Ben by night

Ben Nevis by Night

Event Type Trek
Date 18 September 2020
Location Fort William
Registration Fee £49
Fundraising Target £400
Level Very Tough

Important update: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we've unfortunately had to cancel Ben Nevis by Night. We're sorry about this and know how disappointing it must be for you.

If you are already signed up to the Alzheimer’s Society team we will be contacting you by email with further information and your options. 

Registration is still open for the three other events in the series, and you can sign up to take on Ben Nevis by Day here.

The challenge

You'll trek through the night to the summit of the UK's tallest mountain. Once you have taken in your surroundings you'll make your way down the mountain as the sun rises.

The trek is a real challenge by night and standing at the summit by moonlight will be an unforgettable experience. Once your back down we'll celebrate our huge achievement with a slap-up breakfast!


We climb steadily to Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, we will be able to see the terrain on either side of our path change from green vegetation to stony, barren slopes.


Fort William. (Bus transfer from Glasgow Central train station to Fort William and back included).



Take a look at what you can expect in terms of distance, terrain, weather and timings by downloading a copy of our itinerary

Kit List

Make sure you are fully kitted out, you can view our kit list. 

There are two ways of funding your place on this challenge. For both options we require a non-refundable registration fee of £49.

Option 1: Sponsorship
You are committed to raising a minimum sponsorship of £400 per person. £175* of this amount must be received by the charity eight weeks prior to the event, out of which we pay the balance of your trip costs. The rest of your sponsorship should ideally be sent before the challenge and within six weeks of your return.

*Please note that this does not include your registration fee. 

Option 2: Self-funding
You may prefer to cover all of the trip costs yourself. If you wish to do this, a payment of £175* will need to be made to our Customer Care Team eight weeks before the challenge. This can be done via a card payment over the phone or by posting a cheque to us.

We also ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £225 and aim to get as much as possible in before the challenge and within six weeks of your return.

*Please note that this does not include your registration fee. 


How do I claim my trekking top and when will I receive it?

Everyone who smashes their fundraising target a month before the trek will receive a free Alzheimer's Society breathable trekking top to wear on the big day!

You don't need to get in touch with us to claim your top. As long as you have hit your target on your JustGiving page or paid in cash donations, we'll send out your top automatically.

If you are fundraising in a team, please let us know by creating a team when you sign up so we can make sure you all receive your tops.

Can I fundraise in a team?

Of course! Please let us know when you sign up by creating a team. Your team members can then join you by clicking on the ‘find’ button and typing in either the team captain’s name or your team name.

Your fundraising target is still £400 per person but you're welcome to combine your targets into one team total.

How fit do I need to be?

Climbing Ben Nevis is not technically difficult but does require a very good level of fitness, as you will be trekking either uphill or downhill for 6 - 9 hours. Very soon after the start of the trek we begin to climb, so make sure you have a good level of cardiovascular fitness.

The climb is much harder at night, especially on the descent.

Don't worry though! We'll send you an expert training plan to help you prepare for the trek.

What time do I need to arrive at Glasgow Central train station on Friday 18 September and what time will I arrive back the following day?

The coach will leave Glasgow Central train station at 5pm sharp, arriving into Fort William between 8pm and 9pm depending on traffic.

The following morning coaches will begin to leave Fort William from approximately 7am once full. The last coach will depart around 10am to arrive back into Glasgow by 1.30 - 2pm (depending on traffic).

We strongly advise participants to book an open return train ticket as soon as possible to allow for flexibility, as you cannot predict exactly what time you will finish the trek or which return coach you will be on. If you are booking flights, you should look at departures from 2.30pm+.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to be kitted out with walking gear that prepares you for all weathers, as conditions can change rapidly on the mountain. Your trekking boots should be well worn and you will need a 25 litre (minimum) backpack to carry the items that you are not wearing but may need e.g. waterproofs, thermal layers, hat, gloves, spare socks.

You will also need to carry about 2 litres of water to keep hydrated, so should train with your backpack on to get used to carrying the weight. 

Make sure you are fully kitted out, you can view our kit list. 

How safe is it to do this climb at night time?

We have appointed an experienced challenge events company to organise and run this event for us. You will receive a full safety briefing before setting off and are advised to stick together as much as possible.

There will be enough mountain leaders to enable you to walk at your own pace but you will be asked to stay behind the front leader for your own safety. Glow sticks will be provided, however you will have to bring a head torch as part of your essential kit.

How old are the other people on the trek?

Our Ben Nevis groups vary in age from 18 to 70 years old. Young people over the age of 16 can join if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants who are 65 years or over will need to obtain a medical certificate signed by their GP, as do all participants who have any sort of medical condition.

What are the toilet facilities?

There will be toilets available at the Glen Nevis visitor centre but no facilities on the route. You should carry toilet paper and nappy sacks in case you need to answer a call of nature on the mountain. 

Please be considerate of the environment and don’t leave any rubbish behind.

Is there anywhere to get changed before the walk?

Yes, you can get changed in the toilets at the nearby Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. 

We recommend bringing a spare pair of dry clothes in a small bag which can be left in the event marquee. 

Is there a Facebook group?

Join your very own dedicated Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge Facebook page and start chatting to those who will be joining you on the night! 

Can I bring someone with me who is not a fundraiser?

No, we’re afraid not, everyone taking part needs to be fully registered and fundraising to beat dementia.

Can I bring my dog?

No, dogs are not permitted on any of our challenges.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event please get in touch with our team on 0330 333 0804 or [email protected].