Welcome to Ascent Explorers Club


Ascent Explorers Club is a professional group of experienced international explorers, who specialise in bespoke adventure travel and expeditions that are custom built and do not cost the Earth.

Our adventure travel and expedition itineraries are aimed at people from all backgrounds and levels of experience, and our training and preparation is second to none, with your safety always at the forefront of our activities.

No matter what you’re looking for, whether you’re keen to travel a little off the beaten path or perhaps desperate to break free from your daily comfort zones, Ascent Explorers are here to fulfill your wildest adventure travel and expedition needs.


Ascent Explorers operate expeditions, training, tours, talks and events throughout the UK & internationally. We offer global, off the beaten track itineraries summiting virgin peaks, crossing vast deserts, dense jungle and as a team we explore the unknown, supported by hand selected groups and individuals worldwide.

You truly do not need to be a famous athlete or in the military in order to go to these places, what you do need is the get up and go, to take yourself from your 9 to 5 and get out there with your ice axe, machete, skis , rope, well you get the point. With some basic training and fitness we are there with you every step of the way. We have made people’s dreams come true and we can do the same for you.

If you want to achieve something great and have the enthusiasm and drive, we have the know-how and experience to make it possible.



We can organise memorable bespoke expeditions on a tailor-made private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group.

Depending on your experience, you may want a Ascent Explorers leader or go ‘self-led’ with the assistance of local guides. The cost of going private can be surprisingly reasonable, particularly if you take the self-led option.

Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.



Organising adequate travel insurance is essential for every explorer.  Below you’ll find a list of our recommended insurance agencies for UK based clients:


All our expeditions are supported by experts who are always on hand to support you throughout your experience. When you join one of our expeditions you will added to our team WhatsApp group for that particular expedition so you can talk to your team-mates and also ask your team leader any questions you may have at any time.

“We are with you every step of the way.”


