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Three Peaks Challenge

This is a great challenge which spans a total distance of about 26 miles with roughly 3000m of ascent all to be completed within 24 hours. The three peaks in question are Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales respectively.

What You Need To Know

Difficulty Rating

The Challenge

The Three Peaks Challenge record, which has stood since 1971, is an incredible 11 hours and 56 minutes. These days many people attempt the Three Peaks Challenge and aim to complete it in under 24 hours.

The Mountains

Ben Nevis

Positioned just outside of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, Ben Nevis is, at 1344m, the highest point in the UK.

Scafell Pike

Located in the heart of the Western Lake District, Scafell Pike is 366m lower than Ben Nevis but at 978m it is still the highest mountain in England.

Snowdon

At 1085m, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales.

Monkey Mountaineering's Approach

Maximise Chances of Success, Minimise Environmental Impact...

Recognising the difficulties involved in completing this challenge, we do everything we can to help you achieve your goal. Small groups, never more than 6 people led by our professional, fully qualified, experienced and client focused guides helps to maximise your chances of success whilst minimising the environmental impact. We are good but we can't work miracles so we recommend that you do some training walks prior to attempting the challenge.

Find Out More About The Three Peaks Challenge

Our standard Three Peaks Challenge starts on a Friday with a pick-up and transport to Fort William. The walking commences early on the Saturday morning with completion and drop off at some point on the Sunday afternoon.

We can run this trip on any date so if a Friday start doesn't work for you or you would prefer to do it over a longer time period or in the opposite direction, call us or email us at info@monkeymountaineering.com.

Below is a detailed itinerary (timings are only provided as a rough guide and can be subject to change due to weather, group fitness and traffic conditions. Alternative pick up and drop offs can be arranged however a supplement may apply):

Day 1 – Friday

  • 10am pick up from Manchester Piccadilly for transfer to Fort William (other pick-up options may be available – please get in touch to discuss your requirements).
  • Late afternoon/early evening check in to your accommodation followed by an equipment check and briefing. The evening will then be free for you to relax and prepare for the challenge ahead.

Day 2 – Saturday

  • 6:30am check out of accommodation and early breakfast.
  • 7am transfer to Ben Nevis Inn for the start of the challenge. Average time on Ben Nevis is approximately 5 ½ hours.
  • 1pm depart from the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre heading for the Lake District. During the journey we will take a break at a service station.
  • 6pm arrive at Wasdale Head and start ascent of Scafell Pike. Average time on Scafell Pike is approximately 4 hours.
  • 10:30 pm set of for North Wales. During this journey we will take two short stops. The first being a driver change and the second a quick service station stop.

Day 3 –Sunday

  • 5am arrive at Pen-y-Pass and set of up Snowdon. The average time on Snowdon is about 4 ½ hours.
  • 9:30am challenge complete.
  • 10am depart for the transfer back to Manchester Piccadilly (other drop off options may be available, please get in touch to discuss your requirements).

Our Three Peaks Challenge is available on dates throughout the year to suit your needs.  Minimum groups size is six people, price for 2018 is £400 per person.

If you would like to book or find out more then please get in touch by email info@monkeymountaineering.com or by phone on 01765 773015.

Included in the price of this trip:

  • Professionally organized event compliant with the guidelines issued by the 3 Peaks Partnership.
  • Small group size to improve chances of success (maximum group size is 6).
  • A qualified and experienced first aid trained mountain leader to ensure your safety whilst on the mountains.
  • Transport throughout (see itinerary for details) with dedicated drivers to take care of transfers throughout the challenge (our drivers stay with the vehicle and do not go out on the hill).
  • Accommodation for one night in a twin room with breakfast. (Single rooms may be available at a supplement of £45 per person).

The following are not included:

  • Your travel to our pick up and drop off point (Manchester Piccadilly or alternative pick up/drop off point if arranged and agreed in advance).
  • Meals (other than breakfast as detailed in the inclusions above and the itinerary), lunches, food whilst on the hill or in the minibus and drinks.
  • Personal travel insurance (to cover you for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects etc).
  • Personal equipment (please see our clothing and equipment section).

The weather can vary wildly whilst on the Three Peaks Challenge. Early in the year Ben Nevis can still be in the grips of winter with snow on the ground and sub-zero temperatures on the summit. Strong winds and rain often affects all three mountains but equally, all three get their fair share of fine sunny weather.

In summary, we need to be prepared for everything that the weather can throw at us when on the Three Peaks Challenge.

With this in mind it is important that we set out wearing the right clothing and carrying the right equipment. Listed below are all the items of clothing that you will need to complete this challenge safely. We have annotated some items as essential and your guide will check you have these before the challenge starts.

If you have any questions or concerns about clothing, equipment or food & drink, please give us a call or email us at info@monkeymountaineering.com

Essential Clothing (to be worn/carried)

  • Walking boots. A good pair of walking boots which provide ankle support and are well broken-in. Boots are essential - Please do not bring trail shoes or trainers.
  • Hiking socks. We recommend a good pair of proper hiking/trekking socks for each mountain (3 pairs in total).
  • Lightweight walking trousers. Jeans or tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.
  • Long-sleeved thermal top.
  • Tee-shirt. Should be a technical fabric – avoid cotton as it is slow to dry.
  • Warm Layer. This can be a fleece jumper, fleece jacket or lightweight duvet/insulated jacket.
  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Wooly hat.
  • Gloves or mittens.

You may also want to consider a buff, these are great for keeping the neck warm or using as a balaclava to stave off wind and rain.

Essential Equipment

  • Small Rucksack. 20 to 30l is adequate.
  • Head torch. This will be used on Scafell and must have new batteries.
  • Personal First Aid Kit. Our guide will carry a group first aid kit but we recommend you carry a personal first aid kit which includes suncream, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers etc.
  • Water container. It is essential that you have the means to carry at least 2 litres of drinking water. The best solution is a bladder type water carrier such as a camelbak as this then allows you to drink whilst walking with no need to stop to get out a water bottle.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles.
  • Camera.
  • Mobile Phone.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Rucksack rain cover.

Other Clothing & Equipment

  • Comfortable clothing. It is important to have some comfortable dry clothing to wear in the minibus when travelling between mountains.
  • Flip Flops/Sandals/Trainers. Comfortable footwear for use whilst travelling.
  • Sleeping Bag/Blanket & Pillow. Not essential but will add to your comfort and maybe improve your sleep/rest between mountains.
  • Bin Bag. For your wet stuff!

Food & Drink

  • Food. During the walking phases of this challenge you will burn in-excess of 1500 calories on each mountain so it is important that you eat along the way and whilst in the minibus. You should plan to carry snacks whilst on the hill with something more substantial left in the minibus to eat whilst travelling. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to food so we won't dictate what you should bring however some foods/snacks work better than others. Sandwiches don't tend to work too well on the hill; they get squashed and/or soggy, but are great for in the minibus. Bananas, little oranges, mini pork pies, dried fruit, chocolate bars, wine gums & jelly babies and other similar snack foods all work well on the hill.
  • Drink. Dehydration is a serious problem and it is easy to become dehydrated whilst walking, even when there is no sunshine. It is therefore important to ensure you have the ability to drink whilst walking and to properly rehydrate once in the minibus. We recommend you carry 2 litres of water to drink whilst walking and have something else to drink in the minibus.