At this junction, head right and continue curving round and ever up the hill in front of you. You cannot go back down the mountain the way you came. Possible if the North Face carpark is shut, but a bit out of your way really. The CMD arete is a narrow, rocky ridge that curves down from Carn Mor Dearg and then up to Ben Nevis. It be ok though it will challenge you. The descent from the summit back to your starting point will normally take approx. How long it takes to climb Ben Nevis really depends on how fit you are and how many breaks you take but a rough guide is it will take you around 3½ - 4½ hours to climb it via the Mountain Track in summer under reasonable weather conditions. As I was travelling solo I decided to find a guide to help me in climbing Ben Nevis – thank goodness. The path is wide, well made and clearly marked with wooden signposts down here. For really low visibility, ensure you know how to take a bearing with your map and compass. Your best route of descent is probably back the way you came. Get weekly inspiration, positive stories, exclusive community How to Stay Safe in the UK’s Winter Mountains, Scrambling in the UK | A Quick Adventure Guide, How to See the Northern Lights in Iceland | A Guide, 14 Adventures to Fuel Your New Year's Resolutions, Dust off the Wanderlust: 11 New Adventures for 2021. September is possibly the best time to do Ben Nevis. We’ll guide you through them one by one. Not to be confused with the next peak along, Carn Mor Dearg, which gives our scramble route its name. Ben Nevis is significantly taller than the tallest mountain in England, Scafell Pike at 978m, and the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon at 1085m. Don’t cross, but instead follow the river uphill along its eastern bank on a decent path. With nearly 120 years of climbing history, ground breaking routes and legendary stories of bravery on the cliffs throughout, the mountain is steeped in history. We’ll provide you with two nights of accommodation with breakfast included at a hostel in the heart of the Grampians. I know it’s none of my business, but I can’t help wondering why your son isn’t in school mid-September? A glen is essentially a valley with a river running down it, so funnily enough the River Nevis runs below Ben Nevis. Also be aware that it is a strenuous climb and decent (we thought that the decent was tougher on the legs), ensure that you've got a "tough" 10 year old! If you climb Ben Nevis in June or July you may well find that you’re in summer at the base and in winter at the summit! Very hard going, shale most of way, wear walking boots not trainers etc, make sure u take wet weather gear also, the weather can change in an instant. There are two hiking routes up to the summit of Ben Nevis: the Mountain Track (also known as the Tourist Track or Pony Track) which is the most popular and best for non-professional climbers, and Carn Mor, the harder route for more experienced climbers. You will; therefore, need to prepare for all weather. From here, walk south until you join up with the Mountain Path and follow it up to the summit of Ben Nevis. So, is it easy to climb Ben Nevis? You’ll cross some little streams and then be treated to a series of zig-zags: there are nine in total and you will probably count them. At this point, there is a right hand turn that takes you on a good path back down to the North Face carpark. Everything you need to know to cheat in a pub quiz about Annapurna I - the deadliest mountain in the world, on the Annapurna massif in the Himalayas. But it’s very easy to stray into ground that’s much more difficult than Grade 1, if you’re not sure of the precise route. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in United Kingdom. Climbing Ben Nevis is relatively easy if you take the tourist footpath in summer. The best time to go is in the summer - July, when it's sunny.The midges are not usually too bad on Ben Nevis itself but they canbe horrific on the lower slopes, better add insect repellent tothat list!Start the walk at the Youth Hostel in Glen Nevis. Suncream – Yep, i’m not joking. Descending Ben Nevis is relatively straight forward; you go back the way you came. A big day out, but one you’ll certainly remember. You might also need extra equipment, like crampons and an ice axe (usually provided by your certified guide). It is also possible to do the CMD from the ski centre carpark and cut across to the main path. Ben Nevis can be explored during winter or summer. Start from Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. Whatever you call it, this is the easiest route up Ben Nevis – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It is a short walk between the summits of CDM and CMD. One for a nice day! Here’s the dangerous bit in poor weather: it’s very easy to wander off the edge of a cliff to your right. Furthermore, in November the days are pretty short - much shorter in Scotland than they are in London - so it unlikely you will be able to complete the walk in daylight - so take a good torch and get some practice walking in the hills in the dark. weather conditions. Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in both Scotland and the British Isles. The perfect time to enjoy the spectacular views from the peak! more. Although can you really call it a rhyme if it’s the same word? Finally, the path approaches the plateau – you’re still going uphill, but by comparison it’s flat! The normal time taken to climb to the top by the tourist path is three and a half to five hours - coming down is much faster, between one and a half to two and a half hours. Climb Ben Nevis Weekend. You’re comparing it to scrambles and climbs. Good luck. Or indeed Carn Mor Dearg (yes, that’s “Big Red Cairn”). It has a summit of 1,345 metres (4,413 ft) above sea level. Regardless of whether you’re taking on the Three Peaks Challenge, it’s great to have that I’m-the-king-of-the-castle feeling of standing ontop of the highest point in the area, surveying your kingdom below you… I mean, the view. You’ll soon reach the prominent path. If you lose your bearings on the summit, head from the trig to the stone pillar and head left along the edge of the gully. You must be prepared to turn back if necessary and leave it for another day. Now for the scramble ridge itself. While this can be a great challenge, it is also tough-going and dangerous for newcomers to hiking. Thousands of people climb the UK’s highest mountain every year on a number of different routes. Do not rely on them as your sole form of navigation in the mountains. The Ledge Route is the least well trodden of these three routes up Ben Nevis. What training do you need to do to climb Ben Nevis? It’s a little longer, but less steep. This is what this article is about: helping you to choose a route, plan your trip, and reach the summit of Ben … However, since we don’t want to do any rock climbing, avoid Number Five and make your way onto the ridgeline. We started our climb at 9 am. It goes without saying that it’s also the highest mountain in Scotland and therefore one of the mountains in the famous Three Peaks Challenge. Hi there, that's hard for me to answer as the only time I've climbed it has been in August. It’s the same grade of scrambling as the CMD Arete and is technically a more direct route to the summit from the North Face. You’re past your last signpost: here be mountains. Extra Layers (Warm Clothes) Waterproof/Windproof Jacket. The Novice Walker should not attempt to walk up Ben Nevis between November and May, or during bad or cloudy weather. However, it’s easy to accidentally find yourself in the middle of a rock climbing route if you don’t know where you’re going. Distance to the Top: 6.5 km (4 miles)Ascent: 1300m (4275ft)Rough Time to the Top: 4 hoursFlavour: Wholesome. Pick up the good path beside the river (on the east side) and follow it for several kilometres into the bowl of the mountains, between Ben Nevis and the Carns. You should be comfortable walking on loose boulders with a drop either side. We also had a v experienced climbing group, fully equipped for any weather. Ken Crocket and Simon Richardson's book Ben Nevisis an excellent and inspiring chronicle of the highlights of these many adventures through the ages as the sport, culture, standards and approaches to climbing have evolved. – Take at least 2 litres of water with you! Ben Nevis is located in the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William. Take the right kit, don't do it in plimsolls like I did, I'm sure you will be fine. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. The path becomes narrower and more rocky here. We’re your starting point, but from here it’s up to you to find out the details of the route and get yourself there and back safely. On a clear day, you can enjoy views across the whole of the Scottish Highlands. Here, Tom Hardie details the one he thinks is best… Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg. You really need local knowledge based on the forecast at the time. An alternative would be to descend down the Mountain Path until the lochan. In July, 8am is a good time - 7am is better. Pic 6 – Lochain Meall an t-Suidhe, “the halfway lochain”. Ben Nevis, although not as high as the mountains in the Himalayas does get snow on the top during the winter months. 2½ - 3½ hours. We’ve assumed summer (aka not snow!) 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