What to Expect on the Kokoda Track

You are embarking on an adventure in a place and amongst people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life on the Kokoda Track seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination. In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humor, and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to PNG the adventure of a lifetime!

For access to the most comprehensive Kokoda Preparation site on the web visit www.kokodaexpeditions.com.au. With over 100 pages of information, there is no better resource on the market and it is exclusive to No Roads Expeditions.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required by all foreigners traveling to PNG. Passports must have at least 6 months before they expire. For Australian citizens, a visa can be obtained upon arrival in Port Moresby (see below).

Note: You will be required to sign a Liability Release Form at the hotel before the expedition. The conditions for this form are the same as the ones you have agreed to when booking. This form must be signed before you go on the Track.

PNG Tourist Visa

Australian Passport Holders wishing to visit PNG for tourism purposes are able to obtain a tourist Evisa (Electronic Visa) for their visit https://evisa.ica.gov.pg/evisa/account/apply. This tourist visa will be valid for 30 days only (unless a longer period is selected). 

Applicants must have the following to obtain the visa:

Australian passport valid for more than 6 months

Return or onward ticket

Show evidence of funds

To our understanding, the Visa on Arrival service has been recently rescinded so we are no longer recommending it as an option.

For the most current entry and exit information (for Australian travellers), please consult https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/pacific/papua-new-guinea

International guests, please consult your relevant government advisory body.

Hotel Accommodation

(IN PORT MORESBY)

We generally use the Holiday Inn, located in Hohola North near a cluster of other major chain hotels, we love these guys as they allow our local team access, unlike some others which consider themselves more exclusive.

Hotel accommodation details: The Holiday Inn, Corner Waigani Driver & Wards Road Waigani Ph: +675 303 2000  (Australian, Local Led, and School trips).

Insurance

Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for all trekkers. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any non-recoverable air or land expenses should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness or leave the expedition early due to other reasons. It will also cover any emergency medical evacuation expenses should you become ill during the expedition. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. You can avail such policies in most western countries. In the event that an aircraft evacuation is required, No Roads Expeditions will undertake to arrange the evacuation on the condition that the expenses will be reimbursed by the passenger before departing the country. You can obtain the correct insurance, assured you will be covered for evacuation through our website at www.noroads.com.au

Please bring 2 copies of your Travel Insurance Certificate to PNG to give to your Guide. Please make sure you also carry a copy for yourself whilst travelling.  

If you should receive an injury 12 months prior to your travel date, you must contact the insurance company with details to ensure you are covered for this injury whilst travelling. Should you not do this and you require medical assistance for this injury whilst travelling you may not be covered by the insurance company.

Note: Accidents caused by the inappropriate consumption of alcohol or drugs may void your travel insurance.

COVID 19 Insurance Disruption: COVID has affected all of us and it is no different for the travel insurance market. Providers had to deal with an unprecedented amount of claims and as a result, many of them had to undertake procedure changes.

During this process, No Roads has reviewed the insurance policies of different providers to ensure we can offer our guests the best options on the market and you are covered adequately.
We are currently in the process of finalising an alliance with a new provider and will be able to sell domestic and international travel insurance to all of our guests again soon.

For all other nationalities please explore insurance providers in your country.

Again, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask info@noroads.com.au.

Getting There and Away

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

In getting to Papua New Guinea, all roads (or flights) lead to Port Moresby, whether your flying in from Australia, or an alternative international departure point.

From Australia, all flights will likely depart from (or at least transit) via one of Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.

NOTE: With the onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic, Virgin Australia halted its services to the PNG capital, so at present it is only served by Qantas/Air Niugini

Domestic Flights

POPONDETTA FLIGHTS

Flights to Popondetta operate every day with both a morning and an afternoon flight. The flight usually takes about 45 minutes. A 12 kg luggage limit also applies. A three-hour PMV (Public Motor Vehicle) journey is then required to get to the village of Kokoda. We will start the trek on the same day, most likely getting to Hoi but striving for Deniki.

