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Following the strong earthquake that struck on the 16 April, we are able to report that our partners in Ecuador are safe and that none of our holidays have been affected. Our local agent in Quito says "life continues as normal and visitors can feel confident that their holiday will not be impacted".

The epicentre of the quake was in the north-west of the country, near the coastal town of Pedernales. The coastal provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas suffered the greatest damage. The Amazon, Andes and Galapagos - the only areas visited by KE clients - were unaffected. All airports, accommodation, tour operation and ground transport are fully operational

 

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Nepal - One Year On


  • 22 April 2016

There has never been a better time to visit!

A year on from the quake, the dust in Kathmandu and the surrounding countryside has well and truly settled. Anyone who has been to Nepal and met the incredible people who make up this country will not be surprised at their stoic, even cheerful attitude and the sheer industry with which they have applied themselves to the task of rebuilding and restoring their lives and livelihoods.

It’s been a difficult 12 months. The extensive media coverage has dented business for the Nepal tourist industry, but 2016 is the year to visit before its gets busy again. It may have been a quiet Spring, but we are confident everything is back to normal and Autumn is looking like it’s going to rebound better than ever. We’ll be running a full programme across the country from Kangchenjunga in the East to Dolpo in the West and of course the traditional routes of Everest and Annapurna.

 

Thank you - £100,000 raised

With your incredible generosity, we've so far raised a staggering £100,000 alongside our partner charity The Juniper Trust.  This has been invaluable for initial aid and longer term development. The Rebuilding 10 Schools project evolved soon after the earthquake and we're still fundraising to get them all finished. Your donations are still desperately needed. We are very excited to announce that three of the 10 schools are now complete and the rest are well on their way.

 

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Messages from Nepal


  • 20 April 2016
Listen to what our partners in Kathmandu have to say in these 6 short videos;

Raj Gyawali who runs our family holidays in Nepal and has worked with KE for around 5 years, talks about the recovery, the mountain trails and why you should visit NOW while Nepal has an amazing energy.



 

 

VISA applications now available in UK

Until recently, the Iranian Embassy in London did not offer a visa service for UK citizens and visas had to be obtained via a third party agency at the Iranian Embassy in Dublin or Frankfurt. Whilst a slightly complex process, this remains a possiblilty through specialist visa processing agents such as Travcour. We expect that the process will soon become much simpler as the Iranian Consulate in London announced on 23rd March that they would be commencing a full visa service which we expect to see become fully operational in the very near future.

NOTE: Women, and girls over the age of nine, should wear a headscarf in their visa application photos.

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Nepal foothillsPete Royall explains new refinements to this fabulous trek and climbing holiday.

Climbing to nearly 6500 metres in the Himalaya on Nepal’s highest ‘walk-up’ peak is a much sought after challenge whose success depends more than anything else, on good preparation and acclimatisation. We have refined our Mera Peak adventure to give the best acclimatisation trek possible within the realistic time frame of a 3 week holiday.

Lodge dinnerRather than the normal approach to the mountain from Lukla, we start from the lower airstrip of Paphlu located in the southern part of the Solu-Kumbu region. As a gateway to the Sherpa homeland, Paphlu also has the advantage over Lukla that it is less subject to flights delays.

From here we walk through a quiet and magical landscape of terraced hillsides and lush forest, where traditional, centuries-old farming methods are still practiced and where the frenetic pace of modern Nepal is soon forgotten.

High campAs well as getting fit while enjoying a beautiful trek through Nepal’s middle hills, the main benefit of our refined approach route to Mera Peak is the gradual gain in sleeping altitude, combined with daily exposure to higher elevations.

This combination of ‘trekking high and sleeping low’ is the perfect method of acclimatisation and as any expedition leader will tell you, it is the key to a successful ascent.

 

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Tenerife - A lush surprise and 'summit else'!

Written by  Michelle Cheah - KE Customer Sales & Support

The first view I had of Pico Teide was from the plane as we approached Tenerife. It was at first barely discernible, its snowy white peak perched atop a blanket of cloud surrounding its base, but its magnificent summit soon made itself clear and brought a smile to my face, as I imagined myself hiking up to the summit in a matter of days.

This year, the USA are celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service and have released today (12 February 2016) this awesome IMAX film narrated by Robert Redford. “National Parks Adventure” will be shown in more than 400 giant-screen theatres and 60 countries around the world. Take a look at the trailer to be truly inspired then take a look at KE’s USA national park holidays.

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Walkers of a lost land - Peru

Written by  Rachel Broomhead - Country Walking Magazine

In 2015, Country Walking Magazines’ Rachel Broomhead joined our Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trekking holiday in Peru. Take a look at a snap shot of her adventure below and then read about the whole of Rachel’s adventure in the March 2016 issue of Country Walking - on sale now!

At 3000m, the air is thin but warm. On our right the ground slopes steeply in patches of arable green, a vision of civilization which slips further away with each step. The mountains are growing in size –­ verdant prisms split by waterfall-carved ravines. Abruptly, the road slingshots us round a spur in the cliff face and we’re left staring into the hollow of Apurimac Valley. This deep cleft of cloud forest is what stands between us and Choquequirao – the ancient Incan city no one’s heard of.