Reach the highest point in the UK by the classic Mountain Track.
Climbing Ben Nevis, often simply known as “The Ben”, is one of the great challenges of the outdoors in the country. It doesn’t matter if you are doing it for a personal achievement or as part of a fund-raising event for others, making your own way to the highest point in the UK is an accomplishment certainly worth celebrating.
The Mountain Track is the most popular and least challenging of the routes up the mountain. Starting at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre outside Fort William it winds its way on to the mountain past the Lochan before starting the famous “Zig Zags” leading up the plateau and onto the summit.
With the summit of Ben Nevis at 1,345m and the Visitor Centre at 15m, you will be climbing pretty much the entire height of the mountain; so no easy shortcuts! The route is about 16km in length, and if you are reasonably fit and weather conditions are good then a steady pace should see you to the summit and back in six to eight hours, but in poor weather or with a mixed ability group this may extend up to ten hours. It is important that to take a steady approach to speed as it is a long day on the hill and starting too fast can leave you struggling later in the day.
The best time of the year to attempt the climb is between May and October, as snow cover on the track is common outside that time; remember that there can be snow patches on Ben Nevis almost all year around!
For large numbers such as fundraising groups, we offer bespoke events with multiple instructors, first aid stations (lots of blister plasters!), full mountain safety radio networks and dedicated event managers. Contact us for more information and pricing.
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.
- Some hill walking experience. If you don’t have much experience, then you can prepare by tackling some of your local smaller hills.
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.
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
- 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.