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Welcome to the NEW ADVENTURE YEAR

With a total of 380 different holidays and an incredible 67 new adventures to choose from; make this your year to live the dream. From the Backroads of Cambodia to the Gold Trail to Rio, 2013 is waiting...

What's HOT for 2013
Trekking and Discovery holidays in Burma

The Gold Trail to Rio Brazil
Check out our experts choice...

With record bookings it's shaping up to be another fantastic year in the world of KE Adventure Travel and to ensure you do not miss anything we have picked out our top 6 red hot destinations that you should look out for:

 

BURMA - sometimes a clue to the future is hidden in the past. Burma was hot in 2012 and looks to be even hotter in 2013.

 

BRAZIL - the most searched for travel destination for Britons on Google in 2012 was Rio de Janerio with Brazil in 3rd place.

 

NEW ZEALAND - as with the "Lord of the Rings", the launch of 'The Hobbit' is tipped to put the spotlight back on this inspiring country.

 

CORSICA - The crowds will be hell for the start of the Tour du France but this small mountainous island has plenty of space.

 

SOUTH AFRICA - enthused by David Attenborough's new TV series, The Kruger National Park is the place for the big 5.

 

CAMBODIA - from undiscovered beaches in the south to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat this country is very special.

Everest Diamond Jubilee
Everest Diamond Anniversary

60 years on and 6149 ascents later!

Nepal has long been a popular destination for its culture, landscape and people but Everest has always been its jewel in the crown. Did you know that there have been 6149 ascents of Everest between 1953 and spring 2012! We wonder how many more have trekked to Everest Base Camp? 2013 is going to be an extra special year because it marks the 60th Anniversary of the first summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. With lots of special departures and planned celebrations, Everest Base Camp will be a very popular place but if you're only going to do it once in your life, to celebrate with hundreds of others will make it all the more special.

 

>> View Base Camp Anniversary departures
Our Man from Amman
Meet our Jordan experts at the Adventure Travel Show

London - Olympia - 26/27 Jan

Come and meet our main man and woman from Jordan, Rakan and Haya. Flying in from Amman especially for the Adventure Travel Show they know all there is to know about adventure in Jordan, one of our most popular destinations last year. If you are interested in their fantastic country, and have questions on trekking from Dana to Petra, cycling from the Dead 2 Red Sea or Petra, this is a golden opportunity to talk face-to-face. Also at the show will be Tim, Vanessa and Yvonne from our team in Keswick with tips from around the globe. We are giving away free Colin Prior 'Element' Calendars and you get a 4 discount if you book advance tickets quoting 'keadventure'.

 

 >> Book tickets in advance
Leader of the Year
Ade Summers - KE Leader of the Year 2012

Who made a difference?

Our Leaders are the 'Face of our Company', the people you walk with, talk with, cry with and laugh with. Without them we wouldn't be able to do what we do and take you where we do. The winner of the 2012 Leader of the Year Awards is Ade Summers - Congratulations Ade!  

 >> View KE Leader Awards
Blog of the Year
Climbers on the Summit of Mera Peak

Climbers Blog Best

We've had some cracking blogs sent to us this year. But it is hard to beat Fraser Mackay who went on our Mera & Island Peak climbing trip in Nepal in 2012. He sent us some amazing photos and his blog inspired us all. He's just won 100 worth of Cotswold vouchers and title of Blog of the Year.

 >> Read Fraser's Blog
Trip of the Year
Dana to Petra Trek in Jordan

Dana to Petra

Jordan has long been a favourite of the staff here at KE Adventure. Not just for its warmer climes but for its culture, people and amazing landscape. 2012 proved that it's popular with more than just us. Jordan's Dana to Petra Trek, an 8 day trekking holiday was our most popular trip of the year.

 

>> View Dana to Petra
Bring me Sunshine
Sunshine Desert Holidays

Escape the wettest year on record

The Met Office has announced that 2012 was the second wettest in Briton since records began in 1910; 2000 being the wettest by just over 6mm!  So we thought we would tempt you with some of the driest places on the planet.  Our Morocco, Edge of the Sahara Trek is a good place to start but the dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia are even drier. You can take a Cycling Safari here or if you want to discover it at a gentler pace we have a new Highlights Tour. Over in the Middle East water is a precious commodity and finding it walking through the wadis of the Al Hajar Mountains in Oman is like discovering gold dust. We welcome any other ideas on staying dry in 2013! 