On top of the list below, we recommend you bring a fresh set of clothes to leave in Port Moresby during the expedition. This way you will have a fresh set of clothes to change into when you return from the Track.

Luggage Allowance

12KG per Person on domestic flights in PNG
(checked baggage)

For trekking expeditions, general guides will carry up to 20kg (this is 2kg smaller than the internationally accepted limit, though they normally carry between 15kg and 18kg). If you have additional weight there will be an extra baggage charge of $10 per kilo over 12kg on the flight to Kokoda. We, therefore, encourage you to keep your pack weight as light as possible. If you are utilizing the services of a Personal Guide, so will also have a Day Pack (which will be carried as cabin baggage), please ensure the weight of this stays under 5kg.

Packing for Trekking

Supplied Equipment

  • Two-person tent
  • Thermal foam sleeping mat (this protects your inflatable mat)
  • Clothesline and pegs
  • All eating and drinking equipment
  • Rope line to assist river crossings
  • Snack packs

Snack Packs

  • You will be given a Snack Pack prior to your expedition that will contain:
  • 5 Soups
  • 4 Muesli Bars and 3 Nut Mix packets
  • Lollies
  • 10 days of Electrolyte Replacement
  • 1 No Roads T/shirts

Please bring these packs on the Track as the soups are eaten at lunchtime or at dinner.

All trekkers should make special effort to get in top physical condition for the trip they have signed for.

Fitness

All trekkers must make special efforts to get in top physical condition for the trip they have signed for. Every participant should consult a physician well before the expedition date and make sure that they do not suffer from any chronic heart, lungs, cerebral, physical or any other serious illness. As your service provider and hosts, we will take all necessary steps needed to evacuate injured or ill clients on the understanding that all costs involved will be paid to us before leaving the country (see Insurance).

The following is a basic training regime for the next few months. You do not need to be superman to complete the expedition but the fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find it. All members should be either walking or jogging everyday, where possible. Resistance and endurance training (i.e.: stair climbing, hills, inclines and anything that goes in the upward direction). At least 1/2 an hour per day should be a minimum.

To make jogging / walking interesting try the local parks or the odd mountain or three. Also invite a friend along, that way both of you will benefit from the exercise and you have someone to talk to.

Upper body strength is also important. A person with overall muscle tone is going to be far better off than someone who has sculpted their body for aesthetics. For those without access to gyms, pushups and sit-ups and chin-ups are excellent. All can be done at home or when you are out jogging.

Below is a small exercise regime, which will condition and tone muscle groups necessary to enable you to cope with the rigors of the Kokoda Track region.

Sit-ups: repetitions of 20 daily – increasing by 5 at the beginning of each week – max level 50

Pushups: repetitions of 10 daily – increasing by 5 at the beginning of each week – max level 100

Chin-ups: repetitions of 5 daily – increasing by 5 at the beginning of each week – max level 30

If you have a gym at your disposal then aerobic exercise, boxercise and the like are all excellent ways to increase your oxygen intake capacity and muscle fitness. Swimming is a low-impact exercise but has the same benefits as aerobic exercise. If you don’t like to perspire then give swimming a try.

The secret is to do exercises that simulate what the expedition will be like, so hiking with a pack up and down hills for a few hours is ideal. We all have busy lifestyles so if this is not possible, a hike into the hills every 2 or 3 weeks would be beneficial.

We hope this helps you all enjoy your time on the expedition.

The following are suggested walks for various places around Australia that will help with your training.

PERSONAL GEAR

You will carry your own personal backpack all of the way, so only bring the bare essentials. You should pack your personal gear into a medium size (70 – 80 litre) lightweight pack (preferably waterproof with an internal frame). We encourage you to visit your local outdoor equipment specialist to purchase a proper and comfortable backpack. If you do not wish to purchase one, No Roads Expeditions can hire a backpack to you for $70 per trip. The pack will be presented to you in Port Moresby the day before the expedition. You may find it helpful to pack your personal items in garbage bags or zip lock plastic bags to protect them from the wet, especially your camera, toilet rolls and confectionery. If you wish to lighten your load we can provide a personal guide for $720.

