WHY TREK WITH KOKODA SPIRIT

1. WE OFFER THE COMPLETE EXPERIENCE

Trekking Kokoda with us means you see things as an explorer, historian and adventurer.

Kokoda Spirit prides itself on its friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff.

Our staff truly makes all the difference and ensures that all our trekkers have a memorable trek. Our priority is the safety of our trekkers. Our staff is focused on ensuring that all of our trekkers cross the Track safely and enjoy their experience.

Our packages are designed to eliminate any hidden extras and to make the logistics and organising of your trek hassle free and great value for money.

It is also worth noting that all our treks have two senior guides on the trek with you, they are our Trek Master and Trek Leader plus, an Australian Historical Guide.
Our Guides are passionate and specialists in the Kokoda Campaign history and offer comprehensive battle site briefings and dignified services along the war time Kokoda Track/Trail.
Our Australian Guides all have a minimum of 10 Kokoda crossings with our Managing Director Wayne Wetherall has in excess of 80 treks.

2. WE HAVE THE RUNS ON THE BOARD

We have a wealth of experience,we have been operating in PNG and the Kokoda Track since 2004, with over 6600 trekker’s successfully and happily trekked Kokoda with Kokoda Spirit. >See what some of them say here.

Australian Defence Force organisations and Australian Para Military organisations, have chosen and continue to choose Kokoda Spirit for our professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the Kokoda Track and the battles along the Kokoda Track.

While we love working with our Defence Force groups, we do promise not to treat you like a raw recruit or march you in platoon or company size groups. See what some of them say.

Trekking Partners
Kokoda Spirit was also the chosen trekking companyby the Producers and Directors of “Kokoda”the Movie.

Kokoda Spirit has also worked and trekked closely with Paralympian and Adventurer Michael Milton, Paralympian Kurt Fearnley (Crawling Kokoda), Paralympian, Author and Motivational, speaker Don Elgin.

Rugby League Legend, Paul “The Chief” Harragon, NRL Premiership winning players Mark Hughes and Billy Peden, Australian Rugby League representive players David Fairleigh and Brad Godden.

Manu Feidel from MKR.

Kate Peck, model and MTV presenter.

Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic
Miss World Australia Erin Holland

PNG Tourism
Kokoda Track Authority

Foundation, organisations and Charities
National Breast Cancer Foundation (Kokoda Chicks), Heart Foundation, Mission Australia, Autism Victoria,Coca Cola, Zing, VECCI, Rotary Against Malaria, Rotary Australia, CottonOn, EFM, RSL Life Care, Centacare, Autism Victoria, MASP Mentoring program, PTSD Association Canberra, Soldier On. Qantas,Bully Zero Australia Foundation, Mark Huges Foundation, Bully Zero Foundation Australia, Give Me Five For Kids, CUFA (Credit Union Foundation Australia) ANGLS (Aussie Nurses giving life), Blind Courage (Guide Dogs Australia) Smiling for Smiddy, Barrack Gold Corporation, Wood and Grieve Engineers, Kokoda 4 Koda.

Our Leadership and Mentoring groups have included.
Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP), Jobs Australia Indigenous program,MASP Youth Mentoring Program, Y Lead Youth Leardership program, and the NSW Young Achievers Rugby League team.

Our Defence and Para Military Force Groups Include.
Australia’s Federation Guard, HMAS Newcastle, HMAS Coonawarra, HMAS Darwin, Border Protection, Australian Defence Force Academy ADFA, Australia’s Federation Guard, 48th Battalion, Australian Federal Police, QueenslandPolice Service,Victorian RSL, 39th Battalion, , RAAF Townsville,Army Logistic Training Centre and Army HQ 1 Div Joint DeployableForce.

Our School Groups have included;
Haileybury College, Newcastle Grammar, Berne School, Ravenswood School for Girls, Knox Grammar, Nhulunbuy High School, Rostrevor College, Murray High School, St Ignatius Riverview College, Hale School, Yarrawonga Secondary College, Mackillop College, Sunshine Coast Grammar, Victorian College of Deaf, St Luke’s Anglican Bundaberg, St Hilda’s College (Melbourne Uni), Ela Murray International School Port Moresby, Chancellor Park State College and Surf Coast High School Torquay and Mirboo North Secondary College.

