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Final Preparation

Smart Traveler Registration
  • If traveling on an Australian Passport the Australian Government recommend you register with Smart Traveler so they can assist you better if you run into trouble. www.smartraveller.gov.au/ it is free.
Your Training Regime
  • Trekkers should be tapering now. You have done the work. Busting your foo foo now is not going to make any difference with just a couple of weeks to go. Also reduces the risk of any last minute injuries, you want to be well rested and ready to go.
What You Eat
  • If you are fortunate enough to have a personal trainer or fitness instructor have a chat to them about your diet before coming up to PNG. A lot of people like to carbo load a few days before coming to PNG. It is not necessary if you are not used to doing this. If everything is working, don’t change it. Stay away from foods whilst traveling to PNG that may be susceptible to food poisoning for example.
  • Please check with your Dr as to when you should start taking your anti malaria medication. Make sure that if you are taking any medication that you have enough for the duration. PNG Trekking Adventures does not supply any medicines and we can take no legal responsibility for any medical treatment or professional medical support for our trekkers.
This is fun, so sit back and enjoy the journey. No phones, no television, no contact with the outside world. Be one with nature and make the most of it.

Preparing for Kokoda

You are about to embark on a trek of a lifetime. It will be physically challenging and an emotional roller coaster. You will cry and laugh, be sad and happy. This is a journey that we want to share with you. You will grow as a person and may even make some life changing decisions. Like any expedition in life be prepared and do everything you possibly can to enhance your experience.

  • Start planning early, now.
  • Work out when you would like to trek and make the commitment. Book it now. You need at least 6 months lead up time to train for any of our treks here in PNG.
  • Book your flights now. Virgin Australia and Air Nuigini/Qantas code share into Port Moresby from Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.
  • Make sure you book your leave well in advance with your employer.
  • Work on your budget. Unfortunately travelling and tourism in Papua New Guinea is not cheap. But then again mother nature’s secrets are not easy to get to or else everyone would be doing it.
  • Australians visiting PNG must have visa prior to arrival.
  • Travel Insurance – if you do not have this then please speak to your travel agent regards this they will be able to organise this for you. Make sure you have in writing that helicopter evacuations are included. Once you book your trek get the insurance as it may also cover other aspects of your trip like airline problems/cancellations etc. Check your policy.
  • Read everything that we have on the website regards equipment, clothing medical. If you are a first time trekker and do not intend to trek again consider hiring gear off us. A large pack is only $10 per day. Better than outlaying $300-$400 for a pack you may never use again. Make sure you are training in the gear you will be using and wearing.
  • Medical Preparation – this includes a thorough fitness test early on to see what you need to do to prepare for the trek, and a medical check up from your Doctor to ensure you are not at risk whilst walking in the remote jungle of PNG. Also check with your Dr what inoculations/immunisations you require and obtain Anti Malaria medication. We require all our trekkers to get our medical form filled out by your Dr before you embark on any of PNGTA expeditions.
  • Training, training and training you are coming up to walk in one of the toughest countries in the world. There are no flat areas it is either up and down. It is relentless and unforgiving. It is hot and humid. When you commit to trek in PNG be as fit as you possibly can. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy your experience.
  • If you have time research and learn the history of the track as you will enjoy your trek more knowing what happened and where as you pass through each of the significant battle sites. There are lots of good books.

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