Ben Nevis Winter Ascent

Think you know Ben Nevis? Until you’ve been up in Winter, think again! The mountain is transformed by snow and ice into a serious but massively rewarding undertaking.

Winter conditions prevail on the mountain from around December to April. Our normal route of choice is the Mountain Track which is straight forward in Summer but in Winter it can become much more challenging under deep snow, hard ice, high winds and white out conditions. If you’re after a more challenging route, check out our Winter Mountaineering or Private Guiding courses.

Any route on the mountain in winter requires the use of technical equipment including ice-axe, winter boots and crampons. Hire can be arranged locally in Fort William. If you’ve had some previous experience in Winter conditions using ice axe and crampons then this is ideal.

If you’re new to winter walking, we can offer you a 2 day course. A ‘Ben Nevis Winter Weekend‘ allows us to use the day before your ascent as a winter skills training day to get you up to speed before tackling ‘the Ben’.

The rewards of a Winter ascent of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain are great, with (sometimes!) views of snow covered peaks as far as the eye can see and a real and deserved sense of achievement. No guarantee is made to reach the summit as sometimes in Winter this is just not possible. However, we will do everything we can to give you the best chance whilst looking after you each step of the way.

Is this for me?

You should have some experience of summer hill walking.

The Winter environment can be quite demanding so a good level of fitness is recommended.

Ratios- up to 1:6

Larger groups please contact us for prices


No. of PeopleBen Nevis Winter AscentWinter Skills + Ben Nevis

What’s Included

  • Qualified and Highly Experienced Winter Mountain Leader
  • Hire of Ice axe and Crampons
  • Action photos of your trip!

What’s not included

  • Personal Clothing
  • Boot hire (can be arranged)
  • Travel/Accommodation/Meals
  • Travel/Cancellation/Personal Injury Insurance

Enquire now about Ben Nevis Winter Ascent

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