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Out There Trekking Holidays
Go OTT this year! 
Spring is here bringing warmer weather, longer evenings and more time to ponder over your next adventure.  If you're wanting to venture where few tourists have ventured before, take a look at our totally-over-the-top-of-things selection of 'Out There Trekking' holidays. This collection takes you along Europe's newest frontiers of Armenia, Albania and Macedonia or you can seek out Himalayan hidden gems in the remoter regions of Western Nepal and Northern Bhutan. For an authentic wilderness experience, there's also our Mountain, Fjord and Icecap holiday in Greenland, the Tcherskiy Mountains Explorer in Russia, or follow in the footsteps of the Klondike Gold Rush on the 'Chilkoot Trail and Canoe the Yukon'.
It MAY be time for a Holiday!
Jordan holiday

Late space for May and the half term

 

Easter is just around the corner and before we know it the May half term will be upon us. But, there is still time to book yourself a last minute break. So, whether you are a keen cyclist, intrepid trekker or a culture vulture, we can help. We have over 80 holidays to suit any of your holiday needs.

Here are 10 staff favourites...

> The White Mountains of Crete 

> Buena Vista Cuba Discovery 

> Mountain Biking Jordan's Dead 2 Red 

> Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa 

> Turkey's St Paul Trail   

> Tour of Gran Canaria Road Cycling 

> Classic Everest Basecamp Trek   

> Family Moroccan Magic  

> Jordan Multi Activity 

 

Meet the Mountain Experts
Doug Scott at the KMF

Visit KE at Keswick Mountain Festival

In addition to visiting our stand at the Keswick Mountain Festival on 15 - 18 May come along and 'Meet the Mountain Experts' at our open day in the beating heart of KE's HQ! Pop in for a free glass of wine from 4 to 6pm on Fri 16 May and chat to some of the most experienced and well-travelled members of our Sales and Product teams. 

 

This month you can win 2 FREE TICKETS for 'An Evening with the Alpine Club' on Friday 16 May at 7pm. Join the Alpine Club for a Q&A panel hosted by freelance journalist Steve Goodwin, including guests Doug Scott, Lindsay Griffin and Peter Habeler with a special guest appearance from Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Simply 'Like' or 'Share' our KMF Win Free Tickets post on facebook and we will draw a winner at the end of the month. Last months winner of 2 tickets to Alan Hinkes' talk is Mark Dunn. Congratulations. 

 

Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Top Travel Tips
KE Leaders & Staff share their top tips, some obvious, some quirky!

 

Over the last 3 decades we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help make your adventure holiday experience that little bit easier. In celebration of our 30 years of travel we would like to share our Top Tips with you...

 

 

A small roll of Gaffa (Duck) tape - never travel without it!  It can help you fix many things in an emergency, from a hole in your tent, broken rucksack strap, snapped sunglasses, to keeping soles on boot.

 

On summit day our guides always see several expensive insulated gloves or mitts sliding down the snow, dropped by members of a team above. Reduce the chances by using a string wrist loop.   

 

 >> View our full list of Top Travel Tips and add your own!   

FREE Equipment

Equipment Hire - FOC!

As it's nearly Easter we thought it would be nice to treat you with FREE equipment hire on our Mont Blanc Ascent with Gran Paradiso and our Chamonix and Gran Paradiso holidays. Book at least 1 month in advance and we will reward you with free hire of crampons, ice axe, harness and helmet - worth 90!

>> View Special Offer
Watch This!

Can you carry the load?

KE Leader Rob Fraser will be joining our Ultimate Everest Trek, but this time not as a leader but as a porter! Rob's IPorter challenge means he will carry the same load, follow the same diet and have the same sleeping arrangements as the Himalayan porters! Rob explains why in his new video.

 

 >> Watch Rob's Video 
FREE Copy
Himalaya Magazine

Himalaya Magazine

Visiting Keswick over the Easter holidays? Why not drop in to our travel office for a chat about your next adventure and whilst you are here pick up a free copy of Himalaya Magazine. The latest issue includes a special feature on Dolpo, highlighting the area covered by KE's Shey Gompa and Inner Dolpo trek.

 

>> View Shey Gompa & Dolpo
Himalaya Headlines from Nepal
Peak Pre-Monsoon season under way

The pre-monsoon season in Nepal is underway, with several KE trekking groups currently enjoying the delights of the Himalaya. Other snippets of news from this popular corner of the adventure travel world include:  

   

(1) Angela Davies from the KE office will be running the Mount Everest Marathon on May 29th. 

