support package. Experienced support staff to answer your questions and requests prior to your trek

24 hour emergency support network in Port Moresby and Australia

Communication and emergency equipment, satellite phones

Bus Transport to or from Owers’ Corner

Visit to Bomana War Cemetery

Experienced and professionally trained PNG Trek Master and Experienced PNG Trek Leader

Our Porters and Guides are exclusively from the Koiari and Orokaiva villages along the Kokoda Track

Group Camping and trek equipment

Our Porters carry less than the specified weight recommended by the Kokoda Track authority and less than the International Porters code

We have group medical kits

First Aid trained Guides

Professionally trained Rope and River crossing specialist.

We carry all our food and supplies for the complete trek, avoiding any risky and delayed/cancelled halfway food drops. Plus we get the opportunity to give more work to our Porters for the whole trek.

Professionally trained cooks and camp staff.

We do not use dehydration packs just fresh wholesome food.

All meals during the trek, prepared fresh by our professionally trained cooks.

Group porters / Camp porters

Village campsite fees

Kokoda Track Authority fee and permit

Kokoda Spirit Certificate on completion

Kokoda Spirit Cool Dry shirt and cap

We have a Port Moresby office with support staff on hand to assist

We pay for Porter flights/transport to and from the Kokoda track

We supply all Porter food and camping equipment and uniform for our staff

We pay our Trek Guides and Porters well above the industry average and well above the recommended amount specified by the Kokoda Track Authority

What's Not Included

The following are not included in the price of your Kokoda trekking adventure trip:

Any expenses relating to a Medical Evacuation (refer to Booking Terms)

International Flights and Domestic Flights (within Australia)

Anti-malaria medication and / or inoculations as recommended by your Doctor

Personal first aid and personal care items

Medical Assessment
(Kokoda Spirit will provide each person with a Doctors letter to take to your local Doctor)

Passport

Personal Travel Insurance (Insurance needs to include provision for an emergency airlift out of the Kokoda Track if required)

Personal expenses in Port Moresby (eg. telephone calls, drinks, meals, room service etc)

Extra night’s accommodation in Port Moresby

“Trekking Gear List” items.

Personal Porter (to carry your rucksack or backpack – highly recommended)

Note: Variations to the above inclusions are available for group bookings
If for any reason (such as injury in the course of a Trek) we are unable to provide an Australian guide, or he is unable to complete the Trek, we agree to refund to you the difference in cost between an Australian led and PNG National led Trek.

KOKODA SPIRIT CAN SUPPLY YOUR KOKODA CAMPING GEAR PACKAGES AT VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES.

OUR GEAR IS TRIED AND TESTED ON KOKODA.
SAVE YOURSELF BIG BUCKS WITH US!

What's Included

The following are included in the price of your Kokoda trekking adventure trip:

Internal flight Kokoda to Port Moresby or Port Moresby to Popendetta(Depending on trek direction)

Airport/Hotel accommodation transfers

Accommodation 2 nights twin share, at a secure 5 star Hotel in Port Moresby. (pre and post trek only)

Two Person Tent

Breakfasts at our 5 star hotel (pre and post trek)

Comprehensive history of the Kokoda Track from our experienced, professional and passionate Australian Guides

Kokoda Specific Training Program

Comprehensive pre trek information and support package. Experienced support staff to answer your questions and requests prior to your trek

24 hour emergency support network in Port Moresby and Australia

Communication and emergency equipment, satellite phones

Bus Transport to or from Owers’ Corner

Visit to Bomana War Cemetery

Experienced and professionally trained PNG Trek Master and Experienced PNG Trek Leader

Our Porters and Guides are exclusively from the Koiari and Orokaiva villages along the Kokoda Track

Group Camping and trek equipment

Our Porters carry less than the specified weight recommended by the Kokoda Track authority and less than the International Porters code

We have group medical kits

First Aid trained Guides

Professionally trained Rope and River crossing specialist.