SLEEPING GEAR

To sleep ON, No Roads will supply foam sleep mats. These are really only adequate to protect your own thin inflatable mattress. To sleep IN, we suggest you bring a two season sleeping bag rated at Zero Degrees Celsius.

TREK WEAR

Most experienced trekkers recommend wearing shorts because they are comfortable and there is one point where you will wade knee-deep through running creeks. Leeches are not really a problem anymore.

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

Camera, film, camera batteries, lens cleaner & paper.- A small supply of favorite snacks – bigger supply for longer and remote area trips.

Note:
If you have any questions regarding the above list or any other items that you want to ask about please contact us. We can provide you additional information at any time.

To download our handy Packing Check List

  • Passport
  • Insurance Papers (3 copies)
  • Tourist Visa
  • International Airtickets
  • Trek and Hotel Money (approx. 600 kina)
  • Plastic Zip Lock bags for paperwork
  • Backpack and backpack cover
  • Daypack and cover if you are employing a Personal Guide
  • Trekking poles
  • Inner pack liner (garbage bag)
  • Waterproof dry bags for clothes
  • 2 or 3 litre Bladder
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • Snack Pack and any other lollies and nuts
  • Additional Energy or Snack Food
  • Electrolyte Powder
  • Short Gaiter
  • Wide brim hat
  • Hiking Shoes or boots
  • Hiking socks (3 pairs)
  • Spare bootlaces
  • Sunglasses
  • Small sweat towel
  • Quick dry shirt long or short sleeve
  • Quick dry shorts
  • Underwear (4 pairs) Note: consider bike shorts as well
  • Poncho or light weight rain jacket
  • Sports Bra or Comfortable Bra
  • Sandals with closed toe (no Crocs or thongs)
  • Light weight thermal top (optional)
  • Light weight quick dry trousers
  • t shirt or thermal (to sleep in)
  • Bathers (modest)
  • Beanie (optional)
  • Sarong (optional)
  • Socks for at camp
  • Sleeping Bag 2 Season +5 degrees
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Pillow Case (optional)
  • Headlamp or Torch
  • Spare batteries for the torch
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Clothesline (optional)
  • Mosquito net and 5 m of cord (if you plan to sleep in huts)
  • Multi-tool (optional)
  • Waterproof camera
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Spare camera memory cards
  • Battlefield notes
  • Cable ties to repair equipment

Employ A Personal Guide?

Having someone carry you main pack is not a cop out. In fact it may be the best investment you make on the Kokoda Track. Approximately 50% of our trekkers employ a local guide to carry their main pack, while they carry a day pack.

So why would someone do this? 

Many feel they are not fit enough to carry their main pack. This may be true for some, but most could carry their own pack, which leads us to the second reason why someone employs a local guide.

They feel they will enjoy themselves more if they are not so exhausted from carrying their own pack. This is true and we have seen it time and again. Many people simply have a better time, more energy to absorb the history and the surroundings when they employ a local guide. Nearly everyone who employs a local guide says it was the best decision they made.

Some trekkers also want to help out a local guide by employing them for a week. This is great extra income for the guide.

Not only do you have someone carry your main pack, but they are often there to help you down tricky sections (we have heard many stories of personal guides grabbing their trekker just before they tumble down a slippery section). Your personal guide is also a wealth of knowledge with information about life on the Track, wildlife, medicine and more.

If you are contemplating employing a personal guide to help you across the Kokoda Track, chances are employing one will be the best decision you make.

The cost is $720 for the trek and covers their wages, food, transport, final dinner in Port Moresby, employment of other guides to carry extra food for your guide, food along the trail etc.

