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Summit Ben Nevis and Learn Winter Mountain Skills

Face off against a knife-edge ridge as you conquer the UK's highest mountain (1,345m) via the lesser-climbed Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête

Annual Leave

0.5 days off work

Location

United Kingdom

Difficulty

Challenging

Be prepared. This is a real challenge with some full-on sections, but the view from the top is worth it.

Why it's Much Better

Learn how to survive in some of the harshest conditions the United Kingdom can throw at you

Test yourself against the CMD Arete, one of the least travelled routes to the top - for a good reason

Stand on top of the UK's highest mountain. The view. The feeling of success. Did we mention the view?

Master using ice axes and crampons, traverse high-altitude terrain and see dawn break over Ben Nevis just as you begin your climb

Celebrate with a warming dram when you make it safely back down again

What's Included

Guides

Local, certified and friendly mountain guides

Accommodation

2 nights at Fort William’s Alexandra Hotel

Meals

Proper breakfasts to fuel you up the mountain

Equipment

All the technical equipment to make a succesful ascent

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Itinerary

Day 1

Plan, prepare and get ready

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Your Scottish winter adventure begins. Meet your guide in Fort William and grab any kit you need for the next few days on the hill.

Once you’re done, it’s off to your accommodation. All that’s left to do now is settle in, meet your fellow adventurers, grab some dinner and get ready for the challenging days ahead.

Day 2

Winter survival training

On the Snow

Approx. 6 hours of winter training

Distance

12km

Elevation

700m up / 700m down

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

Ride Scotland’s only gondola into the spectacular Grampian Mountains - the perfect place to hone your winter skills.

Over the course of the day your expert mountain guide will teach you how to survive in cold, winter conditions and move safely over some of the UK’s most challenging terrain using an ice axe and crampons. It’s a great chance to learn new skills in a truly awesome setting.

You’ll spend about six hours refining your abilities, and then it’s back down the mountain for a hearty dinner and the chance to prepare your kit for the big one - Ben Nevis.

Day 3

Ascend Ben Nevis

On your Feet

Approx. 8 hours of trekking

Distance

20km

Elevation

1345m up / 1345m down

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

Approach Ben Nevis at dawn and get a tantalizing first glimpse of the challenge ahead.

Boot up and begin the 1,345-metre ascent via one of the least travelled routes to the summit – for a good reason. It’s a tough climb but you’ll take regular breaks to catch your breath and enjoy the view.

Tackle the CMD arête, a knife-edge ridge with steep drops on either side and then push on to the peak of the UK’s highest mountain.

After a celebratory summit photo, it’s time to head back down for a well-earned dram.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Fort William

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Breakfast

You'll be staying at The Alexandra Hotel in the centre of Fort William, an iconic feature of the town for the past 125 years.

Private room upgrade

Prices start from £45 per person per night, but can be as high as £200 for last minute requests. Please request this when booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Non-technical equipment (gloves, warm jacket etc. See kit list)
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Dinner (usually around £10 per meal from the restaurants nearby)

A good level of fitness is recommended - you'll be out for up to 9 hours in a cold mountain environment moving over challenging terrain.

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 8, apart from the NYE departure which will have a group of 16. The guest to guide ratio will be a maximum 6:1 so there will be the option to split the group into smaller sizes based on the preference of routes and ability etc. Please note, if there are not 3 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

For breakfast expect a buffet typical of 3-star hotels all over the world.

On any winter hike in a high mountain environment, you will potentially encounter high winds, rain, snow, ice and steep slopes. Ben Nevis is no different and you should be prepared to face these conditions. The average temperature between November - March is between -6°C and -1°C, but factor in wind chill and it can feel much colder. You should read the kit list carefully and pack everything listed.

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We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

Our group adventures are adult only however if you would like to bring children along this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 13 only.

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Ellis Brigham Store in Fort William

When

17:00

Your adventure begins at the Ellis Brigham in Fort William where your guide will meet you. If you’re arriving by train it's just a short walk to the store from the station.

End

Where

Fort William

When

17:30

After your adventure, your local host will transfer you back to the train station or to your accommodation/car park in Fort William.

Kitlist

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What's included?

All your technical equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, ropes.) Your host will also carry essential group equipment such as a first aid kit and group shelter.

What do I need to bring?

  • Rucksack (we recommend 40 litres) with liner
  • Thermal base layer
  • Fleece top – not cotton
  • Polyester, fleece or woollen trouser and tops (no jeans)
  • Heavy-duty waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hat and thick waterproof ski gloves
  • Scarf or neck gaiter/buff plus spares
  • Stiff walking boots (B1, 2 or 3 grade)
  • Ski goggles
  • Head torch
  • Walking poles
  • Flask or water bottle
  • Energy snacks
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Emergency survival bag (6’ by 3’ orange poly bag available from any outdoor store)

Meet Your Host

Connor and team

Your host, Connor is a local climbing expert and key member of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Service. As well as running trips up Ben Nevis for disabled children, including those in wheelchairs, he was also part of a team of climbers, botanists and geologists who undertook a radical new survey that 3D mapped the mountain for the first time.

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Dates & Prices

Bespoke trips only

There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.

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