Ascend Ben Nevis in the winter

Suitable for

Beginners with good fitness

Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

December to April


From £75pp

This adventure takes place near Fort William (Highlands), a popular town widely known as the outdoor capital of the UK. If you’re looking for a popular mountaineering challenge, then a winter ascent of the north face of Ben Nevis is an absolute must. You'll learn to use crampons and ice axe, and learn the fundamentals of winter mountaineering.

On the day you can expect your guide to meet you at 8.00am at your accommodation. You will go over kit and ensure that everyone is ready for the day ahead. You'll then jump in the guide's car and drive over to the start point.

Your ascent starts with a hike through a wild forest, before entering the great valley on the North side of the Ben. You'll pass the famous CIC hut before heading up towards the great gullies. At the foot of the gullies you'll gear up for the steep snow sections above.

If the group is up to it you'll tackle Ledge Route, a classic Grade II winter climb of 450m, which takes you to the summit plateau of the Ben. The guide will rope you up for the trickier sections and instruction will be given at all stages to make you into a proficient mountaineer.

All in all this is a fantastic option because it is truly one of the great British mountaineering objectives. This is not for the faint hearted. You'll need to be fit and some hillwalking experience is vital.

We recommend you first send the guide a booking request to agree a date. Then book your accommodation and book your kit (see below). Adventure sorted!

Your guide

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards is an expert mountaineer and a holder of the MIC, the UK's highest mountaineering qualification. Based in Snowdonia National Park in the summer and the Highlands in the winter, he feels privileged to have made his love for the mountains into a full time living. A day out with Simon will see you learn essential skills whilst achieving an amazing outdoor objective.

Additional info

Optional extras include making this into a 2 day experience to allow for a training day before the ascent of the Ben (ask the guide).

Kit can be rented in Fort William (ask the guide).

The ascent of Ben Nevis is affected by prevailing weather and avalanche conditions. Therefore itineraries can be altered the day before or even on the day, as is the nature of winter mountaineering.

Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Simon Edwards. 


  • Option for pickup from bus/train/airport
  • Advice on kit needed
  • Transport during the adventure

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks
  • Kit rental

How to get there

Car to Fort William

From London it is a 9hr 30 mins drive to Fort William.

Train to Fort William

You can take the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William in just under 13 hours.

Plane to Fort William

Flights to either Glasgow or Inverness are available from most London airports. Then hire a car or take a train to your destination. Inverness to Fort William by train takes 1hr 50 mins and from Glasgow a little longer.

Where to stay

For a family run B&B experience try Tigh na Drochaid Bed & Breakfast in Nevis Bridge, from £35/person. Call 01397 704177. 

For a characterful guest house experience try St Andrews Guest House in Fort William, from £48/person. Call 01397 703038.

Client reviews

I’d just like to say on behalf of everyone we all had an amazing time doing ledge route and no doubt, in the not to distant future will require your services once again.

Ash (Devon)

Thanks again for the last few days. Really enjoyed it and learnt a lot of mountaineering skills to take away and develop further.

Ewen (Wales)

Just a note to thank you for a great couple of days, I think it's fair to say we had a fantastic time and learnt a huge deal over the weekend and you were incredibly helpful.

William (London)
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