National 3 Peaks Challenge | Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon
Adventurous Ewe Logo

National 3 Peaks Challenge

  • Overview
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Essential Info
  • Pics & Vids
  • Dates & Prices

Highlights

  • 2 boots. 3 peaks. 26 miles. 3064 metres of ascent. Tick!
  • Conquer the 3 highest mountains in the UK on 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 amidst the spectacular backdrop of The Lake District
  • Complete this challenge on the famous Welsh summit of Snowdon all in 24 hours
  • You can sign up as an individual, as a group and/or in support of a charity of your choice
  • Private bubble trips available for groups over 9 people
  • Join the flock at Adventurous Ewe and experience the expertise of the team who have been running this event for over 10 years.

Overview

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 the 3 peaks challenge, you shouldn’t under estimate the toughness of this challenge. You will be accompanied by a certified Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader/s throughout the trek and transferred in your own private mini-bus by our experienced driver/s.

Trekking with Adventurous Ewe means you not only will you experience these iconic mountains with locally based Mountain Leaders, your achievements will be in support of the Snowdonia Society and Cool Earth. A big win-win and a big thank ewe.

If you’re unable to find a date that suits you in the list below, please let us know as we may be able to offer alternate dates.

Private groups

If you have a group 9 or more trekkers, we can tailor your national 3 peaks challenge to your requirements. Such as 3 Peaks in 24, 48 or even 72 hours. We’re here to make this iconic UK mountain trek a great success for all involved. We offer this 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: info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

National 3 Peaks Packages Available

Package 1 – No accommodation
Trek, private transfers & support (excluding accommodation)
£355 per person

Package 2 – One night’s accommodation
Trek, private transfers & support and including one night’s accommodation in Glasgow the night before OR Snowdon the night after your N3P (3* hotel twin share including breakfast)
£405 per person

Package 3 – Two night’s accommodation
Trek, private transfers & support and including two night’s accommodation in Glasgow the night before and Snowdon the night after your N3P (3* hotel twin share including breakfast)
£460 per person

Travel arrangements

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. We travel up from Snowdonia to Fort William, where you can join us in the minibus or alternately you can fly or take the train to Glasgow on Friday night or first thing on Saturday morning. You will then be transferred to from Glasgow to Fort William as part of your National 3 Peaks package. Please contact us for details at email: info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Find out more

Evening 1

Arrival, event preparation and accommodation (Glasgow)

  • We recommend you arrive in Glasgow the night prior to the start of the trek to ensure you get a good nights rest prior to this tough challenge
  • We can make accommodation bookings for you. Typically we stay  at the Travelodge Glasgow Airport Central
  • Please make your own dinner arrangements.
Day 1

Transfer from Glasgow to Fort William and climb Ben Nevis

Meet your Adventurous Ewe team followed by a private minibus transfer from Glasgow to Fort William (approx. 3 hours).

Scotland – Ben Nevis (1,344m) – 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 3 hours and involves 1,370m of ascent. On summiting you will have the chance to enjoy the breath-taking views of the Scottish Highlands.

The walk back down should take approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. On descending Ben Nevis, you will join up with your awaiting minibus where you will be driven through the evening towards the Lake District. You will have a short break on route to pick up some snacks and fuel.

Minibus transfer to from Ben Nevis to Wasdale Head, The Lake District, Cumbria should take approximately 5.5 – 6 hours.

Day 2

England – Scafell Pike (978m) – 11kms

Your second summit of your National 3 Peaks challenge, Scafell Pike, is the highest mountain in England standing at 978m. The ascent begins just after midnight 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 your head torches. 

Once on the summit of England’s highest mountain for sunrise you will be rewarded with views stretching as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man. With starting the descent, your sights are fixed firmly on your last summit. The ascent and descent of Scafell Pike should take approximately 4.5 hours.

Once back at your mini bus it is time to relax as your driver transfers you to Snowdonia passing through some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. You will stop on route for some food.

Minibus transfer from Wasdale Head to Llanberis, Snowdonia National Park should take approximately 4.5 – 5 hours.

Wales – Snowdon (1,085m) – 14km

Your final summit takes on the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, standing at 1,085m. 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 three peaks.

Your ascent route will be via the Pyg track which rewards you with those classic Snowdon views. Your mid morning ascent should take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. Once on the summit you will have time for a photo and enjoy the views before starting your decent down the Llanberis Path arriving in Llanberis for your National 3 Peaks celebrations.

Overnight accommodation can be arranged for you in Llanberis or you can make your own arrangements. Also, Adventurous Ewe can organise a return journey on the minibus to your groups final destination at an additional cost. Please feel free to speak to us for further information or to make bespoke arrangements for your group.

 

Pre-trip info

On booking onto the National 3 Peaks Challenge, you will receive all the exciting challenge info via our mobile travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.

Pre-trip support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service for your National 3 Peaks Challenge. We have been running this well renowned UK challenge for over 10 years now and are fully experienced with delivering this tough challenge.

We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this iconic challenge and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Though please remember this is a timed challenge and requires a good level of fitness and endurance to complete all three mountains.

Jim is a whizz at knowing all things to do with the National 3 Peaks Challenge, so if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with him at info@adventurousewe.co.uk.

Safety and Well-being

Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & drivers and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority. The National 3 Peaks Challenge is a tough undertaking and requires preparation as you are taken out of your every-day comfort zone to achieve something great. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place. Your safety and well-being is our top priority at all times.

Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew

You will be accompanied by certified Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leaders whilst on each mountain. Our Leaders are first aid qualified and have extensive experience in leading expeditions throughout the UK. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. Leaders and Crew will carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items. The Leaders will also be in radio communication with the vehicle drivers and base throughout your challenge.

Group size

We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety and well-being and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size for the National 3 Peaks trip to run is 9 people and the maximum group size is 48 people, dependent on accommodation availability. 

You’re most welcome to join the 3 Peaks Challenge as a group of family, friends, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo trekker. If you have a group of over 9 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trek for your team, your charity or your company. You are also welcome to use this trek as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.

For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trek, we’d love to hear from you at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.  

Group management

You will be taking part in the National 3 Peaks Challenge in teams of up to 10 people which will be accompanied with a dedicated Leader. We encourage team spirit and support of each other to ensure everyone has the best opportunity to complete the challenge and enjoy the journey along the way too. These events are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and share an incredible adventure whilst being accompanied and supported by friendly and experienced Adventurous Ewe Leaders.

We understand the goal of wishing to complete this iconic challenge within a set time frame. Rest assured we will do all that we can to maximise your opportunity to complete this trek within the desired time frame, however, please note that the Leader/s and Driver/s will prioritise safety at all times. Please respect their decisions and please also bear in mind that factors outside our control may impact the completion of the trek within the time frame, for example, traffic, weather and the ability of the group.

Level of difficulty

This National 3 Peaks is graded as ‘Tough’ and preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this trek. A good level of fitness, endurance and some gritty determination is required in order to complete all 3 mountains with minimal sleep inbetween. A training programme will be provided together with some top tips for this trip and it’s strongly recommended that you have previous mountain trekking experience.

Training guide

A bespoke National 3 Peaks training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations which also details some top tips for the travel sections. This programme also includes info, videos and an exclusive discount code for a 28 day kettlebell training programme which is ideal for strength and endurance training. This programme is also perfect for people who are tight on time. The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!

Kit

A full kit list will be provided when you register for this trip. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers. An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent UK outdoor retailers Joe Brown/The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel on registering for this event.

Exclusive kit discount offers

To help you get the very best from your National 3 Peaks Challenge we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in independent UK outdoor retailers Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel, both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and the event you are taking part in.

Weather

The weather in the mountains can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. In the week leading up to your trip we recommend checking the Mountain Weather Information Service. You will also receive weather updates via our mobile travel app, Vamoos.

