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Why Choose Us?

Kokoda Trekking is the most experienced Kokoda tour company on the trail. When you are travelling to one of the world’s most rugged natural landscapes, you need peace of mind that you will be safe and well looked after and that you’ll have an incredible journey. At Kokoda Trekking, we have been in the business long enough to have experienced the best times and to have learned a great deal from the challenges. We believe we offer a Kokoda Trail trekking experience that will tick all the boxes, not just for you but for your friends and loved ones at home who will want to follow your trek.

Below are 11 very important reasons why you should choose Kokoda Trekking for your trip.

1. Guaranteed, year-round departures

All the treks we create are guaranteed to depart, even with a minimum of one person, so you needn’t worry about last minute cancellations. Every year we are contacted by trekkers who have had their trek cancelled at short notice by other operators. Visit our trekking schedule for upcoming treks, taking into consideration we can create any date range to suit your needs seven days a week commencing in either direction as we are PNG-based.

2. The best Accommodation in Kokoda

All our treks stay at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat which we wholeheartedly believe is the best accommodation in Kokoda. Whether you start or finish in Kokoda, Orohaven is the ideal place to stay. Orohaven provides good accommodation and facilities, including a flushing toilet, a hot shower, and a bar selling ice cold beer and drinks. You will also love their pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven. Make sure you ask other operators where you will spend the night in Kokoda before booking your trek.

3. Experienced guides and porters

We employ local guides to provide you with a rich cultural as well as an historical experience. We also offer Australian guided treks on a monthly basis at very competitive pricing. In the past six years more than 4,000 trekkers have completed the Kokoda Track with us. A great number have returned to trek with us on multiple occasions. Many of our guides have been trained by Soc Kienzle who values sharing the history with the local guides. Soc’s father was the famous Bert Kienzle was considered the ‘architect of Kokoda’ and managed the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels on behalf of the Australian Government during World War II.

4. TrekTraka used on every trek

TrekTraka allows us to monitor our treks in real time. It also allows your friends and family to follow your progress using Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Picture your office colleagues enviously tracking your movements through the PNG jungle, wishing they too were enjoying the experience with you. Read more about TrekTraka.

5. Small, personalised groups

We keep our open groups small (to a maximum of just 18 trekkers) so that you get easy access to guides and can appreciate the spectacular scenery along the Kokoda Track. On most treks the average group size is six trekkers, which ensures you receive the most personalised experience. We can cater for larger groups, if you trek as a private group.

6. Advice on how to prepare for the trek

All trekkers receive an introductory pack which includes a DVD of the trek, a book on Kokoda by Bill James, and checklists of what to bring. This ensures you can adequately prepare for the trek so you get the most out of the adventure.

7. Quality packages at competitive prices

Our trekking packages include fresh local village food and high quality ration packs. We are a Kokoda Licensed Commercial Operator and all our guides carry a satellite phone for your safety. We are one of the few trekking companies to have our own vehicles to get you on and off the track, making the process safe, efficient and reliable.

If you are a member of a sporting club, a group of friends, or are trekking for a special occasion, consider one of our private treks or custom treks that can be tailored to suit your group’s needs. If you are a charity walking for a good cause please contact us for a quote. For group bookings of more than ten, please contact us for a quote.

Travel agencies that book our treks are entitled to 10% commission on the trek cost.

8. Australian owned and operated

We are a local Australian business with a strong relationship with a Papua New Guinea owned business.  We are commercially licensed by the Kokoda Track Authority. We have lived and worked in Papua New Guinea since 1972, so our knowledge of local rules and customs is extensive. We strictly abide by the Kokoda Track Authority’s rules and regulations, and have valid work permits for PNG. We are also fully insured in both Australia and PNG to the value of $20 million dollars, giving you peace of mind as you prepare for your trek.

9. Highly respected in PNG

Tour companies leading treks of the Kokoda Trail must always be mindful of the spiritual and cultural considerations. We have always been respectful and conducted ourselves in a manner befitting the location and the local residents. We are recognised for our demeanour and as such, are welcomed by the locals and the authorities and treated with reciprocal courtesy.

10. Online updates for friends and loved ones

Friends and family back home can keep up-to-date with your progress by visiting our website forum. We can post replies back to them from you so they know you are travelling well, and so they feel they’re sharing the adventure with you. Ask them to download our iPhone Android app for FREE, so they can monitor your progress.

11. Reputation with trekkers

We’ve taken more than 4,000 trekkers from all over the world on tours of the Kokoda Track and our high return rate is proof that we offer a safe, enjoyable and well-catered experience.

To find out which trekking package is best for you, contact us today. Or, look through our packages and book online.

 

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