Ben Nevis
Trek

Trek Up Ben Nevis

Event Type Trek
Date 9 July 2021
Location Fort William
Registration Fee £29
Fundraising Target £300
Level Tough

This trek is now sold out. Check out our treks with available spaces here.  

The Challenge

The Scottish Highlands are full of enchantment and ancient history. You'll be overwhelmed by the increasing sense of remoteness and the unspoilt environment as we climb to the highest point in the UK. Standing at the summit will be an unforgettable experience, as will seeing the magnificent views from the mountain slopes if we’re lucky enough with the weather. We celebrate our huge achievement with obligatory photos at the top and then as we descend, we continue to see the spectacular landscapes unfold before our eyes.

What's included when you take on Ben Nevis?

  • A friendly team to support you every step of the way with fundraising tips and ideas.
  • Bespoke training plans put together by our professional training coaches.
  • A fully supported route.
  • Free hot drinks and snacks on arrival and a hearty dinner after the trek.
  • Trek leaders and medical support.
  • A medal on finishing the route!

Route

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.

Location

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

 

Itinerary 

Find out more about what the trek itself will be like by downloading a copy of the Ben Nevis Challenge Itinerary.

Kit list

Download our kit list which you can tick off when packing for the trek. We also have some top tips on how to find the best kit for you and an exclusive discount for Cotswold Outdoors.

Fundraising for Ben Nevis

Registration Fee: £29
Fundraising Target: £300

Your fundraising target covers your trip costs, and means we still have plenty of money left to help us get closer to a world without dementia.

If you need some inspiration, just visit our fundraising zone.

FAQs

Is the event COVID-19 safe?

Yes. We are planning all our events to include social distancing measures and meet government guidelines. We ran a number of trekking events safely in Autumn 2020 and will apply the same measures to our future events. 

We will monitor the situation closely and make alterations as guidelines change. All the information you need to keep you safe will be sent to you before the event.

Is there a coach?

Unfortunately due to social distancing measures we are unable to run the coach from Glasgow to Fort William this year. 

As parking is limited at the base of Ben Nevis we will be running a complimentary shuttle coach from Fort William to Ben Nevis on the morning of the event instead. There are plenty of transport options available to reach Fort William but we recommend booking early. If you need advice do get in touch. 

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 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 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 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 Challenge Facebook page and start chatting to those who will be joining you on the day.

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.

What if the event can't go ahead due to COVID-19?

If the event needs to be cancelled you will be offered the option to move to another trek or a refund of your registration fee.

Contact us

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