Bolivia, Climbing, 20 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €1,915 (land only) - from $2,630 (land only)
By: Dr Iain Greg, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
The support staff were superb and kindly (when shattered from a climb, one could just sit pathetically and hope that someone else would put the tent up - exhaustion removes pride most effectively). I might have needed extra days to recover, but the others didn't and I can see why the pace of the itinerary was chosen. Trips leader and crew were superb. All were likeable, able, kind, considerate and knowledgeable. Juan had a very difficult decision to make in whether to continue in the potentially deteriorating conditions - but got it right and we summitted safely. Juan is a very very good trip leader. I loved the walk across Isola Del Sol and lounging on the boat to and from the island. Chilling out at the amazing hotel in Copacabana. The fantastic restaurant in La Paz (perfect for the committed carnivore). The climb up Pequeno Alpamayo is a stunner. The drive to Illimani. Some of the campsites (when the sun was shining). The after-climb celebrations in La Paz. A really good compact group. Food on trek deserves better than an excellent - Pacho (Francisco) did an amazing job of producing healthy, tasty and inventive food - plus I didn't get ill a single time (there is no higher food safety accolade than pandering to my feeble constitution). Keep up the obsession with hygiene. Could have done with more cooked food at breakfast times to fill up on - the bread was often stale (nobody's fault) and there was no real milk for cereal (again, nobody's fault - real stuff wouldn't keep, but is there UHT?) Whilst it is not really in KE's control, the toileting at camps is a problem. The person I spoke to on the phone knew signficantly more about the mountains than I did and was able to answer all my questions.
By: Rold Schrauwen, Sittard, Holland
Superb, mainly due to Juan. The hotel Rosario in La Paz is one of the finest hotels to start a trek/climb and a comfortable base to return to. I think that Juan really takes care to organise the best possible for clients. Of all local agents (and I have seen many over the years), KE's outperforms them all.