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Scottish Highlands

Ben Nevis Winter Ascent

Available During: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr$595 pp

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Attaining the summit of the mighty Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK, in winter conditions it is an amazing experience and is not an undertaking for the fainthearted!  It is cold, can be very windy and has a substantial snow covering!  It is almost unrecognisable from the summer.

Quick Facts

  • Highest peak in the UK
  • 2 days’ guiding by a qualified winter mountain leader
  • Friday meet up and evening briefing
  • A winter skills training day on the Saturday, followed by an ascent of Ben Nevis on the Sunday
  • Distance – 11 miles (18km)
  • Ascent – 1,329 metres (4,359ft)
  • Summit – 1,344 metres (4,408ft)
  • You need to be fit for an ascent which may take 8-10hrs
  • Twin room hotel accommodation for evening relaxation
  • Many years experience on Ben Nevis – we also adhere to the mountain code and work with the John Muir Trust to ensure the conservation of ‘The Ben’. Join us for a great adventure …

About & Details

This is a 2 day challenge; 1 day learning essential skills for walking in wintery conditions, using an ice axe and crampons safely and correctly and covering basic winter navigation techniques and 1 day walking Ben Nevis.


  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified mountain leaders
  • Evening briefing, route planning and equipment check
  • Two nights twin room hotel accommodation with breakfast.  (Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement)
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
  • Travel to and from Fort William
  • Lunches, evening meals or beverages
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Winter boots and personal technical kit (crampons, ice axe and helmet).  These are available as optional extras

Optional Extras

  • Hire of technical equipment (crampons, ice axe, helmets) for $80.00 per person
  • Hire of rigid Mountaineering Boots $50.00 per person
  • Single Room Supplement $80.00 per person
  • Extra night $110.00 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night $150.00 per night for single room accommodation

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout. 

Trip Extension - Edinburgh

Take the opportunity to explore more of Scotland by visiting the brooding and beautiful Edinburgh, a city that inspires thanks to its world class culture, fascinating history, and stunning architecture.  The best way to see the Scottish capital is on foot, climbing the steep steps through the Old Town or strolling down the wide boulevards of the stunning Georgian New Town.

Don’t miss Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from its position on the Castle Rock. Take a guided tour or explore the vast grounds at your own pace.  If ghosts are more your thing why not book the Dark Side walking tour and uncover the darker side of Edinburgh.

For those who like to indulge in a little retail therapy, shopping opportunities are endless along the famous Princes Street and the Royal Mile.  If you need a rest and like a tipple, why not visit one of the city’s cosy pubs, lively bars or the ever popular whisky bars.

No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience for a “wee dram” of fine Scottish whisky. The attraction offers a range of tour experiences that will suit first timers and whisky lovers alike.

This historic and vibrant city is on most travellers’ bucket lists and it’s not hard to see why!

Should you want us to arrange this trip or provide a guided service please call us to discuss further.


We normally run this trip over a weekend, Friday to Sunday, however if you would like to do this at any other time then please contact us. We run the Ben Nevis Winter Ascent as an open or bespoke event. Our open events run from Friday to Sunday on selected dates from December to mid April. For bookings of 6 people or more, we also run this as an exclusive event on the dates of your choosing. To book any number of participants on to an event, simply select the date and follow the booking procedure. You will then receive an automated confirmation and full details will follow from our office in due course.


  • Day 1 - Friday

    Check in to your accommodation, evening briefing, route planning and equipment check with your guide.  Time to unwind.

    Please aim to arrive during the Friday afternoon/evening in time for the evening briefing.

  • Day 2 - Saturday

    Breakfast and collection of kit (if booked through Maximum Adventure) followed by Winter Skills training to ensure you are prepared for the ascent.  Return to accommodation for a debrief and a relaxing evening.

  • Day 3 - Sunday

    Breakfast and off for your Ben Nevis ascent.  Services end on return to your accommodation.  Sunday night accommodation is available at a supplement for those who would like to stay over.


Please note: This itinerary is a guide only.  It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary.


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Charity Information

How to take part for Charity
To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking.  You can then choose between the two different options below.

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the balance due 10 weeks before departure.  With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge.  This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge
Pay a registration fee at the time of booking and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance.  This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee.  With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Maximum Adventure work with lots of charities to offer our events as fundraising opportunities.  You can find our Charity Events from the ‘Menu’ in the corner of your screen or from our homepage.  If your chosen charity is not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to approach them on your behalf.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

Payment Terms

  • Deposit $99 at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure