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Aonach Beag [Nevis region] & Aonach Mor
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
2025 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
7 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
16.11 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

Moderate climb with some steep ascents and many crags either side of the summit ridge, Navigate with care. Excellent views of Ben Nevis and Carn mor Dearg.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Fort William

From Fort William (A82), at the Nevis Bridge roundabout, follow signs to Glen Nevis. Follow the Glen Nevis road to its termination at a large car park. N.B. Aonach Mor can be climbed via the ski lift access road. The route described here avoids the clutter of the ski slopes.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 2,025 metres. Allow 7 hours to complete this 16.11 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start from carpark at end of road through Glen Nevis
  NN16786913 Distance
150 m
Follow path E through gorge, past wire bridge and waterfall to Steall ruin
NN18626877 Distance
2.42 km
230 m
Cross river and ascend NE to Sgurr a' Bhuic
NN20407017 Distance
2.38 km
963 m
Continue NNE to Stob Coire Bhealaich
NN20617087 Distance
0.79 km
1048 m
Follow ridge W
NN20057089 Distance
0.56 km
1046 m
Continue NW above An Aghaidh Gharbh to summit of Aonach Beag
NN19667150 Distance
0.77 km
1234 m
Descend NW turning NNW to col at 1100m
NN19317207 Distance
0.72 km
1100 m
Ascend broader slopes of Aonach Mor to summit
NN19317296 Distance
0.96 km
1221 m
Descend S from Aonach Mor and locate descent path
NN19237222 Distance
0.73 km
1097 m
Descend towards 1100m col. Before reaching lowest point descend W on ridge
NN18687215 Distance
0.61 km
828 m
Follow watershed of Allt Coire Giubhaschan
NN18257063 Distance
1.66 km
557 m
Rejoin approach path near the Steall ruin
NN18626877 Distance
2.09 km
230 m
Follow approach path W to return to the start
NN16786913 Distance
2.42 km
150 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Aonach Beag
by Metcheck
Images of Aonach Beag [Nevis region] & Aonach Mor
Route Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from the route start.
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
54.8 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Ian Swann on 23 Feb 2003:
Great views of Ben Nevis and the Ring of Steall at first. Note the small summit cairn of Aonach Beag - in poor visibility this was confusing and increased the difficulty of navigation down to the Bealach and on to Aonach Mor. In the winter conditions ice axe and crampons were necessary above 2000 feet. Returning via the Coire Giubhsachan allowed easy walking on the frozen bogs but the total walk from the Pollubh car park took me 8 hours (middle aged munroist in poor condition)
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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