2 day Guided Winter Ascent of Ben Nevis

Climbing Ben Nevis in winter is a unique and memorable experience. At 1345m (4409ft), it’s the highest mountain in the United Kingdom and dominates the skyline above Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands. Due to its elevation and location, it is often covered in snow and ice through the cooler months, which can start as early as October, and last well into the spring. In winter even the main track is a serious challenge that requires specialist equipment and a specific set of skills. Average climbing times in winter range from 7-10 hours and you will be covering up to 20km, we therefore recommend that you have some experience of summer mountain/hill walking as well as a basic level of fitness.
Day 1: Meet in the afternoon in Fort William where Sam, your mountain guide, will make sure you’re fully kitted out with the specialist kit needed: winter boots, crampons and ice-axe as well as checking your own personal kit. He will be able to answer your questions, give you an update on the weather conditions and the plans for the weekend ahead.
Day 2: Sam will spend the day teaching you on local mountains how to move safely over challenging winter terrain using an ice axe and crampon correctly and also passing on valuable knowledge on the winter environment.

Day 3: This will be an early start and Sam will assess the options of ascending via the path from Glen Nevis, the more challenging approach via the Allt a’Mhuilinn and Coire Leis, or via the Carn Mhor Dearg Arete, depending on ability and experience.

Your guide:

Sam is a qualified winter mountain leader and has spent the last 10 winters up in Scotland winter mountaineering and climbing. He knows the area extremely well and will have spent all winter getting to know the current ground conditions to ensure you can maximise the weekend. Sam is extremely approachable and an excellent teacher – so you will be made to feel welcome and supported on this exciting adventure.


Included in the weekend:

Professional guide and experienced winter mountaineer Sam Bradshaw

Specialist kit: crampons, winter boots and ice-axe

Safety kits

Not included in the weekend:


Personal walking kit

Personal insurance


Group Size: 2-6

The cost for the weekend is £220 per person plus VAT (£264). A deposit £100 will be taken upon booking which secures your place on the course. The remainder is to be paid 21 days prior to the event. Further information including personal kit needed and arrangements for meeting will be sent nearer the time. We suggest booking accommodation as soon as possible. Accommodation options range from luxury hotels, self-catering lodges,  B&Bs, cottages or for the more budget conscious hostels and caravan sites.