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Where to go on a walking holiday in October

We have good news for you, as we have almost 200 adventure holidays to over 70 destinations for trips you could take in October. From road cycling in ... Read more
Where to go on a walking holiday in October

We have good news for you, as we have almost 200 adventure holidays to over 70 destinations for trips you could take in October. From road cycling in Cyprus to self-guided walking in Lanzarote, taking an overland journey to Everest from Tibet or simply summitting the Secret Sierras of the Costa Blanca. The list is endless. 

So to help you choose, we have picked out some of our favourite trips and if you don't get to travel there this year, remember our 2022 dates are all now live and ready to book.  



Europe & North Africa

The trails will be much quieter and it will be more temperate weather after the steamy and busy continental Summer. It will be much sunnier and warmer than the UK and a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. If some winter sun before Christmas sounds a perfect idea for you, read on for our thoughts of the best self-guided and small group guided walking holidays in Europe.



Self-Guided Camino: The French Way

Experience a slice of history with KE as you walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims from Leon to stand proud beneath the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with your certificate of distance.
On a half board basis and with your luggage transfers and pilgrim kit included, all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and enjoy your journey.



Self-Guided Walking On Madeira

Circumnavigating the entire island allows you to experience the very best of Madeira’s strong culture in just one week; from sampling the islands potent Poncha, to standing proud on Cabo Girao, Europe’s highest cliff top, for the ultimate panorama. We have included all transfers to/from your walks each day, luggage transfers and a journey on the cable car to Monte, high above Funchal so all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and enjoy your holiday!



Self-Guided Walking On Lanzarote

With its unique geology of 300 volcanic cones not only offering other worldly landscapes but its fertile soils giving life to the lush green ‘Valley of 1000 Palms’, manicured vineyards and farmlands. On this one week self-guided holiday you will discover the islands many landscapes on foot, including reaching Penas de Chache; the islands highest point for unforgettable views. Watch the island come alive at Timanfaya National Park, swim in the blue clear waters on quiet beaches along your walks and immerse yourself in the transquility of neighbouring island 'La Graciosa'. 



Spain - Secret Seirras Of The Costa Blanca

This excellent, one week, guided Spanish walking holiday explores the ‘Secret Sierras' of the Sierra de Aitana, la Serrella,  Aixorta and Bernia, which form the famous backdrop to the Costa Blanca. From three different hotel bases in Benimantell, Castell de Castell and Albir on the bay of Altea, we will set out to walk the best routes in the region, including airy ridges and summits such as Aitana (1558m) and Puig Campana (1408m). Our expert local guide, Jose Molina Lopez, has led trips for KE all over the world from Peru to Nepal and Bhutan, but he especially loves showing people around his own backyard!



Greece - Walking The White Mountains Of Crete

The best walks in Crete: from the peaks of the White Mountains, through the Samaria Gorge, to the secluded coves of the Mediterranean coast. This Greek walking holiday on the island of Crete is a wonderful blend of high mountain scenery, picturesque coastal walking, traditional villages and legendary Greek food and hospitality. Fall under the spell of the White Mountains, experience the rugged beauty of the Samaria Gorge and uncover the hidden beaches of Crete's lesser-explored coast.



Greece - Sacred Summits Of Olympus And Meteora

Captivating Greece is home to the breath-taking UNESCO floating monasteries of Meteora and to "the home of the gods" Mount Olympus, the highest peak in the country. Dominating a UNESCO national park and world biosphere reserve, dramatic Olympus, the Throne of Zeus is the highlight of this fantastic Greek trekking journey which includes stays in traditional mountain huts and a spectacular trek onto the mountain.We’ll explore trails used by 11th Century monks and visit two of the monasteries before heading to the quaint town of Litochoro with its stunning mountain backdrop. Mount Olympus is the second highest peak in the Balkans and this holiday is a real mountain adventure complete with dramatic ridges and breath-taking scenery. If you’re looking for a unique trekking journey with views that extend over to the coast, then this is the perfect choice.



Morocco - Walk The Edge Of Sahara Trek

This is a very special trekking holiday which walks through the greatest desert on earth. The magnificent Sahara with its Lawrence of Arabia desert beauty, offers an unforgettable Moroccan region which is perfect for a very unique trekking holiday. Home to snaking wadis, dramatic plateaus, tamarisk bushes, acacia trees, hidden villages and beautiful sweeping dunes, the Sahara Desert offers that rare off the beaten track adventure.  Witness beautiful sunsets after hiking through dramatic wadi's, stay at traditional Berber camps and wander through magnificent Marrakech, Morocco's most magical city. 



Morocco - Climb Mount Toubkal In Winter

Mount Toubkal (4167m) in the High Atlas Mountains, is not only Morocco's highest peak, but the highest summit in North Africa and this incredible range provides some of the most spectacular winter trekking on earth! This is winter trekking at it's very best. A mere two hours drive from vibrant Marrakech, the high valleys of the Berbers are at their most beautiful during this season. This holiday is a perfect introduction to winter trekking and crampons, ice-axe and helmets are all included. Our well established itinerary is a long standing best seller, due to the excellent Moroccan leaders and experienced team we work with.

Nov to Dec 2021, Jan - Apr and Nov to Dec 2022, 8 days, Group size 4 to 10. 



