Ben Nevis UK Trek 2018
Will you take on the UK’s highest mountain, to raise money for Marie Curie?
At 1,345 metres (4,412 ft) above sea level, expect truly breath-taking scenery, all the way up to the summit. Reaching the top, you may be able to see as far as Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Our experienced mountain guides will take you on a route that follows an established rocky mountain track.
Is this trek for me?
While our team will be there to guide you, you’ll need a good level of fitness with prior training to take part in this challenge. Training tips will be provided.
Supporting people living with a terminal illness
In 2017 our UK treks raised over £240,000. Every trekker helps us give people living with a terminal illness the care they need. So they can make the most of their last days with those they love.
Why trek for Marie Curie?
By taking on this challenge for Marie Curie you’ll help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you’ll get:
- training hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
- loads of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack
- a brightly coloured Marie Curie trekking T-shirt
- a finisher’s medal and refreshments
- professional mountain guides and check points along the route
- a chance to experience some of the UKs most beautiful scenery.
Frequently asked questions
What do I need to do to prepare?
You should be able to walk over varied terrain for between five and seven hours, including steep inclining and declining pathways and steps.
In the months leading up to your trek you should also have done two to three walks of a similar length.
We've pulled together everything you need to know to be prepared for the trek. Make sure you take 5 minutes to read it carefully.
Can you tell me more about the walk?
What is the distance of the walk?
Approx. 10.5 miles, climbing to a height of 4,406ft.
How steep are the climbs?
The route up Ben Nevis is a well maintained footpath. At times there is loose rock underfoot, but no scrambling will be necessary. The walk is steep throughout until the final section on to the summit. Whilst being physically hard work due to the continuous ascent it is manageable by anyone with moderate fitness levels.
How long does it take to complete the walk?
This varies enormously depending on weather, fitness, instructions from your guides etc. However, as a rough guide, the average completion time is six to eight hours.
There is a cut-off point at the top of the switchback path on the way to the summit. All walkers must reach this point by midday or they will be asked to return direct to the registration base and will be unable to reach the summit.
Please remember however that we do not operate our event as a time trial or race. We ask that participants treat this walk accordingly and do not push themselves past their capabilities in order to achieve a ‘good’ time. Completing this walk at all is an achievement in itself!
Will I need to walk in a group?
This challenge is self-led. You will be provided with direction on where to walk and there will be a team of mountain guides along the route to provide assistance and check you're staying on course at all times. If you wish to walk with a guide please inform the events team on 07545 419 569 before the day of the event, so we can make arrangements accordingly.
Are there any toilet facilities en route?
No, there are no toilet facilities en route to the summit of Ben Nevis. There are toilet facilities at the registration point where you will register in the morning and return to after the challenge, so please make use of these.
Can I bring my dogs with me on the walk?
We ask participants not to bring their dogs on their UK treks. This is due to the presence of local livestock on all routes.
What happens upon completion of the event – do I need to sign back in?
Yes. Every participant must check back in at the registration point whether you have completed the walk or retired early from the event so that we can account for all participants and ensure your safe return.
What happens if I am injured or fall ill and need to retire from the event?
We have full radio communications alongside the guides that will be along the route, as well as mobile first aid cover. In the event of a problem, please alert your nearest guide and arrangements will be made for your care or transport back to the registration point.
If I am a parent / guardian accompanying a 14-17 year old and have to retire from the event, what will happen to them?
It is strict policy for these events that 14-17 year olds must be accompanied at all times by the parent / guardian responsible for them, therefore the young person/s would have to retire from the event too unless another adult known to them was present in the group, was an experienced walker and willing to assume full responsibility for them from that point onward.
What will happen if the weather has been very severe leading up to the event – will the event still take place?
Our outdoor pursuit company regularly monitors the weather along the route in advance of a trek, and they will advise us of any safety concerns before the event goes ahead. Any decision to cancel the event would be based on their expert advice. Should we be advised to cancel the event, all participants would be contacted by telephone immediately.
What will happen if the weather becomes severe on the day?
As above, the specialists assisting us on the day will be in regular patrol of the route and assessing the weather and terrain at all times. Any decision to cancel or curtail the event will come from them and will only be taken if they consider the health and safety of the participants to be in doubt should the event continue.
How do I cancel my place on the event?
If for any reason you are no longer able to attend the event, please notify us by calling 0845 052 4184 as soon as possible (registration fee is non-refundable). As places on this event are limited your cancellation may allow us to reallocate your place to another supporter.
Will I need to know how to use a compass and map?
This trek is marshalled by mountain guides and is along a way-marked route. You will therefore not require a compass or map to complete this trek.
How do I get there and register?
What time do I register on the day?
Registration will be open at the Moorings Hotel from 6.15am until last registrations at 7.15am and you are free to register anytime between then. However if you are a slower walker please ensure you register between 6.15am – 6.45am to ensure you give yourself the best chance of reaching the summit.
Will I still be able to take part if I am late arriving at registration?
Because of the length and difficulty level of this walk, and in order to manage it efficiently and safely, the registration window is very strict. Registration will be open for one hour with no exceptions, so if you arrive after this time we will not be able to register you.
What’s the best way to get there by public transport?
Fort William is the nearest town to Ben Nevis, and is on the train line from Glasgow. Please note Fort William is a 4 hour train journey from Glasgow. On the day of the trek you would need to get a taxi from Fort William to the Moorings Hotel for registration.
Can other walkers sign up on the day?
No. We must comply with the National Guidelines on this type of activity and undertake to manage this event responsibly in terms of the impact it has on the historic landscape. You will therefore only be able to take part on the day if you have registered in advance.
Will there be somewhere to park my car?
Yes, parking will be available for participants at The Moorings Hotel. As parking is limited, please car share wherever possible. Please do not leave vehicles on the roads or grass verges near the mountain. Walkers and other visitors must safeguard private property, including all personal belongings. No responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage.
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