Guided Walks up Ben Nevis with Professional Mountain Leaders
Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland and the UK. The giant peak is world famous for not only it's walking routes, but it's incredible views, history and of course mountaineering. The huge north face of Ben Nevis hosts some of the finest climbing in the world, let alone the UK. People flock from all over the world to come and rock and winter climb on it's soaring cliffs and in it's deep gullies.
Once upon the summit of Ben Nevis, you really do feel on top of the world. Scotland is unrivalled for the extensive views of hills upon hills. As well as feasting on the views, the observatory ruins on the summit are also well worth a good nosey!
Via Pony / Mountain Track
Ben Nevis is situated in the Western Highlands above the popular town of Fort William. Fort William hosts an abundance of places to stay and plenty of places to eat. If driving to Fort William from the south, be sure to plan a little time for photo stops as you drive through Glencoe as it's just mind-blowing.
Terrain: Rough Ground
Duration: 7 Hours
Route Stats: Miles: 10 Ascent: 1350m
Starting at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre or the Youth Hostel the well maintained track rises gently above the valley floor to swing alongside the Red Burn. Shortly after the 'Halfway Lochan' is met. This acts as an excellent place to have a snack stop before the next part of the mountain is undertaken. Now the famous zig zags start. Steady progress is made up the broad slopes of Ben Nevis. As the huge summit plateau is reached the ground becomes more rugged but flattens out. The summit plateau is a dangerous place in poor or wintry conditions. The top of the gullies and huge cliffs are sometimes obscured by snow and cornices, and many people have had fatal accidents after getting too close due to navigation errors. There are cairns across the summit plateau to help with navigation, but these are sometimes totally covered in snow - and snow can linger on Ben Nevis all year round! As with any Scottish walking experience, the weather can change rapidly, so being prepared for all eventualities on Ben Nevis, particularly the summit is very wise. It could take 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Ben Nevis, so being prepared with plenty of snacks and fluids is also essential. The descent is made down the same track.
The route described above is the route traditionally used on the National 3 Peaks Challenge. This route is most suited to those with limited hill walking experience and basic hill fitness.
Ben Nevis via the
Carn Mor Dearg Arete
Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete (CMD) is to Ben Nevis what Crib Goch is to Snowdon. The peak of Carn Mor Dearg is approached from the north face car park. A lovely walk through forests opens out and the impressive north face is then witnessed. From the summit the CMD Arete is enjoyed, an exposed and exhilerating ridge walk.The exit slopes meet the summit of Ben Nevis. This walk should only be tackled by those with a good level of hill fitness and some previous scrambling experience. It's a tough day, but a true classic!
Terrain: Rough Ground
Duration: 7 Hours
Route Stats: Miles: 9 Ascent: 1200m
If you want to take scrambling to the next level why not hire an instructor for a day of Advanced Scrambling and tackle a route on the iconic North Face?
Undertaking any walk in Scotland is a big task, let alone one up the highest in the UK. Although Ben Nevis is a popular peak, the benefits of hiring a leader are numerous. Hiring a guide means that you can be relieved of the stress of having to navigate the paths and manage the group. We strive to ensure all our days are not only fun, but educational, so expect to learn something about this amazing mountain and the area around it as you climb. We are available in both Summer and Winter for hire, as well as for night ascents for challenges such as the National 3 Peaks or Snowdon for Sunrise. We have an excellent safety record, and many glowing testimonials which can be viewed here.