Ben Nevis via the Pony Track

Fort William, UK
Group size
Max 10 people
Experience level
Moderate
Duration
1 day
Distance
11 miles
The classic UK Mountain Experience taking you up to the highest point in the UK at 1345m There are no difficult climbing or scrambling sections but the ascent can seem relentless and is on rocky and fairly uneven terrain so it is no pushover.

About the trip

Ascending Ben Nevis via the Pony Track is approximately 10.5 miles (17Km) in length and typically takes between 7 and 9 hours for first-timers walking at an average but sustained pace. It involves steep ascents and descents on rocky and fairly uneven ground and whilst within the capability of anyone who walks regularly and/or has a good level of fitness it should not be underestimated.

The walk is often broken down into 3 stages with stage 1 being from the start up to the Red Burn crossing taking you past picturesque Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, also known as the Halfway Lochan, and getting you to about half way up the mountain. Stage 2 covers the zig-zags: up to 9 sections of a rough and relentless path zig-zagging back and forth and taking you from 700m to 1200m altitude - probably the hardest section of the route. Stage 3 is the final kilometer of the route up and covers the remaining 145m of ascent over less steep but slightly rougher ground. Weather permitting you'll get glimpses down and over the North Face before finally reaching the large summit cairn marking the highest point of the UK.
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