guided ben nevis days


Many folks come to our area with the main objective of climbing Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the UK with more than one way to reach the summit. We are happy to offer several options to do this depending on your aims, previous experience & level of fitness

Number of Days’ Instruction / Guiding | Normally 1 day


Maximum Ratio | Depending on the route taken this will normally be a maximum of  : |

Normal Mountain Track and  Water Slide ascent 1:8; Cairn Mor Dearg (CMD) arete 1:6; Ledge Route 1: 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Summary | The “ordinary” mountain track starts from near sea level in Glen Nevis – usually from Achintee Farm and is around 15km from start to finish with an ascent of around 1,344m with the same for the descent. While there is a made path on the lower sections the top half is rough ground with loose boulder and scree. Snow patches are not uncommon on the upper slopes in mid summer. The higher slopes of mountains are always colder than at sea level. The summit of Ben Nevis is often 7-9 degrees colder than in the glen below – with wind chill making it feel much colder.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

  Location & Choice of Routes |

The Mountain (Pony or Tourist) Track

Water Slide Ascent

Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Ledge Route

Guided Mountaineering Routes

Minimum Ages | 10 years in accompanied family group; 14 years unaccompanied

Dates / Days & Prices |

Number of Days’ guiding / Instruction Max Group Sizes Cost : per person / minimum of 2 persons Scheduled Days Booking
Previous Experience – who this is for | If you are reasonably ” city fit” and have done some hillwalking before then the walk up Ben Nevis is achievable in good weather conditions on a full day walk of 6-8 hours. We normally allow 4 hours up and 3 hours down. However, this is a full mountain walking adventure no matter the weather or time of year. Even the easiest walking route up Ben Nevis should never be taken lightly even if accompanied by a qualified guide. Good planning and personal clothing with sturdy mountain boots are essential.
I Day midweek Monday – Thursday (Mountain Track)  1:8 £ 70 (£140) + £ 20 per additional persons Mondays & Wednesdays Enquire
I Day weekend  Friday – Sunday  Thursday (Mountain Track) 1:8 Fridays & Saturdays Enquire
I Day midweek Monday – Thursday (Waterslide Ascent) 1:6 £ 80 (£160) + £25 per additional adult Tuesdays & Thursdays Enquire
I Day weekend  Friday – Sunday  Thursday (Waterslide Ascent) 1:6 Fridays & Saturdays Enquire
I Day midweek Monday – Thursday (CMD Arete) 1:6 £ 90 (£160) + 24 per additional person Wednesdays Enquire
I Day weekend  Friday – Sunday  Thursday (CMD Arete) 1:6 Fridays & Saturdays Enquire
I Day midweek Monday – Thursday (Ledge Route) 1:4 £ 110 (£ 220) + £ 50 per additional person Thursdays Enquire
I Day weekend  Friday – Sunday  Thursday (Ledge Route) 1:4 Fridays & Saturdays Enquire
Private Guiding
Location / Non Technical Routes Max Group Size Cost per person 1:1 Scheduled Days Booking
Mountain Track 1:1 £ 140 At any time subject to availability Enquire
Waterslide Ascent 1:1 £ 160 Enquire
Carn Mor Dearg Arete (CMD) 1:1 £ 180 Enqire
Ledge Route 1:1 £ 210 Enquire


Take advantage of this opportunity of:

  • Guiding by a locally based qualified Mountain Leader or guide with small groups for additional safety & personal attention
  • Join a pre dated group
  • or Hire a private guide for yourself or your group – the maximum group size we work with is 8 persons – but more than 1 group can be accommodated at on time.
  • Depending on your previous experience there is a choice of route – the normal mountain track; CMD; or from the south side of Ben Nevis via Steall.
  • Learn about the history, geology, wild life & flora of the mountain with your informed locally based guide
  • Magnificent views all the way round out to the Glencoe mountain range, Ardnamurchan & Argour, right up the Great Glen, and even out to the Hebrides & Mull.
  • Learn about map reading & navigation
  • Put your feet up when you return to the valley with a welcome beer, glass of wine, a cup tea or coffee at Ben Nevis Inn or Café Beg.

Times & Meeting | Meet at Snowgoose Mountain Centre in the village of Corpach for pre-brief and gear check at 9.00 am.

What is included | All guiding / instructional fees, group first aid kit, group shelter, emergency rope, map & compass, transport from Snowgoose Mountain Centre to / from Glen Nevis

Gear list – what to bring|

On the mountain you will see loads of folks who are poorly equipped and shod. These are the ones who will become cold, wet, uncomfortable – and may be in need of assistance or rescue before the end of the day.

To wear on the day :

• Proper walking boots – not trainers or sandals! The decision of the instructor / guide will be final on whether your foot wear is suitable. If in doubt we have a selection of walking and mountain boot for hire @ £ 5.00 per pair per day. Essential

• Preferably 2 layers of woollen socks – not thin nylon socks. Essential

• No jeans. Essential. Fleece or woollen trousers

• Some form of interchangeable layering system for your top half – depending on the time of year this should include a base layer – t-shirt (long or short sleeved); a shirt or sweat shirt; a fleece. Exactly what you wear will depend on what you have to hand and what you are comfortable with.

To carry with you :

• Waterproof trousers & jacket. Essential

• A small day sac – say 35 litres. Essential

• Spare fleece. Essential

• Warm hat & gloves. Essential

• Packed lunch & drink – not a packet of crisps – carbs essential!!

• Map & compass if you have them

• Emergency snack – Mars bar etc – plus one for your guide!

• Sun glasses & sun cream

Additional Costs | Hire of mountain boots and water proofs if you do not have them.

guided Ben Nevis days for the ascent of Ben Nevis are a full day out on the hill - a straightforward if strenuous day out.