The group called 999 on Monday after getting lost on Scotland's highest mountain in the severe conditions.
The group were ill-equipped for the ascent, with three of them wearing trainers.
Temperatures at the top of the mountain have been around -6C (21.2F) for the past few days, with wind chill making it feel significantly colder.
The group were airlifted to safety after it was discovered they were all beginning to suffer from the effects of hypothermia.
They were taken to Belford Hospital in Fort William and all have since been released.
Posting on its Facebook page, the rescue team included an image showing gifts from those rescued, which included a £200 donation.
The mountain rescue group said "These were very young guys who without any prompting made a very generous gesture which is very much appreciated.
"Not everyone rescued appreciates that we are not full-time or not paid to be at their beck and call."
They also called for the public to "cut the guys a little bit of slack" as the incident had not resulted in any serious casualties and had helped raise the profile of the work the team does and mountaineering safety.
It used the opportunity to dash calls for a professionally funded mountain rescue service, stating forcing people to have insurance before heading uphill could have a ripple effect across other outdoor sports.
It said: "For those who call for charging and insurance for mountaineers/hill walkers, be careful for what ask for, as where do you stop, insurance for fishing, rugby, football all of which have more incidents and injuries than mountaineering."