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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


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.


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:


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


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: 786

Soc Kienzle Battle for Isurava Anniversary Tour

Date: 27 August 2008 - 5 September 2008

Be at the magnificent Isurava Memorial to commemorate the Anniversary of the famous battle of Isurava that raged there for five long days. Learn about Australian History and foreign culture at its best. Be on the Kokoda Track when the Kokoda Challenge Race competitors try and break the current record of 15 hours 49 minutes.

This trek will be led by our KTL porters and guides but will have Soc Kienzle, son of Bert Kienzle as the historian. You will leave Australia on the 26th August and overnight in Port Moresby. On the 27th you will fly into Kokoda where you will overnight. The following day you will commence your trek arriving at Owers's Corner on the 5th September. On the 6th September you will fly back to Australia, refer below for more details. Trek 480 - KXK5:

List of Trekkers:

1. Soc Kienzle + Requires a porter- PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
2. Alex Makim + Requires a porter-PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
3. Seamus Makim + Requires a porter-PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
4. John Beacham + Requires a porter-PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
5. Lyall Guthridge + Requires a porter-PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
6. Michael Mohring -PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
7. Gary Sillett + Requires a porter-PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
8. Amy Sillet-PAID IN FULL 21.08.08
9. Garry Snowden + Requires a porter-PAID IN FULL 21.08.08

Additional Message:
Seamus Makim is the film/photographer for Komplete Kokoda.


"Trek with a Local, Travel with the Professionals and Train with the Athletes"

Additional Comments about this trek:
  • Return Economy flights ex Brisbane to Port Moresby
  • Taxes and Levies
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Port Moreby
  • Return airport transfers to Port Moresby accommodation
  • Meals at Port Moresby-Two (2) breakfasts, Two (2) Dinners
  • Domestic flight Port Moresby to Kokoda
  • Training Kit plus Initial Consultation and ongoing advice
  • 9 Day trek all inclusive package
  • Visit Local Plantations and Swim in the magnificent Mambare River
  • Papua New Guinea Tourist Visa
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Accompanied by Specialist Kokoda Historian who speaks fluent Motu & Pidgin
  • Accommodation transfer - Owers' Corner to Port Moresby
  • Visit to Bomana War Cemetery outskirts of Port Moresby

CODE: KXK5 - contact details: - Suzanne Kienzle - Telephone: 0755390333 - Fax:0755390195 - Email: surfersparadise@harveyworld.com.au
Owers' Corner to Kokoda - 2 from the US of A

Date: 26 August 2008 - 3 September 2008

Open Trek commencing at Owers' Corner on the 26th August and finishing at Kokoda the 2nd September where you will overnight. The following day 3rd September you will fly back into Port Moresby - Trek 464 - request Chrisley Boropi as the Guide:

Number of Trekkers:

1. Billo M. Comola - paid in full 23.06.08
2. Walter Davis - paid in full 23.06.08

PLEASE NOTE: This trek they wish to remain small so Billo has the right to close it off after it reaches a point where both him and Walter feel its a nice sized group to walk with.
Owers-Kokoda-give something back to the community

Date: 21 August 2008 - 29 August 2008

Dear Potential Kokoda Trekker: 'WALK FOR KOKODA' will commence at Owers' Corner on the 21st August, 2008 and will finish on the 28th August when you walk into Kokoda to overnight at Russell Eroro's family block. On the 29th August you can choose between flying into Port Moresby or staying on with us in Kokoda to welcome home the KOKODA CHALLENGE race competitors. The race record was set in 2006 by Brendan Buka in a time of 17 hours 49 minutes, will the record be broken in 2008?

To join this special walk, you will need to be sponsored for the sum of $500.00, this money will go straight to the School - join us now on TREK 447 - Guide Chrisley Boropi, Assistant Guide Chris Suma

List of Trekkers:

1. Jane Boswell + Requires a personal porter (requests Freddy Yauga) - paid in full
2. Tracy Tobin + Requires a porter (requests Daniel Orovo) - deposit paid 05/10/07; pd $1000.00 07/04/08
3. Judith Simpson + Requires a personal porter (requests Leo - sorry, no longer working for KTL) - deposit paid 16/08/07- pd $400 04/01/08
4. Heather Andrews + Requires a porter (Requests Chris Suma) - deposit paid 13/10/07 paid $1860.00 15.06.08

5. Tracey Williams (return trekker) - Lancelot Yauga - deposit paid 02/01/08 PAID $1350. 17.08.08
6. Renee Schevenhoven + Requires a porter Samson Yauga - deposit paid 02/01/08. PAID $1860.17.08.08
7. Adele Winslow + Requires a porter - deposit recd 19/01/08 also paid $1860.0015.06.08
8. Pete Blundell + Requires a porter - Walter Yauga - deposit paid $1000.00 24/04/08- also paid $1860.00 13.06.08

Wish to return to Port Moresby 4th September.

