Walk or Scramble up Ben Nevis the UK’s highest Mountain

Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK lies 1,344m ( 4,409ft) above sea level and is the Monach of British hills. Starting at sea level and climbing to the top of Ben Nevis is a challenging day out but can be ascended by anyone who has the stamina to do so.

Adele can guide you up and down Ben Nevis with confidence so you can relax and enjoy the challenge knowing you’re in safe hands.

 

Dates and Cost
Dates All year
Cost per day £165 for 1 person. Plus £20 per additional group member.

 

Important Information 
Maximum Number There will only ever be 4 participants to one guide to ensure you get the most out of your day.
Duration One day
Where are the courses based? Fort William
Pre requisites Reasonably fit and can walk for several hours. All under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Seasonal Notes Ben Nevis can often have snow until mid June. Ice axes, crampons will be provided free of charge and boots can be hired at a cost of £5 per day if required.

 

More Detail

Climbing Ben Nevis (1344m) via the Mountain Track is an immensely satisfying and rewarding experience. It is not to be taken lightly and can be a very tough day taking between 6 to 10 hours for the round trip. Starting from sea level we walk out from Glen Nevis taking the wide path that skirts the hill side of Meall an – t-Suidhe on the left. Views down Glen Nevis and over to the Mamores and Stob Ban keep our interest until we turn North and continue upwards to the Half Way Lochan. Its name is a little optimistic as far as height is concerned! At the junction we turn right and in a further 500m cross the Red Burn. After crossing the burn we make a start on what is known as the Zig Zags . After eight zigs or zags we come to a steepening known as Mc Lean’s Steep with Five Finger Gully on our right. From here we continue Eastwards for a further 500m or so passing the steep cliffs of the North Face on our left. It is here where people have difficulty navigating on the track that is not so clear in bad visibility or when covered in snow, the in cuts of the precipitous gullies of the North side can be dangerous if not given a wide berth. On reaching the summit your efforts will hopefully be rewarded by stunning views over the West Highlands and the satisfaction that you are now on the top of Britain. The old Observatory ruins, trig point and shelter are interesting to explore and are a part of the history of Ben Nevis. You may even see climbers popping out the top of Tower Ridge one of the classic climbs on the North Face of Ben Nevis or meet those that have scrambled over the Carn Mor Dearg Arete; all possible for the aspirant Scrambler or Climber. Having had some time to rest on the summit we return via the same route ensuring we navigate carefully to avoid the tops of Gardyloo and Tower Gullies and retrace our steps back down the zig zags. The long descent tests the legs but we are never in a hurry as we have long daylight hours in the summer and this is your day.

If you are feeling more adventurous then you may like to consider the magnificent scrambling routes on the North side of Ben Nevis. Ledge route and the Carn Mor Dearg Arete offer less frequented and easy scrambling routes to the top but are exposed in places and may not be to everyone’s taste.

Please note reaching the summit of Ben Nevis by either side can never be guaranteed and if the weather or group members give any reason for concern then we will return or discuss alternative options before setting out. For those wanting to take the challenge of the North Side of Ben Nevis Adele holds vehicular permission to take a vehicle through the forestry tracks to 270m.

 

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