National 3 Peaks Challenge

The National Three Peaks Challenge is one of the most popular mountaineering challenges in the UK. Challenge yourself by conquering the 3 highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours in this iconic mountaineering challenge with Mountaineerin, the UK's leading adventure holiday organisers.

Price From: £320.00

Difficulty: Medium

Taking Part In The Three Peaks

The National 3 Peaks Challenge is a UK trekking challenge event that is made up of climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours. 

The National 3 Peaks Challenge is often completed to raise money for a chosen charity but is also done for fun, as well as the sense of accomplishment that comes from summiting the mountains. 

The total walking distance of the National 3 Peaks Challenge is 23 miles (37km) with an ascent of 10,052 feet (3064 metres).

The Three Mountains Are:

The highest mountain in Scotland

(1345m)

The highest mountain in England

(978m)

The highest mountain in Wales

(1085m)

What Is The National Three Peaks 24-Hour Challenge

The National 3 Peaks 24-hour challenge is a famous UK trekking challenge that involves walking up and down the 3 highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales all within 24 hours. 

The challenge also includes the driving from Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands, to Wasdale Head, in the Lake District, and finally on to Llanberis, in Snowdonia. The driving distance is around 450 miles and takes an average of 10 hours to drive. 

This means that the ascent and descent of the 3 mountains (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) must be completed within 14 hours or less, making this is no easy challenge.

Our Guided Mountaineering Packages:

Here at Mountaineerin, we provide bespoke packages for groups of 6 or more people as well as Open Bus National 3 Peaks Challenge events for individuals who are interested in taking part in the challenge with others.

All of our National 3 Peaks events are guided on all 3 peaks by experienced mountain leaders to ensure that your trek is safe, fun and as easy as possible.  

Our 3 peaks challenge packages also include pick up from a range of North West locations that can be agreed upon when booking as well as a transfer to a drop off point. 

If you are interested in booking a private National 3 Peaks Challenge exclusively for your group please Contact Us

Take Part In The National 3 Peaks Challenge

From:

£320.00

 

Why Book With Mountaineerin?

 

Here at Mountaineerin, we believe in providing a high-quality and honest service while working to industry guidelines and the law. 

​To ensure we are a reputable company we do the following and more:

    • We comply with the Package Travel Regulations 1992 by providing Financial protection for all bookings that constitute a package as a requirement by law.
    • All vehicles are operated under the appropriate regional or national operating licenses as set out by VOSA and the DVSA.
    • All drivers and leaders are appropriately qualified
    • All vehicles, drivers and leaders are appropriately insured
    • Proven experience of event organisation delivering over 100 events each season.  
    • All challenges are delivered within the guidelines of the 3 peaks partnership and Institute for Fundraising Guidelines.
    • Experience of working with large corporate and charity groups
    • All participants receive a 15% Cotswold Outdoor voucher

 

National 3 Peaks Challenge Itinerary

 

Friday

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

 

Saturday

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

 

Sunday

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

 

National 3 Peaks Challenge Tour Package Inclusions & Exclusions

 

What is included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    • Qualified and First Aid trained UK Mountain Leaders
    • Professional transport with drivers from Warrington / Manchester /  Chester / Glasgow to Fort William and throughout the challenge
    • Drop off at Chester or Warrington railway station after the challenge.
    • 1 Night twin room accommodation (minimum 3* B&B) in Fort William (single rooms available at a supplement)
    • Professional group organisation by an experienced provider
    • Certificates for all participants to prove you did it
    • Fully insured events. We do however recommend you get personal trip insurance to cover everything else
    • We comply with the Package Travel Regulations 1992 by providing financial protection for all bookings that constitute a package as a requirement by law. More details in the Financial Protection section of our booking conditions.
    • Ongoing support from the Mountaineerin team from point of enquiry right through to the challenge
    • All participants receive a 15% Cotswold Outdoor discount voucher
    • All challenges are delivered within the guidelines of the 3 peaks partnership and Institute for Fundraising.

 

What is not included in this tour?

Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    • Travel costs to agreed pickup location. 
    • Travel costs from agreed drop off point. 
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Alcoholic and energy drinks
    • Bottled and boiled water
    • Personal snacks

 

Accommodation for the National 3 Peaks Challenge

 

The National 3 Peaks Challenge includes overnight accommodation in Fort William in a twin room in a local B&B. This gives us the best start to the challenge in the morning. 

You will receive your Challenge Briefing in the B&B the night before the challenge begins, alongside a Q&A session.

 

Kit List for the National 3 Peaks Challenge

 

To help you prepare for the National 3 Peaks Challenge we have put together this essential kit list to ensure you have everything you need to complete this iconic challenge. 

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

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, the challenge is successfully completed by thousands of people each year. 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. 

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain and is usually climbed first. It presents a straightforward but relentless challenge. 

Scafell Pike begins with a steep climb that can be challenging. 

Snowdon is the last mountain to climb, which makes it a challenge as you will be worn out from the previous two.

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)

Yes. In fact, the National Three Peaks Challenge aims to climb the tallest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) in less than 24 hours. 

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.

For the National 3 Peaks Challenge, you will need common trekking kit such as walking boots (with ankle support), 20-40 litre backpack, waterproof jacket & trousers, first aid kit, head torch and trekking snacks and water. For a complete kit list, see our National 3 Peaks Challenge page

Here at Mountaineerin, we provide bespoke packages for groups of 6 or more people. Our Open Bus National 3 Peaks Challenge events are organised into groups of 8. 

The National 3 Peaks Challenge includes overnight accommodation in Fort William in twin rooms.