Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis by Day

Event Type Trek
Date 18 September 2020
Location Fort William
Registration Fee £30
Fundraising Target £300
Level Tough

Important update: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we've postponed Ben Nevis by Day until Friday 18 September.

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 rescheduled date, and you can sign up to the event by clicking on the button above.

We will, of course, continue to offer all our usual training and fundraising support to trekkers throughout this time. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

The challenge

You'll trek to the summit of Scotland's tallest mountain and enjoy the incredible surroundings before heading back to base for a celebratory dinner!


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.


Where you will find our event hub that marks the start and finish of the trek.



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. 

How and when do I pay for Ben Nevis by day?

You are committed to raising a minimum sponsorship of £300 per person. The charity requires you to have started fundraising and have sent part of this amount by eight weeks prior to the event to secure your place. 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. 


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 £300 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.

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

What time does the coach leave Glasgow station?

The coach leaves Glasgow station at 5pm on Thursday 17 September (the evening before the trek). It will drop off in Fort William between 8pm and 9pm depending on traffic, where you can stay in a local hotel. 

Registration opens at 7am on Friday18 September and the return coach is expected to leave at around 6pm.

What do I need to bring?

You'll 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 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?

Yes! 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].