KOKODA SPIRIT

Kokoda Spirit is Australia and PNG’s most respected and professional company, specialising in trekking Kokoda.

We have been operating in PNG since 2004 and we have escorted over 8500trekkers and more than 55 expeditions a year safely across Kokoda.

We believe we are the largest provider of life changing and empowering treks across Kokoda.

Kokoda Spirit also supports a large range of Charities and Foundations with raising funds and awareness for their causes.

We understand no other operator has led more treks or trekkers across Kokoda then Kokoda Spirit.

We are also the largest employee of PNG Guides, Carriers and Porters and employ our staff from the Villages and surrounding areas of the Kokoda Trail corridor. Our locally based PNG Guideswere born or raised along the Kokoda Track 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 find.

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

We also believe we are the largest provider of trek fees to the Kokoda Track Authority. These fees are the lifeblood to sustain the ongoing work of the KTA.

We also believe we contribute the highest amount of campsite fees and site fees for to assist in the upkeep of significant war sites. We source fresh fruit and vegetables from local landowners.

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

Our Porters carry less than the specified weight recommended by the Kokoda Track authority and less than the International Porters code. Our Porters carry between 12 -20kgs.The maximum weight our Porters carry on day one of their trek is 20kgs. Our 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 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.

Our porters and guides do not walk at night as this is an unacceptable risk to our employees and trekkers.

We operate our Kokoda treks across the original War Time Track.

Kokoda Spirit is a proud Foundation Member of The Kokoda Tour Operators Association. (KTOA) www.ktoa.com.au

We were also part of the Foundation Committee that assisted in the design and implementation of the Kokoda Trekking Companies Code of Conduct and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors MAICD.

Kokoda Spirit complies with all licence requirements for its operations including the Commercial Kokoda Track Operators Licence, holding Licence No.3.

All our travel arrangements are completed through Spirit Holidays – Travel Agents Licence TAG1611.

We also carry a $20 million Public Liability Policy.

Kokoda Spirit has a comprehensive risk management plan that includes a comprehensive 24 hour back to base communication protocol.

Kokoda Spirit is a specialised Australian and PNG adventure trekking company taking school groups, sporting teams, charities, foundations, corporate groups and individuals across the famous an iconic Kokoda Track.

Our Australian Guides are very experienced with numerous Kokoda crossings and our Managing Director Wayne Wetherall has trekked Kokoda in excess of 85 times, and has led more than 100 expeditions including Kokoda, Borneo, Nepal and Kilimanjaro.

All our Australian and PNG guides have a great knowledge of the Track and its history. Our Australian Guides excel at remote first aid.

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

Our PNG Guides and Senior PNG Staff undertake a rigorous training process at the start of every trekking season.

Our Porters and Carriers are also briefed and resourced with knowledge and equipment.

We are proud of the diversity in experience of our Australian Guides.

Our Australian Guidesrange from Military men that have served in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Timor and Somalia, our other Australian guides are specialist teachers, business and community leaders that love to share their knowledge of the history and culture of the Kokoda Track.

We can give you options with our great cross section of Australian Guides that represent an incredibly diverse outlook on life.

Our priority is the safety of our trekkers. Our staff are focused on ensuring that all of our trekkers cross the Track safely and enjoy their experience.

We do not walk Kokoda at night, deeming it an unacceptable risk to our trekkers and PNG staff.

It is also worth noting that all our Australian led treks have two senior local guides on the trek with you, they are our Trek Master and Trek Leader plus, an Australian Historical Guide.

We provide comprehensive and informative pre trek information and have an exclusive training program, designed specifically for our Kokoda adventures.

S A F E T Y

Our priority is the safety of our trekkers. All our staff are focused on ensuring that all our trekkers cross the Track safely and enjoy their experience.

We have developed and adhere to an extensive risk and safety management procedures for all our treks. We have contingency plans in place and 24-hour back up, with satellite phones.

We have First Aid trained guides and first aid kits carried on every trip and we also carry $20 million in Public Liability insurance.

