Your most important assets are your feet. The number one requirement is a good set of boots. Make sure they are well and truly broken in before trekking. You may be required to walk up to 6 hours in one day. Also plenty of dry socks including thin sports socks, worn under your normal boot socks to help prevent blisters and hot spots.
You will require only 2 sets of clothes whilst on the Track, T-shirt and shorts for trekking during the day and some dry clothes to wear at night.
We provide you with our new quick dry Kokoda Historical Shirt! To help you choose the correct size for your shirt please click here for our size chart.
Also take a pair of thongs or sandals worn at night to give your feet a rest along with a thin rain coat or poncho.
You may also wish to take a hat.
Remember you do not need any tents or cooking equipment! We take care of all of this.
While we use guest houses when available we carry tents so if required we can be fully self contained. If preferred you can use a tent at any of camping sites.
An example of a guest house.
- One brimmed hat or peak cap (protection against rain and/or sun, highly recommended if going to beaches)
- One long sleeve shirt or T-shirt (for evening wear at campsite and to sleep in)
- One thermal top (optional depending on season)
- One pair of water-proof good quality trekking boots (broken in)
- One pair of thongs, sandals or Crocs (for day's end)
- One towel (quick-dry sports towels are ideal as they are light and dry quickly)
- One 60-70 litre back pack
- One light sleeping bag
- Camel pack or water bottles (2 Litre capacity required)
- Four pairs of thick socks
- Two pairs of thin socks
- Underwear (as required)
- One poncho style rain jacket
- One pair of lycra gym shorts (optional, to prevent chaffing)
- One day pack (left at hotel)
- One sleeping mat / thermarest
- Mosquito net (optional but highly recommended if going to beaches)
- Insect repellent (recommended if going to beaches)
- Sunscreen (recommended if going to beaches)
- Sunglasses (optional but highly recommended if going to beaches)
- Small torch or head torch & spare batteries
- Spoon / cup / bowl / utensils
- Tooth brush and tooth paste
- Toilet paper and/or wet wipes
- Hand sanitiser (optional)
- Medical kit as described on Medical Information page
- Camera with ziplock bag for protection from water (optional)
- Water purification tablets (optional)
- Earrplugs (optional)
- Gaiters (optional)
- Pillow (optional)
There are many options on the market with regards to the purchase of a commercial type walking pole. While you are more than welcome to bring one we do suggest you consider the advantages of having one made by our staff (Green Masin). Not only will this provide you with a fantastic device for helping you climb up and down the mountains of the Owen Stanley's, it will also give you a unique souvenir of your trip to PNG!
Each stick is carved by a member of the team. You will select your branch and then each night when you are not using your stick our staff will carve a personal message and design of your choice on to the stick. You are allowed to bring these sticks back in to Australia. The cost is just a tip to your particular guide that walks with you along the track. Average price is $50AU. What a fantastic way to remember your adventure!
Trekker Brendan with carved walking stick!