FAQ’s

FAQsComparing Kokoda Companies – Who should I trek with?

When deciding who to trek with please take into consideration what the price includes. Ask yourself the following questions

  • Does the price include an Australian guide?
  • Do the guides have extensive emergency services experience?
  • Are international airfares included?
  • Is the domestic charter flight included?
  • Is travel insurance included?
  • Does the trekking company focus on pre-trek training and provide advice on trek preparation?

Is the operator a licence trek operator with the KTA?

FAQ - Trek Information (19)

Travel Documents

Passport

A passport with at least 6 months validity is required for all trekkers traveling to Papua New Guinea.

Insurance

Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for all trekkers. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any non-recoverable air or land expenses should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness or leave the expedition early due to other reasons. It will also cover any emergency medical evacuation expenses should you become ill during the expedition. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. In the event that an aircraft evacuation is required, we will undertake to arrange the evacuation on the condition that the expenses will be reimbursed by the passenger before departing the country.
Note: Accidents caused by the inappropriate consumption of alcohol or drugs may void your travel insurance.

Travel insurance can be obtained through our travel agent, Andrew at Hello World Waurn Ponds. Alternatively you can purchase a policy online or through your preferred insurer. Please ensure that it covers everything noted above.

PNG Visa

All visitors to PNG require a Tourist Visa, which is valid for 60 days. You will need to provide the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • A valid passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return date to Australia)
  • Copy of your flight itinerary
  • Proof of booking (booking receipt to be supplied by Kokoda Courage)
  • Details of your accommodation.

This involves sending your passport to one of the below consulate offices with a self-addressed return envelope to allow them to post both your passport and visa back to you. For Australian citizens, a visa’s can no longer be obtained on arrival in PNG and must be obtained prior to arrival. This can be done directly with the PNG Consulate and the Visa is free of charge, however can take up-to 30 days to process. Your Departure tax is included in your international ticket.

Hotel accommodation details (you will need to include in your Visa application) are the

Sogeri Lodge, Sogeri Road, Sogeri, Port Moresby. PO Box 3367, Boroko.

Please do not hesitate to call Jasmine on 0414 660 706 if you need assistance with completing your visa form.

The Papua New Guinean Consulate contact details are:

Sydney

Consulate-General of Papua New Guinea

Level 2, Clarence Street

Sydeny NSW 2000

PO Box A2273

Sydney South, NSW 1235

Tel: (02) 9283 9020 Fax: (02) 9283 5424

Email: pngcg@kundusyd.org

 

Cairns

Consulate-General of Papua New Guinea

Suite 4 Conservatory Building 12-14 Lake Street

Cairns Qld 4870

Tel: (07) 4031 8881/8882/8883/8884

Tel: () 0411 270 955

Fax: (07) 4051 3589

Email: pngc@kunducns.org

Insurance

General & Public Liability Insurance

Kokoda Courage holds full General and Public liability company insurance that covers trekkers in case of an accident on the track. You are most welcome to ask for details or a copy of our insurance certificate.

Defibrillator

Kokoda Courage are committed to your safety and our guides carry and are trained to use a fully equipped Automated External Defibrillator

Personal Travel Insurance

Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for all trekkers. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any non-recoverable air or land expenses should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness or leave the expedition early due to other reasons. It will also cover any emergency medical evacuation expenses should you become ill during the expedition. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. In the event that an aircraft evacuation is required, we will undertake to arrange the evacuation on the condition that the expenses will be reimbursed by the passenger before departing the country.
Note: Accidents caused by the inappropriate consumption of alcohol or drugs may void your travel insurance.

Travel insurance can be obtained through our travel agent, Andrew at Hello World Waurn Ponds. Alternatively you can purchase a policy online or through your preferred insurer. Please ensure that it covers everything noted above

Flights

Domestic Flights

Port Moresby to Popondetta Flights

Your domestic flight is included in your trek package. These flights will be booked for you by Kokoda Courage.   The flight is from Port Moresby to Popondetta. We then take land transport to Kokoda where you begin your trek. We take the earliest flight of the day so that we can be on the track by mid-morning or lunchtime. The flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta or Kokoda usually takes just over 30 minutes with great views of the Owen Stanley Ranges and some of the Kokoda Track sites. A 13kg luggage limit applies to all trekkers.   At times we may take a charter flight from Port Moresby direct to Kokoda.

