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Ben Nevis by the Mountain Track

Our guided walks up Ben Nevis by the mountain track is the most popular way up. Whether it's your first time on a mountain or one of many over the years, it's a great route for all...

Dates to suit you through out the summer.  
If you want to go up Ben Nevis in winter conditions please click here, or via the CMD arete or another north face route.


Guided walk up Ben Nevis by the mountain track
Guided walk up Ben Nevis by the mountain track
  • Distance: 16km

  • Ascent: 1345m

  • Terrain: mountain path

  • Average duration: 6-8 hours.

  • Start/finish – Ben Nevis Inn, Glen Nevis


No experience of mountain walking required.  Although a good level of general fitness is needed to be successful.



What we offer

All our guides are local to the area and have many years’ experience in the mountains, helping people get to the summit of Ben Nevis.

Our guides know the best routes and are very knowledgeable about the mountain environment, so the day can be easily split up with interesting chats along the way.

We organise private groups up Ben Nevis via the Pony track.

The prices quoted are for private guiding per group or individual, so our walks will always go ahead.


The path goes around the side of Meall an t-Suidhhe, crossing several small streams and with great views down into the famous Glen Nevis where films such as Harry Potter and Braveheart have been filmed. Turning the corner and heading up to 'half way Lochan' the path steepens and then flattens heading alongside the loch.

At about 600m the path splits, one heading north round to the north face, but we'll be taking the Pony track heading south to the start of the zig zags. The path crosses the Red Burn by a small cascade which is the last place to fill up with water until returning here after reaching the summit.


It is also the half way point in the ascent. The mountain now changes in its appearance from the green vegetated lower slopes to the bare upper scree and rock slopes to the summit.

The start of the famous zig zags heads up the western face in 8 switch-backs over hard rocky terrain. They seem to go on. But there are many places to rest and take in the views of Lochaber and the nearby mountain ranges of Glen Nevis, the Mamores and Glen Coe. Once at the top of the zig zags most of the ascent is over and it is a relatively flat walk round the top of the North face to the summit and the site of the old ruined observatory and small hotel.

The descent is back down via the same route and there just so happens to be a pub at the end.

Guided walk Ben Nevis summit
Ben Nevis summit on a guided walk
Guided walk up Ben Nevis
Guided walk up to Ben Nevis summit
Guided walk on Ben Nevis summit
Guided walk up Ben Nevis by the mountain path
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