Additional Information:

There are always people walking the Kokoda Trek for charity's from Australia, after walking it in April '07, 4 trekkers from Trek 296 decided to walk it again this year, but for the wonderful people of New Guinea. 4 other trekkers have joined us to raise money for the Kokoda Primary School. Each trekker had to get a sponsorship of $500 or more & everyone has done a magnificent job, with Raising more than $8000. With this we have managed to purchase 2 water tanks for drinking water, audio equipment for the children to keep in touch with the big wide world & some sporting equipment.

Trek 447 would like to thank all of the people who are involved with raising this money. And a big Thank you to Gail from Kokoda Trekking for the help in organizing this mamoth job, she has also donated her plumber to install the tanks & charter over the equipment to the school.

Sponsors are Prime Plants; Tuckets Tyre Power; Peter Fraser; Erin Cronin; Tim Scarpella; Joy & Graeme Logan; supporters of seaford football club; Reece Plumbing; Vicky Armistead; Deanna Fever; Andrew & Teena Hubbard; Cam & Mands MacPherson; Patrick Bathe; Craig & Bronwyn Groat; NSW Teachers; Graham Mackay; Brett McDonald; Mike Loi; Mark & Emma Rutledge; Judith Bramley; Jim Politis; Ian & Pat Simmons; Missy Tearle; Anna Kutalyov; Chris & Kazzy Hegarty; Nathan Halstead; Strand Cellars; Rob & Jo Mikleus; Matt Magraith; Sharon Hunt; Paul Hebblewhite; Graham Nelson; Andrew MacDonald; Bona Kim; Sergio Orlando; Katey Kalisz; Tony Bloody & Family; Nibbs Family; Little Em; Milan Zikic; Rob Bozic; Norm Theodorlis; Ajay Chouhan; Tom Greiz; Dave Hale; Matt Moon; Simon & Lucy Alderson; Lou BUB Galevski; Jonathan Moon Harris; The Barker Family; Fay & Rex Sare; Val & George Blundell; Paul Evans; Lee Clark; Adam Martin; Les Thorpe; F1 & Minxy; Helen Garrett; Rotary Club of Belvoir Wodonga; Coyle Family; Mylon Family; Wodonga Paint Centre; Wodonga Army; Defense Housing Australia; Kennedy's Meats
Private Trek Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 19 August 2008 - 28 August 2008

Private Trek booked by KFL commencing by flying into Kokoda on the 19th August and finishing at Owers' Corner on the 28th August. Trek 459 - KTL guide Rod Ori, Assistant Andrew Yauga :

List of Trekkers:
14 trekkers - paid in full 14/07/08
3 Australian Guides - paid in full 14/07/08
13 Personal Porters - paid in full 14/07/08

KTL Staff: - KTL Guide - Rod Ori (Kovelo); Assistant - Andrew Yauga (Eora)

Personal Porters:
  • Lulu Pehara
  • Ramsay Idau
  • Eric Orosamuo
  • Alex - Sairope
  • Fabian Mabia
  • Patrick Gorosi
  • Paul Sasa
  • Alex Harika
  • Luana Nagas
  • Jerry Imaita
  • Frank Taimbari
  • Jimmy Barai
  • Slimmy Sairo

Food Porters:
  • Hohone Kovowa
  • Chris Orimba
  • Jenen Barai
  • Daniel Periawa
  • Duggie Eroro
  • Harry - Amanda
  • Hobert Keke
  • Horace Yauga
  • Justin Egimbari
  • Sioni Pehara
  • Tommy Bareo
  • Wayne Urina
Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 18 August 2008 - 26 August 2008

Kokoda to Owers' Corner commencing by flying into Kokoda on the 18th August where you will overnight. The following day you will start walking towards Owers' Corner arriving there on the 26th August - Trek 431:

431 Trek A : Private
Trek 431 A - Private Trek Colston Group

List of Trekkers:

1. Keith Colston - paid in full 16/06/08
2. Graeme Ingram + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 31/07/08
3. Michael Colston - paid in full 16.06.08
4. Mark McNamara + Requires a porter - paid in full 31/07/2008
5. Les Hodges - PAID IN FULL 24.07.08
6. Christine Hodges + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 24/07/08

7. Belinda Rampal - deposit paid 08/01/08
8. Shaun Rampal - deposit paid 08/01/08
9. Graeme Holmes + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/07/08
10. Wayne Morphett + Requires a porter - deposit paid 16/07/08

Trek 431 B - Open - Guide Chrisley Boropi

List of Trekkers:

1. Ian Lynch + Requires a porter - deposit paid 01/11/2007 - wish to hire a backpack + a tent
2. Rhonda Lynch + Requires a porter - deposit paid 01/11/2007 - wish to hire a backpack
3. Margaret George + Requires a porter - paid in full 01/07/2008
4. Samuel Coughlin + Requires a porter - paid in full 14/07/2008
5. Patrick Coughlin + Requires a porter - paid in full 14/07/2008

6. Jim Leach + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 27.07.08-wants to hire a tent and sleeping mat
7. Wendy Stewart + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 26.07.08
8. Rob Mitchell - Paid in full 21.07.08
9. Dan McGlade - PAID IN FULL 30.07.08
10. Shrikkanth Rangarajan - deposit paid 18/06/2008

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