United Kingdom

National 3 Peaks Challenge (24 Hours)

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Hike the highest peak in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet the team

You'll be collected from the train station, or one of the other pickup points (see FAQs below) on route to Fort William before heading to your hotel. In the evening you'll enjoy a briefing from the guide who will inform you of the plan for the challenge and answer any final questions you might have.

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Day 2: Hike Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike

After a hearty breakfast, you'll be transferred to the bottom of Ben Nevis where you start your 24-hour challenge. The aim is to summit Ben Nevis by 11:30 AM before heading back down the mountain for the transfer to the Lake District. We aim to begin the Scafell Pike ascent with a few hours of daylight left. You'll arrive at the start point around 8:30 PM. During the summer months, you’ll reach the summit as the sun sets across the Lake District. Once down the mountain, you’ll head straight to Snowdonia in Wales.

Please note: The walking pace is brisk to fast and the guide will be aiming for approximately 4km per hour in order to attempt the challenge within 24 hours.

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Day 3: Hike Snowdon

The transfer to Snowdon takes around 4.5 hours and includes a driver changeover. This transfer is through the night so you will be sleeping on the bus. Have a quick snack, then get some rest. You'll arrive at the foot of Snowdon around 5:30 am. You trek as the sun begins to rise, aiming to get to the summit at approximately 8 am to complete the challenge.

After the challenge, you'll be transferred to Chester Station or Warrington Station where you can continue your journey. The exact arrival time at the drop-off point can vary so we advise booking open rail tickets for your journey home, to be safe.

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What's Included

Included
  • Qualified UK mountain leaders.
  • Professional transport throughout the challenge.
  • Pickup/drop off from agreed locations.
  • 1 night, twin room accommodation (minimum 3* B&B) in Fort William. The second night is spent travelling in the bus to Snowdonia.
Not Included
  • Travel costs to/from the agreed pickup location.
  • Bottled and boiled water.
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Travel insurance.
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Rated 4.5

84 verified reviews

Frazer
Frazer

(May 2024)

Absolutely brilliant experience! Very well organised, lovely guide and drivers! 5 stars 🌟

Tej
Tej

(May 2024)

Thank you Skyhook for the organising a truly amazing experience. 10/10 Our driver Carl 10/10 Most importantly our mountain guide Russel 20/10. Off the scale. A master of his profession. Inspirational leadership skills he kept us safe, motivated and above all has given me the confidence to tackle future mental and physical challenges. Thanks again Tej

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J

(May 2024)

What an amazing experience. Do not underestimate the challenge, the 24 will require a great deal of fortitude and the ability to work as team. The shining light of the challenge has to be focused upon. Our guide Russ was a true gentleman in all respects. His patience and continual support made the weekend for me. Without him and his ability to read the needs of the group, it would have a been a very different experience. A shout out to our driver Carl also has to be given, for a tough shift and informative stories. I thoroughly recommend you request both parties if booking. Thank you so much.

Tejul
Tejul

(May 2024)

What an exhilarating experience. We booked for 8 of us to complete the 3peaks challenge in 24 hours. Our guide Russ from the first minute put us at ease with his knowledge, clear explanations and passion he showed. Russ kept us safe and at the same time really pushed us all to get the best out of each of us during the 3peaks challenge. Highly recommended. A quick shout out to Carl the driver who was really knowledgeable, kept us on track and accommodating all of us through what was an unforgettable experience for us all. Thank you Sky Hook Adventure and Mountaineerin.

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Mrs joanne
Mrs joanne

(May 2024)

This was not a 24 hour challenge from the start. I trained very hard, took time of work to train, recieved stitches after a fall durin training , and spent a lot if money to ensure I was prepared. We were joined by a group of 6 on a company bonding trip who had not trained at all. However knowing that if you could not keep the pace of 4/5 km hr you would be asked to go back down. This did not happen and we were told to keep the pace of the slowest walker,as a result out route up snowdonia was changed to the easier route without consultation and the 24 hours was not achievable as the guide did not follow the guidance given by the company that we adhered to. Complete waste of time as we had already achieved all 3 hills. Thus was a race against the clock. Would not recommend this company if you would like to complete in 24 hours. It was a joke !