Clothing Equipment & Gear

Personal Gear

You will carry your own personal backpack so only bring the bare essentials. It is advisable to pack your food and personal items in zip lock plastic bags or dry bags to protect them from the wet, especially your camera, toilet rolls and confectionery. This way it also cuts down on the weight of your pack. If you do not want to carry your own pack you may purchase the services of a personal porter for AUD$600.

  • A change of clothes to be left at the hotel
  • 1 pair of light weight quick dry long pants
  • 2 pair light weight quick dry shorts (long pants and shorts can be substituted with 1 pair of zip off pants.)
  • 2 quick dry t-shirts or 1 quick dry t-shirts and 1 quick dry singlet (1 t-shirt will be supplied by Australian Kokoda Tours, also please note if wearing a singlet this may cause chaffing from the backpack straps)
  • 1 long sleeve cotton t-shirt (for sleeping in)
  • 4 pair underwear
  • Light hiking boots or hiking shoes (personal choice)
  • Pair of Sandals or thongs to wear around camp and in villages
  • Lightweight jacket / jumper & beanie if you feel the cold to wear around the camp & in villages
  • 4 pairs of cotton/wool blend hiking socks
  • Inflatable camping mattress
  • Inflatable Pillow or your pillow from home packed in a manual roll up space saver bag
  • 2 seasons sleeping bag rated at 0C
  • Hat with wide brim to keep sun and rain off your face
  • Rain poncho (something light weight)
  • Quick-dry sports towel/chamois
  • Whistle
  • Two rolls of your toilet paper (Preferably 8 packs of travel tissues)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Personal toiletries – Tooth brush and paste, sports deodorant, lip balm, etc, we provide 100% environmentally friendly liquid soap, which can be used in creeks and rivers.
  • One-litre water bottle to carry with you or 1-2 litre Camelback depending on how much you drink and sweat
  • Personal first aid kit – See MEDICINES AND FIRST AID below
  • Ear plugs (if you are a light sleeper)
  • Waterproof head torch and spare batteries
  • Any extra lollies on top of the ones supplied in Snack Packs
  • Bathers
  • Skins are optional, however they do aid with recovery when worn at night
  • Mosquito net if not sleeping in a tent (Mosquito’s are not a big problem in our campsites)
  • Tropical strength Sunscreen
  • Tropical strength insect repellent
  • Sunglasses (optional & recommend a hard carry case to prevent scratching)
  • A book or pad to write in
  • Steripen, with spare Lithium batteries or water purification tablets (preferred brand is Micro-Pur Forte disinfectant tablets to preserve purified water for up to six months. They’re fast, they’re effective, they’re easy to use, and they’re the only EPA-certified purification tablets on the market today. They’re also the only sterilisation system effective against viruses, bacteria, cryptosporidium, and giardia. No unpleasant taste)
  • Camera etc
  • Spare lockable bag to leave fresh set of clothes and valuables in at the hotel (safety deposit boxes are also available at the hotel)

*If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems; bring what you need with you.
 Also please advise us of any allergies.

Clothing Equipment List

Please pack a clean set of clothes to leave at the hotel. You can then change into these clothes when you have finished your trek and arrive back at the hotel.

Sleeping Gear

Please remember to bring a thin inflatable mattress (thermarest or similar). We suggest you bring a two season sleeping bag rated at 0C. (Also stored in a waterproof dry-bag)

Trek Wear

We recommend wearing shorts because they are comfortable and there maybe times where you will wade knee-deep through running creeks.

Optional Equipment

  • Camera, film, camera batteries, lens cleaner & paper.
  • A small supply of favourite snacks.