The Himalaya

October marks the opening of the main trekking season in the Himalaya of Nepal and Bhutan. If you are interested in heading to one of those regions for a world-class walking and hiking expedition, then you should read our expert product manager, Kit's guide to the Himalaya and Karakoram for everything you need to know about trekking amongst the highest mountains in the world. Below we've highlighted a few classics, but we have 34 itineraries in Nepal alone, so please do give us a ring if need our advice about which one to choose.



Everest Basecamp Trek

The absolute classic Nepal walking and trekking holiday, we consider this the complete Everest Basecamp experience. A lodge-based trek you'll follow the legendary "Everest Trail" from the airstrip at Lukla. Nepal and the Himalaya are KE's heartland, and we include some extra days acclimatisation plus all your meals to make sure you have the most chance of successfully reaching Everest Basecamp as possible.

KE offers 5 routes to Everest Basecamp including the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, the highest marathon in the world..



Ganesh Himal Panorama Trek

Close to Kathmandu and yet rarely visited by Western trekkers, the Ganesh Himal is a region of timeless valleys, quiet trails, sleepy traditional villages, luxuriant forest and carefully tended terraced farmland. Named after the elephant god of Hindu mythology, the Ganesh is crowned on its northern edge by four 7000 metre summits, including Ganesh I (7406m). Traversing this stunning region from west to east, our trek also provides great views of other peaks, including those of the Annapurna and Manaslu massifs and of the Langtang Himal. An entry-level Nepal camping expedition holiday with no internal flights and all meals on the trek included.



Around Mansalu Trek

A challenging trekking holiday around Manaslu in the Nepal Himalaya. Manaslu at 8163 metres is the eighth tallest mountain in the World. Situated close to the border with Tibet, some 100 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were a restricted area until the early nineties when KE Adventure Travel were one of the first companies granted permission to take groups trekking into the region. There are remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border, as well as those of the Manaslu group. The scenery becomes even more impressive as we climb up into the alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La (5135m), with big peaks on all sides. The principal peaks that we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. A classic , stunning and unspoilt circuit.

Oct 2021, Apr and Oct 2022



The Druk Path

Combining a short 5-day trek along an ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimphu with visits to all of Bhutan's premier cultural sites, the Druk Path Trek is the perfect holiday for anyone looking for a complete and colourful experience in Bhutan: The Land of the Thunder Dragon. Offering a challenging but entry-level short camping trek, through a pristine landscape, and a real taster of Bhutanese culture, this popular holiday provides an unforgettable introduction to the unique, welcoming and utterly fascinating Kingdom of Bhutan. 


The Laya Trek

This iconic Bhutan trekking holiday, from Paro to Thimphu via Laya and the Punakha Valley, is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's great treks. It certainly has all the right ingredients; from picturesque farmland and ancient forest, to alpine pasture and challenging high mountain passes including the Shinge La (4900m). The spectacular campsites with views of some of Bhutan's most impressive peaks, including Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake, are amongst the many highlights of this trekking circuit. The finishing point is Laya Village which can only be reached on foot and is the highest inhabited village in Bhutan - the visit is the highlight of the holiday.





 Inca Trail And Beyond

The Inca Trail is without doubt one of the world's greatest walks and as such should be relished, not rushed! We invite you to join us on our extended version of this iconic trek, which includes 4 additional days hiking in the peaceful Silque Valley and across the stunning Ancascocha Pass (4625m), where we are likely to encounter few other trekkers, before joining up with the classic Inca Trail and entering Machu Picchu via the iconic ‘Sun Gate’.



Choquequirao To Machu Picchu

Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca fortress of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity; we invite you to discover the secrets of this abandoned city on this classic 2 week trekking holiday. . Our fully supported trek to this so-called 'Cradle of Gold' is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of Apurimac River, involving an exciting descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao (3000m)! We will have a full day to explore the ruins before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive snowy 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salkantay. Our trek concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu.







Spires And Ice - Trekking Patagonia

This superb walking holiday in Patagonia introduces you to one the world’s last, great wildernesses and takes you on an incredible voyage through two of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet: Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. Home to gigantic glaciers, cascading waterfalls, magnificent peaks and crystal clear lakes; nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Patagonia, with its wild and rugged glacial landscape. The adventure includes the sought-after 'W Trek', staying in wonderfully situated, cosy mountain refuges.




October is a fantastic time to attempt the summit of Africa's highest mountain. KE has 5 trips on offer to conquer Kili - the main routes being the Rongai Route, Lemosho and Northern Routes. We use the longest routes ensuring that we have the essential acclimatisation for reach the summit. If you are going to take up the challenge, give yourself the best chance.

Our extremely knowledgeable team, in the KE Adventure office, has several people who have summited Kilimanjaro via different routes. A few staff members have summitted the mountain more than 10 times. Do please give us a call or drop us an email and we can advise you on routes, fitness and give you many tips to make your journey enjoyable as well as successful. With our help, plenty of your own determination and will power there is no reason that you can’t also join the group of Kilimanjaro summitters. We have picked out just one of our routes to give you a taster of what you could be doing in October!



Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

This Kilimanjaro trek takes us along the quieter Rongai Route. This is one of the most scenic trekking routes on Kilimanjaro, providing a gradual climb through forest, farmland, open moor and has expansive views northwards to Amboseli National Park in Kenya. As an aid to acclimatisation, we include a rest day at the idyllic Mawenzi Tarn Camp, beneath the imposing rock spires. This additional day on the mountain dramatically increases our chances of summit success as we are better adjusted to the altitude. 

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