We will also provide you with a comprehensive medical form that must be completed by your Doctor before you participate to make sure that you are in peak condition for Kokoda.Our training and fitness partner is 360Athlete.
Click on our link for our exclusive online Kokoda training program with 360Athlete.
http://www.360athlete.com.au/adventurer/

Our food is varied with a healthy supply of fresh and delicious meals prepared by our 3 pot Chefs on the Track for you.
We do not use dehydrated food or ration packs.

We also cater for specific dietary requirements.

Trekkers who engage a porter will enjoy many additional benefits including having their tent put up and taken down each day. We can also supply you a range of trekking, camping and hydration gear that has been tried and tested on Kokoda http://www.kokodaspirit.com.au/booknow/trekking-gearlist-2/

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.

Kokoda Spirit has helped organise and lead several Defence force treks along the Kokoda Track. A range of testimonials can be found on our website.

O U R ADVENTURE P A R T N E R S

Kokoda Spirit has helped to organise and lead a host of corporategroups, school groups, Defence groups, charities, individual clients and celebrities across the Kokoda Track.

We have worked closely and trekked 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 and Miss World Australia Erin Holland.

IN THE MEDIA:

Kokoda Spirit was privileged to be the chosen trekking company by the producers of “Kokoda”the movieand has appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night Program, Channel Seven’s Today Tonight program and Channel 9s coverage of ANZAC Day with Simon Bouda.  We have also had an ABC Foreign Correspondent trek with us and have had articles published in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald Age, Courier Mail, Japan Times newspapers and Air Niugini In-flight Magazine.

 

OUR FOUNDATION, ORGANISATIONS AND CHARITIES HAVE INCLUDED:

National Breast Cancer Foundation

(Kokoda Chicks)

Heart Foundation

Soldier On

Blind Courage (Guide Dogs Australia)

Smiling for Smiddy

Mission Australia

Indigenous Marathon Foundation

Autism Victoria

RSL Life Care

Mark Hughes Foundation

Kokoda for Koda

ANGLS (Aussie Nurses Giving Life)

Centacare

PTSD Association Canberra

Give Me Five For Kids

Bully Zero Foundation Australia

Cotton On

Coca-Cola

Qantas

CUFA (Credit Union Foundation Australia)

Barrack Gold Corporation

Wood and Grieve Engineers

Zing

Centre Stage Management

Cams Cause

Humpty Dumpty Foundation

Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

Chocolate Box Training

Alzheimer’s Australia

Wish You Were Here Foundation

Rotarians Against Malaria

EFM Health Clubs

Blue Hope

Police Foundation

Lyme Disease Foundation

MBA Business Consultants

360 Athlete

MTA Travel Agents

TAL

 

 

 

OUR SCHOOL GROUPS HAVE INCLUDED:

Haileybury College

Newcastle Grammar

Berne School

Nhulunbuy High School

Rostrevor College

St Ignatius Riverview College

Hale School

Yarrawonga Secondary College

Mackillop College

Sunshine Coast Grammar

Victorian College of Deaf

Knox Grammar

Ravenswood School for Girls

St Luke’s Anglican Bundaberg

St Hilda’s College (Melbourne Uni)

MASP

Ela Murray International School Port Moresby

Mirboo North Secondary College

Chancellor Park State College

Murray High School

Surf Coast High School Torquay

Yarrawonga College

Brighton Grammar

Lindisfarne School

St Columba Anglican School

 

 

 

 

OUR DEFENCE & PARA MILITARY FORCE GROUPS HAVE INCLUDED:

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

Victorian RSL

39th Battalion

Australia’s Federation Guard

HMAS Darwin

HMAS Coonawarra

48th Battalion

Australian Federal Police

Queensland Police Service

RAAF Townsville

Army Logistic Training Centre

Army HQ 1 Div Joint Deployable Force

HMAS Newcastle

Australian Border Protection

Royal Australian

 Navy Recruit School

HMAS Cerberus

 

 

OUR LEADERSHIP & MENTORING GROUPS HAVE INCLUDED:

Y Lead Youth Leadership Program

MASP Youth Leadership

Kokoda Challenge Youth Program

Jobs Australia Indigenous program

NSW Young Achievers Rugby League team

Camp Quality

Cams Cause

 


You can also find a range of testimonials on our website HERE.

For our local PNG led treks our average group size is 7.

For our Australian led treks the average group size is 11.

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