Not only is ‘going local’ the best way for you to have a real Kokoda Trail tour and Kokoda Track trek experience, but working with the local Kokoda Trail people and their businesses means that the economic benefit derived from your Kokoda Trail trek stays with the local community.
We have excellent relationships with the Kokoda Trail villages, communities and elders along the Kokoda track and will continue to work with the local people in PNG and along the Kokoda Track to ensure everyone benefits from this once in a lifetime experience.
We exclusively use local Kokoda Trail guides who were born or raised along the Kokoda Track. They are all highly qualified, trained and English speaking and their intimate knowledge of the Kokoda track will show you things that you wouldn’t otherwise find. You’ll also experience the Kokoda track from a uniquely local perspective even meeting their friends and family along the journey.
Aside from the benefit to you, the traveller, we are proud to say that by employing locals, we are providing income, training and a career to local people along the Kokoda Trail corridor.
With Kokoda Spirit, you can trek the Kokoda Trail knowing that the money you spend directly benefits your Kokoda Trail local leader, the porters and their families and the local Kokoda Trail community. In as many ways as we can, we support local businesses and communities in our travels along the Kokoda Track, it’s the ethical way. It is the only way to get a true understanding of PNG and the Kokoda Track.
Our locally based Kokoda Trail 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 Kokoda 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 Kokoda Track PNG Guides are professionally trained for the Kokoda Trail in first aid, food preparation, river crossings, risk management and trekker safety.
Our Kokoda Track PNG Guides and Senior PNG Staff all go through a rigorous Kokoda Trail training process, which includes Kokoda Track first aid at the start of every Kokoda Spirit, Kokoda Trail trekking season.
A fully qualified Paramedic Trainer provides this training.
Our Kokoda Trail Porters and Carriers are also briefed and resourced with knowledge and equipment to allow them to work in a healthy Kokoda Trail environment.
We provide Kokoda Trail group porter medical kits.
We pay camp site fees for each of our porters along the Kokoda Track.
Each Kokoda Trail Tour and Kokoda Spirit trek has a trained first aid porter who carries a porter medical kit
Each Kokoda Trail trek has a professionally trained rope and river-crossing specialist.
Each Kokoda Trail trek has trained cooks and camp staff that supply, prepare and cook our Porters hearty and healthy meals.
We pay our Kokoda Trail Trek Guides and Porters well above the industry average and well above the recommended amount specified by the Kokoda Track Authority.
Our Kokoda Trail Porters and Guides are on an upwards sliding pay scale from General Porter through too Senior Trek Master. We promote from within giving each Kokoda Spirit, Kokoda Trail porter the possibility of advancing his career.
Our Kokoda Track Porters carry across the Kokoda Trail less than the specified weight recommended by the Kokoda Track authority and less than the International Porters code. Our Kokoda Trail Porters carry between 12 -20kgs.The maximum weight our Kokoda Spirit Porters carry on day one of their Kokoda Trail trek is 20kgs. Our Kokoda Trail Porters weight is re distributed each day ensuring their pack weights are reduced by a minimum of 2.5 kgs each day.
The Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) approved weight for porters/carriers is 22.5kg.
We pay for our Kokoda Trail Porter flights/transport to and from the Kokoda track or we pay them a walk back wage plus supply them food or food money for the walk.
We supply camping equipment, sleeping mat and sleeping bag and uniform for our staff on the Kokoda Trail.
Our porters and guides do not walk the Kokoda Trail at night as this is an unacceptable risk to our employees and trekkers.