The Kokoda Track is OPEN. Government officials and other Landowners have moved in to persuade the small band of landowners that were blocking the Track to move aside and stop potentially ruining the many benefits tourism brings to local communities along the Track. Congratulations to the Local leaders and the various departments that have achieved this excellent outcome.
You may have heard that the Kokoda Track is currently closed due the track being blocked by landowners! This dispute is not expected to last long and none of the No Roads Expeditions treks will be disrupted by this closure. if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with the staff at No Roads Expeditions.
In Reference to recent news reports that the Kokoda Track has been closed. The Kokoda Tour Operators’ Association is in receipt of regular priority updates from the PNG Government and industry sources. We know there is significant work being conducted behind the scenes to resolve the temporary stop on tour traffic by key stakeholders, including Department of Conservation and Environment and the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. The KTOA is confident that the Track will be reopened soon. We will provide further updates as they are to hand.
There are 100s of reasons why you should trek the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in 2018. Don't just take our word for it, check out over 35 stories with pictures showcasing our Kokoda adventures with No Roads Expeditions. We offer a range of expedition types, private and public treks, from April to November each year. Get in early and secure your 2018 Kokoda adventure. Info and bookings here.
Read our 2017 Kokoda trek stories: http://www.kokodaexpeditions.com.au/2017-guide-trek-reports.html
Clement Deia is one of our expert Local Guides and has shared these photos of water crossings from a recent trek this March with Australia Guide Phil Monteduro.
Each year one of the Australian Expedition Guides is selected to be awarded the "GOTY" by the NRE Melbourne Administration Team, several of whom are also trek guides. The criteria for selection addresses two aspects of involvement with No Roads. The award firstly recognises the recipient’s consistently high level of service in their role as a guide. Secondly it recognises their ongoing significant contribution to the promotion and development of the company.
Congratulations Barry Jenks for 2016 GOTY.
No Roads Expeditions has created a new award to recognise the services of an exceptional member of the porter team over the past trekking season. The Australian Guides will be voting on who they consider should receive this award. This will be a very difficult task, taking into account the high level of service that is consistently provided to our trekkers and to the Australian Guides.
All categories of the porter team, Local, Lead, General and Porters in Training are eligible. The porter who receives the most votes will be presented with an engraved trophy and a fully paid for trip to Australia with the porter group that attends that year under the existing program, irrespective of whether he has previously visited.
Congratulations Solomon Menaki for 2017 POTY.
For more information about these awards and past recipients check out this page:
No Roads Health hits the Papers AGAIN! If you are a teacher that wants to help the people of the Kokoda Track, why not join one of our No Roads Education trips in 2017.
All the fundraising was over and the 8 of us hit the track on August 29, this trek made a significant difference to the elementary school at Kagi.
The 2nd Kokoda trek for Trek 4 Education Kokoda (T4EK) was again awesome, joining myself & Julie the other trekkers were Gillian & Mick, back for their second trek with us, with newbies Kelly, Ben, and Jacinta & David.
On our way to Kokoda from Popondetta our vehicle got a flat tyre, but it was meant to be! While waiting for the spare, we met the brothers family of our driver, they were very welcoming and invited to join them, drinking fresh coconut water and sitting in their home.
Later that day we started trekking, it took a couple of days for some of us to get our track legs, but everyone was enjoying this most beautiful piece of the world. As the days went on, 2 of the group started to have some issues, but in the true spirit of the track, they pushed on and endured the discomfort and pain to help the kids.
On September 2 we arrived at Kagi and were greeted by the children and some of the adults, and we were treated to a beautiful welcome song which reduced us all to tears, the children then placed flower necklaces around our necks which they had made earlier that day, it was very special.
Once settle, we went to check out the school items we had purchased in POM and had been airlifted here the day before. Most of the items had arrived and we must thank Fiona from No Roads and Heliscope for helping with this project!
The next day after attending the village church service, we headed to the school and with tools in hand we commenced assembling the desks and chairs and sitting out some of the other items we had delivered.
Once the desks and chairs were ready, the children took no time in sitting down at them, I had the feeling there will be a rush to school on Monday to see who gets the best spot.
That night the children and school teacher and some others came to our camp site and performed a sing sing, and off course we had to join in, it was just wonderful! 2 nights at Kagi just seemed not enough!
We were sad to have to leave Kagi but took with us the love and friendship of the families and some great memories.
Other villages also were presented with schools supplies along the way; stationary etc. was well received by the teachers we met along the way.
We arrived at Owers on September 10, our trek was over but the celebrations with our porters who are the most caring, helpful and fun people, who we can never thank enough every time we trek Kokoda.
I never said it would be easy, but it would be worth it, and it was, seeing our friends and the smiles on the faces of the kids, is wort every step!
Anyone interested in helping T4EK either by joining the next trek or by attending fundraisers, please contact us. email@example.com
A great article for No Roads Education trek in the Wangaratta Chronicle in August 2016. For more information on the No Roads Education treks please click here.