Responsible Trekking On The Kokoda Track

Responsible trekking on the Kokoda Track centres on sharing the benefits of tourism with the Kokoda people, without causing negative effects on either the environment or their culture.

Kokoda communities can benefit from trekking tourism by means of receiving an increased income which, if managed correctly, can be used to improve standards of education, health and wellbeing and access to basic services.

Responsible trekkers can help people in many of the poorest communities in Papua New Guinea by following Kokoda Track trekking guidelines provided with all trekking permits. The voluntary Code of Conduct for tour operators is also a measure set in place by the Kokoda Track Authority to ensure low-impact, culturally sensitive and environmentally friendly travel.

A few quick pointers for responsible trekking:
  • Learn about Papua New Guinea and its culture before you visit: learn some of the language, understand the dress codes and religion
  • If the focus of your trip is World War II history, make sure you undertake your own research to make the most of the historical talks you will be given
  • Understand where your money goes – does your tourist dollar remain in Papua New Guinea? Spend locally wherever possible. Click here for information on how your trek can help fund Kokoda Track communities
  • Minimize your environmental impact – think about what happens to your rubbish, use biodegradable products
  • Help to preserve Kokoda’s wildlife and habitats, by respecting rules and regulations
  • When taking photographs, don’t treat people as part of the landscape, ask their permission first

 

Responsible trekking on the Kokoda Track centres on sharing the benefits of tourism with the Kokoda people, without causing negative effects on either the environment or their culture.
Responsible Trekking On The Kokoda Track