Summit the UK's highest mountain, in the dark!
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
Led by an experienced Mountain Leader and with a friendly group of people, we’ll walk to the top of Ben Nevis at night along the famous Pony Path, where ponies used to carry supplies to the (now derelict) weather observatory on the summit. We definitely recommend a hot drink to enjoy on the top, before we return back down.
Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK, rising 1345 metres above the Atlantic, and surrounded by hundreds of other mountains. Walking to the summit is a bucket-list day for a lot of people, and not just regular hillwalkers – as the highest mountain in the land is has an obvious attraction to those who want to set themselves a challenge.
But if you really want an experience with a difference then why not aim to summit Ben Nevis in the middle of the night? There’s simply no better place to watch the stars and the Milky Way overhead, or perhaps have our way lit by the light of the moon. The vast landscape around you is transformed by the dark to a mysterious place where the shapes of mountains tower against the sky and the lights of far-away villages twinkle in the valleys.
And yes of course, the summit may be covered in cloud, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have a view all the way up and down, and even in the mist the art of night-walking is an exciting and memorable experience.
If you’d prefer to summit Ben Nevis in the day-time on one of our guided day walks or weekend breaks you can find more details here.
You’ll meet your leader and the rest of the group at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre at 8pm for an 8:15pm start. We aim to be back down between 3-4am, when we recommend you stay somewhere to catch up on sleep before driving.
The address is: Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, Fort William PH33 6PF
The car park is pay-and-display and is £5.
You can find the kit list for this walk here. Please note that head-torches are compulsory and failing to come with one means we cannot allow you to start the walk. To read more about what constitutes a head torch, you can read a blog about it here.
Good to know:
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre,
Age Limit– This trip is open to anyone over the age of 16. However all under 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs – I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Solo Travellers:This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016