Please note, the Leader/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it as your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times.  In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of packages for the National 3 Peaks to allow you greater flexibility with your trip.

Package 1 – no accommodation, though we recommend staying the night before the challenge in Glasgow to help you have a good nights rest prior to starting this tough challenge

Package 2 – one nights accommodation either the night before the challenge in Glasgow or the night after the challenge in Llanberis on a twin share basis

Package 3 – two nights accommodation both the night before (Glasgow) and the night after (Llanberis) on a twin share basis.

If you would prefer a single room please let us know asap and we will make the arrangements for you dependent on availability. There will be an additional cost for this room dependent on the hotel, therefore please get in touch with us for further info at info@adventurousewe.co.uk.

Getting there

You will need to make your own way to Glasgow for the start of the National 3 Peaks. We opt to start our National 3 Peaks from Glasgow as it’s easy to get to by plane or train and it’s a shorter transfer up to Fort William. 

On completion of your National 3 Peaks, we can transfer you to the closest rail station, Bangor in North Wales. From here you can catch direct trains to Chester, Crewe and London. 

We can offer private transfers at an additional cost. Please get in touch with us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Food & drinks

Your National 3 Peaks package includes a lite meal after Ben Nevis, a lite breakfast at Scafell Pike, snacks, water refills and hot drinks. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know one month prior to your event start date. We recommend bringing your own favourite energy bars, snacks and electrolytes. Please note, dinner is not provided on the night of your arrival.

Please also bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your challenge) and refill in the hostel to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water bottles.

Adventurous Ewe Water-To-Go Bottles

The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’

You can make a difference too with taking part in our National 3 Peaks and purchasing one of these environmentally friendly reusable alternative bottles compared to single-use plastic water bottles. Grab a Water-to-Go bottle through Adventurous Ewe and receive a 15% discount. Even better, Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% to our charity partner, Cool Earth. For more info please visit https://www.adventurousewe.co.uk/water-to-go-bottle-partner-sheep/ or email us at susan@adventurousewe.co.uk to purchase your Water-To-Go bottle.

Loos

During the minibus transfers we will stop enroute at Services to use the facilities. There are also some facilities that you can use at the base of the mountains, though please bring some coins for these. During your trek the facilities will be limited to the great outdoors. If nature calls during this time, please be respectful of where you go and please also be prepared with biodegradable waste bags (dog poop bags are ideal) and biodegradable loo paper and leave no trace of your paper items.

Payment info

There are three packages available for the National 3 Peaks Challenge:

Package 1 – No accommodation
Registration fee: £75 per person payable on booking and non refundable
Remaining balance: £280 per person payable 5 weeks prior to the trip start date

Package 2 – One night’s accommodation (either Glasgow, Scotland or Snowdonia, North Wales) on a twin share basis
Registration fee: £75 per person payable on booking and non refundable
Remaining balance: £330 per person payable 5 weeks prior to the trip start date

Package 3 – Two night’s accommodation (Glasgow, Scotland & Snowdonia, North Wales) on a twin share basis
Registration fee: £75 per person payable on booking and non refundable
Remaining balance: £385 per person payable 5 weeks prior to the trip start date.

Please note, if you need to change your booking 60 days or more before the start date you can make flexible date change, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking 60 days or more before the event start date, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability. 

You are welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.

Booking with Confidence

Flexible date changes
If you need to change your booking 60 days or more before the start date you can make flexible date change to another UK challenge, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability. 

Financial protection
If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through our insurance. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back.

Secure online payments
All bookings can be made online with Mastercard, Visa and debit card or via BACS. You can also opt to pay via monthly instalments. We use WorldPay to handle all our online payments as it is a payment platform which is a global leader in payment processing offering superior security for both you and us as a company.

Adventure info available through our mobile app 24/7
On booking your adventure, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our mobile travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead.

