About our Climb holidays

Highlights

  • Climb North Africa's highest peak, Toubkal in winter conditions
  • Stok Kangri - an excellent introduction to Himalayan climbing
  • Stand on top of the world's highest active volcano - Cotopaxi
  • Climb Aconcagua - One of the worlds 7 summits
  • Mount Khuiten - an ascent of the world's most remote peak

KE Adventure Travel has 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 comprises of big peaks in the Himalayas, like Mera Peak, Aconcagua - the highest peak in the Southern Hemisphere and Mount Khuiten rising above the Mongolian Steppe. There are also unusual peaks such as the volcanoes of Ecuador, Guatemala or Iceland as well as a number of Alpine classics, including Mont Blanc.

Each of our climbing holidays provides you with something unique, and all benefit from absolutely stunning views across the natural wonders of the world. As you look down from above the cloud line you can't help but be awed by the magnificence, scale and scope before you. When your holiday is over, you'll have achieved something amazing and leave with memories that will last you a lifetime.

Our climbing holidays can involve multi-day approaches on foot to a basecamp below the objective mountain. On this stage of the trip (which is effectively trekking) there will usually be the support of a trek crew to carry personal belongings, along with any tents, group climbing equipment, food and cooking equipment. The climbing is generally above the snow-line and can be at high altitude. Most of our climbing holidays have an experienced Western leader and in the case of our Alpine trips, the leader is always IFMGA qualified. None of our climbing trips requires more than a single mountaineering ice-axe, together with crampons and a climbing harness. Ropes may be used to safeguard steep or exposed sections or crevassed sections of the route. With long days, high altitudes, glacier camping and the possibility of encountering poor weather, these trips can be challenging. It is important that you read and understand our grading system and also refer to the specific trip notes for more detailed information. It is essential that you are fit and experienced enough for the trip that you have chosen before booking.

Latest Climb traveller reviews

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On the Gondogoro La
K2, Concordia and the Gondogoro La   Jonathan (NOTTINGHAM)

This is a stunning trek, highly recommended for lovers of big mountains. I've been to the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas and the scenery in the Karakoram surpassed them all. There was plenty of adventure from
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start to finish, kicking off with a drive up the infamous Karakoram Highway complete with armed escorts and landslides! Highlights are many – the views from Concordia are epic and well worth all the effort to get there. The 360 degree panorama taking in K2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums is breath taking. The night time ascent of the Gondogoro La with its 40-50 degree slopes at 5500m is certainly not for the faint hearted (or unfit!). Competence with ice axe and crampons on steep snow slopes is essential as being stuck behind someone who is not up to the job is not much fun for other members of the group. The trek was well organised from start to finish. The local guides, camp staff and porters were all incredibly professional and efficient; the food was amazing and the tents modern and spacious. The tour leader, Tom Richardson, was top class and a pleasure to be with in the hills.
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On the Gondogoro La
K2, Concordia and the Gondogoro La   Chloe (HASLEMERE)

The scenery in the Karakorams is simply awe-inspiring. There was a real sense of good feeling among our team; partly due to the incredible shared experience of being in such a magical place, but also largely
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owing to the wonderful treatment we received from our Pakistani hosts and from Tom's (our group leader) sense of humour. Tom's knowledge of the region is tremendous and he had stories of funny misadventures in nearly every mountain we passed. And there were a lot of mountains! KE were brilliant at helping us all rearrange our flights (there was a coup in Turkey the day before most of us were due to fly out to Pakistan on Turkish Airlines). On the journey to Skardu, we had to find accommodation at the last minute in Gilgit (due to a delay as a result of a landslide on the KKH). KE, Tom and Baltistan Tours made sure we all had accommodation and I was very glad at that point that I was not trying to travel independently. The food throughout the trip was really superb. In the most trying conditions (on glaciers, in the middle of the night, after days without fresh supplies), the kitchen boys managed to produce heaps of delicious food. This trip in Pakistan was the best holiday i have been on. The company was great and everything was organised so well. I would highly recommend this trip. The scenery really blew me away and I got so much more out of the trip by going with KE than I believe I could have done by going with another company given that the Karakorams is KE's specialist region. I will be back next year!
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WBO - Bernese Oberland Haute Route
Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West   John (LYDNEY)

This looked a hard trip for me but I had psyched myself up for it. However we missed the two long days in the middle and the ascent of the Wildhorn. This was due to poor weather and reluctance of other group
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members to follow the Guide's proposal to ascend to the first col and take a look. This might or might not have been successful but at least we would have tried. This level 8 holiday ended up as three less than 5 hour days, and no day over 950m. Otherwise huts were good, scenery fantastic and guide Kathy was excellent. So much depends on weather and who else is on the holiday.
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On the Gondogoro La
K2, Concordia and the Gondogoro La   Emilie (Andover)

This holiday is packed with fascinating things to see. The days spent travelling and sightseeing give you a flavour of Pakistani life, but nothing beats the mountain views you get from walking in the Karakoram.
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The crew and staff are excellent and look after you extremely well. Most days average about 6-7 hours walking, and the tough day crossing the Gondogoro La was offset by a few easy days walking after it. Highly recommended for any keen hiker!
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