Frequently Asked Questions
Q. IS YOUR COMPANY LICENSED BY THE KOKODA TRACK AUTHORITY (KTA)?
A. Yes, Kokoda Historical is licensed by the KTA our licence number is 024.
Q. DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
A. Yes, Kokoda Historical has a Public Liability Policy from ABICO which covers our trekkers up to a maximum amount of AU$10 million per claim. To view our Public Liability Certificate please click here (see FAQ folder containing the document).
Q. WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TREKKERS YOU TAKE ON EACH TREK?
A. Our maximum is 12 trekkers however we can make exceptions to this rule to accommodate the needs of larger groups.
Q. WHAT ADDITIONAL PEOPLE DO YOU SUPPLY ON EACH TREK - E.G. LEADER, GUIDE, GROUP PORTER, HISTORIAN ETC?
A. For each group there will be an Australian military history expert. Every group will have a PNG guide who is an expert on the trek itself and on the cultural appreciations of Papua New Guinea. There will also be a team of guides depending on the number of trekkers, who will carry camping gear, cooking & safety equipment and food. In addition we will be accompanied by personal porters where these are requested. Our Australian Historians have a minimum qualification in First-Aid by St John’s Ambulance Australia. Also our guides have attended First-Aid and emergency management courses and are very skilled at handling any issues that may arise on your trek.
Q. WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENTS ON THE TRACK - E.G. VILLAGE ACCOMMODATION, TENTS ETC?
A. We endeavour to stay at guest houses along the track. In the event we are not able to stay in the guest houses we will use tents provided by Kokoda Historical. You do not need to bring a tent with you!
Q. DO I NEED A PORTER?
Many people ask us do we think they need a porter. It is a difficult question to answer as it is a matter of personal choice. There are many reasons to avail of the services of a porter and we would not recommend carrying your pack unless you are a seasoned trekker and have undertaken treks of a similar duration and similar nature previously. If you are in doubt then it is probably best that you should get a porter.
Q. WHAT WILL THE ADDITIONAL COST OF A PERSONAL PORTER BE?
A. $680.00 - This cost is for the wages, meals, expenses and the return airfare for your personal porter.
Q. DO YOU PROVIDE YOUR TREK LEADERS WITH SATELLITE PHONES AND/OR OTHER RELIABLE CONTACT WITH YOUR BASE?
A. We carry a satellite phone on every trek. We also carry a track radio and are in constant communication with our base in Port Moresby. In addition to this we also carry a PNG mobile phone.
Q. WHAT TYPES OF MEALS ARE SUPPLIED ON THE KOKODA TRACK?
A. Hydrated food packs are supplied which will be posted to you prior to departure. These can be combined in a group to make a large meal to share if desired and additional fresh fruit and vegetables may be purchased from the villagers at your own cost. Water is boiled at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner will also have cooked rice served with every meal. Our Legends will prepare the evening meals.
Q. ARE TRACK SNACKS PROVIDED BY KOKODA HISTORICAL OR BY EACH INDIVIDUAL?
A. Snacks are provided in the food packs.
Q. ARE ELECTROLYTE SUPPLEMENTS SUPPLIED BY KOKODA HISTORICAL OR BY EACH INDIVIDUAL?
A. Drink sachets are provided at meal times, these provide sugars and salts for rehydration but you are advised to take your own electrolyte supplements if you wish. However we prefer to take such supplements with food, i.e. treat these substances as mixing up a drink and having it when you eat as opposed to consuming them through your hydration bladder etc. constantly throughout the day.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR HYDRATION PLAN?
A. Our hydration plan is quite simple, drink to thirst and pee clear twice a day. Ideally your urine should run clear before you go to bed and still be clear when you wake up.
Q. IS IT SAFE TO LEAVE MY PASSPORT AND OTHER VALUABLES AT THE HOTEL IN THE HOTEL'S SAFE DEPOSIT BOX, OR SHOULD YOU KEEP IT WITH YOU ON THE TREK?
A. Yes it is safe to leave your passport and valuables at the hotel in their safe. This is our procedure for all our treks and we have never experienced any problem with our accommodation partners.
Q. DO I NEED TO BRING AN ELECTRICAL CONVERTER TO USE THE POWER SOCKETS AT THE HOTEL?
A. No it is not necessary to bring a power adaptor as the power sockets are the same as those we use in Australia.
Q. WHAT TYPE OF SLEEPING BAG IS RECOMMENDED?
A. Any lightweight sleeping bag is fine. There are a couple of nights on the trek that can get cold depending on the season. We recommend a sleeping bag with a rating of zero.
Q. HAVE ANY OF YOUR TREKKERS SUSTAINED INJURIES ON THE TRACK?
A. Kokoda Historical has a 100% safety record. We have never had any serious injury and we can honestly say so far the biggest medical problem on the track has been blisters. However trekking the Kokoda Track is a challenging activity where accidents can happen. We recommend you exercise caution at all times when trekking and ensure that you have prepared adequately for your trip.
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