Approaching the highest point in the UK: Ben Nevis Summit

Approaching the highest point in the UK: Ben Nevis Summit

Ben Nevis is the highest Mountain in the UK. Its lofty summit stands at 1344 meters above sea level and has inspired many walkers and climbers since its first recorded ascent in 1771. In recent years we have been involved with guiding over 30 National Three Peak Challenges and numerous Ben Nevis walks. We offer a choice of walking ascents starting with the more regular route from the Ben Nevis Inn at Achintee or, a more adventurous ascent via the Carn Mor Dearg Arête which demands a slightly greater head for heights.

If you aspire to try one of the great ridges on Ben Nevis or have a particular combination of routes in mind please take a look at our Scrambling page.

To keep your cost to a minimum we have four set dates for anyone who wants to join a group of like minded people on their journey to the highest point in the UK.

Just a quick email to thank you again for the good job you did last weekend in leading the group for the 3-Peaks Challenge. I really appreciated your dedication and professionalism throughout the whole weekend and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! –

K. Taylor, 3-Peaks Challenge

Date Walkers Path Carn Mor Dearg Arete Price per Person Book Now
05/06/2016 0 places left 0 places left £70 FULL
03/07/2016 0 places left 0 places left £70 FULL
07/08/2016 0 places left 0 places left £70 FULL
04/09/2016 0 places left 0 places left £70 FULL

The day ahead

DSC_1005Ben Nevis mountain path – Expect to start your walk from The Ben Nevis Inn at Achintee. The path starts gently winding its way around the West flank of the mountain, crossing bridges and getting steeper as the half way point approaches. Following a short break at the spectacular waterfall the path becomes a little looser whilst zigzagging back and forth gaining height quickly up the hillside. Looking around the view is spectacular providing panoramas out over the Highlands and Islands. The final test gains the mountain top plateau guarded by a couple of steep inclines which lead victoriously towards the summit cairn and mountain top shelter.

CMD Arete – We start from the North Face Carpark at Torlundy with an ascent of Carn Mor Dearg; a mountain in its own right. From here we marvel at stunning views of the North Face of Ben Nevis and the narrow arête that lies ahead. This sharp section of ridge is the meat of our day providing a narrow, slightly exposed scramble if taken directly or an easier challenge along a lower route if conditions and aspirations dictate. Following the arête is a steep, rough path that leads directly onto the plateau and toward the summit of Ben Nevis.

Both routes descend by the mountain path with CMD groups breaking off at the half way point to descent boggy ground back to the North Face carpark.


Specialist equipment such as group shelter and large first aid kit wil be supplied by your guide. Please download Ben Nevis Kit List for the required personal equipment.


Ascending Ben Nevis by any route is physically and mentally taxing. A good level of cardio fitness and leg strength will be beneficial to your day. If you would like any advice as to how fit you need to be for an ascent of Ben Nevis please get in contact for some advice. Expect to be on the hill for 6 – 9 hours.


Participants wishing to walk up Ben Nevis via the path will be provided with 1 guide to every 8 clients. The CMD arête is ran on a maximum ratio of 1 guide to every 6 clients.

Meeting and timings

Typically – Ben Nevis mountain path participants will meet at Achintee at 0830 on the morning of your ascent. This is clearly signposted off the A82 opposite the turning for Inverlochy.

CMD arête participants will meet at the North Face Carpark at Torlundy at 0800 on the morning of your ascent. This carpark near Torlundy is signposted just off the A82 between Fort William and Spean Bridge.

Your guide will be in contact to discuss timings and discuss the prevailing weather forecast just prior to your chosen day.

The CMD Arête in all its glory

The CMD Arête in all its glory