Ben Nevis & Carn Mor Dearg

Summary for Ben Nevis & Carn Mor Dearg

Ben Nevis & Carn Mor Dearg is a route in “The Nevis” region / range which is located in the Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a mainly circular route but there are parts where you need to retrace your footsteps

Sunrise 4:34 am
Sunset 10:11 pm
17 hours 36 minutes(s) daylight
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The Ben Nevis Horseshoe Circuit

DistanceAscentTime
17 km/ 10.56 miles1600 m/ 5249.34 ft8 Hours plus
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This is a long hard route taking you around the Ben Nevis horseshoe to reach the highest peak in the UK and take in Carn Mor Dearg munro number 9 on the way. The route is a refreshing change if you've only climbed the tallest mountain by the Ben Nevis Tourist Route as it's away from the crowds at least until you reach the summit. The path vanishes on the higher rocky slopes and navigation can be problematic.

This route does true justice to Britains highest peak where the tourist route fails.

Route points for Ben Nevis & Carn Mor Dearg

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN12547282134° SE1.13 (1.13)Start from Parking at Nlen Nevis Visitor center in Glen Nevis
NN13327199104° ESE0.26 (1.39)Climb the tourist path zig zaging up
NN1453723221° NNE0.26 (1.65)Take the left fork which is the main path leading to the CIC hut
NN1551729580° E0.56 (2.21)Drop down heather slopes to "Allt a'Mhuilinn"
NN1607730283° E0.95 (3.16)Cross the "Allt a'Mhuilinn" and then climb heathery slopes upto the main ridge
NN17027308116° ESE0.33 (3.49)Once on the ridge stay on it's crest onto "Carn Dearg Meadhonach"
NN176726197° SSW0.25 (3.74)Carn Mor Dearg - Carn Dearg Meadhonach
NN17567241143° SE0.33 (4.07)
NN177721205° SSW0.28 (4.35)The summit Carn Mor Dearg - 1220 ( metres)
NN17617189169° S0.29 (4.64)Descend along this narrow rocky ridge know as the Carn Mor Dearg arete
NN17497134225° SW0.32 (4.96)From a col head over onto another col & then onto the southern ridge of The Ben
NN17117102275° W0.25 (5.21)Continue up the south ridge of Ben Nevis
NN16867105308° NW0.29 (5.5)Ascend onto the summit of Ben Nevis
NN166712252° WSW0.15 (5.65)The summit Ben Nevis - 1344 ( metres)
NN16507120272° W0.29 (5.94)Do not navigate direct to descent path as there's a gully
NN16217123258° WSW0.49 (6.43)Continue to descend over boulder ridden path
NN14687186354° N0.54 (6.97)Pass a small stream
NN14537232233° SW0.43 (7.4)Return back down the path to the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre
Munros covered on Ben Nevis & Carn Mor Dearg
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
1 1344 Ben Nevis Possibly - Cloudy hill Ben Nevis
9 1220 Carn Mor Dearg Large red cairn like peak Karn More Jerrack