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KE's Timeline

For over 40 years we have been actively exploring and setting new routes for others to follow. 

Now offering around 360 adventure trips all over the world, KE Adventure Travel began in 1984 when two friends, Glenn Rowley and Tim Greening, went off to explore the remote and spectacular Karakoram Mountains in Pakistan. They then set up the Karakoram Experience to take British trekkers to experience the challenge and untamed beauty of the area they'd loved , with the first commercial trip taking place in 1985. The guide Tim and Glenn worked with was Mohammed Iqbal, today we still work with his son in Pakistan.  

Karakoram Experience became KE Adventure in 1992 and we now offer guided and self-guided holidays, trips for solo travellers, family trips and private groups in a range of activity levels, from leisurely to challenging.



The Karakoram Experience begins


In the early 80's, friends Tim Greening and Glenn Rowley set out to discover the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan. It was a life-changing trip. Together with their guide, Mohammed Iqbal, they set up the Karakoram Experience in 1984 to take British trekkers to this very remote, tough and spectacular region.



The first Karakoram Experience


The first commercial trip to K2 ran with a group of 12 who had responded to an advert in ‘Climber and Rambler' magazine. Our local guide and agent on that first trip was Mohamed Iqbal and we continue to work with Iqbal and his son Zafar to this day.


The Trekkers Lodge


Tim and Glenn bought the property at 32 Lake Road, Keswick and embarked on a new life in the heart of the English Lake District. The bottom floor of the property became the ‘Trekkers Lodge' café, managed for a time by Kit Wilkinson, who continues to work for KE.



Beyond the Karakoram


Whilst pioneering many of the classic Karakoram treks during the second half of the 80's, the process of diversification had begun, with visits to China's Tian Shan Mountains and to Nepal, where Karakoram Experience groups climbed trekking peaks such as Chulu East, Ramdung and Mera. At this time, we were also offering trips to Mount Elbrus in Russia, to Mount Kenya and to Peru's Cordillera Blanca.


Mountain Bike Madness


The first Karakoram Experience mountain bike group travelled to northern Pakistan and this would soon be followed by 2-wheel trips to Nepal, Tibet, Ladakh and to Bhutan.



Hushe Water Scheme


Keen to give something back to the people of Hushe Village in the Karakoram, we began the long process of raising funds that would pay for a clean water supply and a hydro-electricity generator for the people of Hushe Village.


The Roof of Africa


Having already run holidays to Kenya and to the Rwenzoris of Uganda, we ran our first trip to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa.



Short-Haul Destinations and One-Week Adventures


In the first years of the new Millennium we began to look more closely at European destinations and at Morocco. Holidays promising a real adventure within just a week (especially those benefitting from low-cost flights) were becoming increasingly popular.


A Family Affair


As many of the founders and staff had their own families by this stage, it was logical that we should apply our experience to the setting up of family adventures, the first of which were in Nepal, Peru and in Morocco.


Adventure Cruising


As you can imagine, normal cruise holidays were not for us.  We concentrated on the Arctic and Antarctica; perhaps the last pristine and true wilderness areas left on our planet.


Moved to our shiny new office!


After 30 years in our Lake Road premises we moved to our new spacious open plan office, just behind Lake Road on Central Car Park Road. Our Customer Sales and Support Team would love you to drop in next time you are visiting Keswick.



New Ownership


KE Adventure Travel is acquired by the French Travel Group, Voyageurs du Monde, enabling KE Adventure to benefit from their connections and expertise to expand its product range. Tim Greening and Glenn Rowley, the original founders, continue to act in a consultancy role.


New CEO, Ashley Toft


Ashley Toft joins KE Adventure as CEO to lead the company into its new era. Ashley was previously MD at Explore and has a wealth of travel industry experience to bring to KE.



Going Self-Guided


Self-guided holidays are launched, allowing people to travel to our exciting destinations and follow an itinerary on a date to suit them and with people they choose. Accommodation is booked and luggage transported by KE, a winning formula to take the worry away from a holiday!


Pioneer Holidays


KE launched the first batch of Pioneer holidays – a limited range of exclusive, one of a kind adventures to unusual and off the beaten track places. Our first holiday – dog sledding on frozen Lake Khuvsgul in Mongolia sells out immediately.



New Brand, Same KE Spirit


Our brand new look and website is launched! This is to improve our customer experience, showcase more of what we do since our early days and bring us into the next era for KE, including our 40th birthday in 2024!

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