We went with Kokoda Spirit which i now know are the biggest but this does not necessarily make them the best. Our Australian guide, trek master and our porters made the trip. If it wasn't for them i would of felt completely ripped off.
The food was nothing short of disappointing and on the days when you needed a decent meal there wasn't enough.
I have been on other remote treks and the highlight at the end of the day was the food where as in this case it was a shared sense of what will we have to stomach tonight.
The only fresh fruit was purchased by members of the group and shared. Zero fresh food was provided by Kokoda Spirit.
We had an initial meeting with the head guide announcing that because we had 3 groups in total we had access to a "medic / ER nurse." We saw her on the first day, 5th day and the very last day. Anyone who required assistance in between had to help themselves or were assisted with basics by others in the group or by the guide.
2 trekkers were told on the beginning of the 3rd day that they were to slow and would need to turn back. They both correctly refused and with some additional support made through what were difficult wet conditions made it to the end albeit a little slower than others would of preferred.They demonstrated real Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice.
In summary the experience was disappointing from a value perspective as the modus operandi of Kokoda Spirit appears to be one of volume not quality, with a heavy focus on celebrity for their marketing.This is where the Guide and Porters step up to the plate as they do their very best everyday to help each trekker get the most out of their experience. Being there at such an important time to pay your respects to our fallen though will provide you with memories that will last with you forever.
It is an expensive trip for what you get as a service. Be fussy with your company and scrutinise their claimed provisions, do your research and prepare, train and train and prepare, prepare, prepare!
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