Take on the five tallest mountains in the Northern Cairngorm National Park over two days
Cairn Gorm (1244m) – Ben Macdui (1309m) – Cairn Toul (1291m) – Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258m) – Braeriach (1296m)
In the heart of the Cairngorms lies the Lairig Ghru pass, either side of the pass rise two great plateaus. These plateaus are home to five of the eight highest summits in Scotland. These mountains are Cairn Gorm (1244m), Ben Macdui (1309m), Cairn Toul (1291m), Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258m) and Braeriach (1296m), all are over 4,000ft. They come together to form the Cairngorms 4000ers challenge, the route over all five tops is one of the finest and most challenging in the Scottish Highlands.
We will start the challenge from the Coire Cas car park at the Cairngorm Mountain Centre, from there we will make our way over to the Chalamain Gap. Our ascent begins on a rough path which leads up the northern spur of Braeriach. Once the summit of Braeriach has been achieved we turn out attention to Sgor an Lochain Uaine working our way along the plateaux staying relatively high level. Our third and final peak of the day is Cairn Toul, from the summit we descend steeply in to the Lairig Ghru towards the bothy (which is small and quite often overcrowded) where we will wild camp for the night.
After our night in the wilds of the Lairig Ghru we break camp, making our way towards the steep slopes of Ben Macdui and starting our ascent of the second highest mountain in the United Kingdom. From the summit, weather dependant, you should receive a 360 degree view of the Cairngorm plateaux’s, upon taking in the view we then head for the final summit of the challenge Cairn Gorm, from the summit we make our way back down the hillside back towards the Coire Cas car park.
A fully qualified Mountain Leader
We will provide a full kit list
Recommendations on where to stay
Training plans to help you get in shape for your challenge
Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation before and after the event if required.
Why book with us?
RockRiver Expeditions are a family run company who pride themselves in delivering the best adventurous experience to one and all. We believe in a client centred approach to experiential learning in a friendly and approachable manner, working with our fully qualified instructors helping you to fulfil your dreams and ambitions.
In general terms the following will give an idea of the weekend.
- Meet around 8am in the Cairngorm mountain carpark
- Personal equipment check, ensuring you have the right equipment for the weekend
- Day 1 – Cairn Gorm, Ben Macdui overnight in the Lairig Ghru
- Day 2 – Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Unaine, Braeriach back to the car park
The following is included within the price.
- Fully qualified instructor/guide
- Safety Equipment
What's Not Included
- Transport to and from the venue
- Accommodation if required
Course Kit List
You will need to supply all of your own equipment for the course including the following.
- Suitable clothing to be out in the British weather
- Suitable footwear, appropriate for mountain walking
- Tent, Sleeping bag, Sleeping mat, Stove/Pans
- Spare clothes/Hats/Gloves
Fitness & Training
To get the best out of the course you should arrive fit and well. If you have any doubts about your fitness levels please do not hesitate to get in touch.