Media
Channel Seven Sunday Night Program, Channel 7 Today Tonight program (twice), ABC Foreign Correspondent, Channel Nine 60 Minutes Program (Twice) articles in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald Age, Courier Mail, Japan Times newspapers and Air Niugini In-flight Magazine.

We run trips for the annual Queensland Police Service trek and we are proud of our past association with the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP).

Kokoda Spirit also continues its relationship with the MASP Youth Leadership Mentoring program in Victoria and has done so for the past five years.

We have also been involved with Jobs Australia and their Indigenous Youth Leadership programs having led a group of Indigenous Leaders and Mentors across the Kokoda Track in their leadership program.
We organise and lead a number of school trips across Kokoda. Our school group’s focus is on the history of the track, community projects, including immersion, humanitarian and student empowerment and leadership projects.

Managing Director Wayne Wetherall was part of the Foundation Committee that assisted in the design and implementation of the trekking companies Code of Conduct. Wayne was also a member of the Kokoda Track Maintenance Advisory Committee.

All our travel arrangements are completed through Spirit Holidays – Travel Agents Licence TAG 1611

3. WE LOVE KOKODA

We’re passionate, and we’re respectful of the story of the Diggers, Fuzzy Wuzzy’s and the local communities along the track. We have an excellent relationship and rapport with villages, communities and elders along the track. See why here.

4. NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

We offer competitive pricing on all-inclusive trek packages, including pre and post accommodation and many extras that some other companies may not mention. We’re reliable and we deliver on our promised services! We stay at the secure 5 star Stanley Hotel for Australian Led treks and the 3.5 star Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby for Local Led treks, not a lodge ! See what’s included.

5. WE HELP YOU PLAN

We provide excellent, friendly pre trek administration and professional advice and fact sheets, with attention to detail in preparing for your trek.
We can supply all your trekking, camping and hydration needs.
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6. WE HELP YOU TRAIN

We provide a comprehensive training program designed specifically for the track. See our Kokoda training plan

7. KOKODA ACCREDITATION

We are fully licensed and adhere to the Kokoda Track trekking code of conduct and the laws and regulations of both Australia and PNG, and holding KTA Licence No.3.

8. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES

We have our own office, staff and vehicles in Port Moresby, allowing us to offer excellent service, local experience and peace of mind.

9. TREKS TAILORED TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

We can organise treks for private individuals, groups, sporting clubs, schools, corporate, defence force operations and more. We can even personally tailor your trek to meet your needs and requirements including options for

  • Trek leaders (PNG Trek Masters or Australian led groups)
  • Dates – trekking season runs from March to November
  • Direction – beginning or ending at Kokoda
  • Number of trekking days
  • Community projects

Our itineraries are sensible and achievable.

10. EXPERIENCED TREK LEADERS

Our Trek Masters and Guides are professional, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the track with an exceptional knowledge of the history.
They live and breathe Kokoda!
All our senior staff are First Aid or Wilderness First Aid trained.

11. SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY

We have developed and adhere to an extensive risk and safety management procedure for our treks. We have contingency plans in place and 24 hour back up, with Satellite phones and first aid kits carried on every trek.

We have a First Aid trained Medic/Guide on our treks.

We also provide a comprehensive medical form that must be completed by your Doctor before you trek to make sure that you are in peak condition for Kokoda.

We also carry $10 million in Public Liability insurance.

12. PROPER SUSTENANCE

We have great food, hearty and plenty of it, freshly prepared pastas, stews, rice, potato and vegetable dishes all enhanced with local fresh garden ingredients (not hydrated packages) by our camp chefs! Our meals are designed to ensure you receive plenty of carbohydrates and protein to fuel your body.
Prepare yourself for a gourmet delight, great food, including treats of Pastries, Pizzas and even donuts!
We cater, for Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten free.

13. YOU'LL LOVE OUR PORTERS

We pay for Porter flights/transport to and from the Kokoda track or we pay them a walk back wage.

We supply all Porter food and camping equipment and uniform for our staff.

We pay our Trek Guides and Porters well above the industry average and well above the recommended amount specified by the Kokoda Track Authority.

Our Porters carry less than the specified weight recommended by the Kokoda Track authority and less than the International Porters code.

14. WE SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY

Kokoda Spirit believes passionately in responsible travel and promotes this through the development of sustainable eco-trekking along the Kokoda Track. This commitment will enable us to assist the local Koiari and Orokaiva people develop the skills and experience to gain employment and develop eco-tourism business across the Kokoda Track.