Adelaide

Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty is a good start; twice up and down in around 200 minutes. The “goat track” up Chambers Gully is the closest we found to what you will experience on Kokoda. About 15 minutes up; its narrow and very steep. 3 times up and down or a couple up and then along Long Ridge to Mt Lofty summit and back is a good work out.

Another great walk is the Onkaparinga Gorge Loop Trail and Lookout, Sundews Ridge Hike. It’s a Grade 3 Moderate walk for about 2 hours but you can extend it onto other Tracks.

Click below to a link that explains this walk and other great walks in South Australia.

Cairns

In the north suburbs near the airport and botanical gardens is the “red arrow” walk (45 minutes – up & down) and at the top is the ‘blue arrow’ walk (150 minutes – up & around). Great walk to do with a pack. You can also go on the Green arrow walk to Whitfield.

Up the Redlynch valley is the Crystal Cascades walking track (120 minutes – up & down). In the southern suburbs in Bayview Heights (top of Crest Close) is the Copperlode Dam walking track (200 minutes). At Gordonvale in the south is the Pyramid Mountain walk (380 minutes – up & down). This is the best for Kokoda training.

Townsville

Castle hill is a good track, but is short and can be done several times from different directions with tracks leading onto each other.

Rockhampton

Mt Archer has a good short walk that can be done from several different sides.

Brisbane & Sunshine Coast

The “Hinterland Great Walk” – Maleny to Mapleton. This is 58 km overall but is broken into 5 different circuits you can do. There are ample good climbs for the legs. Great multi day walking.

Mt Cooroora at Pomona (just north of Noosa). The hardest climb but probably not long enough. Walking this twice is a really good training walk. Very steep and challenging with a full pack.

Mt Coolum. This is also an honest climb but a little short and the descent is quite easy. You can walk up from the carpark and there is another trail that goes over the back of the mountain back down. Then walk back up and then walk back down to carpark.

Glasshouse Mountains – There are plenty of walks out there, such as Mt Tibrogargan. You can do a fairly basic long-distance walk before a steep ascent up the mountain. The climb has rough and unstable terrain which sort of mirrors some of the stuff in PNG.

Within Caloundra, there is a boardwalk (mostly flat) that stretches for miles in both directions.

Gold Coast Hinterland

Springbrook National Park

Mt Cougal and Springbrook pinnacle are good walks for Kokoda.

Melbourne

There are several good walks around Melbourne for training.

In the Dandenongs are the 1000 Steps (45 mins up and back) at Upper Ferntree Gully and the Glasgow Track (45 minutes up and back) at the end of Glasgow Rd in Montrose.

Other more out of town walks are the You Yangs (2-3hrs walking) out of Geelong, Mt Macedon (2-4 hrs walking) north of Melbourne, Mt Martha (2-3hrs walking) on the Mornington Peninsula and Mt Donna Buang (5hrs walking) near Warburton. This last one is the best for Kokoda and is only 1 to 1.5 hrs from Melbourne.

Sydney

There are plenty of walks around Sydney that are perfect for training. These are a few ideas.

Berowra Waters along the Great North Walk. A very enjoyable and scenic 17 km walk. Together with a few steep climbs the trail is very good.

Blue Mountains at Glenbrook. This is a trek/scramble/bushbash/mountain climb/hike through the Glenbrook Gorge, up the mountain side to Portal Lookout and back along the trails over the Causeway and back to the gates of the National Park. Fantastic scenery along the way. Along the way there are several sections (like creek crossings and rock walls) that will require a bit of teamwork.

Ku-ring-gai National Park. Start at the Gibberong Track Wahroonga and walk down to Bobbin Head. From there walk back up the Bobbin Head track, back down the Sphinx Track and along the Warrimoo Track back to Bobbin Head for lunch. From there walk around to Apple Tree bay and then head out of the park via Birrawanna and Kalkari Tracks. Should take about 5 hours plus lunch. It will mean leaving cars at both Wahroonga and Mount Colah.