  • JoeI had a great couple of nights in bath,with Dan from ascent explorers. I just wish I could have stayed an extra night or two.
    —Joe Markey
  • MichaelHad a amazing weekend with the guys from ascent explorers down at bath for survival training. Heard about this from one of the guys leading the programme (Dan) and was tempted enough to go. Great experience from beginning to end! Was shown the basics of how survival should be done properly. Was well looked after by all the staff from the beginning and at no point did I feel my safety was at risk! Although only in bath, you manage to get a real grasp on how demanding a survival experience could be. A real professional experience and will definitely be taking part in one of the bigger expeditions with these guys next year! Thanks guys!
    —Michael Weir
  • TerryI went on the September 2012 mount Ararat (5137m) trip with ascent, it was my first ever mountain hike so a big test to start with Ararat. As this was my first trip I had no idea of what to expect or which equipment I needed, Dan helped me and made sure I was fully prepared and equipped. The trip itself was incredible from the minute we met up at Heathrow we was having fun. We successfully sumitted Ararat which was a massive achievement and physically and mentally the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have done to date. Dan is a great leader who takes his work seriously but someone who is fun to be around which is important when you're camping on a mountain.
    —Terry Winstanley
  • Billy This was a well organized event down to the miner detail, with good value for money, fun and hard work involved pushing the group to its very limits. Dan is a pro in everything he does, he was involved in my Regiments Final Test Exercise for Afghanistan were he fitted right in. He was not shy on getting involved with deployment out on the ground with the troops, no matter when, were, or time of day; Dan was up for it. He also helped out were ever he could with administration. He is a great team leader trust worthy and fun to be with and I would be one of the first to join him again on anything he does. Whenever I get the chance (no rest for the wicked) or the time! Regards Billy
    —Billy Hills
  • testimonialGreat group made of some great guys who really make a huge effort and spend vast amounts of their own time to help get people more involved and active and out of their comfort zone to participate in an exciting and culturally diverse range of events. One day you could be climbing a wall in London, and the next you could be learning survival skills from a veteran special forces trainer, to the next where you are climbing a mountain in remote Turkey followed by an exploratory venture into the unexplored realms in deepest Egypt and Morocco. I am well happy that they have finally made it to Meetup and looking forward to attending more of their quite amazing, fantastic and great value for money events. These guys are the real deal make no mistake. Get involved or miss out. Raghav Veteran Meetup Organiser London Indie Filmmakers London Social Elite Asians
    —Louis B
  • testimonialHi Ascent Explorers. My names Mike and Im 48. I have to admit I was not as fit as I could have been when I went to Egypt with these guys in February 2013 but I managed to keep up with some of the others in the group, it was real hard graft. Despite all that it was one of the best holidays I have ever taken. We lived in the Red sea desert for a week with the Bedowins who live there all the time. We were climbing, exploring and playing (running around in a sand storm) in a whole new world to me, living and working in london. It was a treet and the Ascent team i.e. Danny and Paul were very professional in their organization of the trip, but I also loved the way that we had the freedom to decide what we did and where, by group vote. I personally will never go on a `sit round the pool` holiday again and have signed up for Morrocco in September with Ascent. Can`t wait and this time I will be fit for it!!! Thanks boys look forward to meeting with you again.
  • testimonialGreat! and are hosted by two experienced and very personable guys!
  • testimonialThese guys are friendly as can be. They know their stuff and trips are well organised. They know the routes front to back, so no hidden surprises. On the whole they ensure the group is comfortable with the levels of walks and climbs before setting out on them. (If the group can and want to go a bit further they do, if the group wants to go home and have a cuppa, they put the kettle on.) Routes are chosen so that they include as many spectacular views as humanly possible. Remember: the views get better, the higher you climb. They seem to favour the rugged terrains though, so be prepared to get a tad muddy. Don’t be put off by the ‘extreme’ pics, this group is about sharing some amazing experiences and memories off the beaten track. Go on, join up!
  • testimonialWonderful guides 🙂
  • testimonialAfter a weekend in Snowdonia with these guys I can highly recommend this group. The whole trip was well organised and tailored to meet the groups requirements. I have seen previous comments complaining about the cost of their trips and having been on many other meetup trips there is a huge difference. These guys know what they are doing as are fully qualified mountain guides, first aiders and their experience shows in abundance from trekking all over the world. What you get from this group is a professionalism and experience which allows you to push boundaries further getting off the beaten track where safety is not compromised. Highly recommended and I have already signed up to another trip.
    —Chris James
  • testimonialI highly recommend this group. I’ve just done the Peak District Hike & camping weekend and loved every minute of it. I felt really safe in their hands and the evening banter down the local pub was great fun also. Dan & Paul are awesome leaders and the members of the group were great to be with. Looking forward to doing another trip with them.
    —Jo Barker
  • testimonialVery impressed. Dan and Paul are great guys, good fun, know their stuff and they challenge you. Highly recommended.
    —Jeremy Starling
  • testimonialDan was a great leader- very personable and fun and took us off the beaten path, which was excellent.
    —Tracy Ballinger
  • testimonialI had an excellent time with Ascent in the Peak District. Dan is very knowledgable, a great laugh and prepared to let everyone have a go at navigating the route. Dan took us off the beaten path on routes I would never consider going by myself. He even found us a great spot to do some wild camping on the second night. The group we had was small, intimate and we all got along really well. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. If you’re looking for some great banter and an eye opening hiking adventure I highly recommend giving Dan a call.
    —Will Davies
  • testimonialMtToubkal was my second international exception with Ascent Mountaineering having done Egypt earlier in the year which set high standards for morocco. For my second trip i bought my brother Dion along with me who had done breacon beacon in wales and loved it. We where joined by Kayleigh,Steve,Moo,Wanda,Gene, the notorious Ziggy and of course BIG DAN himself. The week i spent with these characters was a experience i will never forget (although i will try counselling and a strong prescription) the banter and chemistry of the group was terrific and i thoroughly enjoyed Steve’s army/sas teaching’s on how to track your target, finding your navigation and survival training. Through the villages and towards the peak we bonded and formed a real team unit and i couldn’t of wished to be with better people, i have a group picture i will frame as a memorabilia to go next to a painting of Kayleigh yielding a sword on the back of a unicorn i did earlier today. special mention to Paul who was missed
    —James Constantinou
  • testimonialWhile many travelers are most familiar with Morocco’s imperial cities, the country’s majestic mountain ranges warrant a visit from anyone who appreciates a scenic landscape. As Ziggy said it, pictures doesn’t do justice, our guide Abdul (good good, and Yes) with Dan and Steve were excellent, didn’t want to come back. Our group were fantastic special mention to new friends Ziggy and Kayleigh, James (joker in the pack, wouldn’t have been same without you bud), and we have Zing, wanda and Dion. By the way, I was the ONLY one who made the summit others puked up on the way, no match for me.
    —Mohammed Miah
  • testimonialOur trip to Morocco was amazing, and the trek the best you can imagine. The local guide and organisations were top, including food, activities and all the accommodations. We have a demanding tempo in our very fit group, lots of laughs and good chemistry within the group where everyone was helping one another.
  • testimonialWell organised & lead trip to Mount Toubkal in Morocco, good spirit and laugh in the team. highly recommend to anyone
  • testimonial-monicaI thought I’d explore another trekking group and I cannot say how much I enjoyed this trip to Snowdonia. The company was superb, from professional clowns, to hilarious conversations, and breathtaking views. Daniel’s approach is very flexible and it suited what I was looking for, which is ‘phototrekking’ while enjoying fun people. Thank you and I will definitely repeat.
  • testimonial-olsenGreat weekend trip to Snowdon, well organised, lots of fun and awesome people. Enjoyed the trip very much and will definitely be back for other trips! Can’t wait! Thanks Dan!
    —Olsen Nussbacher

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