Slow down … it’s a different pace
Travelling in a remote, under-developed country like Papua New Guinea requires patience, flexibility and a positive attitude. The local people have a more relaxed, easy-going attitude to life than most Westerners. You may have to wait longer for service in a shop, hotel or restaurant than you would expect to back home.
At Back Track, we don’t look upon these things as problems, merely facts of life in PNG. If you are open-minded, relaxed and strive to be happy, your travels will be rewarding and unforgettable.
The Kokoda Track may push your mental toughness to the limit, so remaining focused on what you set out to accomplish is important.
Walking the Kokoda Track is not easy, but it is rewarding. The Track is walked by hundreds of trekkers every year – everyday people like you. The fitter and more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy the your Kokoda Track holiday.
Back Track will take every precaution on your behalf to ensure a safe and exciting experience but there are some things that only you can do. Once you are well prepared, you can relax and have a good time.
As with any travel opportunity and destination, common sense should always prevail when it comes to maintaining your health at anytime during your stay in Papua New Guinea.
When you book a Kokoda trek with Back Track we will send you a detailed Confirmation Kit. In that you will find more information about health and fitness to get you ready to trek the Kokoda Track.
In addition, Back Track has a Kokoda Assist phone number. This number immediately puts you in contact with an experienced Kokoda Leader who is only too happy to assist you with any questions you have during your pre trip preparations.
Personal preparation involves…
- Making an appointment immediately with your doctor for a health check. Discuss the merits of a cardi vascular test;
- Getting fit;
- Correct immunisations;
- Malaria prevention;
- Carrying personal medical supplies; and,
- Practicing healthy behaviours.
Back Track recommendations:
- Please speak with a medical professional on the above six points when booking;
- If you live in Brisbane: We recommend that you speak with Dr Deb and her Team of Travel Doctors for the right advice, and if you can, come and train with Ray on a Sunday (you’ll be provided with dates and times);
- For all other areas in Australia: Follow the link to find a Professional Travel Doctor closest to you.
Our Trek Leaders’ health tips
Below are some tips our Trek Leaders wanted to share to help keep you healthy as you trek the Kokoda Track: Always listen to your Trek Leader regarding health issues. Follow his/her advice on safe water sources and water treatment.
- Do not peel fruit with your teeth, always use a knife;
- Bring anti bactarial hand wash and use constantly, especially before eating;
- Report any health issues immediately to your Trek Leader. Do not hesitate in informing your leader if you feel unwell;
- Blisters-Foot care/health is important (1). wear in boots before arriving in PNG (2) carry small foot care kit. (3) ensure socks are pulled on tight (4) ensure boots are well laced and tight. (5) if prone to tinea, carry small tube of anti fungal cream;
- Walk with your eyes and mind on the Track at all times. Listen to the advice given daily by your Trek Leader regarding Track conditions;
- Before starting your trek training program, visit your doctor and have a complete medical check over;
- Once you arrive in Port Moresby (having done the training back in Australia) relax and you will enjoy your holiday. Our itinerary is arranged so you can meet each days objective in a leisurely fashion. Stop frequently to enjoy the views and ensure you keep well hydrated;
- Walk each day with a relaxed, happy attitude. If you are uptight and worried about everything, you will increase your chances of an accident or experiencing ill health; and,
- Follow the above advice and good health and well being will come as a matter of course.
Many trekkers love the physical and mental challenges because they do remove us from our comfort zone; they make us stop and think about the environment we are in, the pace of our lives, and the sacrifice of those who went before us. It can be quite emotional.