We carry all our food and supplies for the complete trek, avoiding any risky and delayed/cancelled halfway food drops. Plus we get the opportunity to give more work to our Porters for the whole trek.

Professionally trained cooks and camp staff.

We do not use dehydration packs just fresh wholesome food.

All meals during the trek, prepared fresh by our professionally trained cooks.

Group porters / Camp porters

Village campsite fees

Kokoda Track Authority fee and permit

Kokoda Spirit Certificate on completion

Kokoda Spirit Cool Dry shirt and cap

We have a Port Moresby office with support staff on hand to assist

We pay for Porter flights/transport to and from the Kokoda track

We supply all Porter food and camping equipment and uniform for our staff

We pay our Trek Guides and Porters well above the industry average and well above the recommended amount specified by the Kokoda Track Authority

What's Not Included

The following are not included in the price of your Kokoda trekking adventure trip:

Any expenses relating to a Medical Evacuation (refer to Booking Terms)

International Flights and Domestic Flights (within Australia)

Anti-malaria medication and / or inoculations as recommended by your Doctor

Personal first aid and personal care items

Medical Assessment
(Kokoda Spirit will provide each person with a Doctors letter to take to your local Doctor)

Passport

Personal Travel Insurance (Insurance needs to include provision for an emergency airlift out of the Kokoda Track if required)

Personal expenses in Port Moresby (eg. telephone calls, drinks, meals, room service etc)

Extra night’s accommodation in Port Moresby

“Trekking Gear List” items.

Personal Porter (to carry your rucksack or backpack – highly recommended)

Note: Variations to the above inclusions are available for group bookings
If for any reason (such as injury in the course of a Trek) we are unable to provide an Australian guide, or he is unable to complete the Trek, we agree to refund to you the difference in cost between an Australian led and PNG National led Trek.

KOKODA SPIRIT CAN SUPPLY YOUR KOKODA CAMPING GEAR PACKAGES AT VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES.

OUR GEAR IS TRIED AND TESTED ON KOKODA.
SAVE YOURSELF BIG BUCKS WITH US!

PNG reaches out to ‘best friend’ in region, Australia

The attack on the trek in Morobe province last week was a terrible event – infinitely more terrible, of course, for the two Papua New Guinean guides who were killed, and for their families, than for the Australian trekkers, who escaped with lacerations and bruises.

PNG’s Kokoda to get boost to services

Services to Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda, at the head of the famous Kokoda Track, are to get a boost. The station at the north end of the track will be converted into a township for the people of Sohe District.

I would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you

I would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you on behalf of the 24th Sept – 2nd Oct trekkers. I had an amazing time. I surprised myself every day on the track and I can honestly say that my life has changed for the better. The porters your company

Newcastle Knights on Kokoda

The NRL Team the Newcastle Knights are currently on the Kokoda Track with Kokoda Spirit. The Knights Trek is about empowering their young players about our Australian Heritage, Humility and Mateship. Remembering our Past, Empowering our future.

Australian Army

Australian Army treks Kokoda with Kokoda Spirit. Members of the Australian Army flew into Kokoda today to commence their training trek across the Kokoda Trail.

HAPPY TREKKERS

WAYNE WETHERALL ON KOKODA

ABOUT KOKODA SPIRIT

Kokoda Spirit is Australia and PNG’s most respected and professional company, specialising in trekking Kokoda.

We have been operating in PNG since 2004 and we have escorted over 8500 trekkers and more than 55 expeditions a year safely across Kokoda.

We believe we are the largest provider of life changing and empowering treks across Kokoda.

Our EXCLUSIVE Online, PERSONALISED Kokoda Training Program

Prepare yourself for this Life Changing event with a training program fitted to your needs.

Structure, feedback and motivation will make you a stronger, fitter and a more accomplished adventurer.

Begin your Kokoda journey by getting the specific training you need with the right intensity to enjoy your time on the track.

Customised training schedule specific for the Kokoda Track.

Experienced coaches that have trekked Kokoda numerous times.

