Tower Ridge is quite possibly the finest mountaineering route in the country and is an awe inspiring way to reach the summit of Ben Nevis! This is our most guided technical route on Ben Nevis and your Tower Ridge Guide will have clocked up dozens of ascents in all conditions- you’ll be in very safe hands!
The length, positions and situations on this climb make it almost Alpine in character and a guaranteed memorable route. Tackle some of the infamous obstacles such as the Eastern Traverse, The Great Tower and the super exposed Tower Gap…! Your Tower Ridge guide will look after you every step of the way allowing you to concentrate fully on enjoying this truly spectacular route! Our highly experienced team of Mountain Professionals will give you a safe, fun and exciting experience!
Is this for me?
You should have a good level of mountain fitness for this route so previous experience hill walking is important. The hardest moves on the climb are graded ‘Difficult’ and there is plenty of Grade 3 scrambling to do. You should either have some previous experience of scrambling, preferably Grade 2 or above or some climbing experience is also very useful.
Ratios: 1:1 or 1:2
Larger groups please contact us for prices
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- Technical Kit
- Harness – both of these can be supplied
- Personal Clothing/Kit
- Walking boots/Approach Shoes
- Wicking baselayer – keeps moisture away from your skin and reduces how cold you feel as a result. Cotton is not suitable.
- Trekking trousers– Lightweight, fast drying trousers are ideal.
- Mid layer– to be worn on top of baselayer in cooler conditions, for example a lightweight fleece or Primaloft top.
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof over trousers
- Warm hat– e.g. Woollen beanie
- Gloves– minimum 2 pairs (at least one waterproof pair). Leather gardening style gloves are good for scrambling
- Spare warm layer– e.g. fleece, synthetic insulation like primaloft,
- Other Kit
- Food and water – around 1-2 litres of water and plenty of snacks and high energy foods to get you through the day.
- Rucksack – 30 litres- recommended
- Rucksack liner/Drybags– rucksacks aren’t waterproof so either a large poly-bag liner or several smaller dry-bag type bags recommended.
- Sun screen, sun glasses – mountain sun can be fierce and the sun does come out occasionally in the Highlands!
- Small Personal First Aid Kit– e.g. blister plasters, painkillers, medications
- Head Torch– for Late Summer/Early Autumn (August onwards)
- Trekking poles (Optional) – can take 3 tonnes of loading off of your knees over the course of a day- recommended for the Aonach Eagach descent in particular!
What’s included/not included
- Qualified and experienced Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)
- Hire of helmet and harness
- Action Photos of your day!
What’s not Included
- Personal Kit
- Cancellation/Personal Injury Insurance
Meeting Times are usually 0700-0730hrs (will be confirmed beforehand). If travelling to the area by public transport let us know and we may be able to arrange a pick up.
What if the weather is bad?
Tower Ridge is climbable in the wet and tends to be sheltered from the wind. In the event of extreme weather, we’ll be in touch to discuss various options.