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Double Award Winning Holiday
Central America is HOT!

We are delighted to have been awarded accolades for our new Pacific to the Caribbean Discovery Holiday by not just one, but two influential publications!  It has caught the attention of National Geographic Traveller's editorial team who "worked long and hard to find 2014's most authentic, innovative, immersive, best-guided and most sustainable tours" and named it one of their "50 Tours of a Lifetime". While back in March Wanderlust Magazine included the holiday in their "50 Top Trips for 2014". Find out why the journey across Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras is definitely HOT! 
>> From the Pacific to the Caribbean 
The Final Countdown to KMF

Visit KE during the Festival to Win!

With only one week to go until the opening of the 2014 Kewick Mountain Festival from 15th to 18th May we're looking forward an action-packed event. We will be celebrating by giving you the opportunity to WIN A BRAND NEW TOP-OF-THE-RANGE GARMIN GPSMAP64s WORTH 359.99! 


You can ENTER ONLINE NOW or  visit us at our stand in the Festival Village Exhibitors Marquee or at the KE Adventure Travel Shop on Lake Road throughout the festival and complete our simple entry form.  Don't forget you can also join us for a free glass of wine and 'Meet the Experts' here at the KE shop on Friday 16th May from 4-6pm.


Last month's winner of 2 free tickets for 'An Evening with the Alpine Club' on Friday 16th May at 7pm is Ed Simpson. Give us a call Ed!  


>> Enter KMF Garmin Competition
Everest Tragedy

Help via the Pasang Lhamu Foundation

We were shocked to hear of the recent deaths of 16 Nepalese guides, caught in an avalanche as they carried loads through the Khumbu Icefall above Everest Basecamp. We work closely with many Nepalese guides and Sherpas and realise that many have lost relatives and close friends; we offer them our deepest condolences.


Many of you have asked if you can donate to help and we would like to recommend: The Pasang Lhamu Mountaineering Foundation (PLMF). Pasang Lhamu was the first Sherpa woman to summit Everest, who sadly died on the descent. A foundation was set up in her memory in 1993, which actively supports mountain people and communities throughout Nepal. In light of the recent tragedies on Everest, a new fund has been set up (within the PLMF) to help the dependents of those lost or injured.


>> Go to Pasang Lhamu website
Celebrating 30 Years with the Top 30 Iconic KE Trips
30 Iconic Trips The Directors Cut

Tim and Glenn still regularly lead and recce new trips each year and whilst they may not have completed every holiday we offer, they have done a huge amount over the last 30 years. We asked them to pick their top 30 iconic trips from the period, listing them in reverse order. Not an easy task and it took a lot of debate, but after much consideration here it is!   As a taster... the Mont Blanc Ascent made it in at No. 23 and the Leh to Manali bike ride at No. 17. Take a look at what made the cut and Tim and Glenn's Number 1 iconic KE trip. Is there anything you think they have missed?  If so... Let us know via facebook. 

>> View our Director's Cut of the Top 30 Iconic KE Trips
Early Bird Dates

2015 Inca Trail & Beyond

2015 dates are now available online for many of our popular holidays, with more being added every day. Book now for the Inca Trail in 2015 to secure that all important permit or why not take the alternative trail to Machu Picchu via Choquequirao


>> View holidays in Peru
Meet a Polar Bear

And enjoy a 15% discount

Our two hugely popular Polar Cruises - Realm of the Polar Bear and Polar Bear in Depth are open for 2015 bookings and we're offering 15% OFF if you book by 30 June 2014. You'll also receive a Yukon Down Jacket worth 284 - absolutely FREE!

>> View all Polar holidays
Turkish Delight!

Book now for Christmas

Christmas can be an expensive time to travel abroad, with flights often at a premium. However, Turkish Airlines is currently offering fares to Kathmandu for as little as 650... so you can spend this Christmas in Nepal without breaking the bank.

>> View Nepal Xmas Trips
Hot off the Press - Catalonia Cols to Lost Cities of Colombia
Brand New Holidays added to the KE Collection this month...

In this new monthly 'exclusive' we present the very latest additions to the KE Collection. Set up as 2015 holidays, we have in each case included a late 2014 departure... offering you the chance to try these exciting adventures sooner rather than later.

CYCLING - Coastal Roads and Cols of Catalonia
A superb
cycling holiday on smooth quiet roads from the Costa Brava to the Spanish Pyrenees.


TREKKING - Walking Circuit of Catalonia`s Cap Creus

In the Cap Creus National Park, we follow the coastal and moorland trails of the GR11 and GR92.


