KE Leaders and Local Staff
A competent, caring and efficient leadership team is essential for any group of adventure travellers. By definition, this type of travel will involve the unexpected, be it sudden storms, route diversions or transport breakdown. Thousands of satisfied clients can confirm that KE leaders take such situations in their stride, be it as rescuer, nurse, diplomat or mechanic. All of our holidays are accompanied by a professional leader or a local guide selected on the basis of his or her experience and leadership skills. Most of these leaders have worked for KE for many years and many are guides or instructors with an unrivalled knowledge of the areas, cultures and environments in which they work. In addition to having the technical skills to ensure your safety, KE expects its leaders to be active members of the group. A leader should be fun to travel with and ready to share with you their enthusiasm for adventure travel and their knowledge of the area. Alongside the group leader, there will be a local support crew, which could be just a driver, or a complete team of guides, drivers, porters, mule-herders and cooks. The hard work of our support crews, along with the fascinating insight they can offer into their own culture, is integral to providing you with the very best holiday experience.
KE Leader of the Year Awards 2015 - Vote Now!
The 2015 Leader of the Year Awards are now open so make sure you vote for your favourite leader this year. To vote please email us the name of the leader that you think should win and your reasons why. The 2015 winner will be announced in January 2016!
The KE Leader of the Year 2014
Once again we have been overwhelmed with your votes for the KE Leader of the Year Awards for 2014. We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Leader of the Year Awards is...
Udens feedback is always exceptional and he has been referred to many times as "quite simply brilliant, caring, compassionate, amusing, knowledgeable and professional". He is great with all clients and always goes the extra mile to ensure you have a fantastic holiday. Uden has lead our India adventures since 2008 including Singalila Ridge and Sikkim and his local knowledge is second to none. Uden was born in Darjeeling in India and is 34 years old.
In recognition of Uden's high attention to detail, Uden has received a backpack of his choice, courtesy of Deuter.
Thank you to everyone that voted and a special big THANK YOU to all the KE Leaders and the work that they put in to help make every KE holiday really special.
30 Years of KE - Guide interviews
To celebrate 30 years of adventure travel, we visited and recorded interviews with a few of our long standing local guides. Hear from Himalayan guide Phadan Sherpa, Moroccan guide Mustapha Imharken and Kilimanjaro guide Peter Kisimbo.
Meet the KE Leaders
Here is just a selection of our current leaders, we have over 60 in total! More leader images are being added all the time, so please let us know if your favourite does not appear. Read about each of our leaders, by holding the cursor over each image!
You can also find out more about some of our local leaders in our 'Meet the Leaders' section. Find out how they got into leading, what they do in their spare time and what their favourite music is.