Summer Expeditions

Browse our recent expeditions

Every year, our Expedition Officers organise at least one summer expedition. These trips venture all over Europe and even further afield and usually involve 1-­2 weeks of backpacking, but will often include other activities such as scrambling, climbing, wild camping and sightseeing. The trips are welcome to any keen UBES members, although if there is a lot of interest, they have to be on a first­-come-­first-served basis.

The expeditions are a great chance to experience some of the most breathtaking mountainous areas outside of the UK with an excellent group of like­-minded people. They are a great opportunity for members to gain skills in trip planning, experience some of the wilder off­-the-­beaten­-track routes and challenge themselves. Our expeditions officers and members will also help you with kit list and what food to bring­ so don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience.

We are conscious that trips like these can be expensive for students, so our Expedition Officers aim to make trips affordable by looking for good value flights and accommodation for the group. UBES can help to provide a lot of the kit­ (for example tents and stoves­) to help keep your kit costs down.

How to get involved

See below for a link to the 2024 slides, and feel free to ask our Exped officers or an Exped leader if you have any questions!

Click to access 2024-Summer-Exped-slides.pdf

In around March each year UBES holds an information evening briefing members on the upcoming committee positions, training opportunities and most importantly a presentation on the summer expeditions! At this point in the year, the plans will still be an outline. From then, the expedition officers will usually make a facebook group for all interested and give you more information on the trip itinerary as it is planned. The group will come to an agreement on the final details such as dates and flights. Once decided, it’s up to members to book flights themselves and arrange their travel.

In the time running up to the trip, the expedition officer will let you know a more detailed itinerary, the recommended kit and other useful information about what to expect.

Then all you need to do it count down the days until the trip! In addition to our official expeditions, many of our keen members organise their own mountaineering adventures. Check out our blog for some examples.

Here are the outlines of some of our trips:

Summer 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dates: 1st – 25th July
Activities: Backpacking, wild camping
Cost: £250-350

Intro Talk


Dates: 26th August – 4th/6th September
Activities: Backpacking, camping, hot springs
Cost: £500

Intro Talk

Summer 2018

French Pyrenees – GR20 trail

Dates: 13th June – 2nd July
Activities: Backpacking, wild camping
Cost: £400

Intro Talk

Albania & Montenegro – Peaks of the Balkans

Dates: 5th – 23rd September
Activities: Backpacking, wild camping
Cost: £500

Intro Talk

Summer 2017

Georgia – The Transcaucasian Trail

Dates18th June 2017 – 9th July 2017
Activities: Trekking, Wild Camping, Mountaineering, GPS data collection/research
Cost: £450-600

Expedition Report Intro Talk Expedition Video Blog

Slovakia – High Tatras

DatesLate August – Early September
Activities: Trekking, Wild Camping
Cost: £500-600

Intro Talk Blog

Summer 2016

Norway – Lofoten Islands

Wild Camping in the Lofoten Islands Summer Expedition. Photo -- Adam Dawson

Wild Camping in the Lofoten Islands. Photo — Adam Dawson

Dates: 29th June – 12th July
Activities: Hiking, Scrambling, Wild Camping, Swimming, Canoeing
Cost: approx. £350

Expedition Video  Blog  Intro Talk

Slovenia – Julian Alps

Dates: 1st -15th September 2016
Activities: Trekking, Scrambling
Cost: £450 (projected)

Blog  Intro Talk

Summer 2015

Iceland – Fimmvörðuháls and Laugavegur Trails

Dates: June
Activities: Backpacking, scrambling, wild camping
Cost: £350 (estimated)

Blog  Intro Talk

Summer 2014

Morocco – Atlas Mountains

Morocco Summer Expedition

Represent (Photo – Alex Waldron)

Dates: June
Activities: Backpacking, scrambling, wild camping
Cost: £350 (estimated)

Romania – Fagaras Mountains

Photo – Rob Wragge-Morley, from Romania Summer Expedition

Photo – Rob Wragge-Morley

Dates: June
Activities: Hiking, Trekking, Camping, Sightseeing

Summer 2013


Norwegian Sunset Summer Expedition

Dates: 25th June – 6 July
Activities: Hiking, Trekking, Camping
Cost: £800 (estimated)


Corsica GR20

Corsica GR20 Trail Summer Expedition
Dates: 25th August – 11th September
Activities: Hiking, Scrambling, Climbing!
Cost: Approximately £400

Summer 2012

What a Summer! See where we went in 2012


Iceland Summer Expedition
Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Glaciers, a 55km trek through southern Iceland
Click here for a detailed trip report.


Slovenia Summer Expedition

A beautiful view

September 2012 saw ten highly enthusiastic ubesters travel to slovenia for 2 weeks of backpacking, scrambling, mountaineering in the julian alps

Click here for a detailed trip report.



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