NOTE:
Please do not hesitate to contact Jasmine on 0414 660 706 if you have any questions about packing.

Supplied Equipment

  • All eating and drinking equipment
  • All safety equipment including satellite phones, track radios, safety ropes etc…
  • Two person tent
  • Walking Poles
  • Clothes line and pegs
  • Wilderness First Aid Kit
  • Back Pack 60-70 litre – Mountain Design Packs
  • 1 Quick Dry T-Shirt
  • Automated External Defibrillator

Snack Packs

You will be given prior to your expedition a Snack Pack that will contain:

  • Soups
  • Muesli Bars/nut bars
  • Gatorade or similar drink
  • Sachet of tuna
  • Mixed Trail Fruit/Nuts

Fitness

You do not need to be an elite sports-person to complete the expedition but the fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find it.
 All members should be either walking or jogging (i.e. stair climbing, hills, inclines and anything that goes in the upward direction) on the days we are not group training. The training is designed to help YOU, so it extremely important that you get to as many, if not ALL of the scheduled training sessions as possible.  Every participant needs to consult a physician well before the expedition date and make sure that they do not suffer from any chronic heart, lungs, cerebral, physical or any other serious illness. We will provide you with a medical clearance form to be filled out that can usually be bulk billed by most doctors. However we are not a medical facility and we take no legal responsibility for medical or other emergencies that may arise on the course of the training or the trek. However as your service provider and hosts we will take all necessary steps needed to evacuate injured or ill clients with the greatest of care.

If you cannot attend the scheduled training sessions, a training program will be provided for you.

Medicines and First Aid

All trekkers are recommended to carry a personal first aid kit with medicines for common ailments, cuts and bruises, pain killers, etc. Anyone using any prescription medicines regularly should carry a supply for the whole duration of their expedition.

Please consult your doctor and include items and medicines that may be required for you. We provide a first aid kit and all guides are minimum level 2 first aid qualified but we do not supply any medicines and will take no legal responsibility for any medical treatment or professional medical support to clients.

*If you have something you are particularly prone to such as ear infections, sinus problems or mild asthma bring what you need with you. Also please advise us of any allergies as we do use nut’s in our cooking.

We will be carrying an extensive Wilderness First Aid Kit including a fully equipped Automated External Defibrillator.

Your personal first aid kit should contain:
Bandaids, paracetamol, deep heat or other muscle liniment, disposable gloves, second skin blister pack dressings, crepe bandages, antibiotic cream for bites, grazes, cuts and scratches, ‘Imodium’ tablets, strapping tape (for knees and ankles), anti chaffing cream e.g. Paw-Paw cream, foot powder, waterless antibacterial hand disinfectant/gel, anti-malarial drugs (see your doctor), gastro stop, anti-inflammatory cream/gel, broad spectrum antibiotic tablets and insect repellent.

If travelling with a partner or friend most of these items can be shared.

Womens Health

On top of the normal health consideration, women are advised to bring a tube of Canestan and tampons. The Canestan is used for the treatment of thrush (which can be very painful if left untreated) and can be applied to both internal and external thrush. The tampons are used to apply the Canestan internally.

Immunization

No vaccinations are required for entry to PNG. However you should consider malaria, cholera, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis and hepatitis vaccinations and make sure your tetanus cover is up to date. We strongly recommend Malaria medication. Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations, some of them require an initial shot followed by a booster, while some vaccinations should not be given together. This also applies to some malaria prophylactics, which may have to be begun at least a week before you leave home. Also please note that most malaria prophylactics require the entire course be taken. This means you may have to keep taking the medication once you have completed the track and left Port Moresby.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require any clarification on the above, or please consult your physician.

Luggage Allowance

14 Kg per person

For trekking expeditions, porters will carry up to 20kg (this is the internationally accepted limit though they normally carry between 15kg and 18kg). If you have additional weight there will be extra baggage charge of approx $10-$15 per kilo over 14kg on the flight to Popondetta or Kokoda, so please ensure the weight of your pack before we leave the hotel.