Stay connected

All your event info will be sent to you through a travel mobile app via Vamoos which is free to download. You will receive an email from Adventurous Ewe with your personalised log in code for this app. For the latest and greatest from the land of adventures, simply follow us on
Facebook: @adventurousewe
Instagram: adventurousewe
Twitter: @adventurousewe
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/adventurous-ewe-ltd
Youtube: Adventurous Ewe

You are most welcome to use the hashtags
#ewecandoit #thisflockrock #adventurousewe

Our environmental charity partners, Snowdonia Society & Cool Earth

Snowdonia Society
Locally, we help support the vital work of the Snowdonia Society who since 1967 continues to work tirelessly to ensure that Snowdonia is well-protected, well-managed and enjoyed by all. 

Cool Earth
We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth. You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by clicking here. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. Thank-ewe

Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)
May 29, 2021
May 30, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Jun 19, 2021
Jun 20, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Jul 10, 2021
Jul 11, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Aug 07, 2021
Aug 08, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Aug 21, 2021
Aug 22, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Aug 28, 2021
Aug 29, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Sep 04, 2021
Sep 05, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Sep 11, 2021
Sep 12, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now
Sep 18, 2021
Sep 19, 2021
2 Days Available £75.00 £405.00 Book Now

What's Included?

Before your challenge:
  • All trip info supplied through our free mobile travel app
  • Personalised event support from your Adventurous Ewe team
  • Discount on personal kit from Joe Brown / The Climber’s Shop both in store and online and ashmei athletic apparel. Online code provided on booking
  • National 3 Peaks Training Programme
  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning.
During your challenge: 
  • N3P briefing prior to the start of your challenge
  • Qualified Mountain Leader/s
  • Professional group management
  • Experienced N3P minibus driver/s
  • Minibus and fuel
  • Light meal after completing Ben Nevis
  • Light breakfast at Scafell Pike
  • Snacks, water and hot drinks during your challenge
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Luggage transfers
  • Depending on your package selection – accommodation in Glasgow or Llanberis, Snowdonia (twin share basis)
  • Single room supplement (if available)

What's Not Included?

  • Clothing and equipment detailed on your Kit List
  • Travel to Glasgow
  • Overnight accommodation and dinner in Glasgow OR Snowdon in ‘Package 1’. This can be arranged at an additional cost.
  • Breakfast on day one, this can be arranged if hotel accommodation is booked.
  • Return travel from Llanberis to home. Following the completion of your trek, the minibus can take you to Bangor Railway Station which has good rail links to all parts of UK. We can also arrange a private coach transfer for the group either on the day of completing the challenge or the following day to a set destination.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Additional snacks and electrolytes.

 

Sustainable and Responsible Travel

Snowdon Specialist

As part of the Snowdonia National Park Authority Partneriaeth Yr Wyddfa Partnership, we are an accredited Snowdon Visit Specialist. We are also a corporate partner of the Snowdonia Society and help support their vital work who since 1967 continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Snowdonia is well-protected, well-managed and enjoyed by all.

Some of the sustainable features embedded in our National 3 Peaks Challenge are:

  • We only operate with small groups which have less impact on local communities and the environment and give you a more authentic experience
  • Using local crew who are qualified cycle leaders and extremely experienced, passionate and knowledgeable
  • We do not use any single use plastic and refill water bottles and flasks to avoid the need to purchase bottled water
  • We stay in locally owned accommodation wherever possible
  • Our meals are taken in local cafes and restaurants to support the local community
  • Encourage our suppliers to adopt more sustainable practices and also choose suppliers who already have greener practices in place
  • We encourage you to travel to Scotland and from Wales via train as opposed to internal flights in order to reduce carbon emissions
  • Where possible, our Leaders collect any rubbish enroute
  • We recycle and reuse wherever possible
  • We do not use route markers or glow sticks which may be left on the mountains and are not biodegradable 
  • We always operate by our ‘Leave no travel ethos’ – Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories
  • By taking part in this trip you are helping us support the climate change charity, Cool Earth, and local environmental charity, the Snowdonia Society.

 

Location
UK
Duration
24 hours
Difficulty
Cost From
£405.00