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19 May, 2018
7:00 am
Ben Nevis, Scotland,

Looking to get fit for 2018? Why not challenge yourself to the summit of the highest mountain in the British Isles, with great company, and a great cause? Be rewarded with a spectacular view across Loch Linnhe from the summit of this majestic mountain. Even if we’re in the clouds, the sense of achievement will be unforgettable.

 

Following the success of our last two Walk for Nepal events (Snowdon in 2016 and Scafell Pike in 2017) raising over £27,000, we are running a similar event in 2018. This will once again be led by our ambassador, Alex Staniforth. This time we’re taking on Ben Nevis in Scotland, to complete our Three Peaks trio with the highest peak in Scotland and the UK.

Date:  Saturday 19th May

Walk for Nepal 2017: Scafell Pike

Fundraising target: £150 each participant

Registration fee: £25

Start/finish: Glen Nevis Visitors Centre, Scotland

Route: ‘Tourist Track’ (Mountain Path)

Distance: approx. 10 miles/ 16km

Height gain: approx. 1,352m/4,400ft

 

 

 

*Please note on completion of registration, your fundraising page will be automatically set up with our fantastic new fundraising platform: Everyday Hero.

You can view the route on View Ranger Here

FAQs

– Where does the walk begin and where should I look for accommodation?

The meeting point for the walk will be the Glen Nevis Visitors Centre. We will have a marquee set up next to the centre where you can register in the morning. Briefing for the day will happen here and we will meet at the same spot after the walk. Car Parking is free if you let us know you are bringing a car. The postcode for the car park is PH33 6PF

Nearest accommodation options are: Glen Nevis campsite http://www.glen-nevis.co.uk/ 5 mins from the start and http://www.ben-nevis-inn.co.uk/ has a bunkhouse, less than 10 mins walk from the start.

In Fort William about two miles away there’s a huge choice of hotels and B&B’s, and in nearby villages such as Onich and Banavie. For lower budgets try the ‘Chase the Wild Goose’ backpackers hostel http://www.great-glen-hostel.com/

Visit Fort William has more information on recommended local accommodation: https://www.visitfortwilliam.co.uk/where-to-stay-guide-for-scottish-accommodation-in-fort-william/bed-and-breakfast-fort-william

– What kit will I need to bring?

Although the route has no technical ground please be aware that slips and
accidents still happen and in some locations can have serious
consequences. Please read our Walk for Nepal 2018 Kit List to make sure you are properly
prepared.

– Will I need to navigate?

You will be accompanied in groups of 6-8 walkers with fully qualified
mountain leaders. You will be given copies of emergency phone numbers and
procedures in the small chance of separation. Remember there is no mobile
phone signal in places. Please follow any instructions and keep your
leader within sight.

– How fit do I need to be?

There will be varying levels of ability and fitness, so walkers will be
split into groups accordingly, but don’t worry about being split up from
any friends and family. Ben Nevis is a strenuous walk but achievable for
anyone who is of average fitness. You should be able to walk for 6-8 hours
(possibly more) on uneven terrain. Generally the fitter you are, the more
you will enjoy the walk. If you are not already active we highly recommend
preparing your body with some walks beforehand. To improve your stamina
these should be at least 2 hours, on off-road or ideally mountain terrain.
Aerobic exercise like running, cycling or swimming will also be helpful.

– What if I have a medical condition?

These do not necessarily stop you taking part if you are physically fit
and able to manage the condition, such as with medication. But you must
disclose any medical conditions on the sign-up form so the walk leaders
are aware on the day. Please contact us if unsure.

– Can I bring my dogs/children?

Well-behaved dogs are welcome but will need to be kept on a lead during
certain parts of the route where livestock may be present, and please
ensure you clear up after them. The walk is not suitable for children
under 11 unless they have experience of mountain walking with family.
Under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

– Can I car share?

Scotland is a long way to drive for many people so we will try and help
connect walkers who may be looking to car share from different parts of
the country via the event Facebook page.

– What’s the weather like?

We’ll hope for Himalayan sun and blue skies, but even in May the weather
can change rapidly in the mountains. High wind, hill fog and heavy rain
common so the right kit is essential to stay warm and dry. Snow is often
present on the ground, even in late summer. The walk leaders reserve the
right to cancel the event or shorten the route if necessary due to
dangerous weather conditions.

– How long will the walk take?

We want everyone to go at their own pace and enjoy the day; taking regular
stops for snacks, photos and to admire the view. The walk will take
between 5-8 hours, with approximately 3 or 4 hours to reach the summit and
at least 2 back down. We aim to have around 15-30 minutes at the summit
depending on the weather and time of day.

– Will food be provided?

We will provide hot drinks and small refreshments at the start and finish,
plus some small snacks to bring on the hill, however you will need to
provide lunch. It’s advisable to start the day with a large breakfast and
bring practical high-energy food (i.e. sandwiches, nuts, flapjack,
chocolate bars, dried fruit) to sustain you on the hill, with at least 2
litres of water. Fort William has a huge choice of places for dinner and
shops to buy supplies before the walk, but please do checking opening
hours.

Any further questions regarding logistics of the day, you can email alex@alexstaniforth.com

Any further questions regarding registration or fundraising, you can email jonathan@phaseworldwide.org

Here is a film from last year’s Walk for Nepal: Scafell Pike