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Sunday, 26th February 2017

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis attracts a huge number of visitors each year and it’s easy to see why.

At 1,344 metres, Britain’s highest mountain is an impressive presence that towers over Fort William. It is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its geology, natural and cultural history and the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Scenic Area was established to protect and recognise the importance of the area.

If you want to achieve all you are capable of in the Outdoor Capital of the UK; regardless of the level of adventure in the mountains you choose, a mountain guide will always transform your experience from merely interesting to enlightening, enriching and deeply personally fulfilling.

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Walking or Climbing Ben Nevis

The challenge of reaching the summit of Ben Nevis is what draws many people to Lochaber. Every year around 400,000 people visit Glen Nevis and around 110,000 people walk to the summit of the Ben.

The normal route to the summit follows the Pony Track up the north western side of the mountain and although thousands of visitors reach the summit every year, it remains a difficult mountain to navigate, especially in bad visibility.

This famous mountain should not be attempted without good planning and preparation as conditions can change dramatically and quickly. The temperature on the summit is 9° colder than it is at sea level, and bad weather can blow in with startling rapidity.

The Ben Nevis Mountain Path (the ‘Pony Track’) is around 16km (start to finish) and rises 1,300m, followed by the same height in descent. If you’re keen to walk up Ben Nevis please ensure that you are well prepared for a full day of mountain walking.

For the more experienced, you may wish to discover various other routes to the top of Ben Nevis. We advise booking one of the Outdoor Capital Mountain Guides to take you off the pony track and make your asscent a unique adventure.

We want you to keep safe in the outdoors, and the best way to do that is be prepared for your chosen activity. Out top three questions are:

Do you know your route?
Choose a route that is appropriate to you or all of your group's experience, taking into account their fitness, navigation skills, mountain experience and the weather conditions. Remember to consider turning back if someone in your group is tiring or getting cold; retreat is not defeat, it is a safe mountain experience. 

Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them. Outdoor retailers Nevisport stock our recommendation of Ordnance Survey maps Landranger 41- Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe - scale 1:50,000; and Explorer 392 Map Ben Nevis & Fort William – scale 1:25,000, a useful addition is the Harvey’s Ben Nevis Summit Map -scale 1:12 500.

Have you checked the conditions?

Have you told someone where you are going?

Download and complete the "Going to the Hills- Safety Form" from our Itineraries  page and leave it with a responsible person.

Additional Information:
Ben Nevis Accommodation
Ben Nevis Walk/Routes
Ben Nevis FAQs
Fort William & Glen Nevis Map
Ben Nevis Safety Information
20 Things You Should Know About Ben Nevis
Britain's Highest Mountain - geology, culture, history and wildlife of Ben Nevis
Live images from the Ben Nevis webcam

There are also a variety of events held on and around Ben Nevis, including the famous Ben Nevis Race and No Fuss Events' Big Ben Nevis Triathlon and the Tour de Ben Nevis.

Why not compete in these events as part of your holiday in the Outdoor Capital of the UK?

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