Welcome to the world of KE Adventure Travel

Here at KE, we’ve been creating real adventures for more than 35 years.

We’re all about sharing our experiences. It’s how we started, back in the 80s in the heart of the Karakoram Mountains in Pakistan, and it’s how we operate worldwide today. Originally running expedition-style trips, we now also offer walking, trekking, cycling and family adventures in over 80 countries. All of our trips have an element of physical activity, so whether you’re exploring Europe’s most breath-taking destinations on foot or taking on a two-week trek in some of the world’s greatest mountain ranges, we guarantee we’ll get you moving. We are a fun, friendly and caring bunch, from our passionate team in the UK to our expert leaders worldwide, with a wealth of experience in all aspects of adventure travel and the outdoors.

Read on to find out why we think you should choose us for your next unforgettable adventure.

Why KE?

We love what we do – and think that our passion for travel and the outdoors shines through in all aspects of our work. We all travel on KE trips every year, welcome travellers to our shop in Keswick in the Lake District, and like nothing more than chatting about our latest adventures.

We are trusted – our travellers come back time after time because they trust us to get things right and to give them a unique, authentic travel experience. As a fully bonded tour operator, your money is 100% protected. With over 35 years of experience of running active adventures, you’ll feel safe in our hands.

Pushing boundaries – we have always been known for our innovative itineraries, and for travelling in a unique way to destinations that others would not consider. We continue to be pioneering and regularly launch exciting new destinations.

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Sustainability – we work hard to ensure our business is sustainable in all that we do. Adventure Travel enriches the lives of those who work and travel with us by investing in the people, supporting local communities and learning about different cultures. We have a Climate Action Plan to reduce our carbon footprint and minimise our impact on the planet.

We come highly recommended –with a 97% (5-star) score on AITOindependent reviews and a 4.7 out of 5-star average on over 1500 of our own online reviews, you don’t need to take our word for it – have a look to see what our travellers say about us.

The KE story

In the early 80’s, KE’s founders Tim Greening and Glenn Rowley set out to discover the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan, seeking to discover the reality behind by the breathtaking photos in Galen Rowell’s book In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. It was a life-changing trip. Together with their guide, Mohammed Iqbal, they set up the Karakoram Experience in 1984 to take British trekkers to this very remote, tough and spectacular region. During the next few years Tim and Glenn led groups on a variety of previously unknown trekking routes in northern Pakistan and these became established ‘classics’, described in guidebooks the world over.

The exploration continued, and as they discovered spectacular places and adventures across Asia, Europe and the world, the Karakoram Experience became KE Adventure Travel, reflecting the global range of the travel experiences now being offered. Whilst the name changed, their mission didn’t. KE continued to offer utterly unique experiences in captivating destinations, as it does to this day as one of the world’s leading independent adventure travel specialists.


Sustainability and Responsible Travel has always been at the core of KE’s ethos and values. The holidays that we operate allow our customers to interact directly with communities in mostly rural areas, and we do our utmost to be respectful, to protect the environment and to ensure that those same communities benefit from the tourism that we bring to their regions. The benefits of tourism done in the right way are enormous to local communitiest.

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This was out first trip with KE and part of a longer stay in China. We had a fantastic time and the trek was the highlight of our extended holiday. The scenery was s.

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This trekking experience was more than I could have hoped for. The trip was highly organised and very well planned to give the traveller the best experience. The foo.

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This trek has everything you would want, just the right amount of days and nights, plenty of history, landscapes that will dazzle you, a great support team that will.

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COVID-19 is still affecting travel around the world but more countries continue to reopen and adjust travel restrictions and requirements. We recommend reviewing the following Travel restrictions & safety measures by country resource before planning or booking your trip to ensure you understand risks and logistics.

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About the company

KE Adventure Travel offers holidays with a difference. With so many destinations and activities on offer, we have packages to suit everyone from family groups to seasoned explorers. Whether you’re searching for trekking holidays, cycling holidays or something more specific, take a look around our website and find out what adventure travel can mean.

When travelling with KE, you are assured of the highest standards. An office team of experienced travellers who know our holidays inside out, together with first-class local agents and skilled and knowledgeable leaders, combine to ensure that our trips run smoothly. Whilst being adventurous, we also recognise the need to be responsible, to protect the world’s wild places and to make a positive contribution in the areas we visit.

KE Adventure Travel Joins the French, Voyageurs du Monde Group

Following an agreement effective 5th July 2017, Voyageurs du Monde acquired KE Adventure Travel, one of the original specialists in adventure travel.

This acquisition of KE (100% of capital) follows an earlier purchase in 2017 of 60% of Original Travel’s capital, a specialist of tailor-made travel. This acquisition increases Voyageurs du Monde activities on the UK market and is in line with its international development strategy.

KE Adventure Travel, based in Keswick, was founded by Glenn Rowley and Tim Greening in 1984. KE Adventure Travel offers walking, trekking, climbing, family and cycling holidays around the world. Both founders will continue to work with the KE Adventure Travel team, playing an important part of developing KE within the VdM group.

Joining the Voyageurs du Monde adventure group in France, with its main brands (Allibert Trekking, Nomade Aventure and Terres d’Aventure), will allow KE Adventure Travel to expand its product range and introduce a self-guided programme.

KE Adventure Travel will also help accelerate growth in the English-speaking market for the VdM group which today accounts for 20% of its customers. KE Adventure Travel has 27 employees and in 2016 had a turnover of GBP 7.9 million. They are forecasting a +10% growth in 2017. The Voyageurs du Monde group had a global turnover of €379 million in 2016.

Tim Greening of KE Adventure Travel, says “The Voyageurs du Monde group is one of the most respected in France and KE has been working successfully with many of the group’s companies for over 10 years. We welcome the many opportunities of joining a larger group with international ambitions that shares our ethos of ‘real adventure travel’. Our clients can rest assured that KE Adventure Travel will continue to deliver a personal service and fantastic holiday experience as usual.”

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