Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Fort William
Arrive late afternoon in Fort William. After settling into our hotel, we will share an evening meal together and have a full briefing about the weekend’s events. Night hotel.
Day 2: Ben Nevis
After a good breakfast, we begin our ascent of Ben Nevis. Our route kicks off quite steeply, but then settles into a steadier uphill gradient. We climb to the picturesque Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, then leave the green landscapes below us as we tackle the famous ‘zig-zags’ – a well-maintained section that criss-crosses its way gradually up the otherwise-steep gradient. Our surroundings are by now stony and barren. Crossing the rocky boulder field, we look out for the cairn that marks the summit – a welcome sight! In good weather we can enjoy wonderful views over Glen Nevis, Loch Linnhe and Lock Eil, as well as the ruins of the observatory at the top of the mountain. The summit is notorious for its cloud cover, however, so enjoy your views on the ascent in case you don’t experience them later. Expect to get chilly at the top – the summit is on average 9 degrees colder than the base. We return the same way. The descent will be much quicker and less arduous but still tiring and can be hard on the knees. We return to our hotel for a celebration and well-deserved drink! Night hotel.
Trek approx. 6-9 hours.
Day 3: Depart Fort William
After breakfast, we depart Fort William and head for home, aching but jubilant after an exhilarating and satisfying challenge.
The tour cost includes all transfers, accommodation, meals and experienced Discover Adventure leaders and back-up support. Optional pick-ups and drop-offs from Fort William railway station are also included. Accommodation is usually in a 2 or 3-star hotel with en suite facilities; rooms are twin-share. All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3.