Celebrating 30 Years of KE
Celebrating 30 Years with our Top 30 Summits around the World
Over the last 30 years we have built up an outstanding collection of climbing holidays that will take you to the world's most spectacular mountain ranges. Our climbing trips usually involve the ascent of snow-covered peaks where climbing ropes, ice axes and other items of mountaineering equipment may be used. Our range stretches from big mountains in the Himalayas, like Mera Peak , to Aconcagua the highest peak in the Southern Hemisphere and Mount Khuiten rising above the Mongolian Steppe. There are also unusual peaks such as Hvannadalshnukur in Iceland, as well as a number of Alpine classics, including Mont Blanc.
Here are our favourite summits from highest to lowest:
One of the world's ‘Continental 7 Summits' and the highest peak in the Western and Southern hemisphere, Aconcagua is no pushover, but due to its ease of access and non technical ground, it is eminently climbable for the fit and determined trekker.
The altitude of the beast. We have always been attracted to high mountains and this giant rising out of the Changtang plain on the high Ladakh plateau was irresistible.
We have been successfully taking groups to the summit of Nepal's highest ‘walk-up' peak for more than 25 years and it is still a firm favourite with our clients - perhaps because of its amazing views of five of the six highest mountains in the world.
The summit of Chimborazo has the distinction of being the point on our planet's surface which is furthest from the centre of the Earth - further even than the top of Everest!
The classic Nepal ‘trekking peak', Island Peak or ‘Imje Tse' in Nepali, is aptly named standing in splendid isolation amid a sea of glacial ice overlooked by the incredible south face of Lhotse and offering a sensational panorama of the Sherpa homeland.
We first climbed Stok Kangri in 1995 and we have been back just about every year since. As well as offering a challenging but technically easy 6000-metre peak and summit views which take in the peaks of Tibet and the Karakoram, the trek to get to base camp is one of the most varied and interesting in the region.
The second in our trilogy of Bolivian Peaks, Huyana Potosi is the closest to La Paz and clearly visible from the city. Anyone who travels there with a love of mountains will be drawn to climb it.
We are always looking for new challenges and recently deregulated Tabsar Peak in the Buddhist ‘Happy Valley' of Tsum, east of Manaslu, fitted the bill. As soon as it became available to climb, we set up this great trip led by Tom Richardson and Ade Summers.
Of a similar standard and character as Island Peak in the Everest region, Chulu Far East, seen by everyone who treks across the Thorung La on the Annapurna Circuit, offers far ranging views of the peaks of western Nepal.
Hidden deep in the Cordillera Blanca, Tocllaraju is one of Peru's 37 six-thousand-metre peaks. It has a perfect pyramid shape and is surrounded by lake-filled valleys.
Just a few metres shy of 6000, this under-rated peak in the remote reaches of Nepal's sensational Rolwaling Valley is a real explorers' mountain where the journey to the summit is at every stage fascinating.
Usually climbed as preparation for bigger peaks, the ascent of Pokalde has great views of the surrounding peaks including Everest and is very entertaining, finishing with a rock climb which appears incredibly difficult - but there is a secret way!
Our climb of the world's highest active volcano begins from the Jose Rivas refuge at 5000 metres. Straigtforward snow slopes lead to a unique summit where hot sulphur gasses rise up from a deep ice-rimmed crater.
Africa's highest peak and perhaps the world's most well known mountain after Everest. The very name conjures images of exploration, big game and the iconic site of a snow-capped mountain rising from the African Plain.
With more technical ground, Naya Kanga in the Langtang Valley, is perfect for anyone looking for the next level of challenge after climbing one of the classic trekking peaks.
The highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America, Pico de Orizaba cuts a striking figure above the quiet town of Tlachichuca. Its non-technical nature make it a perfect first foray into high altitude climbing.
Our first peak in the Karakoram mountain of Pakistan where KE was born. Gondoro Peak rises in a series of snowy steps to a perfect pointed summit with a panorama of jagged, snow-capped peaks which is second to none.
Known as ‘Tharpu Chuli' to the locals, the situation of this great little peak, right at the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary close to the ‘Fishtail' mountain, guarantees a sensational summit panorama.
To climb Agri Dagri or Mount Ararat close to Turkey's border with Iran is to undertake both a mountaineers challenge and a cultural journey. Stand on the place where Noah's Ark finally came to rest as the Great Flood subsided.
Over the past 10 years we have enabled hundreds of KE clients to realise their ambition to stand at the highest point in Western Europe. By either the ‘Voie Normale' or the more challenging ‘Trois Monts' route, this is a superb climb.
Similar to, but more challenging than Mont Blanc, the ascent of Monta Rosa, Switzerland's highest mountain is the perfect ‘next step' for those who have already climbed Europe's highest, or want to get away from the crowd.
We give Khuiten the accolade of the ‘World's Most Remote Peak' and certainly the journey to this mountain at the extreme North-Western corner of Mongolia where China and Russia meet, is half the experience.
The Strahlhorn is one of the peaks on our week of climbing Swiss 4000ers. Situated at the centre of radiating glaciers and ridges, the Strahlhorn gives a ‘big mountain' experience for a relatively easy grade of climbing.
Whether you climb Toubkal as a summer trekker or a winter climber, any ascent of North Africa's highest peak goes hand in hand with the magical experience of Marrakech.
The highest peak in Armenia has four distinct summits along the rim of an ancient volcano. Walking to the easy lowest south summit has been popular since tourism began here. In true KE style our ‘Trekking Highlight' trip tackles the more remote and highest North summit using a sensational mountain camp.
Where Toubkal is rugged, towering and highly popular, Morocco's 4th highest peak Mgoun is lofty, remote and totally devoid of crowds. For a majestic summer experience or a tough winter climb this is the one we recommend in Morocco.
With a variety of terrain, from the meadows and forests of its approach, to glacier travel, easy snow slopes and a sensational rock summit ridge, Gran Paradiso, the highest peak entirely within Italy, is the perfect mountain to cut your alpine teeth on or to prepare for an ascent of Mont Blanc.
Flower-strewn meadows give way to glaciers where crampons are required and a final crossing of the ‘Bridge of Mohammed' gains the summit of the highest peak in the Pyrenees.
A sensational rocky top with a breathtaking vista over the Julian Alps. The only mountain to appear on a national flag, Triglav is embedded on the psyche of Slovenia. Local folklore says you can only be considered Slovenian once you have stood on its summit.
Although almost impossible to pronounce, we had to include Hvannadalshnukur, one of our ‘Iceland Three Peaks'. Technically straightforward roped climbing on the highest peak in Iceland at the heart of the largest glacial system in Europe.