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Ben Nevis - Summer


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Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain and stands 1344m high, rising from sea level at Loch Linnhe and towering over the town of Fort William. Going from the bottom to the top of the mountain you pass through 4 different vegetation zones. There is snow on the summit for much of the year; indeed it is not uncommon to find 8 feet of snow on the top during April. Every year we run summer ascents of Ben Nevis, led by qualified mountain leaders. Our ascent from the visitor centre avoids the foreboding cliffs seen in the photographs, and follows a walking route that will take approximately 8 - 10 hrs at a steady pace (the key to progress on a mountain is steady pacing and not speed and pause). If you are lucky with the weather then the views from the summit, and even from half way up, are quite stunning. On a good day you can see all the way to the majestic rock spires of The Isle of Skye and looking the other way, down Loch Linnhe to the Irish Sea. The trip is fully guided by an experienced mountain leader with lots of experience on Ben Nevis!

trip level: ModerateDifficulty: Moderate

group sizeDuration: weekend


Quick Facts

  • 1 days guiding by an experienced guide on Ben Nevis.
  • Distance - 11 miles/18km.
  • Ascent - 4359ft/1329 metres.
  • Summit - 4408ft/1344 metres.
  • Accommodation is provided. Airport transfers can be added at a supplement
  • We run this trip between May and October, however you can do the 'Ben' in winter to experience some winter mountaineering, see Ben Nevis - Winter.
  • Many years experience on Ben Nevis - we also adhere to the mountain code and work with the John Muir Trust to ensure the conservation of ‘The Ben'.
  • You need a reasonable level of fitness

Typical Itinerary

We normally run this trip over a weekend, arriving Friday, walking Saturday and leaving on Sunday, however if you would like to do this at any other time then please contact us.

A typical itinerary looks like this:

Day Activity
Friday Make your way to Fort William and your accommodation.
Evening briefing, route planning and equipment check with your guide.
Saturday Breakfast and then depart for Ben Nevis.
Climb Ben Nevis following a route from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre.
Return to your accommodation for a relaxing evening.
Sunday Depart after a hearty breakfast to make your way home.

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary.

Please aim to arrive at your accommodation the Friday afternoon/evening in time for the evening briefing at 8 pm, and to be ready for the start of the hike the next day.

Course Requirements

To do this trip you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. No previous mountaineering experience is required for this trip, however, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your day.

The ascent (and descent!) takes 8 - 10 hrs. You will be carrying a daysack and you may encounter inclement weather conditions.

We recommend that you follow a fitness plan in preparation for your challenge, an example of one will be sent to you when you have confirmed your booking.

Although the fitness plan we will send to you has been devised by a fitness professional, this is only provided as a guide and you should seek professional advice before starting your own fitness regime.

Dates - 2014

Weather conditions permit us to run this course anytime from May to October. Please enquire should you want to do a winter version (Dec - Mar).

Any number (one upwards) can join an open trip, or for 8 or more booking we will run a bespoke trip on dates of your request.

May 02-04 closed Book
May 09 -11 closed Book
May 16-18 Closed Book
May 23-25 closed Book
May 30-01 closed Book
June 06-08 closed Book
June 06-08 Breast Cancer Campaign Book
June 06-08 National Locums Book
June 13-15 Closed Book
June 20-22 Closed Book
June 27-29 Closed Book
June 27-29 Hickford Group Book
July 04-06 Closed Book
July 11-13 Closed Book
July 18-20 Closed Book
July 25-27 Closed Book
Aug 01-03 Closed Book
Aug 08-10 Closed Book
Aug 15-17 Closed Book
Aug 22-24 Closed Book
Aug 29-31 Closed Book
Sept 05-07 Closed Book
Sept 19-21 Closed Book
Sept 19-21 Breast Cancer Campaign Book
Sept 26-28 Closed Book
Oct 03-05 Closed Book
Oct 10-12 Closed Book
Oct 24-26 Closed Book

We have availability throughout the year for bespoke events. Please contact us for more details.

If the date you want is fully booked or not listed please contact us. We may still be able to help.

All requested dates are unconfirmed until minimum numbers have been booked. Please do not make travel arrangements for your event until you have received a trip confirmation email from our logistics team after you have placed your booking with us.

Dates - 2015

Weather conditions permit us to run this course anytime from May to October. Please enquire should you want to do a winter version (Dec - Mar).

Any number (one upwards) can join an open trip, or for 8 or more booking we will run a bespoke trip on dates of your request.

May 01-03 Good availability Book
May 08-10 Good availability Book
May 15-17 Good availability Book
May 22-24 Good availability Book
May 29-31 Good availability Book
June 05-07 Good availability Book
June 12-14 Good availability Book
June 19-21 Good availability Book
June 26-28 Good availability Book
July 03-05 Good availability Book
July 10-12 Good availability Book
July 17-19 Good availability Book
July 24-26 Good availability Book
July 31-02 Good availability Book
Aug 07-09 Good availability Book
Aug 14-16 Good availability Book
Aug 21-23 Good availability Book
Aug 28-30 Good availability Book
Sept 04-06 Good availability Book
Sept 11-13 Good availability Book
Sept 18-20 Good availability Book
Sept 25-27 Good availability Book
Oct 02-04 Good availability Book
Oct 09-11 Good availability Book
Oct 23-25 Good availability Book

If the date you want is fully booked or not listed please contact us - we may still be able to help!


  • Professional event organisation.
  • Qualified mountain leaders.
  • Evening briefing, route planning and equipment check to ensure you have everything you need and are suitable prepared for the following day.
  • Two nights twin room hotel accommodation with breakfast. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
  • Glasgow Airport arrival and departure transfers are available at a supplement.
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders.

Price: £199 per person **NOVEMBER PRICE FALL OFFER** £179

£199 per person (£179 when booked during November 2014)

A deposit of £99 (£79 when booked during November 2014) per person is required upon completion of your booking form. The remaining balance of £100 is then due 10 weeks prior to your departure.

Glasgow Airport return transfers - £75pp (minimum numbers of 4 people need to be booking the same transfers for this to be offered).

Walk only price £99 per person (£79 when booked during November 2014)

Doing this event for charity?

Pay a registration fee of £99 (£79 when booked during Novmeber) per person with a minimum fundraising commitment of £200. Simply complete the registration form, enter the name of your chosen charity in the reference box and we will sort the rest. Please aks for further details.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies to do Ben Nevis with. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • Established adventure travel business
  • Been trading for 12 years
  • Financially protected in accordance with 1992 travel regulation
  • ATOL bonded
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from ben nevis to mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We try to give you the best service we can
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to facilitate it
  • Repeat clients stretching back many years



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