Kokoda School Treks is committed to ensuring clients’ safety both on and off the track. All leaders are Wilderness First Aid qualified and, if needed, all staff are capable of constructing stretchers. KST carry satellite phones with direct contact to the evacuation helicopter & medical assistance. Furthermore, KST are in regular contact with Australia during every school trek.
The National Trek Master and Trek Manager ensure all trekkers safety in crossing rivers and difficult areas. General safety on the track is excellent and the risk of incidents is minimal. Throughout the entire history of the business KST have only ordered eight evacuations.
The trek includes accommodation in Port Moresby pre and post-trek. KST is acutely aware of the reputation that surrounds Port Moresby and ensure all trekkers are kept in a completely safe environment that will not expose them to danger during these visits.
Accommodation on Port Moresby is located on Loloata Island. Groups must travel by bus (approximately 20 minutes) from Jackson’s International Airport to Tahira Jetty, where a resort ferry will transfer guests to the island (approximately 15 minutes). This resort ferry is the only mode of transport to Loloata Island which, in itself, provides a high level of security appropriate to the care of all trekkers, in particular students.
Mon 16-Sep-2013: Recent unrest in PNG
The Black Cat Track
Recent tragic events on a remote trek in the Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea have highlighted the dangers in some parts of this country. We do not diminish the injury and trauma inflicted on Australian trekkers, but seek to provide context in terms of safety on the Kokoda Track.
The Black Cat Track is a far less frequented track, with tourism being relatively new in this area. It would, in fact, be very unusual for more than one group to be trekking at any one time. This, and any other trek in PNG, will by necessity travel through land owned by a number of different people or families, and this can give rise to landowner issues which may cause unrest between tribes.
The Kokoda Track has been opened to trekkers now for approximately 30 years. One of the very first guides in the early 1980’s was our Senior Trek Facilitator, Basil Tindeba. Basil, who is Village Chief of Buna in the Oro Province, has worked with other operators and facilitators in dealing with the many complex issues concerning landowners and their rights. Resolutions with the various tribes have been reached many years ago, and today, tourism infrastructure along the trek is settled and well established.