UP Adventure

Excursions & Trips

Our mission at UP Adventure is to provide you with outdoor events and excursions that challenge you, reward you and make you a better person. We believe there is much healing and personal growth that come from tackling major challenges found in the alpine environments. Here are some opportunities to challenge yourself.

UPcoming International Mountaineering


The highest point in Africa


Climb Kilimanjaro (includes safari)

March 26-April 6, 2018
July 1-12, 2018

Join UP Adventure on a climb of Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 ft, and one of the Seven Summits of the world. Our journey will follow the path less traveled, ascending Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route and descending the southern side, to complete a total traverse of the mountain. The Rongai Route is a wilder and quieter way to trek through the mountain’s distinctive ecological zones, passing through a forest, moorland, alpine desert and beautiful arctic landscapes.

Your team of UP Adventure guides and local Tanzanian guides and porters will complete the entire trek together with you– Climb Kilimanjaro is a rewarding and challenging adventure, and a unique opportunity to summit one of the most iconic mountains in the world.

After you return from your Kilimanjaro journey, UP Adventure is happy to offer a three-day safari through Tanzania’s world-famous wildlife preserves– the perfect luxury adventure after your time on the mountain. This safari includes a tour of Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and the Ngorongoro Crater, all alongside your UP Adventure guide and a highly qualified Tanzanian naturalist. You’ll travel in style on your safari extension, in a private Toyota Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof, and enjoy excellent meals at your luxury lodges each night.

Light and Fast Climbing


Climb Ecuador

May 5-13, 2018
November 17-25, 2018

Light & Fast Ecuador is a UP Adventure Flagship Expedition– it’s an adventure that’s emblematic of how we move in the mountains, and it’s our core offering for leading climbers up some of Ecuador’s most iconic peaks. Over the course of 9 days, Light & Fast Ecuador participants will attempt 10 summits, including a rarely executed link-up of the technical Ilinizas, and a bid for the summit of Chimborazo– Ecuador’s highest point. On prep and climbing days, you’ll experience hands-on light & fast alpinism education, skills that you’ll use in the alpine on this expedition and beyond.

When you’re not climbing, you’ll be relaxing in thermal hot springs, sleeping in historic haciendas, or exploring local markets. UP Adventure’s guides are Ecuador experts on and off the mountain– in addition to a 1:2 guide to client ratio on technical climbing days, you can expect ongoing support and communication from you guide, who will be with you for the duration of your adventure. The UP Adventure team is deeply committed to providing Light & Fast climbers with an authentic experience of the Ecuadorian highlands, both on and off the mountain.

Custom Departures on Your Schedule


Custom Mountaineering Trips


Custom departures of any UP Adventure expeditions can be arranged on your schedule at any time during the relevant climbing season. Want to UP Adventure to guide you on an adventure you don’t see listed here? Contact us. A UP Adventure team member will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Alpine Training

Be Prepared Before You Hit The Mountain


UP Adventure Mountaineering Training

UP offers extensive training to get you ready for your climbing goal. Work with UP’s certified climbing instructors here in Washington, DC prior to stepping on a plane. We offer cardio training, gear selection & packing training, mountain skills such as crevasse rescue and glacier travel and custom programs that fit your particular needs. 






Professional American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guides



Topo Expeditions

Our partner Topo Expeditions was established with a unique intention– to provide rewarding and enriching experiences for their clients in diverse natural environments worldwide, without compromise to professionalism, community, environmental sustainability and risk management. They consider each of these attributes essential to their overall direction and impact. Topo Expeditions is a complete experience that positively affects everyone involved.

Topo Expeditions is meant to be different. Clients feel involved, well taken care of and part of the experience. This sense of involvement starts from the moment a client inquires about an experience with them through its completion and beyond. We encourage this engagement and we appreciate it.

UP is proud to offer several upcoming expeditions and excursions from Topo Expeditions.



Climbing with Topo Expeditions in Ecuador was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The chance to summit so many peaks in so few days with such a great group of people was an experience I will never forget. Logistically everything was so well dialed that I was given every chance to succeed and excel. Topo’s attention to detail, professionalism, and expertise are unparalleled in the world of light and fast alpinism. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a challenging adventure.


Brittain Bennett

US Army Infantry Officer / Foreign Service Officer , US Department of State

I’ve worked with a few different guiding and outdoor educational companies in the past and Topo Expeditions is top notch. I spent weeks meeting and communicating with the guides prior to the Light and Fast Alpinism trip in Ecuador. They asked questions that helped me understand my expectations, interests, and goals; not only for the trip, but climbing in general. It helped me make my decision for the right reasons and proved to me they actually listened.

The trip itself was so rad! Guides were technically proficient, attentive, and made decisions to show they prioritized safety and risk management. Their patience over the entire trip was incredible, respecting all of my curiosity and “but why?” questions. I had a blast every day, honestly, and learned way more than I expected. I’m looking forward to my next trip with them!


Brian Keefe

IT Process and Systems Consultant

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