Walk from Patonga to Mt Wondabyne Station on the Great North Walk (18 km). It should take about 4 to 5 hours to walk this section. Arrive at Mt Wondabyne Station.

Depending on the time, you can do another return walk from the Station towards Pindar Caves & Pool. This walk return is about 11kms. Catch the train from Wondabyne Station back to Brooklyn. The train leaves on the half-hour every hour.

Meet at the “Explorer’s Tree” in Katoomba. This tree is on the Great Western Highway, on your left just west of Katoomba. Look for Nellies Glen Road on your left. There is parking available. The walk is approx 15.5kms each way. The elevation change is 800m each way. The walk down should take approx 3 1/2 hrs. Plan to spend no more than one hour at Cox’s river for lunch and swim before heading back up. Please bring your cozies and towel if keen for a dip. The walk back up should take 5 to 6 hrs and have you back between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Be sure to bring plenty of food and drink. Water is available from Cox’s river at the bottom. You will need lots of energy for this walk so it is important to keep eating and drinking along the way.

Canberra

Stockyard Spur Day Hike is a 13km hike in Namadgi National Park. This trek takes around 4 hours to complete and has quite a steep incline for the first 2km and then becomes more undulating for the remainder to the summit. This is a grade 4 walk that helps to prepare you for the many steep inclines and declines that you will come across along the Kokoda Track.

You begin this trek at Corin Dam Car Park.

Mt Tennent is a 15km hike starting at Namadgi Visitor Centre after hours car park. This hike can take up to six hours to complete and is a challenging trek. This trek is undulating with steep sections. It is a popular hiking track.

WATER

Drinking water along the Kokoda Track is collected from a variety of water sources. Some of the creeks you pass through may be crystal clear, free flowing and safe to drink from. Your guide will know which is which. Some villages have good drinkable water supplies recently installed by AusAID-funded projects.

Note: However, no matter how safe the water may be, we insist that all trekkers use either water purification tablets such as Aquatab (iodine) or Steri Pen.

**No Roads Expeditions will provide you with one litre of electrolyte replacement tablets per day (hydralyte), this helps stave off cramping and dehydration.


WOMEN’S HEALTH

On top of the normal health considerations, women are advised to bring a tube of Canesten and an applicator. The Canesten is used for the treatment of thrush (which can be very painful if left untreated) and can be applied to both internal and external thrush. 

We also recommend that women bring a sarong to wrap around their bathing suits whilst bathing to respect the countries cultural sensitivities.

MEDICINES AND FIRST AID

All trekkers are recommended to carry a personal first aid kit with medicines for common ailments, cuts and bruises, pain killers, etc. Anyone using any prescription medicines regularly should carry a supply for the whole duration of their expedition. Please consult your doctor and include items and medicines that may be required for you or for the area you are traveling in. No Roads does not supply any medicines and takes no legal responsibility for any medical treatment or professional medical support to our clients.

We will do everything we can to support guests that have disclosed a medical condition, allergy or anaphylaxis, by informing all in country personnel and ensuring reasonable provisions are made. We do however, suggest and encourage all guests in this situation to assist us by reconfirming this information in situations or instances where it may be required to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable adventure experience.

*If you have something you are particularly prone to such as ear infections, sinus problems or mild asthma bring what you need with you.

The No Roads Guide will be carrying an extensive Wilderness First Aid Kit.

Your personal first aid kit should contain:

Band aids, Paracetamol, Deep Heat or other muscle liniment, Blister pads, Crepe bandages, Antibiotic cream for cuts and scratches, ‘Imodium’ tablets, Strapping tape (for knees and ankles), Anti chaffing cream e.g. Pawpaw cream, Foot powder, Waterless hand disinfectant, Anti-malarial drugs (see your doctor), Anti-inflammatory cream, Broad-spectrum antibiotic tablets, Anti-Nausea Tablets.

