Ben Nevis Adventure: October 5th-7th
Climb the UK's Highest Mountain
Visit the magnificent Scottish Highlands and summit Ben Nevis, Scotland's iconic peak, “the mountain with its head in the clouds” Climbing to the highest point in the UK is a lifetime experience you will never forget.
The round trip is 11 miles to the summit and back. Starting and finishing at the fabulous Ben Nevis Inn, it begins by crossing the River Nevis and after a steep start reaches a plateau at the famous ‘half-way Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, with views over the spectacular wooded Glen Nevis below.
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP:
Ben Nevis led mountain hike
2 nights accommodation*
**SCHEDULE (approx timings):
08:00 Leave Oxford
12:00 Lunch Tebay Service
17:00 Glencoe - stroll into The Lost Valley
19:00 Arrive Fort William
20:00 Dinner at The Ben Nevis Inn
22:00 Accommodation (twin rooms)
Sunday: (dependent on hiker pace at weather timing)
07:00 Ben Nevis start
9:00 Half Way Point of climb
11:00 Summit Ben Nevis
13:00 Half Way return
15:00 Finish at The Ben Nevis Inn
09:00 Leave Fort William
10:15 Falls of Falloch visit
11:30 Loch Lomond Stroll (optional swim/dip)
14:00 Lunch stop
20:00 Return to Oxford
**Given the extreme weather conditions experienced on the highest mountain in the UK, there will be a flexible schedule to allow attempting Ben Nevis in the best possible conditions. Also to accommodate for variables such as walker pace, traffic, time spent at sights of interest, hold ups. Hence, depending when/what other time is available, we will fit in other optional activities such as:
- Falloch Falls visit
- Loch Lomond visit/swim
- Lost Valley stroll
- Fort William Distillery Tour
- Evening meal at the Ben Nevis Inn
To make the trip as affordable as possible, we will stay for 2 nights in twin rooms at the Glen Nevis YHA at the very foot of Ben Nevis, where we will start and finish our hike of the highest mountain in the UK. Please enquire for single room supplement and availability.
For anyone wishing to book their own transport and accommodation you can select "Ben Nevis hike only" from the drop-down menu.
Hill and mountain walking can be hazardous! Not being prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions can lead to over exposure or heat stroke. Layers are key, allowing you to easily adjust your level of warmth. We are likely to experience some nasty weather, so for your safe enjoyment please bring the items specified on the kit list.
Food & Drink:
Walkers are expected to bring all of the food they need for the walk.
As with kit, make sure you have tried and tested anything you eat during the walks, as you do not know how your body might react.
We are going to be walking for a long time! You will consume body fat reserves, expel water and salts that need replacing to prevent muscle cramps, dehydration and fatigue. Hydration is the most important aspect of nutrition. It is essential to take on water in regular, small amounts throughout the walk. It is easy to underestimate how much you need and suffer dehydration, particularly in hot weather. Each walker should carry a minimum of 2 to 3 litres of fluid depending on the weather; water and sugary drinks. It is important to bring plenty of high energy food and snacks as well as something substantial like a sandwich for lunch. You need to provide your own food and water for the duration of the Challenge.