Ben Nevis and around

Ben Nevis (Beinn Nibheis in Scottish Gaelic) is the UK's highest mountain. Standing 1345 metres above sea level, it’s a must-do munro and a challenging day walk. Depending on your experience, we offer either of two routes to the summit: the easier Pony trail from Glen Nevis, or the more challenging Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) arête route. We also guide walks around Ben Nevis and in the Mamores mountains.

 

Choose a route
Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls

Easy

3-5 hours

Ben Nevis via the Pony Trail

Moderate

6-10 hours

Sgurr a' Mhaim, Mamores

Moderate

6-9 hours

Ben Nevis via the CMD arête

Challenging

8-12 hours

Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls

A shorter day walk through the Nevis Gorge to the south of Ben Nevis. This route will take you through a scenic gorge to Steall Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland. The path is well worn but rough and rocky, so good footwear is needed. When we get to the waterfall, we will have the option to cross the wire bridge over the River Nevis and to continue a little way past the waterfall to a viewpoint on the path leading up to the peak of An Gearanach. This can lead us through a slightly boggier section of ground and means crossing the river.

Duration: 4-6 hours

Route difficulty: Easy

Route information: Full details of the meeting place and time, including payment information, will be emailed to you in advance (see more on how to book). The Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls route can be either a morning or an afternoon walk - let us know which you prefer when you contact us via the form below.

Group ratio: 2 people minimum. Up to 10 people per guide.

Prices: 2 people = £50 per person | 3-4 people = £40 per person | 5 people = £35 per person | 6 people = £30 per person | 7 or more people = £25 per person

Ben Nevis via the Pony Trail

Ben Nevis is a challenging mountain but it rewards you with beautiful views from the top (when it's not cloudy!) and one of Scotland's most iconic mountain tops. The broad summit is crowned with the ruins of an old Victorian weather observatory, as well as a shelter for hillwalkers and climbers. The walk to the top typically takes about 4 hours, and the descent another 3, but these times can vary a lot depending on the speed of the group. From the summit at 1345 metres above sea level, you can see over the sheer vertical cliff of the North Face. On a clear day you can see as far as 160km (100 miles)!

Duration: 5-9 hours

Route difficulty: Moderate

Route information: Full details of the meeting place and time will be emailed to you in advance (see more on how to book). We will usually meet at the Glen Nevis Visitor centre car park, where there are toilets and also plenty of space to park your car. You will need to buy a parking ticket at the machine for £3.00. It is also possible to meet at the SYHA hostel in Glen Nevis.

Mountains climbed: Ben Nevis (1345m)

Group ratio: Up to 10 people per guide

Prices: 1 person = £150 | 2 people = £80 per person | 3 people = £60 per person | 4 people = £55 per person | 5-6 people = £45 per person | 7-10 people = £40 per person | 11+ people = £30 per person

Sgurr a' Mhaim, Mamores

Sgurr a'Mhaim is a munro to the south of Ben Nevis. One of the peaks in the Mamores range, it's topped with grey quartzite rock which makes it look snowcapped from a distance. From the broad summit there are fantastic views of Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis and the Mamores mountain range. The route to the top of Sgurr a'Mhaim is quite direct, meaning that we gain height very quickly! The return to Glen Nevis is back the same way.

Duration: 6-9 hours

Route difficulty: Moderate

Route information: Full details of the meeting place and time will be emailed to you in advance  (see more on how to book). Sgurr a'Mhaim is a full day hike so we will meet in the morning in Glen Nevis, usually at 9:00am. The path up the northwest ridge is steep but steady.

Mountains climbed: Sgurr a'Mhaim (1099m)

Group ratio: Up to 8 people per guide

Prices: 1 person = £150 | 2 people = £80 per person | 3 people = £60 per person | 4 people = £55 per person | 5-6 people = £45 per person | 7-10 people = £40 per person | 11+ people = £30 per person

Ben Nevis via the CMD arête

Getting to the summit of Ben Nevis is usually done via the Pony Trail, but the Carn Mor Dearg arête offers a longer and more challenging way up. We climb a winding path through forest before leaving the trees behind and gaining the ridge, which offers amazing views of the steep north face of Ben Nevis. A good head for heights is needed here as we climb to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg mountain, and the arête involves some easy scrambling. After getting to the top of Ben Nevis, we will descend via the Pony Trail before turning off and finishing back at the North Face car park.

Duration: 8-12 hours

Route difficulty: Challenging

Route information: Full details of the meeting place and time will be emailed to you in advance (see more on how to book). The CMD arête is a full day out so an early start is necessary - we usually meet at 8:00am at the North Face car park near Torlundy.

Mountains climbed: Carn Mor Dearg (1220m), Ben Nevis (1345m)

Group ratio: Up to 6 people per guide

Prices: 1 person = £160 | 2 people = £80 per person | 3 people = £60 per person | 4 people = £55 per person | 5+ people = £50 per person

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