Start date

End date


Scottish Highlands, 5 Day Winter Summit Course

MIC certified mountain guide Ken wants to help you, over the course of 5 days full days, learn the skills necessary for safe and successful winter climbing in the Scottish Highlands.

Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


The peaks, or munros, of the Scottish Highlands, while not necessarily known as prime destinations for mountaineering enthusiasts, are nonetheless great spots for climbing. And in the winter they are absolutely amazing, not just for the great views, but also because of the challenge they offer, despite only having a range of altitude between 600 and 1,345 metres, which is the height of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom.

The course I am offering is for 5 days. Thus giving you more than twice the amount of time than the other, 2 day option of this course. As a result, you will get to learn a great deal. From navigation and kit checks, to essential skills and snow cave sheltering. We will also cover many other different techniques as well, and on the last day you will get to enjoy a client led climbing expedition on one of the many munros in the area. Just a few examples of potential climbs include Stob Ban (999m), Mullach nan Coirean (939m), Bidean nam Bian (1,150m) and many more. And after this course is completed, You will have gained the kind of important knowledge necessary to not only climb safely and properly in the Scottish Highlands, but in other mountain ranges as well.

Every day of this course, which will be between 6-8 hours, will be different. Every day will involve new lessons, new tips, and new techniques to practice. It will also involve new peaks and new views to enjoy as well.

If this sounds like the kind of adventure you want to enjoy, one that involves as much excitement as it does knowledge, send me a request, and join me for 5 days in the Scottish Highlands.

Would you like to climb Ben Nevis? If so, I can lead you to the summit on this 1 day winter ascent.


There are many comfortable accommodation options near the climbing area that I would be happy to recommend to you.

More info

Participants should have the following items with them: socks, fleeces, thermal layers, synthetic belay jacket, walking trousers, warm hat and waterproof gloves, waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, bivvy bag, gaiters or stop-tous, head torch, first aid kit, compass, flask, lunch or spare food, ski goggles, trekking poles (these are optional), and suitable boots.



About the guide

guide profile img

I gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, I have skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. I enjoy climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. I have also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
I have completed my Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enable me to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. I have also completed my International Mountain Leader Summer Training and have worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.

For booking assistance

Have any doubts? Talk directly with an Explore Share assistant.
The Concierge service is a great tool for when you still haven't decided what kind of Adventure you're looking for and you're open to suggestions

Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 1248 each

Group of 2

GBP 681 each

Group of 3

GBP 495 each

Group of 4

GBP 397 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes the use of climbing equipment, but does not include accommodation, food, lifts, and personal supplies.

What people are saying about Ken Applegate

Find more Ice Climbing trips in the Highland