3 Peaks Challenge
The 3 peaks challenge involves climbing the 3 highest mountains in Scotland, England & Wales within 24 hours. Despite the growing popularity of this challenge, the three peaks challenge should not be underestimated and the difficulty involved.
We travel up from Snowdonia to Fort William, where you can join us in the minibus or you can fly to Glasgow on Saturday morning where you will be met by your leader and taken to the start of the challenge. All travel arrangements and pick ups are flexible within reason. We can also provide a pick up service en route from North Wales to Fort William if you live along the way. Please contact us for details.
The 3 peaks challenge starts on Saturday morning travelling from Glasgow to Fort William before climbing Ben Nevis (1344m) the highest mountain in the UK. Once on the summit you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands before making your descent back to the minibus and starting the overnight journey to the Lake District.
Scafell Pike (978m), the highest mountain in England, is next and head torches are needed here as we climb in the early hours of the morning with the aim of reaching the summit for sunrise.
The final challenge takes on the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon (1085m). Once on the summit there will be time for a quick photo before making the descent down to Llanberis.
Upon completion of your challenge you will be transferred to your accommodation for a night of celebration and rest, transfers can also be arranged should you wish to return home after completing your challenge.
Organisation of event
Qualified UK Mountain Leaders
Minibus & driver
VHF Radio backup
1 Night’s accommodation including breakfast
Light meal after Ben Nevis
Light Breakfast before Scafell Pike.
15% Discount voucher at Cotswold Outdoor Clothing
3 Peaks Mug
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website, simply click Dates and Availability, You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £75.00 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £75.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
Our 3 Peaks Challenges run most weekends from May to October, please contact us for dates and availability or follow the book now link for available dates.
We offer discounted prices to bookings of four persons and over.
Please get in touch with us via the contacts page or send us an email at email@example.com if you would like information on the 3 Peaks Challenge, we can also provide private bespoke events.
The first peak, Ben Nevis, is the highest mountain in the UK, standing at 1,344m, with spectacular views as you trek into the sunset, it is a stunning way to start the challenge.
The trek begins on the main path from Glen Nevis. The path was originally built to service a meteorological observatory of which the remains still stand at the summit. The walk to the summit takes approximately 2.5hrs and involves 1,370m of ascent. On summiting you will have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands.
Our descent should take approximately 2.5hrs. Once back in Glen Nevis you’ll have time for a short break and light meal, before jumping on the minibus for some rest and sleep, as we drive through the night towards the Lake District. We will have a short break on route to pick up some snacks and re-fuel.
The transfer time from Fort William to Scafell Pike takes approximately 6hrs, arriving at Wasdale Head in the early hours, there will time for a hot drink and a light breakfast before starting ascent of England’s highest mountain.
Our second summit of the 3 peaks challenge, Scafell Pike, is the highest mountain in England standing at 978m.
The ascent begins from Wasdale Head, a tranquil part of the Lake District, also known as the birth place of British climbing. The challenge here is trekking by the light of head touches.
Once on the summit of England’s highest mountain for sunrise we are rewarded with views stretching as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man. We soon begin our descent and our sights are fixed firmly on our last summit. The ascent and descent should take approximately 4hrs, Once back at the bus it is time to relax as our driver transfers us to Snowdonia passing through some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. We will stop en-route for a short re-fuel break, the transfer time from Wasdale Head to Snowdonia is approximately 5hrs
Wales – Snowdon (1,085m) – 14km
Arriving at Snowdon around 1pm, Our final challenge takes on the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, standing at 1085m. Snowdonia is unique for its bio-diversity of plants and wildlife and with breath taking views from the summit is a great end to the last of your 3 peaks.
Our ascent route will be on the Pyg track which rewards us with those classic Snowdon views.
The ascent should take approximately 2hrs.
Once on the summit we will have time for a photo and enjoy the views before starting our decent down either the Llanberis path or the Pyg Track. The descent should take approximately 2hrs. Arriving at our hotel for a night of celebration.
Upon completion of your challenge if you need to travel home we can arrange a transfer to Bangor or Chester which has good rail links to all parts of U.K. We can also arrange a private coach transfer for the group either on Sunday or Monday after completing your challenge.
Please note timings are approximate and depend greatly on the group. All times are set trying avoid walking in dark as this will slow the group down, especially in poor weather, with large groups we find that the best option is start your 24hrs at the base of Ben Nevis and finish your 24hrs on the summit of Snowdon, this does not mean that fast groups cannot reach the base of Snowdon within the 24hr period.