(+44) 01786 340 500 info@sasadventures.co.uk
Duration 1 Day (8-10 Hours)
Min Age 14
Season May - Oct
Adventure 6/10
Skill Level 5/10

For those looking for a more adventurous way to the summit of Ben Nevis, head for the breathtaking CMD Arete.

The Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) Arete route approaches Ben Nevis from the north side, giving spectacular views of the mountain’s north face, the most challenging side of the mountain and well worth some amazing photos during the journey. We take in 3 mountain tops on the way up to Ben Nevis, including Carn Mor Dearg (1220m), the 8th highest peak in the UK. The highlight of the route is the arête itself, a sharp narrow Alpine style ridge over 1km long that links to the summit of The Ben.

A good level of mountain fitness is needed as the journey is around 15km long and takes 8-10 hours to complete in good summer conditions. The route is pathless once out of the bottom of the glen, steep in places and very rock underfoot, but if you want to explore The Ben without using the often packed Mountain Track, then it’s pretty hard to beat!

The best time of the year to attempt the climb is between May and October, as snow cover is common outside that time; remember that there can be snow patches on Ben Nevis almost all year around!

If you’d like to climb Ben Nevis, but this route sounds a little hard then why not try the slightly less challenging Mountain Track.

To ensure you get the most out of your activity, we ask that participants meet some minimum abilities.

  • A good level of fitness is required.
  • Reasonable hill walking experience.

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We are usually able to accommodate a diverse range of special requirements.

For assessment courses that require logbooks or NGB registration, please ensure these are completed before the course commences.

For introductory activities, we provide all the activity and safety equipment you need. With more advanced courses you may be expected to have some of your own personal equipment; see the Kit List for information. Whether it’s the latest gear, great instruction or comfy accommodation, we aim to provide you with the best we can.

  • Helmets
  • Navigation Equipment

As well as the activity equipment, you can rest assured that our experienced instructors carry all the necessary group safety equipment, and are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy.

Here is a quick guide to what you need to bring with you for the activity. A full kit list is included with your information pack provided after booking.

  • Walking Boots
  • Mountain Waterproofs
  • Rucksack
  • Warm Layers
  • Snacks/Meals & Drinks (These May Not Be Available At The Location)

If you are struggling with any specialist equipment, then please get in touch, and we may be able to assist.


1-3 People: £200 per Group
4-6 People: £240 per Group
7-8 People: £280 per Group