National 3 Peaks Challenge

Trekking in England, Scotland & Wales

CHALLENGE
24 hours

PRICE FROM
£330

DIFFICULTY
Challenging

The National Three Peaks Challenge is one of the most popular mountaineering challenges in the UK.

Challenge yourself by conquering the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours in this iconic mountaineering challenge with Mountaineerin, the UK’s leading adventure holiday organisers.

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).

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

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

  • 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 10% Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports voucher
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Key facts

Climb Ben Nevis

The highest mountain in Scotland at 1345m

Climb Scafell Pike

The highest mountain in England at 978m

Climb Snowdon

The highest mountain in Wales at 1085m

Accommodation

1 night B&B in Fort William before the challenge begins

Transport

Mini-bus transport throughout the challenge

Walking Grade

Challenging

FEEDBACK

What's INCLUDED

Items that are included in the cost of the tour price.

  • Qualified and First Aid trained UK Mountain Leaders
  • Professional transport with drivers from the following areas: 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 10% Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports voucher
  • All challenges are delivered within the guidelines of the 3 peaks partnership and Institute for Fundraising
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What's not included?

Items that are not included in the cost of the 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 ✘

Trip notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all everything you need to know about this trip.

Itinerary for the National 3 Peaks Challenges

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

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

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

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Transport will be in a mini-bus and you will have a dedicated driver for the duration of the challenge.

We will cover around 450 miles on the trip which takes an average of 10 hours to drive.

During your transfer to Scafell Pike we will take a 45 minute maximum driver rest stop as this is a VOSA legal requirement.

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)

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.

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.

The total distance is 23 miles in three stages, with a total ascent of 3,064 metres

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 10. 

See what our clients say about their experience with us here.

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.

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

Single rooms available at a supplement.

Yes. Your kit is normally split into a day pack which you will carry on the mountains and a bag that will remain on the bus.

You ideally need 2 litres per mountain. Participants normally buy this on arrival in Fort William.

Some ideas of this are provided in the supporting documents after booking.

We do suggest however snacking whilst on the mountains as you will not stop for any length of time for a break. Things such as nuts, cereal bars, granola, sweets, chocolate, energy bars are all good options.

The bulk of your food will be eaten whilst travelling on the bus and this can be sandwiches, pasta or anything you fancy really.

Food can often be bought in Fort William before the challenge, at services during or you can bring your own. 

No. There are a couple of rocky steps but nothing we would class as a climb or scramble.

We suggest that this is not really a good challenge for a pet due to the length of time spent in the minibus so ideally no.

Training ideas are provided after booking however we suggest cardiovascular exercise such as walking, swimming and cycling are all good activities for training for the challenge.

The fitter you are the more enjoyment you are likely to get from the challenge.

Absolutely. About 6 weeks prior to your challenge you will receive a health questionnaire which allows us to check if there is anything else we need to or could do to support you in your challenge.

If you believe you would need extra support for any reason just let us know and we can discuss this further.

Yes, Mountaineerin Ltd is insured for all the activities it offers.

We also recommend getting personal trip insurance to cover you for loss or damage to any items or personal injury.

A certificate of achievement will be sent out after the challenge for you to show off to all your friends.

The walking pace for the National 3 Peaks will be set by the guide in order to set a pace in which the group can attempt to complete the challenge within 24 hours. This pace will be a moderate to fast walk. Any breaks will be minimal and simply to drink, have a quick snack or catch your breath. The group will not at any point stop for longer than a couple of minutes to rest. If you are well off the pace or struggling the guide may need to discuss how this might be managed going forward.

It should be noted this is not a leisurely walk!

2021 UPCOMING OPEN BUS DATES FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS & SMALL GROUPS

For a private group (6 or more) please contact us!

Date
10th – 12th Sept 2021

Cost
£330 per person

Availability
3 places

Date
17th – 19th Sept 2021

Cost
£330 per person

Availability
3 places

Date
24th – 26th Sept 2021

Cost
£330 per person

Availability
Fully Booked

Date
1st – 3rd Oct 2021

Cost
£330 per person

Availability
1 place

Date
8th – 10th Oct 2021

Cost
£330 per person

Availability
Fully Booked

Date
15th – 17th Oct 2021

Cost
£330 per person

Availability
Fully booked

2022 UPCOMING OPEN BUS DATES FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS & SMALL GROUPS

For a private group (6 or more) please contact us!

Date
6th – 8th May 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
13th – 15th May 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
20th – 22nd May 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
27th – 29th May 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
3rd – 5th June 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
10th – 12th June 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
17th – 19th June 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
24th – 26th June 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
1st – 3rd July 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
8th – 10th July 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
15th – 17th July 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
22nd – 24th July 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
29th – 31st July 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
5th – 7th Aug 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
12th – 14th Aug 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
19th – 21st Aug 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
26th – 28th Aug 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
2nd – 4th Sept 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
9th – 11th Sept 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
16th – 18th Sept 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
23rd – 25th Sept 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
30th Sept – 1st Oct 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
7th – 9th Oct 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available

Date
14th – 16th Oct 2022

Cost
£360 per person

Availability

10 places available