Kokoda Spirit is also committed to developing and implementing programs to assist the people across the track.

We believe people who work for Kokoda Spirit should be treated fairly, paid a fair wage, are supplied with adequate trekking gear, have a safe work environment, have access to health and education programs and further career opportunities.

We also believe that we should also learn and respect the culture and the customs of the country we are visiting so that we do not offend local people.
We ensure that local people benefit economically from trekking by employing them as porters, cooks, leaders and guides.

We also train our staff in hospitality, customer service, and first aid and assist them with both education and health.

Kokoda Spirit assists programs across the track to help with the distribution of schoolbooks, home readers, gardening products and first aid kits.

Our Projects have included:

• Village Reader

• Village Garden

• Green Fire

• Lighting up the track (In association with the KTF)

Some of our community groups have included PNG Cricket, Kokoda Village Reader project, PNG Village Gardener project, National Breast Cancer Foundation (Kokoda Chicks), Breast Cancer Care WA, Blind Courage (Guide Dogs Australia), Heart Foundation, Coca Cola, Zing, Victorian RSL, VECCI, Credit Union Foundation Australia (CUFA), Autism Victoria, Aspergers Group, Mission Australia, Centre Stage Management, Qantas, 500 Club, EFM and Centacare Catholic Family Services,ANGLS (Aussie Nurses Giving Life), Cerebral Palsy Centre, Barrick Gold Corporation and Porgera mine. NRL Team Newcastle Knights

Kokoda Spirit also supports and sponsors the Sunshine Coast ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’ program.

We are also Sponsors and Supporters of Smiling for Smiddy which supports the Mater Foundation.

We are members of the 39th Battalion Association, 2/14th Battalion Association and the 2/16th Battalion Association.

15. KOKODA SPIRIT STAFF, GUIDES, PORTERS & CARRIERS

Kokoda Spirit is the largest employee of PNG Guides, Carriers and Porters on the Kokoda Trail.

Our business is registered in Australia as Kokoda Spirit Pty Ltd and we are registered with the PNG Internal Revenue Commission in PNG as Kokoda Spirit PNG Limited.

We operate within the laws and requirements of both countries and pay our tax in both Australia and PNG.

Our PNG employees are registered with the PNG Internal Revenue Commission for income tax.

This ensures they are covered for tax and superannuation benefits.

We do not sub contract out our logistics in PNG to third party organisations.

We are proud to be an Australian and PNG registered and based company that employs locals and generates real benefits for PNG.

Our locally based PNG Guides were born or raised along the Kokoda Track corridor or Northern Beaches areas and are all qualified, trained and English speaking.

Naturally they have an intimate knowledge of the track and can show our trekkers things that you wouldn’t otherwise discover.

We are proud to employ locals and provide income, training and a career to the local people of the Kokoda Trail.

Our PNG Guides are professionally trained in first aid, food preparation, river crossings, risk management and trekker safety.

Our PNG Guides and Senior PNG Staff all go through a rigorous training process, which includes track first aid at the start of every trekking season.

A fully qualified Paramedic Trainer provides this training.

We also have access to our specialist Wilderness Nurse who can assist with porter health.

Our Porters and Carriers are also briefed and resourced with knowledge and equipment to allow them to work in a healthy environment. 

  • We provide group porter medical kits
  • We pay camp site fees for each of our porters
  • Each trek has a trained first aid porter who carries a porter medical kit
  • Each trek has a professionally trained rope and river-crossing specialist.
  • Each trek has trained cooks and camp staff that supply, prepare and cook our Porters hearty and healthy meals.
  • We pay our Trek Guides and Porters well above the industry average and well above the recommended amount specified by the Kokoda Track Authority.
  • Our Porters and Guides are on an upwards sliding pay scale from General Porter through too Senior Trek Master. We promote from within giving each porter the possibility of advancing his career.
  • The KTA approved weight for porters/carriers is 22.5kg Our Porters carry less than the specified weight recommended by the Kokoda Track authority and less than the International Porters code.
  • We pay for Porter flights/transport to and from the Kokoda track or we pay them a walk back wage which is a minimum K250 plus supply them food or food money for the walk.
  • We supply camping equipment, sleeping mat and sleeping bag and uniform for our staff.
  • Our porters and guides do not walk at night as this is an unacceptable risk to our employees and trekkers. 
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