Why Adventure Kokoda?

TripAdvisor has judged Adventure Kokoda to be the best trekking company on the Kokoda Trail in 2019 – for the 5th consecutive year.

The 560 trekkers we have led across the trail this year has generated the following benefits for PNG:

  • K1 million for Air Niugini
  • K200,000 trek fees for the KTA
  • K290,000 for food purchases at Port Moresby supermarkets
  • K260,000 for accommodation at Sogeri
  • K100,000 for bus/truck transport
  • K450,000 for charter aircraft between Port Moresby and Kokoda
  • K2.56 million in wages for our PNG guides and carriers
  • K400,000 for campsite owners
  • K130,000 for local purchases along the trail
  • K260,000 worth of school and medical supplies donated by our trekkers
  • K60,000 worth of clothing and equipment donated to guides and carriers at the end of their trek

This equates to a total benefit of K5.35 million for PNG from Adventure Kokoda this year![i]. In 1991, when Charlie Lynn first trekked across the Kokoda Trail the combined income of all the subsistence villages was estimated to be around K60,000 – we have come a long way together.

In addition to this Network Kokoda, a Not-For-Profit company established by Adventure Kokoda, has:

  • Built a Koiari Women’s Learning Centre at Sogeri
  • Developed community market gardens at Sogeri and Iaowari High School and Sogeri National High School
  • Built a Community Centre at Abuari
  • Assisted in the building of a TB Isolation Ward at Popondetta Hospital
  • Engaged a full-time agricultural graduate to provide assistance to school and villagers on the Sogeri Plateau
  • Developed a Commercial Fish Farm at Iaowari High School
  • Donated 4000 library books to Port Moresby Grammar School

Major Charlie Lynn’s work in establishing the Kokoda trekking industry was recognised in 2015 when he was honoured with his induction as an Officer of the Logohu by the PNG Government in their New Years’ Honours List ‘for service to the bilateral relations between Papua New Guinea and Australia and especially in the development of the Kokoda Trail and its honoured place in the history of both nations’ over the past 25 years.


Matthew Billy evacuated from Hoi for an emergency operation in Port Moresby
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Adventure Kokoda Good2Give $10,000 to villagers along the trail

Adventure Kokoda is proud to announce a $10,000 (K25,000) donation to Network Kokoda to support our ongoing philanthropic work along the Kokoda Trail. This donation has been made possible through the support of those great Australians who chose to trek with us in 2018 – tenk yu tru olgeta!

We have also been advised that Network Kokoda has been approved as an authorised charity by Good2Give  – this means that if you work for any of the companies listed below you can make a small tax-deductable donation from your pay and the company will forward it directly to Network Kokoda – to sign in all you have to do is click here.

You might also like to contact the manager in charge of their workplace charities to see if they will seek donations from their employees as many will have a link to PNG or veterans who fought in the War in the Pacific.

If you don’t belong to one of the listed companies you can click on the Donate button on our Network Kokoda website.

This year we completed the TB Isolation Ward at the Popondetta Hospital in partnership with the Oro Development Project as well as a Commercial Fish Farm at the Iaowari High School in partnership with Richmond Rotary. We have also established a partnership with the PNG MiBank to run financial literacy classes for the women’s groups on the Sogeri Plateau. We have also established a partnership with the PNG Ginigoada Foundation to run classes for women in literacy, sewing, cooking and village agriculture. All the classes are conducted in the Womens’ Learning Centre we built next door to the Sogeri Lodge.

We have also been successful in obtaining approval from the Colombo Plan to fund 25 academics and students from the University of Western Sydney to be deployed to Iaowari High School for two week periods over the next three years.

Over the past 12 months we have evacuated three village families from across the trail for urgent medical treatment at the Pacific International Hospital.

We still have much to do but we need some regular donations to allow us to meet the demands for help from villagers along the trail. If all of our past trekkers were to donate the equivalent cost of a cup of coffee each day we would be able to meet most of these demands.

‘Can you spare us a cuppa Dig?’

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Trip Advisor Ratings for Kokoda Trek Operators

RATING

TREK OPERATOR

EXCELLENT

VERY GOOD

AVERAGE

POOR

1

Adventure Kokoda

242

2

0

0

2

Escape Trekking

54

1

0

0

3

Kokoda Spirit

15

0

0

2

4

No Roads Expeditions

14

0

0

0

5

Kokoda Trekking

13

2

0

0

6

Backtrack Adventures

12

0

0

0

7

Getaway Trekking

12

0

0

1

8

Australian Kokoda Tours

9

0

0

0

9

Kokoda Historical

9

0

0

0

10

South Seas Horizons

7

0

0

0

11

Kokoda Trail Expeditions

4

0

0

0

12

100% Kokoda

2

0

0

0

13

Adventure Bound Tours

2

0

0

0

14

Adventure Professionals

2

0

0

0

15

Kokoda Campaign Tours

2

0

0

0

16

Our Spirit

2

0

0

0

17

Aurora Adventures

1

0

0

0

18

Epic Kokoda Adventures

1

0

0

0

19

Free Spirit Adventures

1

0

0

0

20

Heritage Treks

1

0

0

0

21

Investa Treks

1

0

0

0

22

Kokoda Brothers

1

0

0

0

23

Kokoda Courage

1

0

0

0

24

Kokoda Track Expeditions

1

0

0

0

25

Kokoda Trail Bushwalking

1

0

0

0

26

Peregrine Adventures

1

0

0

0

27

PNG Trekking Adventures

1

0

0

0

28

Unforgettable Adventures

1

0

0

0

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