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Climb Britain’s Everest

Nine 4,000 ft peaks and 8,850m of ascent in eight days – Are you up for it? Can you climb Britain’s Everest with us in 2015?

Dates: Arrive Friday 23rd September, depart Sunday 2nd October 2016

Booking – email

If you can’t wait then ask about our Full Moon Snow Hole Expedition

The Challenge

There are nine 4000ft mountains in Britain, all in Scotland. By climbing them all over eight days (incl. 2 rest days), often by the classic routes, you climb 29,035 ft (8,850m), the same height as Mount Everest. This is Britain’s ultimate mountain challenge and one that will immerse you in our most dramatic mountain scenery.

Ben Nevis – one of the 9 peaks for ‘Britain’s Everest’ – Photo by Bruce Cowan on Flickr

Individual or Team Entry

You can sign up as an individual and be placed in a team of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 7 members.  Or, if you already have a team of 4-7 members then sign up together to take on the challenge. In addition, each challenge team will be be joined by an individual who is or has been supported by WWTW.

This guided challenge is not for the faint hearted. Mountain climbing in Scotland can be as demanding as anywhere in the world. The long days combined with often rough and navigationally demanding terrain means it’s important to move at a steady and efficient pace. Team members should have previous mountain walking experience and a level of fitness that allows a steady walking pace to be maintained throughout the day (please refer to training plan). They should be capable of 3 consecutive big days of challenging mountain walking should the weather dictate. Although there is no technical rock climbing involved, team members should have a good head for heights for the Carn Mor Dearg Arete on the climb of Ben Nevis. Breaks are taken approximately every 80 mins to maintain energy levels and brief photo stops can usually be accommodated.

The forever changing landscapes combined with the changeable weather make for scenery of infinite variety.

We challenge to you to join us and every time you summit each of the nine 4,000ft peaks Scot Mountain Holidays will donate £20 to Walking With The Wounded.

We also ask that you undertake some fundraising for the Charity with a suggested minimum of £200 per person. As one of our key charity partners we recommend using Virgin Money Giving for your fundraising efforts.

To visit the Virgin Money Giving site click here


This is a lodge based challenge with each mountain day involving a circuit which ascends and descends the mountains by different routes. With the starkly different micro climates of the Scottish Highlands, the order of the days maybe changed to fit in with the prevailing weather conditions. At the end of each day we return to our accommodation and much needed Cake O’clock (tea & home baked cake) before some delicious home cooked meal or a night out at a local top restaurant.

Day 1: We start the challenge by ascending Ben Macdui. Although Britain’s second highest mountain it is one of the easier peaks by virtue of our starting point being at the road head 2000ft up. This is a route of contrasts: on one side the deep trench of the famous Lairig Ghru slicing through the heart of the high Cairngorms, on the other the huge cliffs circling the Loch A’an and the view down its length, and in the middle, the rolling high plateau.

948m of ascent and 10 miles (16km) on footpaths and moderately rough ground. Some steeper ascents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:30.

Day 2: Sometimes maligned due to the ski development, yet in its entirety, Cairngorm is one of Scotland’s finest peaks offering a grand horseshoe walk of unending interest. We trace the whole of the skyline as seen from Glenmore.

1435m of ascent and 14 miles (23km) on footpaths and moderately rough ground with some steeper gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks 8:00

Day 3:  Rest day and a short trip down the road into whisky country and a complementary tour around the Glenfiddich Distillery. With the oak cask being such an important part in the creation of Scotch Whisky, we pop into one of Britain’s few working Cooperages.

Day 4: To climb Ben Nevis (4409ft) via Carn Mor Dearg (4012ft) and its famous arête is to do one of Scotland’s classic ridge walks. Missed by many who ascend via the ‘tourist route’, ‘The Bens’ spectacular north-east face comes into full view as we ascend the slopes of Carn Mor Dearg. Over 1.5 miles, a complex series of deep gullies, buttresses and ridges tower 2000ft above the waters of the Allt a’ Mhuilinn.

1594m of ascent and 14 miles (22km) on mountain footpaths with some steep gradients over rough terrain. A reasonable head for heights is required. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:15

Day 5: The giants of Aonach Beag & Aonach Mor complete the quartet of Lochaber peaks over 4000ft and provide a wild walk with a commanding position amongst an array of fine peaks.

1718m of ascent and 11 miles (18km) on mainly rough ground with some steeper ascent. Approx walking time excluding breaks and winter skills training: 8:30

Day 6: Another well earned day off. You might like to catch the steam train to the cafes and gear shops of Aviemore or wonder the short distance amongst the pines to the local RSPB Osprey hide. The choice is entirely up to you.

Day 7: This novel approach to Cairn Toul & Angels Peak via a high moorland expanse again provides a very different atmosphere. The day starts with a steady climb out of beautiful Glenfeshie and over the ‘Big White Hill’……..

1512m of ascent and 17.5 miles (28km) on footpaths and mainly varied rough terrain. Some steeper gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 8:45

Day 8: Again our approach to Braeriach (4251ft) is not the most obvious one but is surprisingly quick and very dramatic. Dropping down into the huge and complex glacial bowl of An Garbh Coire you are surrounded by 4 of Britain’s five highest peaks. There is no doubt you are in big mountain country.

1641m of ascent and 14 miles (22km) on footpaths and varied rough terrain with both steep ascents and descents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 8:15

What’s Included

  • 9 night’s accommodation (including a night in Fort William) in twin rooms
  • Full board from evening meal on day of arrival through to breakfast on the day of departure and including 2 evenings out at 2 top class restaurants.
  • Cake O’clock on our arrival back at our accommodation each day
  • 6 days Mountain Guiding with a qualified and experienced guide
  • 2 rest days including a tour of The Glenfiddich Distillery and the Speyside Cooperage
  • Transport between accommodation and the start of the days route
  • Transfers from/to Aviemore Station or InvernessAirport if required


£970 per person (excludes travel to Scotland)

This fantastic challenge is all rounded off with a delicious and well deserved celebratory meal at a local top class restaurant!

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