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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: 645

ANZAC at ISURAVA- Kokoda - Owers' Cnr

Date: 23 April 2014 - 1 May 2014

This trek is designed so that you arrive in Kokoda on the 23rd of April where you will overnight as our special guest at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. On the morning of the 24th April you will commence walking to Isurava. On the morning of the 25th April you will attend the dawn service at Isurava Monument area and complete your trek at Ower's Corner on the 1st May. Trek 924 - Guide Ernst Jinga



List of Trekkers:

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1. Jason Bailey - Paid in Full 03/04/2014

2. Robert Cordwell + Requires a Porter - Johnsford Eroro - Paid in Full 17/04/2014

3. Garry Cook + Requires a Porter - Arnold Jinga - Paid in Full 14/04/2014

4. Chris Cordwell - Paid in Full 13/04/2014




Food Porters: Kingsley Eroro; Davidson Eroro; Sylvestor Tibo



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Flight Details

Robert Cordwell, Garry Cook, Chris Cordwell, Jason Bailey

Arrive : Flight VA 0189, Tuesday 22nd April, 1.15pm

Depart : Flight VA 0188, Thursday 1st of May, 2.00pm




Cancellation

Charmaine Joy + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 21/10/2013 - Transfer to later date

Michael Rose + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 21/10/2013 - Transfer to later date
Private Trek - ANZAC Pilgrimage - Kokoda to Ower's

Date: 16 April 2014 - 25 April 2014

Private Trek - This trek has been created whereby you fly to the Oro Province on the 16th April and overnight at our base in Kokoda, Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. On the 17th April you will begin your trek when you walk up to Isurava Village to spend your first night on the Kokoda Track. On the 24th April you will finish your trek when you walk through the Archway at Owers' Corner and be picked up by Kokoda Trekking staff and driven back to Port Moresby where you will overnight. The following day you will be driven out to Bomana War Cemetery for Anzac Day and either driven back to your accommodation or dropped off to the Royal Papuan Yacht Club as this is where the majority of trekkers from all different companies hang out on Anzac Day. Breakfast was offered Anzac 2013 at a cost of K40.00 per head. Trek : 915 - Guide Horace Yauga



List of Trekkers:



1. Paul Hangan - Paid in Full 11/03/2014

2. Indiana Hangan - Paid in Full 11/03/2014

3. Henry Hangan - Paid in Full 11/03/2014

4. Ezekiel Hangan - Paid in Full 11/03/2014

5. Noah Hangan - Paid in Full 11/03/2014

6. Michael Harris - Paid in Full 11/03/2014




Food Porters: Jerry Imaita; Sione Orosambo



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Group Flight Details :

Arrival : Flight QF197, Tuesday 15th April, 15:50 (3:50pm)

Depart : Flight QF192, Saturday 26th April, 9:00 (9:00am)
ANZAC Pilgrimage AUSTRALIAN Led - Owers' to Kokoda

Date: 16 April 2014 - 25 April 2014

Australian Led Trek:This trek has been designed so that you commence your trek from Owers' Corner (Port Moresby) end and walk to Kokoda commencing on the 16th April allowing you to finish your trek on the 23rd April, 2013 where you will be accommodated at our base 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat' as our guests.The following day 24th of April you will be flown to Port Moresby where you will overnight. The following day 25th April you will be collected from your hotel and driven to the Bomana War Cemetery for the dawn service. Following the service you will be driven back to your accommodation or to the Royal Papua Yacht Club where you can purchase breakfast and stay there or later head back to your hotel. Breakfast offered Anzac 2013 was at a cost of K40.00 per head. Trek 913 - Guide Pat Vainirere



List of Trekkers:



1. Jason Schutt - Paid in Full 29/11/2013

2. Brendan Joyce + Requires a porter - Ramsy Idau - Paid in Full 17/03/2014

3. Fletcher Joyce + Requires a porter - Trophian Ovivi - Paid in Full 17/03/2014


4. Mark Nicholas - Paid in Full 10/03/2014

5. Pat Vainirere + Asst. Guide - Clement Harika



Food Porters: Gary Juary; Lenny Enjeka; Grayford Enjeka



Trek Itinerary:



Day 1 - 16th April - Driven out to Owers' Corner. Walk to Ua'Ule Creek

Day 2 - 17th April - Ua'Ule Creek to Nauro

Day 3 - 18th April - Nauro to Efogi

Day 4 - 19th April - Efogi to 1900 - Myola Junction

Day 5 - 20th April - 1900/Myola Junction to Templetons

Day 6 - 21st April - Templetons to Alola

Day 6 - 22nd April - Alola to Hoi

Day 7 - 23rd April - Hoi to Kokoda Station and then down to Orohaven Kokoda Retreat where you will overnight and Celebrate your trek.