Reply by Mountaineerin Ltd:
Hi Joanne, Simon here from Mountaineerin. We're very sorry for your negative experience on this challenge. Although Skyhook and myself take all measures possible to provide the necessary information and ensure that participants are fully prepared for the pace of this challenge, it is unfortunately never 100% possible to vet those who sign on. We've been running this trip for years and have slowly and carefully refined the details to reach a point where we have an extremely high customer satisfaction level. This said, group dynamics in these open groups are difficult to manage and there are rare instances where things don't go according to plan. We take feedback like this very seriously and discussed the trip in detail with your guide. It was an unfortunate situation and decisions were made to get the best outcome given the circumstances. We're very sorry that this meant you and your team did not complete the challenge on time. We can understand your disappointment given that you were well prepared. I'm glad that we had a chance to talk about this over a call and I appreciate your time in sharing your experience.

FAQs

Before you go

You need to be in good physical shape to participate in this trip. The National Three Peaks Challenge includes climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours, so it is tough going! However, you don’t require any mountaineering experience. The guide will aim to set a pace that is necessary to complete the challenge within 24 hours. It should be noted that there will be minimal time for breaks and this is not a leisurely walking pace. Cut-off times may be implemented for legal reasons to do with driver's hours or to benefit the majority of the group.

See inclusions and exclusions above.

Clothing Items: - walking boots that are waterproof with ankle support (good boots are required for participation, if you are unsure message us) - walking trousers (lightweight and not denim/jeans) - t-shirt/base layer (cotton is best avoided for better moisture management) - fleece/jumper (lightweight fleece such as microfleece is best) - thick walking socks - hat - gloves - waterproof Trousers (essential regardless of weather forecast) - waterproof Jacket (essential regardless of weather forecast) - Gaiters (Optional) Hiking gear: - personal 1st Aid Kit including blister plasters and any personal medication/inhalers etc. - head Torch with new batteries (required for participation) - small rucksack of 25L Max (2 shoulder straps, waist belts are beneficial) - food/snacks (cereal bars, nuts, bananas, and pasta are all good ) - at least 1.5l water pr mountain (any energy drinks taken should be in addition to water to avoid dehydration) - walking Poles (optional but beneficial for descents) - camera Additional items to be left on the vehicle: - travel pillow - additional food and drinks for in-between mountains (pasta, sandwiches, snacks etc.) - comfortable travel clothes and an extra set of walking clothes (in case one set gets wet) - ear plugs and eye mask The above list is not exhaustive, you may have additional items you may wish to bring with you. Keep in mind that you will be carrying your own bag and it's beneficial to pack light. Please note that space is often limited in the bus, this should be considered when packing.

Typically groups are no more than 10 with one guide for each group. Please note that if there are more than 10 booked on a trip we will split the group. If you have booked with friends or family, please let us know so that we group you together.

YES! We require that all clients have good hiking boots. Waterproofing is highly recommended. Please be advised that we reserve the right to turn you away from this challenge if you do not have suitable footwear. We also cannot take any responsibility for injuries or failure to complete this challenge caused by inappropriate shoe choices. The terrain on all 3 mountains is rocky and very slippy when wet. Given the nature of the trip with people progressively getting more fatigued, boots reduce the risk of strains, sprains or worse. An ankle injury is not always a major problem however, it can pose significant logistical issues and impact the success of the entire group.

On your trip

The guide will aim to set a pace which the group can realistically attempt to complete the challenge within 24 hours. This will mean a relatively fast walk with minimal breaks of no more than a few minutes to drink, have a quick snack or catch your breath. If you are well off the pace or struggling, the guide may need to make a call as to whether you can continue the challenge. If you have concerns about your fitness levels or would like to take a little longer to complete the 3 peaks at a more leisurely pace, we recommend that you consider the National 3 Peaks -3 Days trip (also available through Skyhook).

