Why Trek With A Kokoda Tour Operator Association Member (KTOA).
The KTOA is Australia and PNG’s most respected and professional association, specialising in trekking Kokoda.
One member has been operating in PNG since the 1980s and our members have escorted more than 20,000 trekkers in total and run more than 220 expeditions a year safely across Kokoda.
Our past KTOA President Frank Taylor is one of the original pioneers of the Kokoda Trail trekking industry.
Frank has been leading treks since the 1980s.
The KTOA members 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.
The KTOA is the largest employee of PNG Guides, Carriers and Porters and employ staff from the Villages and surrounding areas of the Kokoda Trail corridor.
The KTOA, PNG Guides were born or raised along the Kokoda Track.
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 contribute the highest amount of campsite fees and site fees to assist in the upkeep of significant war sites.
Members source fresh fruit and vegetables from local landowners.
The KTOA members operate within the laws and requirements of both Australia and PNG.
KTOA members were part of the foundation committee that assisted in the design and implementation of the trekking companies Code of Conduct. KTOA members have also been part of the Kokoda Track Maintenance Advisory Committee.
All KTOA members are fully licensed and adhere to the Kokoda Track trekking code of conduct and the laws and regulations of both Australia and PNG, and holding a current KTA Licence.
All members provide a comprehensive medical form that must be completed by your Doctor before you trek to make sure that you are in peak condition for Kokoda.
KTOA members also carry a minimum $10 million in Public Liability insurance.
All members have a comprehensive Risk Management plan and Evacuation plan for casualties.
All members have advanced or Wilderness First Aid Trained Guides and carry a comprehensive Medical Kit, satellite phone and have a 24 hour back to base team monitoring all treks on the track.
The KTOA 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 trained in first aid, food preparation, river crossing, and risk management and trekker safety.
Our PNG Guides and Senior PNG Staff undertake a training process at the start of every trekking season.
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 campsite fees for each of our porters.
Each trek has a trained first aid porter who carries a porter medical kit.
Each trek has a 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 above the industry average and above the recommended amount specified by the Kokoda Track Authority.
The KTA approved weight for porters/carriers is 22.5kg Our Porters carry less than the specified weight recommended by the Kokoda Track authority and less than the International Porters code.
We pay for Porter flights/transport to and from the Kokoda track or we pay them a walk back wage which is a minimum K250.
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.