 

(2) Qatar Airways has opened a connection from Edinburgh on their service through to Kathmandu.   

 

(3) Climbers on Everest are now obliged to help with the clean-up on the mountain. All of this is good news for anyone looking to travel to Nepal with KE in the autumn.  

 

(4) A recent update of KE booking figures shows that the Classic Everest Basecamp Trek is once again our most popular holiday.

 

 >> View all KE holidays in Nepal
The Hollywood of the North
Iceland Hollywood of the North

Why Filmakers go to Iceland!

Anyone who has ever travelled to Iceland will be aware of its dramatic panoramas, remoteness and otherworldly qualities. Now it seems so do Hollywood! With its epic vistas and enticing tax breaks, producers are heading north with recent movies including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Prometheus, Oblivion, Thor: The Dark World and for the small screen the popular series Game of Thrones. This week will also see the release of the biblical drama Noah and sci-fi adventure Interstellar. Whilst we all enjoy discovering a new destination via the comfort of an armchair, there is no better way than to experience it first-hand! Hike into Iceland's volcanic heart on our Land of Extremes Trek or climb the unpronounceable Hvannadalshnukur on the brilliant Three Peaks Challenge.

 

>> View all Iceland holidays
>> Read Iceland  Hollywood article in Guardian
Juniper Trust - Peru Update
Solar Pannel Project

Solar Lighting for 300 more homes

KE's Peru Cordillera Huayhuash guru and trek leader, Val Pitkethly, has been the driving force that has seen individual solar lights installed in over 4000 households. Val is returning to Peru in June 2014 and plans to install Solar Lighting in a further 300 family homes in the Cordillera Blanca Region. Currently the villages of Quisar, Tayapucra, Pachapaki, Quebrada Shallpa and Quitchar are without any lighting whatsoever. The portable lights will mean they can light their homes, enabling their children to do their school studies in the evening and help anyone who is ill during the night. The "Nisamax" lights are manufactured by Ordino in Canada, delivered to Peru FOC and installed by volunteers. The Juniper Trust is aiming to raise 3000 by May 2014 to pay for the lights in time for Val's visit.

 >> View Solar Panel Project
Peak Fees Down!
Lungser Kangri

100 off Lungser Kangri

The Peak fees charged by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for climbing peaks in the Indian Himalaya in 2014 and 2015 have been reduced. Great news for our Tso Morari and Lungser Kangri climbing holiday - now down in price by 100.

>> View Lungser Kangri Climb
Corsica Cash Crash
Corsica for less

Party in Piana for Less

We've included more but it will cost you 50 less to experience the sun-kissed west coast of Corsica with day walks from stunning village bases of Evisa and Porto and a 2 night stop in the charming cliff top village of Piana! Now only 895 land only!

 

>> View Corsica Walking Week
Flight Price Down!
Copan Ruinas

Fly United to El Salvador

Reduced flight prices with United Airlines mean great savings on our Highlights of El Salvador 15-day multi-activity holiday. Save 220 on our 8 November departure, now only 1775 flight inclusive and save 250 on our 20 December departure, now 2095. 

 

>> View El Salvador Holiday
Travelling Celebs
Travelling Celebrities

Love or Loathe them?

It seems recently, that more and more TV 'Celebrities' are travelling to exotic destinations and presenting their adventures on prime time TV. The Top Gear team toured Burma, the Hairy Bikers sampled the culinary delights of Japan and David Beckham spent two weeks in the Amazon Jungle of Brazil. A BBC documentary on Beckham's journey is due to air in June, but you can follow in his footsteps NOW on our unique Brazil's Highest Waterfall holiday. If you're a tweeter, we would love to hear what you have to say about this modern-day phenomenon. Does this kind of travel reportage exploit the places that these celebrities choose to visit or does it bring remote corners of the world into focus in a positive way?

 

Enter our April Prize Draw
Deuter Prize Draw

Win a Deuter Future 32 Backpack

Fancy being the proud owner of the new Futura 32 from Deuter worth 110! The top back system makes it comfortable for lengthy day hikes and excursions. The Aircomfort FlexLite System features a flexible twin-frame construction, an effective; three sided air circulation and is very lightweight. A firm favourite of KE staff this lightweight pack is perfect for carrying all your hand luggage and essential day kit on one of our Alpine Walking holidays this summer..

For a chance to win just 'Recommend a friend ' to receive our Adventure brochure and monthly enews (don't forget to ask their permission!).

The winner of a pair of Fizan trek poles donated by Allcord in our March prize draw was Keith Osborne Congratulations.

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