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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

~ John Muir


Soaring to 1,345m above sea level, Ben Nevis has the distinction of being the highest mountain in the UK. The famous peak attracts 125,000 walkers a year. Whether you're a keen rambler or you just love incredible landscapes, bagging 'the Ben' should be near the top of your Scottish bucket list.

Ben Nevis was once a massive active volcano which exploded and collapsed inwards on itself millions of years ago. From the north, Ben Nevis's shattered north face bears witness to this volcanic birth. Many world-famous summer rock and winter ice climbs have been established on the steep and intimidating cliffs.

Dates & Price

This is your opportunity to join a group (maximum of 12 people) to reach the summit of the UK's highest mountain, guided by an experienced Mountain Leader. We run open events from every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from late April to late September. Individuals or groups are welcome to join us. You can view available dates on the dropdown below, then select your ticket type.

Self-funding £80: You have two options:

  • Make full payment of £80 (option 1)
  • Pay a non-refundable deposit of £40 & pay your balance 60 days before the event (option 2)

Fundraising: Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £40 & choose to raise a minimum of £100 for our social mission and set up a fundraising page on our site (option 3)

Once you've booked, you’ll be sent full joining instructions, a training plan and a kit list. We can also provide advice on local accommodation and other activities.

Group Size

We require a minimum of 4 clients to run an open event. The maximum group size is 10.

Private Guiding

Please contact us for availability for private guiding. Ricky's private guiding rates are:

1:1 - £250 1:2 - £300 1:3 - £325

Grade

HARD - Ben Nevis is a long & strenuous mountain walk on a rough, rocky track. The weather can vary enornmously over the course of a day and the temperature on the summit plateau is ten degrees colder than our start point in Glen Nevis. Ben Nevis is achievable for most people, but the fitter you are, the greater your chances of success & the more you'll enjoy your day.

Fundraise for us

Fundraising for us can make your bucket list adventure much more achieveable & make your dreams come true! With this option, you pay your non-refundable registration fee of £35 when booking 'Option 3 - Fundraising' from the options above to reserve your place. You're pledging to raise £100 for our social projects and this option means the balance of your adventure challenge cost is met through this minimum sponsorship.

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Where & when does it start?

Our meeting time is 08.00am The event starts at at the Ben Nevis Inn at Achintee at the foot of Ben Nevis.

Postcode:      PH33 6TE

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There is limited car parking at the location so please consider arriving early. The ascent & descent should take between 6-8 hours, depending on the group fitness, ground & weather conditions. We'll plan to stop briefly every hour or so.

Route Map & Altitude Profile

The popular Mountain Track (sometimes called the Tourist Track or the Pony Track) is the easiest route up Ben Nevis and travels 16km (10 miles) up and down the mountain's benign western bulk. The track begins at the Ben Nevis Inn, at Achintee on the east side of Glen Nevis about 2 km from the town centre of Fort William, just above sea level. The track starts with a steep climb to the halfway Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, zig-zagging on rocky paths up to the summit plateau.

At the summit, a cairn marks the highest point. Your reward on a clear day will be the incredible panoramic views as far as Northern Ireland. You may be able to spot other iconic peaks such as the Torridon hills, or south to Ben Lomond. A ruined weather observatory, which was opened in 1883, is also found on the summit. It closed in 1904 but can be used for shelter in emergencies.

If you are reasonably fit and conditions are good you should be able to walk up and down Ben Nevis in six to eight hours, but slower walkers may take longer, so good planning and preparation are vital. The weather conditions can change dramatically and the temperature can drop 1 degree C for each 100m of ascent. This is a full mountain walking experience, which requires proper footwear and good equipment. There can be snow patches on the route year-round and the winds on the summit plateau can be ferocious.

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Itinerary

The ascent & descent should take between 6-8 hours, depending on the group fitness, ground & weather conditions. We'll plan to stop briefly every hour or so.

Time  Activity 
07:45 Arrive & get kitted up
08:00 Meet guide/s at our Ben Nevis Inn start point for briefing
09:00 Wooden bridge/windy corner (400m ascent)
09:30 Conservation corner (550m ascent)
10:00 Red burn (halfway) (680m ascent)
10:45 Corner 3 of zigzags (940m ascent)
11:30 Stone circle at top of zigzags (1,200m ascent)
12:15 Summit! (1,345m)
13:30 Corner 3 of zigzags
14:00 Red burn
14:45 Wooden bridge/windy corner
15:30 Finish at Achintee

Is it suitable for me?

Climbing Ben Nevis requires a good level of fitness and you must be able to walk for up to 10 hours over hilly & rocky ground. The route is not technical, but it is a tough walking challenge in terms of distance and time.

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Weather & terrain

The weather conditions can change dramatically on Ben Bevis and the temperature can drop 1 degree C for each 100m of ascent. This is a full mountain walking experience, which requires proper footwear and good equipment. There can be snow patches on the route year-round and the winds on the summit plateau can be ferocious. Be prepared for all conditions! You can check some local weather forecasts below.

What’s included?

  • Mountain Leaders on a 1:10 ratio
  • Live GPS tracking & shareable links for family/friends
  • 20% discount for Montane
  • 15% discount for Cotswold Outdoor
  • 15% discount for Open Air
  • 20% discount on Water-to-Go bottles
  • 25% discount on Uphill Athlete training plans
  • Digital finisher badge for all finishers within 24 hours
  • Access to our inspirational 'Follow Your Dreams' Everest webinar

What’s Excluded? 

  • Accommodation
  • Transport to/from your accommodation to our event meet point & end point
  • Personal Food & Drink
  • Parking Charges

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Kit & Equipment

Download our UK summer hillwalking kit list below

UK Summer Kit List

Leader

You'll be guided by a fully qualified & experienced local Mountain Leader.

Video Gallery

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Photo Gallery

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Virtual Tour

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