National 3 Peaks Challenge

United Kingdom

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 en route to Fort William before heading to your hotel in Fort William. 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.

Pick up locations can include:

Warrington Central or Bank Quay Stations - 10:30am

Glasgow Central Station - 15:00pm

Glasgow International Airport - 15:30pm

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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 for 11:30 am before heading back down the mountain for the transfer to the Lake District. Aiming to begin the Scafell Pike ascent with a few hours of daylight left, you'll arrive at the start point for 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.

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The transfer to Snowdon takes around 4.5 hours and includes a driver changeover. The transfer is through the night so after a quick snack, you'll be ready for a well-earned rest. You'll arrive at the foot of Snowdon for around 5:30 am after getting some rest on the bus. The sun will begin to rise as you aim to get to the summit for approximately 8 am.

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

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FAQs

All clients are currently being sent a Lateral Flow Test at least 1 week prior to their event with relevant instructions. We aim to provide peace of mind to all those taking part and an activity that is as safe as it possibly can be. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this. 

Included

  • Qualified UK Mountain Leaders
  • Transport throughout the challenge
  • Pickup/drop off from agreed locations
  • 1 Night twin room accommodation (minimum 3* B&B) in Fort William
  • Certificates for all participants to prove you did it

Excluded

  • Travel costs to/from agreed pickup location. 
  • Bottled and boiled water
  • Food

Pick-up: The guides can collect in Warrington at 10:30 am or Glasgow Central Station or/and Glasgow International Airport at 3 pm. If you would like a different pick up point, then please contact us to see if this is an option. Generally the guides are happy to collect you from any point between Warrington and Fort William - providing it's on route. Warrington and Manchester are also popular pickup points. 

Please note, if you are based near Warrington and are wanting to drive to the Warrington pick up you can leave vehicles at our base. 

Drop-off: The guides can drop you off at Chester or Warrington train stations on day 3 of your itinerary. The aim is to get you to the stations before 2pm, but times may vary depending on the speed of the group. 

Day 1

10:30 Pick up in Warrington or Northwest agreed location (if needed)

15:00 Pick up Glasgow Central Station or/and International Airport (if needed)

15:30 Transfer to Hotel/B&B

18:00 Arrive at hotel

20:00 Challenge Briefing and Q&A session

Day 2

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Transfer to Ben Nevis start point

08:15 Final preparation

08:30 Start challenge (Begin Ben Nevis)

11:30 Summit Ben Nevis

13:30 Transfer to Wasdale Head (transfer includes a 45 minute maximum driver rest stop. This is a VOSA legal requirement)

20:30 Begin Scafell Pike ascent

23:00 Summit Scafell Pike

01:00 Transfer to Pen y pass

Day 3

01:00 Transfer to Pen y pass

05:30 Begin Snowdon ascent

08:00 Summit Snowdon

09:30 Complete challenge at Pen y pass

10:00 Transfer to drop off point

The National Three Peaks Challenge includes climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours, so it is reasonably challenging. However, If you are in reasonable shape or have past experience trekking, you should be fine. You don’t require any mountaineering experience for the 3 peaks challenge. 

The aim of the National 3 Peaks Challenge is to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. 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

The challenge also includes the driving distance of around 450 miles and takes an average of 10 hours to drive. This means that the ascent and descent of the 3 mountains must be completed within 14 hours or less.

The National 3 Peaks Challenge includes overnigt accommodation in Fort William in twin rooms. A single supplemement is available if preferred subject to availability. 

Typically groups are no more than 10 people plus the guide

18, or 14 if accompanied by an adult.

Footwear

Walking Boots (with ankle support)

Hiking Socks

Rucksacks & Bags

Backpack (20-40 Litres)

Small bag with spare clothes that can be left on the bus during treks.

Recommended Clothing

Waterproof jacket

waterproof trousers (hiking trousers)

Warm outer layer

Change of clothes

Hat and gloves

Trekking Equipment

Head Torch

Water container (min. 2 Litres)

Trekking snacks (cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts etc)

Dry bags (for keeping clothes dry)

Mobile Phone

Sunglasses (Optional)

Walking Poles (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

Small first aid kit with pain killers, plasters, antiseptic wipes and any required medication

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