Guided ascent up Ben Nevis – Scotland’s highest mountain. We offer ascents via the standard mountain track, or the CMD arete in both summer and winter. We also offer private days for your group if you prefer. 2 Kids can go half price per adult.

Guided Ascents of Ben Nevis

We offer guided ascents of Ben Nevis all year round 365 days of the year – in both summer and Winter conditions. The standard route is via the mountain track but we also offer a slightly more exposed and adventurous route which is via the CMD arete. All of our staff are qualified instructors and are not only friendly, but very knowledgeable about the Ben. We offer open group bookings as well as private groups and can tailor to most sizes of groups with no issue.

Guided Ascent of Ben Nevis via the Mountain Track

The Mountain Track is the standard way to ascend Ben Nevis. Starting and finishing at the Ben Nevis Inn – perfect for a finishing celebration. This ascent does not require previous mountain walking experience, but a reasonable level of fitness will be essential if you wish to reach the summit successfully.

The Track used to be called the tourist track and is also often referred to as the pony track. It is a continual ascend with a good break point around the half way point at Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. From there the path Zigzags its way through some rocky terrain before reaching flatter ground leading towards the summit and the old observatory buildings.

After reaching the summit the descent is much easier and back down along the same route before finishing back at the Inn.

This route can be done in summer or winter. And it is pathed the whole way – this often leads many people to presume that they can ascend Ben Nevis without professional guidance. But if conditions deteriorate then it is very easy to lose the track – especially in winter. Hence why all our instructors are fully qualified to ensure you get the most of your day safely.

If you do not have previous experience and are wanting to attempt this in Winter, then we would recommend booking onto a winter skills training course first.

Ascend the Ben via the CMD Arete

This Route starts and finishes at the North Face Ben Nevis car park; from here your guided ascent winds it’s way through the forests and out towards the North Face – an impressive awe inspiring side of Ben Nevis full of many climbs, ridges and stunning terrain. We ascend directly opposite the North Face up the CMD arete – this is mainly a walk but there may be small sections of scrambling and depending on conditions it is not impossible the guide may assist on certain sections via a hands on spotting approach or roping up if it is windy.

After traversing our way along the ridge (Arete) we wind out way back to Ben Nevis and begin to ascend via the South Easterly side. This route is less well travelled than the Mountain Track but is far more stunning and you ascend the Ben via the CMD with views of the North Face and the Aonach Mor Ski area. From the summit we wind our way halfway back down the Mountain Track before branching off on a smaller track leading back towards the North Face. This route is not always pathed so a good level of fitness is essential and ideally prior mountain walking experience.

If you do not have previous experience and are wanting to attempt this in Winter, then we would recommend booking onto a winter skills training course first.

Additional information for your Guided ascent of Ben Nevis

What to Bring

  1. Waterproofs
  2. Boots – we can supply these if you don’t have your own.
  3. Drinks bottle & lunch.
  4. Warm Clothes
  5. Sunglasses, hat, suncream
  6. Midge Repellent
  7. Any medication

What we supply:

  1. Transport from/to Newtonmore or Fort William.
  2. All Technical Equipment – i.e. Winter conditions may require B2 boots, crampons, walking axes and helmets.
  3. Fully qualified instructors.
  4. Friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff who are dedicated to making the most of your day. We are not set to time constraints on our days – it is about the clients experience! A standard guided ascent of Ben Nevis takes between 6-8 hours but if it takes longer due to conditions or personal reasons (so long as it can be achieved safely) then that’s not a problem.

Note – By their very nature journeys in remote or mountainous country can be affected by weather and other environmental factors. Your guide/s may have to alter the itinerary to ensure group safety.

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Private 1:1 Instruction!

If you wish to book a instructor specifically for you or your group. Simply fill in an enquiry form by clicking the button to the right or drop us a ring on 01540 210 000. Private instructor rates start from £225.00 on a 1:1 ratio, additional adults £50.00 and children £25.00

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