National 3 Peaks Challenge
- Conquer the three highest mountains in the UK in this iconic British challenge
- Experience Ben Nevis in the colours of a late Scottish afternoon
- Summit Scafell Pike under a star filled sky and the glow of your head torch
- Witness the sunrise amongst the spectacular backdrop of The Lake District
- Complete this challenge on the famous Welsh summit of Snowdon
- This can be done as a team or in support of a charity of your choice
One of the most iconic trekking events in the UK, The National 3 Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. The challenge covers 42kms and involves 3,064 metres of ascent. Despite the popularity of this challenge, you shouldn’t under estimate the difficulty of this event. You will be accompanied by a fully experienced and qualified Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader throughout the event and transferred by your own private driver in a mini-bus.
If you have a group of over 10 trekkers, we can tailor the challenge to your requirements such as N3P in 48 hours or 72 hours. We’re here to make this iconic UK mountain trek a great success for all involved. We operate this iconic trekking challenge between the months of May – September and can also arrange alternate pick up and drop off locations for your group. For more information please contact us at email: email@example.com or call 01492 588 069.
All travel arrangements and pick up/drop off locations 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.
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 challenge starts on Saturday 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 the climb takes place during the night 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.
Meet in Glasgow 11.00am
Arrive in Fort William 2.00pm
Begin Ben Nevis 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Average time to complete Ben Nevis is 5 hours
Depart Ben Nevis 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Arrive Wasdale Head 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Average time to complete Scafell Pike is 4 hours
Depart Wasdale Head 7.00am – 8.00am
Arrive Snowdon 12.00noon – 1.00pm
Complete Snowdon 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Pre-event support with training guide, 3 Peaks top tips and kit list
Qualified UK Mountain Leaders who will accompany you on each mountain
Minibus & experienced driver
VHF radio backup
1 night’s accommodation including breakfast
Hot drinks and snacks
Light meal after descent of Ben Nevis
Light breakfast before ascent of Scafell Pike
Safety management and risk assessments
Public liability insurance
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Scotland – Ben Nevis (1344m) – 15kms
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.
England – Scafell Pike (978m) – 11kms
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.
Weather & Safety
The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, what can start out as a good day can soon become very poor. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions. We will be crossing terrain varying from moorland to lose rocky ground. Our route will be ascending and descending a great deal and therefore a good level of fitness is required.
The Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it.In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary. All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.
Our accommodation will be based in Llanberis at the base of Snowdon.
To complete the 3 Peaks Challenge, it is preferable that you have done some training walks.
The walking is not technically difficult, but you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness.This is the perfect challenge if you have an adventurous spirit and an open mind.
What are the group sizes?
Our maximum size group is 10 per Mountain Leader and minimum we run with is 8
Who will be leading the group?
We employ experienced and fully qualified Mountain Leaders to accompany and lead you. They are Mountain First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading in the mountains and the three peaks challenge. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on the mountain and the rest of the group. They will be carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them.
How fit do I need to be?
Training and a good level of mountain walking fitness is definitely required, this is not for the faint-hearted.This is a tough challenge and physically and mentally draining, sleep deprivation plays a part here, affecting some people more than others, particularly with awkward sleeping conditions. As much preparation and training you put in beforehand the better chance of success you have.
What do you do to protect the environment?
We limit the impact we have on the surrounding environment by remaining on the paths at all times so as not to cause further erosion on the mountain. We will ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and take all rubbish away with us.
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.
We can also arrange private 3 peaks challenges on request. Discounted challenges are offered to groups over four persons