 

>> View all Desert holidays
The Best Ever Northern Lights
Best of the Northern Lights

2013 promises brighter and lighter

The Northern Lights are on an eleven year cycle known as the solar cycle, this makes predicating their appearance and brightness possible. The solar cycle is in a peak throughout 2012 and 2013. So your chances of seeing a brighter Aurora are increased significantly. With the darkest months of January to March being the best times to go, many of our departures to the North are timed with this in mind. Finland, Iceland and Sweden are all on our list with dog sledding, cross country skiing, snow mobiles, snowshoeing, ice fishing and cosy log fire cabins thrown in to offer you the opportunity of an enlightening winter adventure holiday to remember.

 

 >> View all Northern Lights holidays
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail Permits on Sale now

On sale now

The Culture Ministry of Peru has just announced that they will start selling permits for the Inca Trail from Mon 7 Jan. The maximum number of Inca Trail permits is 500 per day and are sold on a first come, first served basis. So the message is book now to ensure you don't miss out on a permit.

>> View all Inca Trail holidays
New Crete Flights
New flights to Crete

Easier and cheaper

Our White Mountains of Crete trek now has Saturday departures allowing it to work with NEW Ryanair flights from Stansted and Leeds. With our first departure heading out on the 27 April, this stunning Mediterranean island walking holiday might be just what the Doctor ordered.

 

>> View Crete holiday
Dunes on Film
The Dunes of Chegaga - Client Video

Chegaga Christmas

A KE group celebrated Christmas in a unique way from the top of the Dunes of Chegaga on the edge of the Sahara in Morocco. They were so inspired they made a short video to share their fun. Check it out! There are still plenty of departures in February and April to go yourself.

 >> View Chegaga video
Expand Your Horizons
Island Holidays - Get fit for summer
Get fit on an Island

Throughout the Mediterranean Sea and beyond there are a stunning collection of Islands with your name on them. We've picked a selection of moderate hikes and thrown in a bike challenge to keep you on your toes. So whether it's trekking in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, a walking week in Madeira, traversing the Tramuntana on the wild side of Mallorca, rambling through the White Mountains of Crete or cycling around Gran Canaria make your next holiday a workout to help you get you in shape for summer. Two birds with one stone, that's what we're thinking!  

 

>> View all Island holidays
Kathmandu goes Green
Kathmandu

Cycling to work and power cuts

Perhaps following the lead of the cycle loving King of Bhutan, who has created a traffic free day once a month in Thimpu; we now hear that in Kathmandu, the Chief of Army Staff has declared that the army will use 'greener' modes of transport every Friday, and he himself, with his bodyguards, cycles to work every Friday. Quite an impressive step from a man of such a high position and we also hear that he is getting support from many locals who propose to commute with him on the 3rd Friday of this month. We asked our ground contact if this is the start of Kathmandu going green and he replied, "With up to 18 hours of powercuts per day... we must be the 'greenest' city on the planet, we just do not need ENERGY! We might also be the most 'romantic' - considering the amount of candles we use." Post your thoughts on Kathmandu going green on our facebook page. 

   

>> View all Nepal Holidays
Monthly Prize Draw
Win a pair of Fizan Trekking Poles donated by Allcord

Win Fizan Everest Trekking Poles

Fancy winning a pair of Fizan Everest Trekking Poles? Kindly donated by Allcord, the Everest Poles are designed without compromise to deliver the highest performance possible for adventures ranging from low level trail walking holidays to climbing the Worlds highest peaks. Supplied with three sizes of basket you can quickly set the pole up for use in a wide range of conditions ranging from mud to neve and powder snow.

 

For a chance to win just email the name and postal address of a friend who would like to receive the latest KE Adventure brochure - don't forget to include your own details in case you win!    

 

December's winner of a Deuter Futura Guide 32  rucksack was Stephen Green, Congratulations!

 

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