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Take on the UK’s highest peak which summits at 1,344 metres above sea level

Led by an experienced mountain guide, James Lamont, take on the challenge of conquering the mighty Ben Nevis to raise vital funds for the cats and kittens in our care.

Join our group of cat-lovers for a safe and supportive experience as you climb the UK's highest peak. You'll be achieving something amazing and you might even make some new friends along the way!

Sponsorship options:

  • Full fundraising - pay a £25 registration fee and commit to raising a minimum of £150.
  • Self-funded - pay a £55 registration fee and this covers the cost of your trek plus a contribution to Cats Protection.

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We'll be with you every step of the way from sign up to the summit!

You're able to nominate a local Cats Protection branch or centre to receive the vital funds you raise and we'll provide full support and ideas to help you exceed your sponsorship commitment.

You'll get a branded yellow trekking top to wear and you can also join our Facebook group to connect with other cat-loving trekkers!

Prefer a virtual challenge this year? Check out our Virtual Ben Nevis Climb


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On the day of your challenge, please meet at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park, by the toilet blocks at 7.45am sharp, ready to set off at 8:00am.

You will need to pay for the car park and it is currently £4 per day so please bring cash for this.

The Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park is located approx. 1.5 miles from the roundabout in Fort William located next to the River Nevis. Follow the road (Belford Road) signposted for Glen Nevis. The car park and Visitor Centre are on the left-hand side of the road as you approach from Fort William. There is parking for approx. 80 cars. The postcode for the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre is: PH33 6PF, however, this will leave you approx 1 mile short of the Visitor Centre itself. The next postcode along that road is PH33 6ST which will take you a little way past the Visitor Centre so keep an eye out for the car park on the left.

After summiting Ben Nevis and making our way down, we will warm up with a celebratory drink back at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre.

The route will take between 5 to 7 hours to ascend and roughly 3 hours to descend. The route includes some very low level scrambling on the ascent, with larger uneven rocks and steps for the majority of the climb.

The temperature changes as you ascend and does get colder the higher you go. It is physically demanding, so you will need to be a reasonable level of fitness and suitably equipped.

We adhere to the The Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Recommended Accommodation

You are responsible for getting to and from the trip. However, if you need to book accommodation before and after the trek we have previously used the Ossians Hostel. Cats Protection staff have stayed here in the past, it is basic accommodation but competitively priced: 

Ossians Hostel

High Street, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 6DH

Tel: 01397 700857


They do not require you to pay for your booking until the day of the trip, please note they do not provide breakfast just a bowl of cereal and tea/coffee in the lounge from 8am.

If you are looking for a hearty breakfast before the trek we recommend the Lochaber Cafe at Fort William train station (Belford Rd, Fort William PH33 6AN) they open from 7am and serve a hot cooked breakfast.

Suggested Kit List 

To Wear

  • Thermal wicking base layer and fleece top – not cotton
  • Polyester, fleece or woollen trousers and tops – no jeans
  • Walking boots (three season) – we highly recommend you DON’T use this trek to ‘break in’ your new walking boots. If your boots are new ensure you have already done at least 2-3 continuous hours walking in them first.

Layer up your clothing, you will start cool, warm right up then on each stop you will cool down again. The top of the mountain can see temperatures drop dramatically so we recommend gloves, ear muffs / hats etc. and extra clothing.

This is a very useful health and safety document plus kit list on page 2 {you will NOT need a survival bag, map or compass as they will be carried by your guide}

Personal Items – these can be carried in your back pack

  • A good quality trekking backpack (20ltrs+) it will need to fit spare clothing, food, water and any other personal items.
  • Hat and gloves {for the top of the mountain even if you think you don’t need them}
  • Spare fleece or woollen top
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof trousers
  • Flask or water bottle (we will fill this up at the natural waterfall half way up)
  • A packed lunch, plus energy food, even some sweets help morale at the top of the mountain and serve as a celebration
  • Whistle
  • Torch
  • Sunglasses and sun-cream
  • Walking poles are recommended but non-essential
  • Camera / Camera phone
  • Blister plasters / tape {a first aid kit is carried by your guide}
  • Toilet tissue and biodegradable bags

Please note insurance is not included in the trip costs but you can insure your own items if you wish to, otherwise items left are at your own risk.  

No alcohol is permitted; if you have alcohol on you, it will be confiscated and given back to you after the trek.

Download the full itinerary and kit list here

We will be led by our experienced guide James Lamont from Lamont Mountain Adventures. Download their COVID-19 'Good to go' certificate here

Please read our Event Covid-19 Participant Guidelines before taking part in the event. 


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We will be led by guide James Lamont from Lamont Mountain Adventures. James is a qualified Mountain Leader.  Download their COVID-19 'Good to go' certificate here. 

Please read our Event Covid-19 Participant Guidelines before taking part in the event. 

What is the minimum age I can take part?

Minimum age to take part is 14+. If you are under 18 please contact us

What if the weather is poor?

We cannot guarantee good weather but there is more likelihood of settled weather in June. We are committed to the challenge taking place as long as conditions are safe. If conditions look unsafe we will communicate with you via email, phone and SMS. 

Is accommodation included?

No, accommodation is not covered, you will need to ensure you can arrive at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park by 7:45am on the day of your challenge. 

Are there toilets?

Yes, there are toilets at the car park before we set off but from there on out you need to be prepared to go out in the wild. Please do bring biodegradable bags to put any toilet paper into.

Do I need to bring food and how much?

Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, energy bars and sweets to keep you going.

Where can I fill up my bottle of water?

It is a good idea to bring a full one-litre bottle of water with you. You will have the opportunity to fill this up at a fresh water stream a third of the way up, and fill it up again in the same place on the way down. If you choose to do this we are not responsible for the cleanliness of the water.

What kit do I need to bring?

A recommended kit list is on the itinerary above.

How many miles up is Ben Nevis?

The walk is just over 4 miles each way - a total of 8 1/2 miles.

We expect our participants to join us and adhere to The Scottish Outdoor Access Code



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