- Value for money
- Complementary Tee Shirt
- Complementary book on KOKODA - Author Bill James CLICK HERE to read more:
- Certificate of 'Achievement'
- VHF radios in all 'Motor Vehicles'
- Option of 'private' or 'open' treks
- Motor Vehicles both 'ends of the trail'
- 'Custom treks' create 'your own trek dates'
- Tour of Port Moresby 'included' in trek costs
- Bases in 'Port Moresby'; 'Kokoda' & Australia
- Liability Insurance both in Australia and PNG
- VHF base radios in both 'Kokoda' & 'Port Moresby'
- Home cooked meals in Kokoda at 'Rusty's family block'
- Traditional' welcome in Kokoda at 'Rusty's family block'
- Food supplemented by local food purchased from villages
- Competitive Airfare & Accommodation Packages available
- Gona and Buna connections for anyone wanting to 'extend'
- Sleep in your tent next to the creek at 'Rusty's family block'
- Guides and Porters wear KTL Tee Shirts so easily recognised
- Friendly courteous staff - always prepared to go the 'extra mile'
- PNG based - local knowledge and experience on and off the trail
- Sleep in a traditional 'win haus' in Kokoda at 'Rusty's family block'
- Table tennis; darts or touch footy - challenge your porters to a game
- Tents can be provided for shade at Kokoda Airstrip or Kokoda Station
- Two of the longest walkers John Derick & Russell Eroro trained by Clive Baker
- Three years in a row, we have taken more trekkers on the trail than any other trekking company.
- 'Live updates' on our website - family & friends can follow your progress...send messages via our website & receive replies
- We only hire Orokaiva & Koiari guides and porters who are very loyal & hard working. Closely supervised and disciplined to ensure you have a great trek.
- KTL boys can quickly turn a canvas into a stretcher in no time at all if an emergency occurred and you had to be carried to the closest clearing.
- 24 Hour Ration Packs - supplied by Food for Treks - www.food4treks.com.au - light on our KTL boys backs - less than 1kg in weight per trekker per day
- Bonus: you will have more fun - our boys like to entertain you by singing & playing their uke'ule's
- Extra Bonus: all treks are clearly shown and displayed on our website including the number of trekkers listed on each trek. They all have their own guide; assistant guide and food porters; pots and pans and other equipment. Each trek is limited to a total of 20 trekkers and the majority of treks a lot less. Some companies can take up to 100 trekkers on the trail at the same time and most trekkers are not aware of this until they arrive in PNG. How would you like to share a campsite with that many trekkers and added staff?
- As an Australian, you can be assured that I work here in PNG and have my own WORK PERMIT, how about the person you pick as your trek leader, is he/she a tourist like yourself or do they hold a valid work permit? and or Business Visa? It costs our company a lot of money and time to apply for a work permit but we want to operate legally. For me to apply for a visitors visa and then work here in PNG is not the correct thing to do. So ask other companies, does your trek leader have a valid work permit?
KOKODA TREKKING (KTL) STATISTICS:
- Number of Trekkers in 2003 = 24 x 5 treks
- Number of Trekkers in 2004 = 426 x 43 treks
- Number of Trekkers in 2005 = 682 x 75 treks
- Number of Trekkers in 2006 = 850 x 104 treks
- Number of Trekkers in 2007 = 722 x 80 treks
We would like to think we must be doing something right as our business continues to grow which is something we are very proud of. In the beginning 98% of all our trekkers ticked 'Google' as to how they found us. Now it is almost 50/50...'Word of Mouth' and 'Google'.
CLICK HERE to compare based on the purchase of trek permits from Kokoda Track Authority. We also pride ourselves with being honest and if you trek with us you can be assured trek permits will be purchased. If trek fees are not paid to the Kokoda Track Authority then they cannot action projects along the trail for your benefit and that of villagers who live there:
We notice some other kokoda websites degrade other trekking companies but we do not intend to do that. Some ask you questions and like to fill your heads with doubt. Some recommend certain trekking companies and exclude others.
As we all compete in the same market place but attract different types of clients, we would like to think there is a package out there that is suited to what you are looking for. Naturally we would like you to choose Kokoda Trekking but we know you will have a great time no matter who you trek with.
Lonely Planet - Papua New Guinea - Guide Book - 2005: Their comments about ourselves is as follows: this PNG-owned company has no expert guides, which makes their trips cheaper and often encourages greater interaction with local guides and carriers. Good feedback, but historical knowledge is limited. unquote
Lets define these comments. yes, we are PNG based and proud of it. yes, we encourage interaction between you the trekker and our boys...colonial rule no longer applies here in PNG and you will loose their respect if you try and bully them in anyway. With regards to 'expert guides' thats their way of saying we do not have a 'white expatriate guide' walking alongside of you reading details you more than likely know anyway. On one of our treks there was an war historian in the group who volunteered to give a trek briefing each day. One trekker remarked later that it was ok but in the end he just wished he would shut up.