Day 8 - 24th April - Orohaven Kokoda Retreat to Port Moresby.

Day 9 - Bomana War Cemetery for the dawn service. Following the service you will be driven to the Royal Papua Yacht Club or back to your accommodation.




Please Note: The trek Itinerary is put here as a guide only. On all our treks the guide has the final say where he decides to stop for the night with the ultimate aim to getting you all to the finish line for a successful trek.



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Mark Nicholas, Jason Schutt Flight Details

Arrival : Flight QF197, 15th April, 15:50

Depart : Flight QF352, 25th April, 13:30



Brendan Joyce, Fletcher Joyce Flight Details

Arrival : Flight VA 189, 15th April, 13:15 (1:15pm)




Cancellation :

Casey Konig + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 01/06/2011- Cancellation Date 14th March 2014

Phillip Cardilini + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 01/06/2011 - Cancellation Date 14th March 2014

Kane Young - Deposit Paid 11/10/2013 - Cancellation Date 6th April 2014

Prue Ruttle + Requires a porter - Deposit Paid 11/09/2013
Open Trek - ANZAC Pilgrimage - Kokoda to Ower's

Date: 16 April 2014 - 25 April 2014

Open Trek - This trek has been created whereby you fly to the Oro Province on the 16th April and overnight at our base in Kokoda, Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. On the 17th April you will begin your trek when you walk up to Isurava Village to spend your first night on the Kokoda Track. On the 24th April you will finish your trek when you walk through the Archway at Owers' Corner and be picked up by Kokoda Trekking staff and driven back to Port Moresby where you will overnight. The following day you will be driven out to Bomana War Cemetery for Anzac Day and either driven back to your accommodation or dropped off to the Royal Papuan Yacht Club as this is where the majority of trekkers from all different companies hang out on Anzac Day. Breakfast was offered Anzac 2013 at a cost of K40.00 per head. Trek : 923 - Gude Wayne Urina Tihimi



List of Trekkers:



1. Dennis Briggs + Requires a porter - Jessie Aire - Paid in Full 10/03/2014

2. Linda Briggs + Requires a porter - Hobert Keke - Paid in Full 10/03/2014

3. Maureen Wilkinson + Requires a porter - Cliff Taimbari - Paid in Full 12/03/2014

4. Glenn Bell - Paid in Full 26/03/2014

5. Terence Bell - Paid in Full 26/03/2014

6. Matt Henderson - Paid in Full 14/04/2014




Food Porters: Chris Lahai; Lancelot Geroia; Tom Hango



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Dennis & Linda Briggs - Require Accommodation Loloata Island Resort 25th, 26th, 27th April. - Paid in Full



Dennis Briggs, Linda Briggs

Arrive : Flight VA189, 15th April, 1:15pm



Maureen Wilkinson Flight Details

Arrive : 5:00am, 15th April

Depart : 26th April



Matt Henderson Flight Details

Arrive : Flight VA 189, 15th April, 1:15pm

Depart : Flight VA 188, 25th April, 2:00pm



Terence Bell, Glenn Bell Flight Details

Arrive : Flight VA 189, 15th April, 1:15pm



Cancellation

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Kim Banks-Smith + Requires a porter - Deposit $487.00 Paid 5/02/2014 - Transfer to later date.

Garrett Liston - Paid in Full 6/11/2014 - Cancellation Date 07/04/2014
PNG Guided Trek Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 26 November 2013 - 3 December 2013

Papua New Guinea led trek commencing at Kokoda on the 26th November when you are all flown over to the Oro Province. On the 3rd December you will walk off the track at Owers' Corner where you will be met by our staff and driven to Port Moresby via Bomana War Cemetery - Trek : 858a - Guide Wayne Urina Tihimi



ALL ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. You will be met at the airport and driven to your first overnight accommodation in Port Moresby.



List of Trekkers:



1. Helen Hanson + Requires a porter - Johnsford Eroro - paid in full 03/10/2013

2. Stuart Hanson + Requires a porter - Clement Harika - paid in full 03/10/2013


3. Jonathan Hanson + Requires a porter - Gary Juary - Paid in Full

4. Nathan Hanson + Requires a porter - Chris Orimba -Paid in Full

5. Tracey Fox + Requires a porter - Ivan Semie - Paid in Full 22/11/2013




Food Porters: Sione Orosambo; Ramsy Idau; Eric Uwea; Duggie Eroro; Willie Kairi



Trek 858b: - Guide Horace Yauga



1. Jennifer Hickey + Requires a porter - Trophian Ovivi - Paid in Full 22/11/2013

2. Zach Holmes + Requires a porter + Chris Yauga - Paid in Full 22/11/2013




Food Porters: Trevor Ujari; Archie Offero


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