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Is Tibet Really Open?
The facts...

There have been suggestions in the press recently that Tibet is once more accessible. The facts are; Rongbuk and the Kharta Valley have been re-opened to foreign travellers, which mean we can run our Everest from Tibet discovery tour, our Kangshung Face trek and our Lhasa to Kathmandu bike journey. But, the Chinese are still insisting that groups are made up of people with the same nationality! This means, of course, if our trips are a mixture of Brits, Europeans and USA clients, we cannot get a group permit. Don't let this deter you though, as we are confident that the Chinese will lift this restriction soon. Prospective clients whose nationality differs from that of the main group will be put on a waiting list - until this rule changes. Note our Kailas trek in September only has 4 places left - all group members are Brits, so if you are British you can book now.

 

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Mont Blanc for Mortals

Can a hillwalker climb Mont Blanc?

Reaching a height of 4810 metres, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and is certainly no pushover. However, with the right guides and training programme, it is possible for a normal British hillwalker to stand on the roof of Western Europe. Dan Aspel gives a great insight into what it is really like to climb Mont Blanc from a client's perspective in the May and June issues of Trail Magazine.  If you are considering a climbing holiday in the Alps, read this article. Our 8-day guided Mont Blanc Ascent holiday, which we run most weekends from June through to September, offers excellent value as it includes all meal except lunches.

 

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My Best Holiday Ever!
Trekking holidays in Nepal

Brilliant feedback from Nepal

The pre-monsoon season in Nepal is coming to an end and feedback from KE clients has been more-than-complimentary about a succession of our classic holidays, including the Everest Basecamp trek, Everest the Hard Way and the Annapurna Sanctuary Lodge Trek. We were also delighted to hear from KE stalwart, Ade Summers, leader of a group of 9 clients who topped out on Mera Peak on 13th April.  Several members of Ade's group have contacted us to share their stories and to let us know what a fantastic experience they had. Nepal is already looking really busy for the Autumn and we are looking forward to more great feedback!

 

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Which Way Up?
Why trek Toubkal

New Toubkal Guide

Majestically located within Morocco's Atlas Mountains and visible from Marrakech, Jebel Toubkal (4167m) is North Africa's highest peak. Why should this be on your 'to do' list?  Our new guide lets you compare 6 of our Toubkal holidays at a glance. Experienced trekker or new to adventure, this will help you make your decision.

 

 >> Why Trek Toubkal
Roof of the World

Everest 60th Anniversary

On 29th May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first men to summit Mount Everest. 60 years on, hundreds of KE clients have trekked in their footsteps and been in awe of their epic climb. With an Everest Basecamp trek running every week this autumn, there's still plenty of choice in this special year!  

 

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Whale of a Time
Cape Town & the Garden Route and Hermanus Whale Festival

Date change for Festival

Want to know what 'lob-tailing' or 'spy hopping' is?  Well we've changed the date of our Cape Town and Garden Route holiday by a week in September so you can now join in at the Hermanus Whale Festival  - celebrating these wonderful creatures.  Our trip to the 'Rainbow Nation' just got even more colourful!

 

>> Cape Town & Garden Route
Our Top 9 Family Adventures this Summer!


Family Summer Adventure Holidays
Show your kids just how exciting the world can be.

It's not too late for a fun-filled, action-packed, family holiday this summer. With over 45 adventures in over 30 countries, the hardest part is choosing one! Whether you're looking for a one week getaway, or have more time, here's our pick of the bunch. Don't forget KE family holidays are tried, tested and child friendly. To help with the budget we include all meals, activities, transfers, experienced guides and more.

 

> Thailand 14 days - Beaches, temples, elephants, Thai cooking 

> USA 15 days - Cowboys, Indians, national parks, rafting 

> Morocco 10 days - Marrakesh, jugglers, Berbers, camels 

> Romania 8 days - Dracula's castle, mountain biking, wild bears 

> Tanzania 8 days - Safari, Serengeti, lions, rhino, Kilimanjaro 

> Spain 8 days - Picos, canoeing, dinosaurs, Costa Verde beaches 

> Sri Lanka 14 days - Indian Ocean, leopard safari, Buddhist monks 

> India 10 days - Tigers, Temples, Taj Mahal, Bollywood, Jaipur 

> Slovenia 8 days - Julian Alps, multi activity, lake walks, pool time  

 

>> View all Family Adventure Summer holidays 

Countdown to KMF
Keswick Mountain Festival  2013

Keswick 2 weeks to go!

We're looking forward to the fun and games that is the Keswick Mountain Festival, there is so much happening (15-19 May). Visit our stand in the Festival Village by the lake or drop into our main office for a chat which is on the walk from town. Congratulations to Denise Kershaw who has won tickets to Nick Bullock's talk. 

 

 >> Keswick Mountain Festival
2014 Photo Comp
April Photo Compeititon Winner

April Winter Winner!

Our 2014 Photo Comp April winner is Hamish Scott Brown. His Finland Winter shot was a great reminder about next years Winter Holidays. Hamish has won 25 Cotswold vouchers and is in the draw to win an iPad Mini. Enter your photos in May and this could be you, 25 richer and one step nearer to owning an iPad.

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New Office Hours
KE Adventure Travel Late Opening hours

Open to 7pm

Don't forget, we've extended our Keswick office hours to make it easy for you to get in touch with us. We're very proud of the fact that when you call our office you can usually talk to someone with first hand experience and now we are open from 0900 to 1900 UK time, Monday to Thursday, throughout the year.

 

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Beyond the Rose-Red City

New unique itinerary camps inside Petra

From November this year, our popular Wadi Rum and Petra trekking holiday will include a new and exciting perspective on the 'Rose-Red City' of Petra and its surroundings. After our initial tour of the site, we will not retrace our steps with other tourists back to Wadi Musa but will spend a night at a camp on a plateau near the Snake Monument. On the following day we make the return hike via the summit of Jebel Haroun (1270m). Also known as Mount Aaron, this is Petra's holiest peak and the burial place of Moses's brother. From the small mosque and shrine at the summit there are legendary views which extend in all directions across this fabled landscape. Experience the best of Jordan with KE!

 

>> Trek Wadi Rum and Petra
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Monthly Prize Draw
Win a Silksak Sleeping Bag liner donated by Allcord


Fancy winning a Silkbody Silksak Liner? When travelling Silksaks are the perfect alternative to a regular sleeping bag in warm conditions - the perfect piece of kit for Vietnam's Fansipan and Halong Bay trek and other South East Asia holidays. You'll feel cool and comfortable whilst keeping biting insects out!  It dries quickly when washed and packs into a small pouch when you're on the move.

 

Simply recommend a friend who would like to receive our monthly enews and a copy of our Adventure Brochure. Email us their name, address and email address, and confirm your details too - just in case you win!    April's winner of a  Deuter ACT Trail 32 backpack was Jason Morris, Congratulations!

 

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