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Take on mighty Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, with a one- to three-day guided trek. These expert-led tours are run all year round and can be tailored to suit any needs. If you’re short of time you can hire a guide for the day, otherwise why not try our multi-day adventure and explore the local area as well?
At 1,344 metres Ben Nevis towers over Scotland’s west coast. The view from the British Isles' highest point is breathtaking, extending to over 190 kilometres in clear conditions – as far as the Isles of Mull and Skye! And it’s not just the view that’s special - the lush wooded valleys and rocky slopes are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including moss campion, purple saxifrage and butterwort and red deer, snow buntings, and golden eagle.
These guided treks can be undertaken at any time of the year. If you’re tight for time you can hire a guide for the day, setting off from near Fort William and walking for between six and eight hours. A weekend tour makes more of an occasion out of the ascent and you’ll get the chance to explore the local area and maybe see the Ben from a variety of angles. The Ben can be tackled on either of the two days so you have the flexibility to choose the best weather for the ascent. One day will be spent exploring the local area, perhaps walking in beautiful Glen Nevis or majestic Glen Coe.
For the more experienced or truly adventurous there’s also the possibility of attempting the ascent in winter, when the mountain is caked in snow and ice. This three day option gives you the chance to get to grips with crampons and ice-axes with training provided by an experienced mountain guide. Exhausting, exhilarating and when you reach the summit worth every step of the way. Standing on the top of Britain's highest mountain the view in all directions is as spectacular as it is unforgettable.
Climbing Ben Nevis should only be undertaken by keen walkers with a good level of fitness. If you are particularly unfit you may want to try something a little gentler, perhaps some hiking in the surrounding valleys.
Expect at least six hours of walking for both summer or winter ascents. You’ll be in excellent hands with local guides who have expert knowledge of the mountains and weather conditions. The path is well-trodden and there’s nothing technical, unless you want there to be – the steep north face offers some great climbing and scrambling.
The winter ascent poses much more of a challenge. Only attempt this if you’ve done a fair amount of hill-walking. Training and equipment are provided so you don’t need any prior experience of winter walking, but be prepared to be bushed after three days of epic adventure!
I had a brilliant time and want to do it again next year. Ian our guide was fabulous. Really lovely group we met up with. Went at our own pace and made it. Harder than kilimamjaro and way more rewarding as I made it to the top. With no altitude sickness a trek like this is hard but doable. Would recommend it to anyone. See you next year!
Laki reviewing Climb Ben Nevis
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