The National Three Peaks Challenge record, which has stood since 1971, is an incredible 11 hours and 56 minutes.These days many people attempt the National Three Peaks Challenge and aim to complete it in under 24 hours.
Best Time To Go:
From January through to late April and into early May Ben Nevis can still be in winter conditions, the days are short and the weather can be disruptive. After October, the weather starts to deteriorate, the days are short and winter starts to set in. The best time to complete the National Three Peaks challenge is from May through to October. June and July are probably the best months with long days and sometimes, better weather. Traditionally people undertake this challenge on a long weekend, starting on a Friday and finishing on the Sunday, during the summer months weekends can be extremely busy on all three mountains so we always try and encourage people to book midweek challenges where possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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):
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.
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 the ascent of Scafell Pike. Average time on Scafell Pike is approximately 4 hours.
10:30 pm set off 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.
5am arrive at Pen-y-Pass and set off 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 from May through to October to suit your needs. Ideal for formed groups (minimum group size of six people), please get in touch for a price.
Professionally organised event compliant with the guidelines issued by the 3 Peaks Partnership.
Small group size to improve chances of success (maximum group size is 8).
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).
Your travel to our pickup 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).
Essential Clothing & Equipment
A good pair of light-weight GoreTex lined walking boots which provide ankle support and are well broken-in. Boots are essential - Please do not bring trail shoes.
A selection of rucksack liners and dry bags as required to keep your clothing, sleeping bag and equipment dry and organised.
A lightweight windproof pair of gloves for wearing on a daily basis as required.
With spare batteries or the means to recharge.
We recommend a good pair of proper hiking/trekking socks. A minimum of three pairs but ideally you should have a pair for each day.
Lightweight Walking Trousers
To wear on a daily basis if not wearing shorts and for evening wear. Jeans or tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.
Long-Sleeved Thermal Top
Essential base layer for colder days and nights. Pack at least 2 of these.
Personal First Aid Kit
This should include suncream, lip balm, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers and any prescription medicines, insect repellant etc.
A small rucksack, around 30lt will be ideal.
Sports Sandals/Flip Flops/Crocks
Or something similar for river crossings/around campwhen not wearing your boots/in the tea houses etc.
For general eye protection, wearing whilst trekking or on glaciers if applicable to your trip – for wearing on glaciers sunglasses need to be Category 4 and be close fitting or have side protection.
For wearing on a daily basis whilst trekking. Should be a technical fabric – avoid cotton as it is slow to dry. You will need 2 or 3 of these.
This can be a fleece jumper, fleece jacket or lightweight duvet/insulated jacket.
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.
Hard shell jacket ideally this will be waterproof and breathable (GoreTex or equivalent) and it will have a hood.
Ideally they should be windproof and breathable (Gore Tex or equivalent) and with full or ¾ length side zips.
To keep your head warm - Ideally a hat that will cover your ears too and fit under a climbing helmet.
Optional Clothing & Equipment
For your wet stuff!
Make sure you have spare batteries or the means to re-charge.
It is important to have some comfortable dry clothing to wear in the minibus when travelling between mountains.
To help with sleeping.
You may want to use you phone as a camera. On our overseas trips signal is often limited or non-existent so making calls or sending texts may not be possible - see FAQs for trip specific info.
Not essential but extremely useful when carrying a load, descending and for any river crossings.
This will be sent to you aproximately 10 days before departure
We are yet to determine the average CO2 emissions per person for our National Three Peaks challenge.
What are we doing about it
Trekking and mountaineering trips such as this are low carbon in comparison to other forms of travel and activities. That said though, we are working hard to understand exactly what the carbon emissions are for all our products. By the end of 2024 we hope to have measured everything we do and have a good understanding of all the individual carbon footprints. This will then act as a starting point for us to take action to reduce our emissions to as low as reasonably practicable and drive towards net zero.
No, unfortunately we don’t currently provide equipment for hire but can recommend Expedition Kit Hire.
Allergies and intolerances shouldn’t limit what you can do, so we make sure we cater for everyone. We ask that you let us know at the time of booking about any dietary requirements so that we can make sure these are taken into account on the trek. That said it is worth noting that kitchen conditions and facilities on some of our trips are fairly basic. Standards of food hygiene are good, but we cannot guarantee against cross contamination of ingredients. If you have a particularly serious allergy or are extremely sensitive to certain ingredients such as nuts or wheat for instance, then please get in touch with us to discuss options.
A deposit of 25% of the total cost of the trip/course is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before the departure date. If the booking takes place less than 8 weeks before departure, then the full amount is due at the time of booking. If you would like to discuss payment options, then please get in touch.
A comprehensive list of clothing and equipment required for your trip can be found by visiting the ‘Kit List” tab on the relevant experience.
Please refer to our Booking Conditions which can be found here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact a member of the team.
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