Three Peaks Challenge
|Duration:||2 days/1 night|
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The Three Peaks Challenge is a classic trip. Climb the three highest peaks in the UK – Snowdon (1085m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Ben Nevis (1344m) – all in under 24 hours! Remember we only ask for a trip fee and there is no minimum sponsorship needed.
We begin our 3 Peaks Challenge trip in North Wales. Here you will be met by your Mountain Leader(s), Support Drivers and the rest of the group. After a briefing, we begin our first ascent – Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales. We will be met back at the car park by our minibus where our journey north to the Lake District begins. A few hours later we arrive at the foot of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Lets hope the weather is on our side as we climb this awesome mountain.
Back at the minibus there will be some food provided to replace the lost calories. Then it is back on the road to our next destination – Scotland. At 1344m, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and is steeped in mountaineering history. We’ll be tired but so very close to our goal! At this point of the challenge it’s a case of gritting your teeth and just getting on with it.
Several hours later we will reach the summit of Ben Nevis, take a few photos, then make our way down to the minibus. Congratulations – you have completed the Three Peaks Challenge!
After a breakfast stop in Fort William we begin the long journey back to North Wales. It’s a long, tough 24 hours but it is very rewarding and you will have a great sense of achievement at the end of it.
You will be hiking for up to 5 hours at a time and may not get much sleep so please arrive fit and motivated! You do not need to be super fit but need to have done some preparation and be reasonably fit to get the most out of this challenge.
Please check itinerary for full trip details and timings.
The 3 Peaks Challenge can be completed to raise money for your chosen charity or alternatively just as a personal or group challenge! So what are you waiting for, dig out those walking boots and lets get cracking!
3 Peaks Challenge
Day 1: Join tour in Capel Curig, North Wales
Meet at 08:00 behind Pinnacle Cafe in Capel Curig where you will meet your Mountain Leaders, Support Drivers and the rest of the group. After a thorough briefing and kit check, we are transferred to Pen-y-Pass at the foot of Snowdon, to begin our first climb. We will be back down at the car park around 1pm where we will be met by the minibus and begin our journey north to the Lake District.
We should arrive at Wasdale at around 5pm to begin our ascent of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. This will take around four hours round-trip. Our minibuses will meet us back at Wasdale where our drivers will have prepared some food for us to tuck into as we begin our journey north to Scotland. The drive takes around six hours so this is a good opportunity to get as much sleep as possible!
Day 2: Climb Ben Nevis, Scotland; drive back to North Wales
We arrive at Ben Nevis at around 5am. Climbing the UK’s highest peak should take around three hours. After a brief celebration on the summit, we will begin our descent back down to the minibus. Well done! You have completed the Three Peaks Challenge! We will briefly visit a local supermarket to purchase breakfast before starting the long drive back to North Wales. We arrive back at Capel Curig in North Wales at around 8pm.
This itinerary is a guide only and can sometimes be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Please note: It is imperative that we stick to the above timings as the schedule is extremely tight. Your Tour Leader will be setting the pace, which is a standard walking pace (no running!).If you are unable to complete the mountains in these times, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the trip.
Minibus & drivers
Sandwiches and snacks on minibus
Transport to and from pick up and drop off points
Breakfast & lunch on second day
The 3 Peaks Challenge is tough but suitable for any reasonably active person. You do not have to be super-fit but the more walking you do the easier you will find it. It is a cliché but the best training for walking in the hills is…..walking in the hills! Build up to 5 or 6 hours at a time with a sprinkling of running, cycling, swimming and any other cardio activity you enjoy. Remember to eat properly, don’t overdo it and have rest days.
If you would like a more detailed training plan, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and Accommodation
Sandwiches and snacks are available on the minibus throughout the trip, We visit a supermarket in the morning of the second day where you can purchase breakfast and lunch items for the drive home. We will also stop briefly at service stations for fuel, so you will be able to buy any extras. Accommodation is the minibus!
Good walking boots
Waterproofs (jacket and trousers)
Warm clothing (fleeces, hat, gloves)
Small rucksack (must be big enough to hold your water, food and extra clothing for the walks)
Water bottles (2 litres)
Small personal first aid kit (including zinc oxide tape or blister plasters)
Snacks (try to avoid high-energy, sugar snacks)
Weather and Clothing
These are the British mountains! They are unpredictable and can be very feisty even in midsummer. Ensure you bring all the clothing detailed in the kit list and it is of the highest quality you can afford. The dryer and warmer you are the more you will enjoy the experience.
It can be 30 degrees in the valley but still there can be strong winds and snow on the peaks, so be prepared at all times.
Please get in touch if you would like further advice about clothing or equipment.
It is important that you keep luggage to an absolute minimum, one small daysack only. We will be spending a considerable amount of time on the minibus so space is limited.
You will have a Mountain Leader guiding you at all times on this challenge, as well as minibus drivers.
This trip will run on a minimum number of 6 persons.
Timings shown on the itinerary are as a guide only and are subject to change. We cannot guarantee you will complete the Three Peaks Challenge in the 24 hours.