This walk has everything. It's in the Cairngorms, it's high on the plateau and takes in five of those special Munros that are over 4,000 feet high. You get to camp way up high, over 900m high, with a chance to see the sunrise over Ben Macdui or maybe to be above the clouds. And, we add in the iconic Devils Point Munro, after dinner on the first evening. Wow, what a trip.
This is a fairly challenging walk across the stunning arctic tundra that is the Cairngorm plateau, amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Highlands, taking in the 4,000 foot Munros of Braeriach, Sgor an Lochan Uaine (Angels Peak), Cairn Toul, Ben Macdui and Cairngorm. We will also take in The Devils Point, a Munro but not the magical 4,000 feet, as we're within 1km of it and it offers quite spectacular views. The photo above was taken from the summit on our 2017 trip.
You will need to have a good level of fitness for this walk which is mostly on paths but there are some rough boulder patches to contend with and a significant amount of ascent, some 2,500m across the two days.
Previous experience of camping is not essential as we will spend time coaching you in the art. You will be carrying a rucksack, which may weigh up to 15 kg, as this will contain all your gear for the trip, including shelter, sleeping bag, food and a means to cook it.
Please do not underestimate the level of fitness you will need for these two demanding days. Please contact me in advance if you have any questions.
Day one - Walk from the Sugar Bowl car park, through the Chalamain Gap and across the Lairig Ghru before beginning the ascent of Sron na Lairige on our way to Braerich, the 3rd highest mountain in the UK. Continuing on by the Wells of Dee and up to Angels Peak before crossing to one of my favourite view points, Cairn Toul. We'll be thinking about getting down to camp for dinner then the short detour to The Devils Point is well worth it for the view. 20km and potentially a 10 hour day.
Day two - First we drop down to Corrour Bothy and across the river then heading north, we will pick up the Clach nan Taillear burn and follow the faint path up steep slopes onto the southern flanks of the UK's 2nd highest mountain, Ben Macdui. Views over Lochan Uaine towards Derry Cairngorm will be appreciated before we turn for the summit. A little way passed the summit we get amazing views of the great corries of Braeriach that we traversed just 24 hours earlier. High on the plateau now we head for Cairngorm and its automatic weather station. Hell's Lum Crag and Coire an t-Sneachda are passed on the way. After Cairngorm we will drop into the Cas restaurant for a coffee, just 1km north, on our route downhill and back to the Sugar Bowl car park. 18km and potentially a 9 hour day.
If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.
A variety of accommodation options are available in Aviemore, including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent as it is on the main routes to Inverness from the Central Belt.
We will meet at 0815 on Saturday morning in the public car park opposite The Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH. We will have a kit check before heading to the start of our walk at the Sugar Bowl car park for 0900.
Not sure if you're ready for the camping aspect of this trip? Join us for our beginner's wild camping weekend and pick up the skills you'll need.