1983 two University friends, Tim Greening and Glenn Rowley,
decided to take their passion for travel in Asia and in particular
the Karakorum mountains, and create a travel company with
a difference: ‘The Karakorum Experience.’ Today
KE Adventure Travel has grown to become one of the world’s
leading independent specialist travel companies. In addition
to our extensive range of worldwide adventures, the staff
in our UK and American offices organise tailor-made private
expeditions, trips for school groups and charity treks.
Whether you seek to climb amongst the world’s highest
peaks, explore untamed wilderness areas, or witness first
hand the wildlife or culture of far-off lands, we have the
perfect adventure for you to enjoy.
In 1984, with the help of our excellent local contacts the
Karakorum Experience led the first commercial trek up the
Baltoro Glacier to K2 and Concordia. In subsequent years,
under the expert guidance of Tim and Glenn, a range of trekking
routes in Pakistan were developed, which have since become
the established “classics” described in guidebooks
the world over.
success of Karakorum Experience led to increasing forays into
neighbouring territories. The Tien Shan mountains in North
West China were first visited in 1987 and a year later, the
first expedition to the trekking peaks of Nepal was made.
By 1990 The Karakorum Experience’s success at attracting
adventurers worldwide, was marked with the opening of an office
in Colorado, USA, under the guidance of the American Directors
Mark Van Alstine and Andy Crisconi.
The increasing demand for treks, climbs and mountain biking
worldwide meant that although significant, Pakistan was now
but a part of the KE story. In 1996 KE Adventure Travel was
born, reflecting the now global range of travel experiences
Seven years on and KE has continued to grow and develop
an increasing range of services. Alongside our extensive range
of adventure trips, UK residents can now call upon the services
of KE Travel, our own travel agency offering everything from
package holidays in the sun, to city breaks, worldwide flights
and services such as car hire and insurance.
There is now barely a day each year that does not see a group
of KE adventurers enjoying a real adventure experience. Our
trips now cover the globe, from Patagonia in southern Chile
to the Tombestone Mountains in the Yukon; from ascents of
Mont Blanc to on foot safaris in the Serengeti and from trekking
to Everest Basecamp to biking across the Tibetan Plateau.