Immunization

No vaccinations are required for entry to PNG. However you should consider cholera, typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations and make sure your tetanus cover is up to date. Please consult your doctor on these matters.

COVID 19: To protect yourself, fellow guests and our team, a full COVID-19 vaccination status is a mandatory requirement to participate in any of our expeditions.

Typhoid: Recommended for Papua New Guinea. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.

Hepatitis A: Recommended for Papua New Guinea. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.

Cholera: Recommended for Papua New Guinea. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.

Tuberculosis: Recommended for Papua New Guinea. Ideally 3 months before travel.

Hepatitis B: Recommended for Papua New Guinea. Ideally 2 months before travel.

Yellow fever: Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Papua New Guinea. Ideally 10 days before travel.

Japanese B encephalitis: Recommended for Papua New Guinea. Ideally 1 month before travel.

Malaria: Consider this seriously.

Polio: Recommend a Polio booster. Ideally 4-6 weeks before travel.

Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations. Some of them require an initial shot followed by a booster, while some vaccinations should not be given together. This also applies to some malaria prophylactics, which have to be begun at least a week before you leave home.

Money

The currency in PNG is the Kina (K). Exchange rates vary depending on the strength of the US dollar. Cash and Australian Dollars are readily accepted and can be exchanged for Kina at the airport, hotels or banks in any major city. Credit cards such as American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted in many hotels, shops and restaurants in major towns and cities. Bankcard is not accepted in PNG. ATM,s are also available to access in major hotels, banks and major cities. For spending money while on expedition it is best to have money in local currency (K).

The best place to exchange $Aus for Kina is at the Port Moresby airport. We do however recommend you exchange some money prior to departing Australia, approximately $100 to take into PNG. You will require to budget spending money for:

1) First night’s dinner. $35

2) Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, snacks, etc.

3) Alcoholic/bottled beverages and drinks including bottled water.

4) Tips. All tipping is at your discretion. $45

5) Souvenirs and handicrafts.

6) Small snacks along the Track $100 in small Kina notes 1K and 2K

TIPPING

If you would like to show your appreciation to the local team you may show it by providing a tip. A usual tip is approximately 90 Kina or $45, though this is at your discretion. Please give the tips to the Australian Guide who will then distribute them at the last dinner.

Note: The above mentioned tip is distributed to all the General Guides, not to the Personal Guides. If you have a Personal Guide and wish to give him a tip, that will be at your discretion and you can give the tip directly to the Personal Guide.

Please mention particular team members for good or bad performance to the Australian Guide.

The local team also appreciates gifts. If you like you can give them shoes and clothing at the end of the expedition.

GIFTS FOR LOCALS

Many of our trekkers want to give to local communities they pass through. We encourage this and recommend either sports balls such as tennis, soccer or Australian Rules balls. Alternatively, educational equipment such as pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper, chalk, and small chalkboards are greatly appreciated. as are teachers resources such as learning charts. As these things can weigh a fair bit, don’t overdo it or you may not get to the villages to hand them out.

As part of the No Roads Education initiative, a Kokoda Track Student Pack is available for trekkers to purchase at a cost of $30.00. The Student Pack would be taken over to PNG by the trekker and delivered on the track where resources are needed most.  If you would like more information regarding the Student Pack or wish to purchase a pack please visit the following website for more information or to make your purchase www.kokodaexpeditions.com.au/kokoda-track-student-pack”

We discourage the handing out of balloons and lollies due to the waste issue and no dental facilities for the villagers along the track. Instead, we encourage giving away items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Of course, to have a longer-lasting impact on the local communities, you could donate to the No Roads Expeditions Foundation and select a specific cause, such as the No Roads Health or the No Roads Education program found on our No Roads Foundation site.

