Aonach Mor and Beag via the Gondola

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Those looking for the fastest way to climb the two Aonach peaks can approach from the north, riding the Nevis Range gondola for almost half of the ascent. This option gives a fairly short hillwalk with stunning views although the summits are extremely exposed and the plateau requires very skilled navigation. The route may not please purists who wish to climb the mountains under their own steam - these can instead use the route from Glen Nevis.

Terrain

Pathless hillwalking. Steep open slope through ski area, grassy plateau across Aonach Mor then rockier ridge to Aonach Beag. Careful navigation required.

Public Transport

The foot of the Nevis Range gondola can be reached by bus from Fort William and Spean Bridge. Traveline Scotland.

Start

Top station of the Nevis Range Gondola cable car (there is a charge to ride the gondola). Map and directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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