More than Ben Nevis – Lochaber 4000ers
Head over to the west coast to bag Ben Nevis and more
All the highest peaks of the west coast of Scotland in one convenient 2 day/3 night short break. Come and join us for some spectacular but strenuous walking. We’ll be starting at sea level and climbing up to the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, as well as ascending 3 of its neighbours in this trip. A good head for heights is required as there are some narrow ridges to negotiate on our route.
This trip is the ultimate in peak bagging on the west coast of Scotland.
If you really want to up the level of challenge, then you might want to consider combining this trip with our Cairngorm 4000ers trip and bagging all the 4000ft peaks in Scotland, after all second, third and 4th highest peaks are all part of the Cairngorm massif. We can even arrange the routes of all the peaks so that you can claim summit climb to the equivalent of Everest
Enjoy a comfortable all inclusive walking break in the company of our qualified, experienced local guides returning to comfortable accommodation and eating high quality local food prepared freshly for you.
- – 3 nights accommodation
- – full board, including packed lunches
- – transport to the hikes
- – pick up from Aviemore and Fort William
- – Ben Nevis
- – Carn Mor Dearg
- – Aonach Mor
- – Aonach Beag
It is also possible to link this trip with the Caledonian Sleeper service to Fort William for private groups, please enquire for dates and prices.
We’ll tackle all the highest peaks on the west coast of Scotland during this 2 day break. It’s not for the faint-hearted as we’ll be starting at sea level, but if you’re up for the challenge …
Day of arrival: aim to arrive in Aviemore by 5pm if you can and we’ll transport you to the accommodation we’re using for the trip after dinner at Fraoch Lodge. We’ll aim to have a relatively early dinner as the journey over to Fort William will take about 90 minutes.
Carn Mor Dearg & Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete
This is one of the finest mountain walks the British Isles has to offer. The route is a classic horseshoe walk amongst spectacular situations. Our journey takes us around the rim of Coire Leis taking in the spectacular views of the cliff scenery of Ben Nevis’ NE face, the 4000ft summit of Carn Mor Dearg, the famous CMD Arete to finally arrive atop this monarch of the British hills. It is a route fitting of such a fine mountain but thankfully far less frequented than the unrelenting “tourist” route.
Approximately 8 hrs of walking (excluding breaks, photo stops, etc) with 1510m of ascent over 17.6 km on tracks, mountain paths and over rough mountain terrain. This route requires a good head for heights.
Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag
These two giants lie immediately to the east of Carn More Dearg. Viewed from this side their precipitous flanks raked with gullies and their flat or rounded top somewhat lack character. Their east side is a different. Wild and lonely, huge corries sweep away with a great air of fastness and permanence. Rather than simply being an out and back, our a ridgeline takes us through the heart of this mountain grandeur to abut the main ridge at Aonach Mors summit. From here it a gentle saunter down to a narrowing before the pull up to Aonach Beag’s half domed summit. A precipitous series of cliffs, gullies, buttresses and ridges drop away to the east. We return the way we came as far as Aonach Mor summit before a descent through the ski fields and a return to our start.
Approximately 7:30 hrs of walking (excluding breaks, photo stops, etc) with 1569m of ascent over 19.5km on tracks, mountain paths and over rough mountain terrain.
Day of departure: we’ll be sorry to see you go after breakfast but we hope to see you again in the Scottish hills some day. Transfer back to Aviemore available free of charge or alternatively arrange for your onward travel from Fort William.
We asked our guests what sets Scot Mountain Holidays apart, why they return year after year:
“the social aspect” – “the camaraderie, food and conversation” –
“the company of the hosts” – “so warm and welcoming” –
“a profound sense of belonging” – “the welcome of Rebecca’s home cooked meal” – “Andy’s skills as a guide, naturalist and leader” – “stewardship, sustainability and a small footprint” – “in harmony with the land” – “a slice of rural Scottish life”
Scot Mountain Holidays is the ONLY adventure tour operator in Highlands of Scotland with a combined home and guest lodge. We strive to be more than just an tour. We aim to provide you with a ‘home away from home’ on your adventures. We thought of no better way of doing this than to welcome you into our own home.
We have owned and operated Fraoch Lodge as our home base and business since 1999. In that time, we have come to embrace our guests as members of our extended Highland family.
We source our meals from locally produced and home grown ingredients to provide you with the most delicious flavours and traditions the area has to offer (while minimising our impact on the environment, too). Our dining room and lounge are shared spaces where we gather with guests and friends to share in the holiday and offer you extensive knowledge of your tour.
No matter the season, the Cairngorms and Fraoch Lodge is a place to relax and explore all its beauty and comforts, and we hope to make you feel as at home as we are.
If possible we will stay in the Fort William area for the middle night of the trip.
We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.
It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener. He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!
For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.