THE ENVIRONMENT

Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travellers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:

1/ We discourage the use of soaps when washing both body and clothes. Vigorous scrubbing is usually sufficient. Even biodegradable soap is not good for any water course and as such is harmful to the eco-system. 2/ Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in either pits or in fires. These take years to degrade or let off toxic fumes when burnt. Simply put them in your pack until you return home (they can be discarded in waste bins before going through customs and immigration). 3/ Please do not dispose of batteries in country. They are extremely harmful to the environment and usually local governments do not have any means to dispose of them correctly. Return old batteries to your home country for disposal there. 4/ At campsites, use toilet facilities that are provided. If you are in the remote, walk off the track and dig a small hole approximately 15cm deep and at least 100m from any water course. If safe to do so, burn used toilet paper in the hole (toilet paper takes a long time to degrade). Once fire is out, cover with soil. In rocky and icy mountain terrain (where a hole cannot be dug), cover waste with rocks. Tampons and sanitary pads should be placed in a plastic bag and placed in the rubbish bin back at camp.

By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for their children’s children.

POWER IN PNG

PNG has the same power plugs as Australia so you do not need to purchase an adapter for your electronic items.

TREK BRIEFING MEETING

More information and guidelines will be provided during a Trek Briefing prior to your departure for your expedition. This will be conducted in your hotel in Port Moresby, the evening of your first night in PNG. Topics discussed will include the following subjects.

  • How to walk.
  • Lodging, meals, and other conditions while on expedition.
  • Security and safety.
  • Tipping.
  • Evacuation Procedures.
  • Cultural and Environmental Considerations.
  • Other relevant information.
 

FINAL CHECKLIST

Please make sure you have all the items on the packing checklist before you travel to the airport for your flight to Papua New Guinea.

ARRIVAL IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Upon your arrival, please go through to collect checked luggage and security, then proceed out the EXIT door. Outside you will see many people waiting for arriving passengers. Our operations staff will be there wearing a No Roads Expeditions T-shirt. Please go directly to him/her and introduce yourself. You will be taken straight to your hotel, issued rooms, time for Expedition Briefing, etc. Do let us know if there are any last-minute changes to your arrival time.

SOME USEFUL (AND INTERESTING) PIDGIN ENGLISH WORDS

* bagarap(im) – broken, to break down (from “bugger up”) – very widely used in Papua New Guinea* bagarap olgeta – completely broken* balus – airplane* bikpela – big* haus – house** haus meri – female domestic servant** haus moni – bank** haus sik – hospital** sit haus – toilet** haus tambaran – traditional Sepik-region house with artifacts of ancestors or for honoring ancestors; tambaran means “ancestor spirit” or “ghost”* hukim – to catch fish (from “hook”)* kaikai – food, eat* kamap – arrive, become (from “come up”)* kisim – get*

mangi – young man (from “monkey”)* maski – it doesn’t matter, don’t worry about it* manmeri – people* meri – woman (from the English name “Mary”)* olgeta – all (from “all together”)* pikinini – child (from Pacific Pidgin English, but ultimately from Portuguese influenced Lingua franca, cf, pickaninny) * Papa God – God* raus(im) – get out (from German “raus”)* sapos – if (from “suppose”)* save – know, to do habitually (from Pacific Pidgin English, but ultimately from Portuguese influenced Lingua franca, cf. “savvy”)* solwara – ocean (from “salt water”)* stap – be, stay (from “stop”)* slip – sleep, live* tasol – only (from “that’s all”)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPORT:

For Australian led expeditions, your guide will be in contact with you 6-8 works prior to departure where they can further assist with any questions or advice should it be needed as additional support.

If you have any comments, questions or want more information please let us know. We are here to support you with all the information you need to help you prepare for your travels to Papua New Guinea.

Our Contact Phones & Address

NO ROADS EXPEDITIONS

In Australia Office : (03) 95988581

24 Hr Access Peter Miller : + 61 425 726 623 Irene Miller: + 61 430 705 222