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“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”

Edmund Hillary


Altitude - 1,345m (4,413ft)

Grading Level - T2 Summer / C2 Winter (click HERE to find out more about our grading)

Best months to go: Winter, January - March / Summer, May - September 

Summiting the mighty Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK, during winter conditions makes this a very different experience from climbing in the summer. In the winter Ben Nevis can be cold, windy and has a substantial snow covering!

It is an almost unrecognisable mountain from the summer months, making this a challenge to remember.

You will receive winter climbing skills training prior to your climb and will be led by some of the best Professional Guides on the mountain.


Completing the full day ascent of Ben Nevis will be an amazing achievement. Therefore we often reward you the following day with tours around a couple of the best Whiskey Distilleries in Scotland.


About the Challenge:

  • Highest peak in the UK at 4,408ft

  • 8-10hrs of ascent/decent over 11 miles

  • Winter skills training provided

  • Qualified winter mountain guides with years of experience on Ben Nevis

  • 3 day challenge

  • Includes transfers, accommodation and technical equipment


After arriving at Glasgow airport, we will travel straight to Fort William later that day, all participants will be fitted for their technical winter gear and we will have time to test it all out that afternoon.


We will be up early morning to begin our 8 hour winter ascent of Ben Nevis. We will be back down to our hotel in plenty of time for a celebration dinner.


Although everyone will be using winter mountain gear, this is not a technical climb, it is still a walk. So as long as you are reasonably fit, this challenge is suitable for anyone.


Your training goal should be to increase your walking over a period of a couple of months. Ideally you will start at around 1-2 hr walks and increase steadily over the weeks until you are doing walks of 4-5 hours (stopping every now and then for rest breaks, toilet breaks and the odd cup of tea!). You should also be getting used to carrying a daypack (rucksack) with a couple of bottles of water in. During the climb you will need a daypack to carry drinks, snacks and extra clothing during the climb.


Day 1

Arrive Glasgow airport, transfer to Fort William for briefing and kit collection, winter climb training, dinner, overnight in Hotel

Day 2

Early breakfast at hotel, transfer to start of climb, ascend and summit of Ben Nevis, back down to hotel for celebration dinner, overnight in Hotel

Day 3

Breakfast at hotel, optional Distillery Tour, transfer to airport, flights back home

Items to be rented locally

  • Crampons

  • Rigid insulated mountaineering boots

  • Walking Poles


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