About our Schools holidays


  • KE have been running school trips since 1988
  • Lessons outside the classroom - we can design the programme
  • Choose from 20+ school specific itineraries
  • We can tailor make ANY of our KE trips for you
  • 2 Free places on each trip for teachers

A Stepping Stone to a Lifetime of Adventure

Our School Expeditions programme presents a worldwide collection of adventurous and educational itineraries, each of which has been devised with school groups and students in mind. Each of our established itineraries can be amended to suit the particular needs of your group, to ensure that your students are enriched with a range of contrasting activities. Whether your priority is cultural, historical or geographical interest, or whether it's the sheer challenge that appeals, we are sure you will find what you are looking for.

The very first KE school group travelled to Pakistan's Karakoram Mountains in 1988 and, since that time, demand for school expeditions has become increasingly popular. We have a School Groups Team dedicated to creating inspiring and educational itineraries to the mountainous regions of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, as well as shorter adventures in Europe, North Africa and Arabia. As a general rule, expeditions are designed to be suitable for students aged 14 and over.

Adventure Travel, an educational experience

School group adventures are recognised to make an important contribution to the curriculum, with adventure travel providing a great opportunity for students to learn through first-hand experience. Travelling to new and exciting geographical environments, confronting new challenges and experiencing very different cultures, students gain a better sense of perspective and a clearer understanding of their own place in the world. Other acknowledged benefits of the group travel experience are improved self-confidence and the development of leadership, teamwork, planning and communication skills.

Sustainable Tourism

Ever since we ran our first trip in 1984, we have been committed to minimising our environmental impact. Recognising the fragility of the world's wilderness environments, we keep our school groups small and operate according to the 'mountain code', which is provided to all groups, leaders, agents and staff. KE has achieved AITO 5-star status for Sustainable Tourism - the highest available.

School Group Activities in the UK

Many school group like to take part in a series of training weekends, in preparation for their overseas challenge. For mountain walking or multi-activity in the UK, we can highly recommend Lake District based activity centre, Glaramara. Nestled amongst England's highest peaks, Glaramara is in the perfect location for full days in the mountains. With excellent accommodation and mountain instructors, there is no better outdoor centre to train for your next KE Adventure.

You can contact Glaramara on: info@glaramara.co.uk or telephone 017687 77222 or visit their website: www.glaramara.co.uk

Safe Travel

Our number one concern is for the safety of all who travel with KE Adventure Travel. Recognising that there is inherent risk in any adventurous activity, we aim to minimise this risk without detracting from the adventure experience. With KE making your travel arrangements, you can experience wild and remote places, whilst enjoying the security and peace of mind that comes from choosing a well-respected company with an excellent safety record.

Your KE Leader

KE school group leaders are chosen for their professionalism, their qualifications, their energy and for a proven ability to work with groups of young people. They have each passed a CRB criminal record check and has also completed a wilderness-specific first aid course. Most KE school group leaders have considerable experience of working with trekking and climbing groups amongst the world's great mountain ranges and many have a background in teaching, a fact which gives them a useful understanding of the way pupils and teachers interact.

An Appropriate Itinerary

It is important that you choose an itinerary that is suitable for your pupils, taking into account their age-group, experience and ability. In consultation with our School Groups team, your itinerary will be tailored to match the fitness and experience level of your students.

Risk Assessments

KE routinely prepares a Risk Assessment for each school group itinerary, to be used by KE staff and group leaders. However, as a part of the planning for any school expedition, your school or Local Education Authority will require that you carry out a separate Risk Assessment. This involves breaking down the trip into its various elements and stages (including pre-trip training sessions) and isolating all areas of potential risk. Alongside these hazards you will need to show the measures taken, by KE and by school staff and group members, to minimise the risk. KE will provide a sample Risk Assessment for you to adapt to your particular expedition and circumstances.

Casualty Evacuation Procedure

KE also prepares an Evacuation Procedure document for each school group itinerary, to be used be KE group leaders. This shows clearly the optimal procedure for evacuation of an injured group member at any given point on the trip.

Communications and Emergency Back-up

KE school group leaders carry a satellite telephone, enabling them to maintain contact with local services and with the wider world. Our UK base is on stand-by for emergency management 24 hours a day. We have the best possible emergency back-up in each of the countries that we operate. Well-established rescue procedures, which include helicopter evacuation (wherever practicable), are coordinated though the KE leader and our local partners. All of our local support teams are well equipped and well trained.

First Aid

KE school groups carry a comprehensive medical and first aid kit.


For further information or a personalised quote please contact - schools@keadventure.com

Latest Schools traveller reviews

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STOU - School Trek - Toubkal Circuit and Ascent
School Trek - Toubkal Circuit and Ascent   Jon Allen (Dean Close School)

Winter Ascent of Toubkal 2012: All made it to the summit of Toubkal. A fantastic time and great weather. The kids loved Marrakech and the Souks. I can't speak highly enough of our guide, Steve, who was
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fantastic - passionate about the mountains and Morocco in particular. He got the balance right between being patient with the kids and giving them a no-nonsense rocket when necessary. Regards to all at KE and thanks for all of your organisation on our behalf.
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STOU - School Trek - Toubkal Circuit and Ascent
School Trek - Toubkal Circuit and Ascent   Ruth Pettit (Lancaster, UK)

Lancaster Grammar Winter Ascent of Toubkal 2012 Mustapha, our local guide in Morocco, was superb. We couldn't have asked for a more personable, knowledgeable and careful guide to look after our school party.
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Nothing was too much trouble for him. He interacted very well with all members of the team. We had perfect weather conditions for the ascent of Toubkal so that was the highlight. The quality of the food was far beyond my expectations, both in Marrakech and in the mountains. The travel arrangements were smooth and clearly well arranged.
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SEBT - Schools Everest Base Camp Trek
Schools Everest Base Camp Trek   Lauren Cammaert (Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen)

The sherpas and porters were always amazing, we could never fault them! The trek was also paced well, there were just the right number of rest days and time in Kathmandu. Our food was always well prepared and
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plentiful, even if we didn't have an appetite! The cooks made a real effort to produce food that we would eat at home as well as local cuisine so everyone was catered for. I particularly enjoyed Kathmandu because our activities there were so varied: sightseeing tours, visits to temples, just walking around the city, shopping and the restaurants we were taken to! Obviously, getting to Everest Base Camp was a completely unique and amazing experience.
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SSGL - School Trek - Singalila Ridge
School Trek - Singalila Ridge   Andrew Webster (King Edward VI Five Ways School)

On behalf of all the group at King Edward VI Five Ways I would like to thank you for organising such a fantastic experience for our group. It was astonishing just how much was packed into two weeks without the
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trip ever feeling really exhausting. Throughout our time in India the level of care and support for the boys and girls in the group was superb without ever being over the top and making us feel too pampered.

A big thank you for providing such a great leader in Chris Cartwright whose enormous mountaineering experience and wealth of knowledge about India and the Himalayas taught us many things and instilled absolute confidence in him as a leader.
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