TREKKING - Go Gozo - The Walker's Malta

A leisurely hike around the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline of Malta's laid-back neighbour.


FAMILY - Tenerife - Island of Eternal Spring

A fun and challenging family holiday, with the best Tenerife day-walks, including Mount Teide.


TREKKING - Colombia's Lost City and Caribbean Coast

With Bogota, Cartagena, the Caribbean coast and the Lost City trek, this is the best of Colombia.


>> View holidays 'Hot off the Press' for 2015
KE Holiday of the Month

Iceland Land of Extremes

There are lots of good reasons why we chose this one-week Icelandic trek to be our Holiday of the Month...   and here are just a few of them:

  1. Crossing the Fjallabak wilderness, the 'Laugavegur' trek is one of Europe's great walks.
  2. This is a real trek with 5 nights camping and 90 kilometres of walking over 5 days.
  3. Experience a wild volcanic landscape - ice caps, crater lakes, lava flows &  hot springs
  4. Low-cost flights from as little as 150 (ICT.5) make Iceland more affordable than before. 
  5. Iceland is a special place, a world apart. You can discover its 'difference' on the Land of Extremes trek.
 >> View our Holiday of the Month
TaKE the Kids to JORDAN

Family Jordan Trip impresses Journalist


With its contrasting desert landscapes, welcoming people and amazing history (from the 'rose-red city' of Petra to Lawrence of Arabia), Jordan has been a popular KE family destination for several years. Keen to learn more, Travel Journalist Peter Coombs, his wife and 2 young children recently joined our Wadi Rum, Petra and the Dead Sea Family holiday. To find out how they got on, read his article in the latest issue of Active Traveller magazine - on sale now!


"You're going where? And you're taking the kids?" That was the reaction when Pete Coombs told friends he was taking his whole family to Jordan for the autumn half term. But, far from being a case for social services, the experience turned out to be a cultural and educational revelation for all concerned...


 >> View all Family Adventure Holidays 

Highest Marathon

Run Angela Run!

On 29th May, KE Sales assistant Angela Davies will be taking on the mighty 26-mile route from Everest Basecamp to Namche Bazaar. She joins our Mount Everest Marathon group on their 12 day trek to the start of the race.  Good Luck Angela - you can do it!


>> View Everest Marathon
Minya Konka Trek
Minya Konka Trek

It's a right 'Royall' Trek

KE's 'Pete Royall' will be leading our new Minya Konka Trek in Tibet this October. Join him on this exciting high and wild trek following the pilgrimage route to Konka Monastery below Minya Konka (7556m), the highest peak in the eastern Himalaya.


>> Book Minya Konka Trek
Karakoram on TV

See Colin Prior's BBC film

BBC2 Scotland followed KE photographer Colin Prior as he trekked into the Karakoram in search of unforgettable mountain images. The program goes out on 11th May at 8pm and can also be viewed on Sky 970 and Freesat 970, or catch it on iPlayer.


>> View Pakistan Treks
KE Staff Get Sportive

Are you up for a KE Road Cycling trip?

As keen road cyclists, we are fortunate to live in the Lake District, with its fantastic scenery and brilliant choice of rides... short and long. One of the longest is coming up this weekend in the form of the Fred Whitton Challenge, a gruelling 112 mile 'sportive' that includes the climbs of Kirkstone, Honistor, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose! KE biking team, Tim, Kit and Jo have signed up for this and are probably now regretting it! Recent training abroad may help them, however. Tim recently rode our Cheeky Cols of the Costa Blanca. Kit checked out some of our Vuelta de Mallorca ride and Jo led a group on the Road Cycle Tour of Toubkal in Morocco.  Good luck on the 'Fred' guys!


 >> View all Road Cycling Holidays
Monthly Prizes To be Won...

Win Fizan Compact 4 Trekking Poles

We are offering you another chance to win a pair of Fizan Compact 4 Trekking Poles. Donated by Allcord, the Compact 4 is a 4-part version of Fizan's best selling compact pole and is the world's lightest 4-part pole. Retracting to just 49cm they are ideal for those who want to keep bulk down to a minimum. Perfect for Alpine treks where you need to keep weight down to a minimum.


For a chance to win just 'Recommend a friend' to receive our Adventure brochure and monthly enews (don't forget to ask their permission!). February's winner of a  Deuter Freerider Pro backpack was Peter Naylor, Congratulations!


>> Email us to Recommend a Friend
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