Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge FAQs

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.

On some parts you will be stepping on boulders and rocks, therefore we recommend incorporating some balancing exercises into your fitness regime. Once registered you will receive a training plan within your e-support pack to help prepare you for the challenge. The climb is much harder at night, especially on the descent.

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 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. A full kit list will be sent to you in your e-support pack when you register for the event.

What is included and what is not included in the event?

Included in the challenge:
•    Transfer from Glasgow Central train station to Fort William and back
•    Dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning
•    Mountain leaders and cooks


Not included in the challenge:
•    Personal insurance (optional)
•    Lunch on Saturday or Sunday
•    Travel to and from Glasgow Central train station


What time do I need to arrive at Glasgow Central train station on Saturday 8 July 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 by approximately 8pm.
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+.

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

This challenge event is solely organised for the purpose of raising funds for Alzheimer's Society and as such we are unable to accommodate anyone who is not a registered participant.

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.

Can I bring my dog?

No dogs are not permitted on any of our challenges.

Is there anywhere to get changed before the walk?

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

How and when do I pay for the trek?

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

Sponsorship option 1
You are committed to raising a minimum sponsorship of £400 per person. £175* of this amount must be received by the charity six 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. 


Self-funding option 2
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 six 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.