Accommodation in Fort William is in twin rooms. Sharing a room is a great way to get to know your fellow trekkers. A single supplement in Fort William is sometimes possible (subject to availability). This needs to be requested before arrival. You can chat with the guide on your Skyhook dashboard. Single supplements cost £100pp. You need to pay this direct to the 3-Peaks Team, before the event.

This challenge includes a driving distance of around 725km / 450 miles. This means we spend around 10 hours on the road, most of that at night. This leaves us with 14 hours (maximum) to complete the ascent and descent of the 3 mountains within the 24-hour challenge limit.

Day 1: 10:30 AM - Pick up in Warrington or Northwest agreed location (if needed) 3:00 PM - Pick up Glasgow Central Station or/and International Airport (if needed) 3:30 PM - Transfer to hotel/B&B 6:00 PM - Arrive at hotel 8:00 PM - Challenge briefing and Q&A session Day 2: 7:00 AM - Breakfast 8:00 AM - Transfer to Ben Nevis start point 8:15 AM - Final preparation 8:30 AM - Start challenge (Begin Ben Nevis) 11:30 AM - Summit Ben Nevis 1:30 PM - Transfer to Wasdale Head (transfer includes a 45-minute maximum driver rest stop. This is a VOSA legal requirement) 8:30 PM - Begin Scafell Pike ascent 11:00 PM - Summit Scafell Pike 1:00 AM - Transfer to Pen y Pass Day 3: 1:00 AM - Transfer to Pen y pass 5:30 AM - Begin Snowdon ascent 8:00 AM - Summit Snowdon 9:30 AM - Complete challenge at Pen y pass 10:00 AM - Transfer to drop off point

The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3064 metres (10,052ft). Ben Nevis is the highest point reached at 1,344m.

Please choose your preferred pick-up location on your trip form after booking (it's on your dashboard). Pick-up options: - Warrington, leave your car (10:15 AM) - Warrington Bank Quay Station (10:30 AM) - Glasgow Central Station (3:00 PM) - Glasgow International Airport (3:30 PM), make sure your landing time allows you to get to arrivals by 3:30 PM - Fort William, meet at hotel (6:00 PM) Drop-off options: - Chester Station - Warrington Central Station - Warrington Bank Quay Station - Warrington, Return to your car Although we aim to complete the challenge on time (between 8:30-9:30 AM) times can vary depending on the speed of the group. **We cannot guarantee drop-off times and strongly advise that you either pay on the day for train tickets or book an anytime ticket**

Meals and water are not included on this trip. The key is to eat small amounts and often. Make sure you bring enough food and snacks for 3 mountains. Energy bars, dried fruit and nuts, sandwiches and prepared pasta work well. For water, you will need to have at least 1.5l for each mountain (minimum 4.5l total). Any energy drinks should be in addition to this, to prevent dehydration. You will only need to carry enough water for each mountain at any time, the rest can be left in the vehicle. Do not rely on being able to refill your bottle at the start of each ascent.

Other FAQs

You must be at least 18 years old to do the 3 Peaks Challenge.

Yes - we highly recommend taking out travel insurance right after booking the trip. Unfortunately we can't recommend travel insurance providers (as it's a regulated industry in the UK), but we can confirm that many customers choose to take out BMC travel insurance or similar.

Although our guides do their best to set a brisk pace and complete the challenge within the 24hr mark (and usually do), this is unfortunately not possible to guarantee. Weather conditions, participant fitness and health as well as other factors beyond our control have an impact on challenge time. For this reason we ask that guests please take responsibility for their own fitness and show up having trained for the challenge and in good physical shape. This is for your own benefit as well as that of the other guests on the trip.

Your head guide is Simon

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Mountaineerin Ltd, based in Warrington.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Simon