Personal Porters

If you think you may require a personal porter on the track at any stage, the services of a porter can be arranged at $75 per day or $600 for the entire trek. Or if you have additional items (heavy camera equipment, etc.) that you do not wish to carry or you wish to only carry a small day pack we can arrange a ‘personal porter’. A personal porter can also be shared between two people to lighten the load. In this case a maximum weight of 20kg is allowed for a shared porter (An internationally recognised weight limit).

Money & Currency

The currency in PNG is the Kina (K). Exchange rates vary depending on the strength of the US dollar, please note however the cash rate is not the same as the On-Line rate. Also travellers’ checks are readily accepted and can be exchanged for Kina at the airport, hotels or banks in any major city. Credit cards such as American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted in many hotels, shops and restaurants in major towns and cities. Bankcard is not accepted in PNG. For spending money while on expedition it is best to have money in local currency (Kina). Although you can usually obtain a better exchange rate in PNG, it is safer to exchange in Australia as time delays can prove difficult. You should approximately allow for $350 – $500 for the 10 days. We usually get a better rate if we exchange our money as a group, so I will contact everyone closer to departure to organise a time for the group to exchange their money.

You will require to budget spending money for (Allow $350 – $500 for the 10 Days):

  1. Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, snacks, etc.
  2. Alcoholic/bottled beverages and drinks including bottled water.
  3. All tipping is at your discretion. (A usual tip is approximately K80-K100 Kina or $50)
  4. Souvenirs and handicrafts.
  5. Small snacks along the Track $30 in small Kina notes 1K, 2K and 5K

Tipping

If you would like to show your appreciation to the local team you may show it by providing a tip. A usual tip is approximately K80 – K100 Kina or $50, though this is at your discretion. Please give the tips to the Australian Guide who will then distribute them at the last dinner. Please mention particular team members for good or bad performance to the Australian Guide. The local team also appreciates gifts. If you like you can give them your shoes and clothing at the end of
the expedition.

Gifts for Locals

Many of our trekkers want to give to local communities they pass through. We encourage this and recommend either sports balls such as tennis, soccer or Australian Rules balls. Alternatively, educational equipment such as pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper, chalk and small chalk boards are greatly appreciated. As these things can weigh a fair bit, don’t over do 
it or you may not get to the villages to hand them out. (Or as many groups do, we can share the expense of a personal porter to carry the load).

Power in PNG

PNG has the same power outlets as Australia. You do not need to purchase an adapter for your electronic items.

Trek Briefing Meeting

More information and guidelines will be furnished during trek training or prior to your departure for your expedition.
 Topics discussed then will include the following subjects.

  • How to walk.
  • Lodging, meals and other conditions while on expedition.
  • Security and safety.
  • Tipping.
  • Evacuation Procedures.
- Cultural and Environmental Considerations.

Final Checklist

Please make sure you have the following items before you travel to the airport.

  1. Luggage – back pack with personal clothing/equipment, etc.
  2. Day pack or carry on luggage to leave at hotel with spare change of clothes. (Lockable)
  3. Valid passport.
  4. Photocopy of the main page of your passport.
  5. Return Air-tickets with confirmed seat and other travel documents.
  6. Medical/travel insurance papers/certificates.
  7. Traveller’s’ checks, credit cards, cash dollars for expenses while in PNG.
  8. Insurance (if you have sourced your own please supply the policy number to Jasmine info@kokodacourage.org.au)

Arrival in Papua New Guinea

Upon your arrival on please go through to collect checked luggage and then please come out of the EXIT door. Either your Kokoda Courage Australian guide or local Kokoda Courage operations manager will be there waiting for you upon your arrival. Please go direct to them and introduce yourselves. You will be taken straight to your hotel, issued rooms, time for Expedition Briefing etc.

Please ensure that you let us know of any last minute changes to your arrival time.

Additional Information & Support

If you have any comments, questions or want more information please let us know.
We are here to support you with all information to help you prepare for your travels.

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