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Ben Nevis Trek

We are still taking private bookings for groups of 8+, so please get in contact for further information.

Standing tall at 1345 metres, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Scotland and the UK!

With clear days, the views are spectacular and will leave you with special memories

Trekking will usually take 7-9 hours and the terrain will be tough, steep and rocky.

Because of its height, the top of the mountain is often snow-capped with only July, August and September usually without snow (though there is no guarentee with our UK weather!) so you often will have some amazing photos.

The Ben Nevis trek is also perfect practice if you are taking part in another one of our mountain challenges.

Please note that unlike some of our other challenges, accommodation and transport to Scotland are not included.

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Day 1

The meeting point for the challenge is outside the Ben Nevis Inn, Achintee Rd, Fort William PH33 6TE at 10:00. Please note parking can be limited at times so please give yourself extra time to park.

The trek begins at 10:30am after the Challenge Brief.

Subject to the weather being kind to us we will take a brief photo opportunity stop at the top before making our way back down the same route.

Conquering the 1345m tall mountain, will take approximately 7-9 hours of trekking up and down the tough, rocky terrain.


Ben Nevis Day Trek Challenge Dates

Please contact us for more information

What's included:

>> Mountain Guides

>> Light Refreshments & Fluids


What's not included:

>> Transport (Before or after the challenge)

>> Accommodation (Before or after the challenge)

>> Equipment

>> Personal Insurance

>> Food and Drink


All Challenge Central events require a minimum participation level in order to operate. On very rare occasions if this level is not reached with 3 months to go, we may unfortunately have to cancel the challenge date. Bookings can either be refunded in full or transferred to another Challenge Central event within the next 18 months. Please find our full Terms and Conditions here.

Downloadable Kit List available here


>> Walking Boots

>> Walking Socks - Outer / Inner Pairs

>> Waterproof Socks

>> Base Layers – Shorts / Tights / Upper Body

>> Walking Trousers

>> Walking or Wind Proof Jacket

>> Waterproof Jacket / Trousers

>> Fleece or Warm Jumper

>> Hat / Gloves / Balaclava


Luggage / Packing Equipment:

>> Day Back Pack (to take on the mountains) 

>> Dry Sacks or Plastic Bag (for wet clothes)

>> Camelbak or Water Bottle


Walking Equipment:

>> Head Torch & Spare Batteries 

>> Mini First Aid Kit / Pain Killers / Blister Plasters / Vaseline

>> Insect Repellent / Sun Cream / Sun Glasses

>> Whistle, Compass

>> Mobile Phone


Hygiene & Health:

>> Toilet Paper

>> Prescribed Medication (if applicable)


Other Optional Equipment:

>> Walking Poles

>> Camera

>> **Maps

>> **Emergency Equipment – Silver Blanket, Survival Bag

**All of our guides will have Emergency Equipment and Maps with them.


We are pleased to provide all trekking participants with a special discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor Ltd which is available to use both in their stores and online through their website.  *Terms & Conditions apply.

Physical fitness and walking experience are both very important however the ethos of Challenge Central is to take on a challenge, not to be the quickest. The challenge involves walking for approximately 7-9 hours in one single day so should not be considered very easy however it is possible to achieve with correct preparation. We encourage in the build up to the challenge, participants undertake physical activity 3-4 times per week for at least 3 months.

The best and most relevant training you can do would be to walk up and down mountains or hills. We appreciate that this is not always possible due to location however anything with a gradient will help prepare you for the real thing. If you do not have access to any hills then you can create your own in the gym. Walk up hills on the treadmill, take steps on the climber or go up and down stairs. Any movement that involves stepping up is beneficial.

Failing the first two training options, the next best thing would be to improve the strength of muscles required in the challenge. Performing exercises such as squats, lunges and step ups will help increase the strength of your leg muscles. You can progress by holding weights to increase intensity. We recommend you speak to your gym instructor if you are unsure.

We do not supply food on the trip however we recommend you bring food that is energy dense, light to carry and easy to eat on the mountain.

There is a local supermarket in Fort William town should you require to purchase anything before heading to the meeting point. Please note this is not walking distance away from the starting point.

Of course not, no one will be left behind.

Keeping yourself hydrated is very important, before, during and after the mountain. The amount of water required varies for each individual and very weather dependent. As a rule of thumb however, we recommend a minimum of 1 litre for the event.

All challengers must be over the age of 18 (or 15 if accompanied by an adult taking part who will have full responsibility of the child during the trip).

Time before start of the challenge Deposit refund
More than 3 Months 50% Refund of Price Paid
(excluding challenge deposit)
Transfer to Another Event within 18 months
(excluding challenge deposit)
Between 1-3 Months 0% Refund
Transfer to Another Event within 18 months
(excluding challenge deposit)
Less than 1 Month 0% Refund
No Transfer

Please refer to section 9 of our Terms & Conditions for full details.

We strongly recommend anyone who has a medical condition should seek approval from their GP / Consultant before signing up to a challenge. When registering for the event, you are agreeing to be fit and healthy enough to take part.

The Health and safety of all participants and members of staff are paramount to us. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, we may require a letter from a medical professional stating that you are fit enough to undergo the activity. Please refer to 6.6 in our Terms & Conditions.

Yes, Challenge Central have both public and employer liability cover from our Tour Operator insurance. This covers us for the costs of legal fees resulting from claims of negligence against Challenge Central. If you would like to view a copy, please get in contact.

Our insurance does not cover participants personally if Challenge Central is not at fault.