Glencoe and Ben Nevis 2021 Picture 1
Glencoe and Ben Nevis 2021 Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  1344m

Dist:  30km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Glencoe & Ben Nevis

Trek Adventure

This year take on the best of Scotland's Western Peaks with SJP and Adventure Cafe. Summit Ben Nevis, the fabulous highest peak in Scotland along with the most beautiful mountain massif in the West of Scotland, the legendary 3 sisters of Glencoe. Witness the dramatic landscapes, mountain ridges and lochs in this stunning region of the UK. Sit back with a whisky in the evenings at the leisure club we will be staying at for the 3 nights after 2 tough days with a huge 2500m of ascent to conquer across 30km.


We shall begin your trekking adventure by meeting at Glasgow Central then Glasgow International airport to then transfer over to Fort William. Alternatively you can drive directly to the hotel carpark if preferred. Our base is Fort William - nestled at the foot of mighty Ben Nevis. 

On the first day we will transfer to Glencoe to take on a steep direct ascent of the 3 sisters range to reach the sumit of Bidean nam Bian looking across to Stob Coire nan Lochan. We shall ascend via the valley inbetween Beinn Fhada and Gearr Aonach and descend to the West of Aonach Dubh towards Loch Achtriochtan.

The second day of trekking will begin with a short transfer to the foot of Scotland's highest peak, the one and only Ben Nevis at 1344m. Starting from just 20m above sea you will tackle 'The Ben' via the classic 'Pony Track', which climbs from Glen Nevis, via Lochan Meall and the crashing Red Burn before the final punishing zigzags' to the top.

You will be accompanied by experienced & qualified mountain leaders to ensure that you are safe at all times. Your leader will have a breadth of outdoors experience and will be a qualified first aider.  

We will spend the first two evenings eating at the hotel restaurant with a celebration meall on th last night a short shuttle away. Lunches are provided for taking on the hill but please bring your own preferred top up snacks as well. 

On the last morning we will transfer you back to Glagow airport/station departing Fort William at 08.30

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday 10th Sept

12.00 - Collection from Glasgow Central Station

12.30 - Collection from Glasgow International airport for transfer to Fort William

16.00 - Check in to hotel

17.30 Event briefing

19.00 - Dinner at hotel

20.45-21.45 - Access to leisure club pool or just enjoy the bar!

22.00 - Early night.

 

Day 2 - Saturday 11th September

07.00 - Breakfast

08.00 - Transfer to start of Glencoe.

16.30-18.00 Drinks at The Clachaig

18.00 Transfer back to hotel

20.00 - Dinner 

Hotel bar open until 23.00


Day 3 - Sunday 12th September

07.00 - Breakfast

08.00 - Transfers to foot of Ben Nevis

08.30 Commence ascent of The Ben

15.00-16.30 - Shuttles back to Hotel.

17.00-18.15 & 18.15-19.00 Leisure club swimming pool slots

19.00-19.30 - Shuttles to banquet venue.

20.00 Celebration Dinner

22.200-22.30 - Shuttles back to hotel and if you're lucky one last drink before 23.00!

 

Day 4 - Monday 13th September

08.30 Return transfer to Glasgow airport and on to Glasgow Central

 

Route Map


Accommodation

3 nights excellent hotel (Leisure Club) accommodation just outside of Fort William with breakfast included. 2 evening meals at the Hotel and 1 at our banquet venue. 

 

What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.

 

Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.

 

Special Notes

In usual Adventure Cafe style we will depart on each day as one convoy and break down into sub groups based on walking speed. There will be the opportunity to grab a drink upon completing the 3 sisters while waiting for all walkers to return for a shared transfer. There will be a few transfers available back to the hotel upon completing Ben Nevis.

 

Included In Trip

- 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast in 3* twinshare accommodation in Fort William

- 2 packed lunches

- UK Mountain Leaders at Ratio of 1:10, First Aid qualified and carrying safety equipment

- Return transfers from Hotel to Glencoe and foot of Ben Nevis

- Adventure Cafe support vehicle

- Mountain safety equipment and radio communications

- Event Trip Notes, Training plan, Joining Instructions

- Public liability and activity insurance & risk assessment

 

Equipment Required

Medikit
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc

Washkit
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)

Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s) 
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear

Waterproofs
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Other
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery

Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife

Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.

 

Weather

At this time of year rain is a distinct possibility, and severe weather is also possible. So wrap up warm, and be ready for anything! – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily. We will almost certainly experience some rain during the expedition, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and leggings.

 

Optional Extras

- Return coach from Glasgow Central / International to Fort William £50pp

- Event T-Shirts £20pp

 

Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events

 

 

Guide price

£659

Difficulty
Info

 

This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location


Glencoe and Ben Nevis 2021 Picture 2
Glencoe and Ben Nevis 2021 Picture 2

Glencoe and Ben Nevis 2021 Picture 3
Glencoe and Ben Nevis 2021 Picture 3