Access to an awesome Kokoda Spirit community.

Instructional exercise videos and pictures.

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Trekking Gear Checklist
We can supply your trekking, camping and hydration needs.

Note:

There is no where along the Track to get access to medications

If travelling with friends or as part of a group you may be able to share some of the creams/lotions.

Please check your ‘What’s Included and What’s Not’ list

This list is our recommendation of what to take

Toiletries

1Toothbrush
1Toothpaste
1Roll on deodorant (odorless recommended)
2Rolls of toilet paper
1Wet ones
2Small soaps (small soaps are best in case you lose one in the fast flowing rivers)
1Ladies hygiene products
2Antibacterial Hand Gel

Camping Trekking Gear

170-75 litre (minimum) backpack
1Daypack
You do not need a daypack if you are carrying your own pack
12 person tent (included in Australian Led Treks)
1Groundsheet (big enough to go under your tent)
13 leg stool (optional)
1Sleeping bag (0 to +5 rating)
1Self inflating mattress or foam roll
1Pillow (optional)
1-2Walking poles – this is essential
1Head Torch (and spare batteries)
1Deep plate (big enough for cereal and dinner)

Medical Kit

1Medications as Prescribed by your Doctor
(Anti malaria, antibiotics for wounds and infections, anti inflammatory, anti vomiting, epi-pen
etc…)
1Anti-Inflammatory medications (eg. Ibrofen, Voltaren, Nurofen)
1Antihistamines (e.g. Telfast, Phenergan 10mg)
1Antiseptic lotion/cream (e.g. Paraderm Plus, Betadine, Bepanthen)
1pktBlister Pads (optional)
1Diarrhea Tablets
1Foot fungi powder - Resolve (Johnson baby powder also works well)
Gastrolyte (must have)
1Headache Tablets
2Insect repellent
(We suggest ‘Bushman Plus’ – always keep it on)
2 pktsLarge size band-aids (cloth type)

Clothing

1Walking boots and spare boot laces
1Sandals – adventure style with good grip and covered toes and
Thongs
1Long cotton pants or equivalent and long shirt / thermal (for night
time)
1Rain jacket
1Shirts for trekking/sleeping
1‘Skins’ style sports clothing shorts – (2XU sports wear optional)
(Highly recommended, great to reduce chafing)
2Walking shorts or walking pants and sleeping
Swimwear (for rivers and hotel)
4Pairs of woolen hiking style socks
3Comfortable underwear / bras (micro-fibre recommended)
1Gaiters (optional)

Extras

Extras (Below are some ‘optional extras’)

Diary and pen
Playing cards
Large zip lock bags (for personal items, clothes, lollies)
Approx. 400 Kina (PNG money) for drinks and/or fruit on the track
if needed.
(Sometimes villages sell ‘bilum bags’ to trekkers, they cost approx K60-K100
Take small change e.g. K5 and K10 notes)

LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE?

In our latest newsletter we feature our…

75th Anniversary Treks

Sandakan Death March Trek in Sabah, Borneo

Kokoda, Coast to Coast Challenge

Kokoda trekking gear… on sale!

Kokoda Chicks, Ladies trek

Kokoda Ultra Marathon… “Race across Kokoda”

Our exclusive online, personalised Kokoda training program

Our Exclusive TREK FUEL electrolyte, performance, power and energy drink

KOKODA 75TH ANNIVERSARY 2017

We still have some availability for our Anzac Day treks and other
significant dates for 2017 Kokoda treks.
Come walk in the footsteps of heroes.
Remembering our past empowering our future.
Kokoda is life changing and empowering.

KOKODA… DONE, DUSTED, SMASHED IT?

For those that have done Kokoda, or even if you haven’t, this is something to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Want to know how Australian you are, who’s coming with me? Join us in 2017 as we trek the Sandakan Death March Route in Sabah, Borneo.

KOKODA COAST TO COAST CHALLENGE

Bookings are now open for our exclusive Kokoda Coast to Coast Challenge.