What we are finding more and more is that you our trekkers are so well read by the time you arrive on PNG soil that the majority, well 75% of you are walking experts yourselves having read and digested several books. Honestly, even if these KTL boys read the same amount of books as yourselves they would still not compete as they have never had any real public speaking training and most have never finished high school.
Lets define 'EXPERT' when it comes to KOKODA....do you want someone who can memorise or read from a book the history of the trail....or do you want someone who can get you home no matter what the conditions. Someone who can get you over any river crossing no matter whether its flooded or not.....someone to encourage you when you are feeling down....someone to hold your hand and help you up a hill when you are struggling....when it comes to these kind of skills, yes, the KTL boys of KOKODA TREKKING are 'EXPERTS' they will try their hardest to allow you to follow in the footsteps of our diggers and to give you our trekkers the best adventure of your life!.
If you do not believe me just ask our previous trekkers by posting a message on our forum. What we suggest at Kokoda Trekking is that you are well read before coming. We also hand out a free Kokoda Diary which states the major battles and also has 9 free pages at the back for your own notes. What you have to ask yourselves, do I want to pay more money out of my pocket for an expatriate led trek.
The Kokoda Track/Trail whilst being an historical journey, is also one of the 'best adventures' you will ever have. This time last year I was out there myself and it was the best thing I have ever done! and when you conquer the trail and finish...wow...the rush you feel is really hard to explain!
Before I walked myself I used to say to trekkers...well what was it like...the answer would be something like....Gail you just gotta do it....its hard to put it in words! Now I know exactly what they mean. CLICK HERE to read about my own trek in November 2004:
What's the difference between the various trekking companies? Some Companies are Australian based whereas some are PNG based. Some are Australian led, some are PNG led. Some are run like boot camps others are more casual. Some have PNG citizens walking alongside of you, some do not and have them walk ahead of you. Some companies allow their porters to talk and integrate with you - others sadly do not. Some companies hire highlanders not Koiari's or Orokiavans, whilst some companies hire from all over the trail. As for ourselves, we are based in Kokoda however when a treks commences from Ower's Corner its top heavy of staff from this end of the track. When it commences in Kokoda the majority of our staff are hired from that end. We also employ guides from Efogi & Kagi and porters from all over the trail.
With Kokoda Trekking you will be walking with 100% national led treks, ie proud Papua New Guinean guides and porters unless you request an expatriate led trek.
Having a base in Kokoda naturally means the majority of our staff live in and around Kokoda Station but as we have grown we find we hire from all over the track. The District Administrator has thanked us for helping to keep the boys of Kokoda and surrounding areas out of the court system by giving them employment, hope and a future to support their families. (NO SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS IN PNG). You will find not only in Kokoda but everywhere, that they are all pretty much self sufficient, they grow all their own food. Their protein comes from small chicken businesses and anything they can catch hunting...definitely no butcher shops! If they want to purchase meat besides poultry they have to pay to go down to Popondetta the closest town to Kokoda.
We have two bases. Our head office is in Port Moresby situated close to the airport in Gordons. The other is in Kokoda at my business partner's residence or commonly known as Rusty's Family Kokoda Block.
A little about ourselves: My name is Gail Thomas and I have lived and worked in PNG since 1972 with the exception of two years spent on the Gold Coast settling our eldest two children back into life in OZ. I have lived in Lae for 14+ years; Goroka for 2 + years; Mt Hagen 1 year and the remainder in Port Moresby.
In 2000/01 Dec/Jan - I was in Australia for my annual holidays when I noticed the majority of Australians thought I was crazy to live here. In Feb'01 I started working on a website - www.pngbd.com to put something positive back into the market place and try and change some views and encourage tourists to visit PNG.
This website now attracts over 7000+ visitors per day and for the month of October almost 4 million hits so I feel I have achieved what I set out to do....statistics are made up as follows: Statistics for www.pngbd.com; Registered Users: 6,324; Photographs on pngbd: 9,719; Comments: 1,690; Views: 3,333,487; Disk Space: 629.0mb
This website has never made me any money quite the contrary, it has cost me money and more time and energy than I dare think about. However, if anyone thinking of walking the Kokoda Trail wants to know anything about exchange rates or other places to visit than you will find that and more on pngbd.
If you would like to go to our pngbd website either type in www.pngbd.com or CLICK HERE: