A NEW hiking company has vowed to promote sustainable development under the flagship of Rural Tourism Development (RTD) on Malaita Province.
Fata Treks Hiking Company was formed on January this year.
It has been described as a new wave or chapter of rural tourism development on the highlands of Central Kwara’ae, Naki Naki region.
Founder, Philip Subu said, “The idea was born when I created and started promoting a facebook page called Fata Treks.
The 26-year old said that after receiving positive comments from social media users, he shared the idea with his two colleagues, Moses Baurii and Javin Ruki.
Fata Treks is currently working closely with the communities and operators on the Naki Naki area to draw up a tourism development model that will set as an example to other regions of Malaita.
Its partnership with the communities is an ambition to set up a Tourism Association that will be the body and voice for the operators.
“Our core purpose is to promote sustainable development under the flagship of rural tourism development, cultural preservation and environmental conservation,” Subu said.
Subu and his team are working closely with village tourism operators to provide tour guides, accommodation, food, bush trails, cultural sites and natural environment.
He revealed that Fata Treks is currently providing three itineraries to its guests.
These include bush and mountain trekking, scenic viewing, waterfall viewing and cultural site visits.
Fata Trek also facilitate 2 days visits to sites such as Oliana’ia Waterfall Trek, Tour Gwalu’gwalu Manu Cave Trek.
Its current longest trek is the Tour Naki Naki Trek, a cross-highlands hike from Central to East Kwara’ae.
Fata Treks key accommodation and point of contact is Takana Fali Eco Lodge.
By STEPHEN DI’ISANGO