7-15 June 2017.
This adventure will start on the northern beaches of PNG and take us
into the heart of Kokoda before finishing at the Royal Papuan Yacht Club
in Port Moresby.
8 days 284km…The scenery is spectacular…The people and Culture
unforgettable…
In the footsteps of heroes…
Empowering and life changing…
Achieve something extraordinary…
Come join Kokoda Spirit Owner Wayne Wetherall on the adventure of a
lifetime and join a very small and exclusive club of adventurers.
Bookings are now open for our 2017 Challenges.

KOKODA TREKKING GEAR… ON SALE!

Kokoda Spirit can supply your
Kokoda camping gear packages at very competitive prices!
Our gear is tried and tested on Kokoda…
Shop with us to save yourself time and money!

GEAR PACKAGE
Hike Tent,Back Pack, Large 75 Litre, 30 Litre Day Pack, Sleeping Bag – +5C, Self-Inflating Mat – Standard Hiking Mat, Camper Pillow, Walking Poles, Dry Sack 20 Litre, Head, Lamp 7 LED, Water Bladder, 6 Piece Dinner set, Three Leg Stool, Micro- Fibre Towel – 50cm x 100cm, Sleeping Bag Cotton Liner Double PRICE $895.00

KOKODA CHICKS TREK

Come and join our exclusive Ladies only Kokoda Chicks Trek.
This is a fundraising trek for NBCF.
This is a Life Changing and Empowering adventure.
Dates 20 -27 May 2017

KOKODA ULTRA MARATHON… “RACE ACROSS KOKODA”

Are you looking to participate in
“One of the worlds toughest jungle adventures”

Are you ultra marathon fit? Join us for this two-night, three-day, exclusive staged ultra marathon race event across Kokoda.
Limited numbers, qualifying criteria applies.

When; 26-28th July 2017
24 July fly into Port Moresby overnight at Gateway.
25 July depart Port Moresby for Kokoda overnight Kokoda.
26 July Race day 1. Kokoda to 1900 camp
27 July Race day 2. 1900 camp to Naro
28 July Race day 3 Finish. Naro to Owers Corner.
Overnight in POM at Gateway Hotel.
29 July depart POM for home port.

Price $3295.00 per person. Includes pre and post race accommodation with breakfast and dinner. Accommodation and meals on track, general porters.
Charter flight to Kokoda, transport from Owers Corner to Port Moresby.
Race medics and safety Officers 24 hour back to base support.

Register your interest at enquiries@kokodaspirit.com

OUR EXCLUSIVE ONLINE, PERSONALISED KOKODA TRAINING PROGRAM

Prepare yourself for this Life Changing event with a training program fitted to your needs.
Structure, feedback and motivation will make you a stronger, fitter and a more accomplished adventurer.
Begin your Kokoda journey by getting the specific training you need with the right intensity to enjoy your time on the track.
Customised training schedule specific for the Kokoda Track.
Experienced coaches that have trekked Kokoda numerous times.
Access to an awesome Kokoda Spirit community.
Instructional exercise videos and pictures.

TREK FUEL

Our exclusive electrolyte, energy, carb, adventure, go hard, go often, smack it out of the park drink was created to fuel explorers and adventurers as they seek, live and conquer their earthly pursuits.

This unlikely power drink is a product of an entirely likely blended combination of sea salt, magnesium, potassium, carbohydrates and calcium.
100% all natural, no artificial colour or flavours added.
No need for energy bars, gels or food…

It’s a little ripper of a drink…. for those having a crack….

Majestically created in god’s own country on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Available in our exclusive soft packs in orange and lime/lemon.
Cleverly packaged in twice daily, 9-day trek serves to fulfill your complete trekking needs.

Each 18 serve soft pack retails for $39.00 and is available direct at our online store or by contacting the Kokoda Spirit Office.

Elevation Profile of The Kokoda Track

Topographic Map of the Kokoda Track