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Morocco's Secret Side - Trekking the Atlantic Coast

Written by  Lisa Spratling - Product Manager
  • 02 October 2015
“Off the beaten track” – we’ve all read those words, used to conjure up a romantic vision that you’re going to be the only group in a totally undiscovered area! But, what if it was true? What if you could spend 5 days walking and camping in an undiscovered corner of a country, allowing you to step back in time and experience a place before tourism arrived?


June saw my 3rd visit to one of my all-time favourite destinations, Morocco. In 2011, I explored the breath-taking Mediterranean Coast, the beautiful Rif Mountains, the pretty town of Chefchaouen and, fantastic Tangiers, whist in 2012 I climbed Toubkal and Ouanoukrim in the superb High Atlas, and discovered Marrakech. However, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at the promise of trekking and wild camping along the Atlantic Coast with dromedaries!

Tom Richardson leads the way to summit success - Again!

It's fantastic to hear that our group led by previous KE Leader of the Year, mountaineer and author, Tom Richardson has reached the summit of 'arguably' one of the most remote mountains in the world - Mount Khuiten in Mongolia. A fantastic 10 out of the 11 climbers summitted Khuiten and all the group summitted Malchin and Nairandal. Tom has now climbed Khuiten 8 times. He say's " It's beautiful, I love the country and the people, especially in the far west. This is a fantastic adventure amongst some great mountains. Don't let other KE leaders know though! It's mine..."
The climb takes you through wild heart of Mongolia's Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Holy Peaks) and lies on the border with both Russia and China. More than just a superb climbing expedition, this is also a fascinating travel experience in a rarely-visited corner of the world.

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  • 08 September 2015
You've probably noticed that we've launched our BRAND NEW WEBSITE and we would love to hear what you think of it.
It's now mobile and iPad friendly and really easy to book your holidays, download trip notes and update your myKE account. We know that it's not perfect yet, but are working hard to make sure we keep you updated with the latest news, blogs and reviews, the latest offers and of course, our detailed holiday information.

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You're a mountaineer now!

Written by  Chloe Johnson - Product Manager
  • 03 September 2015
I worked in the sales team at KE for about two and a half years and a common question is how to transition from trekking to mountaineering; many people may want to climb Mont Blanc for example but don't know how to get the experience required - well here is your answer!
This amazing yet still challenging trip (along with several others that KE offer), can give you the skills and experience to feel confident aiming for those higher or more technical peaks or journeys. While still being enough of a challenge and stunning experience to keep those with prior experience very happy.
How do you pick a standout moment on a diverse journey that began with zip wiring through jungle canopies in Nicaragua, included standing up on a surf board for the first time in El Salvador, and concluded kayaking amongst mangroves at sunset in Honduras?
It might be exploring the cobbled streets of colourful Granada, chasing a turtle out of your hotel room, sampling delicious bean and cheese filled corn Pupusas (an El Salvdorian delicacy) at a simple ‘Pupuseria’, discovering ancient Mayan civilisations at Copan, ash boarding down the side of a volcano, or just relaxing in a hammock with a book and a fresh coconut! Perhaps it would be easier to pick a favourite day?....
Being KE's newly appointed “Family Product Manager” (since my return from maternity leave), I needed to experience a family holiday for myself. So on the 16th August I flew out to Dubrovnik to join our ‘101 Smiles on the Dalmatian Coast’ family holiday in Croatia. Our group consisted of four families with children from 8yrs through to 15yrs, making it a fun and interesting dynamic. Many people who we chat with on the phone ask the ages of the other children - trying to match their family’s ages to that of the group. In fact I was surprised how well everyone got on with the younger ones teasing the teenagers, and the teenagers looking after the younger ones when needed.
For a country that has been riddled by wars, it's desire to survive and recreate itself is something to be admired. It still suffers from political differences and lack of resources, but it's very safe, friendly and the people are incredibly welcoming. From the remote mountain villages high up in the Bjelasnica mountains where you eat pitta and burek with the locals, to the beauty of the cobbled streets, bistro cafes and modern shops of Sarajevo. It's hard to imagine sometimes in parts of the country that only 20 years ago they were under siege deep in the Yugoslav war. Religion is very important to BiH and the country now has Muslims, Croats and Serbs living hand in hand. Politically BiH is divided into two different entities, southwest and Central BiH falls into the Federation, meanwhile the parts of the country that borders Serbia , Montenegro and northern Croatia are predominantly the 'Republic'. It's confusing but interesting for those looking for historic satisfaction. Even Sarajevo city is split between the two.

Non-Stop Peru

  • 26 August 2015
British Airways announce a new direct flight to Lima from Gatwick
It's now even easier to join your favourite KE holiday in Peru with the new non-stop flight that British Airways is launching from May 2016.
The new route from Gatwick, UK, to Lima, Peru, will operate three times a week during the peak season and twice weekly in the winter. The service will begin on 4th May and year-round prices will start from £765pp. Lynne Embleton, British Airways' Managing Director at Gatwick said "With the world-famous Inca Trail and the incredible Citadel of Machu Picchu, there's nowhere quite like Peru. Its rich cultural heritage make it one of the most popular places in South America to visit. So, there's never been a better time to book your Peru holiday for 2016.
Whether you fancy cruising down the Amazon on a Riverboat adventure, trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu or climb in the Cordillera Blanca, now you can enjoy a smoother, quicker journey.


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