Scottish Wilderness - Laithach

3 Days

Price from: £599.00

Ref No: Activus 072

Trekking
Wilderness

Tough it out with this hugely powerful mountain

  • Scottish Wilderness - Laithach image
  • Highlights
  • Magnificent views to Beinn Eighe
  • Great exposure on The Pinnacles
  • Toughest of the Torriden "Big Three"
Here is an opportunity to truly get away from it all for a long weekend. You will be picked up from Inverness airport on a Friday and transferred to you accommodation. The next day you will undertake this demanding mountain walk with the help of an experienced mountain guide. On Sunday you will be returned to the airport for your flight home.

Flights are available to Inverness from:

Luton, Gatwick or Bristol with Easyjet
Gatwick, Southampton, Birmingham or Manchester with Flybe

Activity Information

Liathach  East - West Traverse
Location: Torridon, Wester Ross, Northern Highlands
Length: 11km / 6.75 miles
Ascent: 1490m / 4888ft
Time: 8 hours

Difficulty: Long with strenuous ascent, and serious in that there are no simple ways off the 4km (2.5 miles) long spine of the mountain. If tackled directly, The Pinnacles offer interesting and exposed scrambling (Scrambling Grade 1.5), although they can all be bypassed by a path to their south. In winter, The Pinnacles of Liathach are a formidable proposition and classed as Winter Grade 2.        

Seasons: Summer conditions may be expected from June to September and winter conditions from October to May.       

Comment: This is the toughest of the Torridon 'big three' - also comprising Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe, particularly if The Pinnacles are climbed directly. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful, powerful, high mountain challenge - the fairest of the fair. From Glen Torridon you can certainly sense the awesome power emanating from Liathach, but you have only a limited visual impression of her immense bulk. Her slopes and mid-heights dominate the field of vision, but you can only make out a fraction of her distant heights, and then the effect is softened by the telescoped perspective, where 1000m of vertical height are crammed into hardly any horizontal.          

To see the real Liathach - the great pinnacles, the razor-sharp edges, the soaring aretes, the towering cones and spires and the great hanging corries of that 4.5km (3 mile) long spine you have to view her from afar, preferably from the heights of the great north - from the mountains rising above the Shieldaig and Flowerdale Forests - or better still, by climbing her steep flanks, and experiencing her great ridge at first hand.

The summits
: Stuc a' Choire Dhuibh Bhig - 915m / 3002ft, Bidean Toll a' Mhuic - 983m / 3225ft, Spidean a' Choire Leith - 1055m / 3461ft, Am Fasarinen - 927m / 3042ft, Mullach an Rathain - 1023m / 3358ft        

Liathach is one of the most famous mountains in Torridon  and offers a superb mountaineering challenge amidst breathtaking scenery and is one of the must do mountains in Scotland.

Pre-requisite:

This package is designed for pre-formed groups of 4-6 people. It is a pre-requisite that you have a good level of fitness and/or summer mountain walking experience. Dates may also be available mid-week upon request.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Inverness airport and transfer to you accommodation

Day 2

Complete Laithach East-West traverse with your experienced mountain guide. Return to accommodation.

Day 3

Return to airport for flight home.

What's Included?

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Packed lunch
  • Vehicle hire and driver/support guide
  • Qualified & experienced mountain guide
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • Flights to Inverness

Information

Price is per person based on a group of 6, prices for groups of 4 or 5 will be higher. Please specify group size at time of booking.

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