Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only
Grade 2

The highest mountain in the UK deserves everyone to have a go at ascending it at least once and for the hillwalker, this is one of the better routes.

We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Carn Beag Dearg across a short section of boggy ground. It's a steady climb up onto Carn Mor Dearg from here and weather permitting, the views are stunning, both of Loch Linnhe behind and the North Face of Ben Nevis ahead. It can take a good three hours to reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg and lunch is often taken on this magnificent viewpoint.

The arete itself is fairly wide and there are relatively few sections where hands may be needed to pass large boulders or other rock features. Before you know it, you'll be heading up the boulder field and popping out onto the summit of the UK's highest.

This is a fantastic day, highly recommended.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

8 10 hours
17 km
Group size
Start time
Start location
The North Face car park, Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SR