Ben Nevis

Overview

Introduction to the Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the biggest and most popular mountain in Scotland. Its summit, which is 1345 metres high, more often than not even has patches of snow in the summer, due to its elevation. Thistle Trekking try and give you the best chance possible of succeeding in your attempt to summit Ben Nevis. We provide you with a qualified Mountain Leader, who will guide you up the classic tourist path. We also organise your accommodation, so all you need to do is concentrate on the walk itself.

What's Included with this Holiday

  • A qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Ben Nevis Information Pack
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • 2 Breakfasts if in B&B/hotel
  • Maximum group size of 8

Ben Nevis Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Fort William

This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Fort William. We will have accommodation arranged for you for this first night (either in B&B, Hotel or camp site depending on your preference). This will be pre-paid, so you just need to turn up and tell them your name.

Accommodation in Fort William

Day 2: Ben Nevis Guided Walk

Today you will meet your guide at The Glen Nevis Visitors Centre Car Park. This is approximately 3 miles from Fort William town centre. The easiest way to get there is often by taxi, and we will provide you with a list of taxi numbers so you can arrange this beforehand. Sometimes a group transfer is available, please enquire for details if you would like to be added to this.

Once everyone has met at The Glen Nevis Visitors Centre the walk up Ben Nevis will begin. The walk is just under 11 miles but with over 1300 metres of ascent it is a strenuous and challenging day. The path is good underfoot and while there is obviously much ascent no scrambling is involved (you will not need to use your hands). You will walk at a slow and comfortable pace with plenty of time to stop and take photos, eat and drink. It will take an average of 7-9 hours to complete this walk but be aware that this should be a rough guide only as every group has a different pace.

Remember, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK and so be prepared for some challenging weather. It will be approximately 14 Degrees Celsius colder on the summit of Ben Nevis to the temperature in Fort William. There is often snow at the top, high winds are also likely and so we will provide you with a kit list to make sure you are suitably equipped.

While this is certainly a challenging day it is achievable by most people with an average level of fitness and a positive mental attitude. Do expect it to be difficult but it will be an achievement you will never forget.

Accommodation in Fort William

Day 3: Depart

Today it will be time for you to check out of your accommodation make your way home.

Ben Nevis Accommodation Options

We offer our Ben Nevis guided trek with 3 different accommodation options to suit your needs and budget.

Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.

Hotels and Luxury Bed and Breakfast

If you are looking for some of the highest standard accommodation available along the trail this is the option for you. Most of your accommodation will be in hotels, using 4 star B&Bs only when they are a higher standard than the local hotels. In areas where you finish walking and there is no high quality hotels or 4 star B&Bs (e.g. Kingshouse), you will be driven to a nearby village to make sure you get a consistent standard.

No Accommodation

For those who are living locally, or travelling in a camper van, or perhaps including this as a part of a longer holiday in the area, we offer this weekend without accommodation also. Please note that if you wish to have the transfer to the ridge you must be located within Fort William.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2019 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Saturday 15th June 2019 to Monday 17th June 2019 Spaces

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

2019 Calendar

We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2019 in the spring of 2018. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.

Pricing

Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The total price for this option including accommodation, instructor, etc is:

£140 per person when booking as a two in double or twin rooms.

£180 per person if booking as an individual therefore needing single rooms.

To book this trip we will require a £100 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

Price for Hotels and Luxury Bed and Breakfast:

The total price for this option including accommodation, instructor, etc is:

£180 per person when booking as a two in double or twin rooms.

£220 per person if booking as an individual therefore needing single rooms.

To book this trip we will require a £100 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

Price for No Accommodation:

The price for guiding only is £60. This does not included any accommodation with the trek. Our guide will arrange a meeting location a few days before your booking.

To book this trip we will require a £20 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

Book Ben Nevis Online

Saturday 15th June 2019 to Monday 17th June 2019 Currently we only have spaces on this date.

Please choose your dates and accommodation options to see the pricing.

Please note we use a secure website for our shopping cart. You will be taken to that site when you press the book now button.

What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.