Ben Nevis a more challenging way

Why not avoid some of the crowds and take in another Munro at the same time.  Hike Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg and The Arete ridge.

This hike starts at the North Face car park which is not far from Torlundy.   Just follow the well made and obvious track towards the North Face and the CIC hut.   Leave the main track and work your way steadily up CMD until you reach the summit at the south end.   From there descend down through the boulders onto The Arete ridge.   There are lovely views in all directions, particularly the North Face of Ben Nevis.    Next comes a fairly steep hike up to the summit.   Once there you meet the many tourists who have done the standard route from the visitor centre.  Head down the main zig-zag path and at the Lochan stay to the right departing from the main tourist route.   At the outlet of this Lochan you head straight down and back to the North Face track.   There is no official route and you will need to pass over rough ground before reaching the track.  If you are unsure remain on the track from the Lochan towards the CIC hut and turn left back to the start.