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Feel the glory of summiting the highest three peaks in England, Scotland, and Wales all in 24 hours

Just turn up for a hassle-free adventure - let us handle the planning, logistics, and driving

Great option for fundraising / charity challenge


2 days (24 hr challenge)

Private groups


Provided the night before the challenge and the night after the challenge if required - 3* B&B



HASSLE FREE, fully guided


£ 65.00 GBP (Deposit)
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Please note this itinerary is for private group bookings of 8 or more people only

It's time for a challenge!

The National Three Peaks challenge just has to be the best known mountain challenge in the UK. Climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales – all in under 24hrs. Taking in 23 miles of total walking distance and a total ascent of 3,064m, you'll see the best of the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park and make memories to last a lifetime.

There’ll be two members of staff on this trip: A driver and a guide. This will allow the driver to rest whilst you're climbing the peaks, so you’ll be as safe on the drive as you will be on the mountains.

The National Three Peaks in 24 Hours Challenge

Day 1

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Glasgow in the morning where you'll be driven to the start point of Fort William, where you'll get to know your fellow hikers and guide.

We'll head for the hills with our new adventure pals. We'll be guided up to the summit of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest point, using the 'zig-zag path', passing streams, waterfalls, lakes and possibly encountering snow before summiting and enjoying unrivalled views (literally) for miles. That is, on a clear day... which doesn't often happen in Scotland but we can make a silent prayer to the weather gods!

Once you've descended from your first peak, adrenaline filled but ready for a rest, you'll return to the minibus to be shuttled off to Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Use this time to stock up on food followed by a good rest. Top tip: don't eat all your grub 5 minutes before getting off the bus, that'll lead to some serious indigestion and no one needs that.

Arriving in the Lakes just after midnight, we'll head up to summit Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, via the Wasdale Head route, a steep but short trail that'll see us shoot to the summit in about 2.5 - 3 hours. Let's hope there's a full moon! The tiredness will well and truly kick in at this point so we'll keep morale high as we descend with plenty of snacks and good bants. We'll likely fall straight asleep in the bus on the way to Wales, ready for our final peak of Snowdon.

Day 2

We'll reach the base of Snowdon mid-morning and begin our ascent. You'll be a bit sleep deprived at this point so watch your footing and try to enjoy it as you're so nearly there. Once you reach that trig point on top of Snowdon and take your summit selfie, give yourself a whopper pat on the back - you did it! National Three Peaks Challenge- tick. Time to get down to a huge mug of coffee or a beer - your choice.

The whole National 3 Peaks Challenge, including the driving, should be completed within 24 hours. With about 10 hours driving, you've only got 14 left to complete all three mountains - no easy feat and a worthy challenge.

After your last summit, you'll be transferred to the nearest train station to make your way back home; weary-limbed, ready for a hot bath but with a huge glow of achievement!


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  • Qualified and First Aid trained UK Mountain Leaders
  • Professional transport with drivers from Glasgow and throughout the challenge
  • Luggage transfers
  • Light meal after climbing Ben Nevis and light breakfast before climbing Snowdon
  • Snacks, water and hot drinks during your challenge
  • Ongoing support from the Call to Adventure team from point of enquiry right through to the challenge
  • 1 or 2 nights twin room accommodation (minimum 3* B&B) in Glasgow or Llanberis


  • Single rooms available for a supplement (subject to availability)
  • Transfer from Llanberis to your chosen destination following the challenge


  • Travel costs to agreed pickup location
  • Travel costs from agreed drop off point
  • Personal hiking equipment
  • Alcoholic and energy drinks
  • Additional meals and snacks


Recommended Kit List

  • Walking trousers
  • T shirt/ base layer - preferably not cotton
  • Fleece/ jumper
  • Walking socks
  • Hat and gloves
  • Walking boots - waterproof with ankle support
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Head torch with fresh batteries
  • Rucksack (25L max)
  • Food/ snacks
  • Water - at least 1.5L per mountain in refillable bottle or bladder


  • Gaiters
  • Walking poles
  • Camera
  • Thermos
  • Book or earphones (noise cancelling)

To be left in the vehicle

  • Extra food - to be eaten in between mountains
  • Snacks - for the mountains
  • Clothes - non-walking clothes
  • Ear plugs/ eye mask - for sleeping in the vehicle
  • Pillow and sleeping bag
  • Water bottles
  • Other drinks for the journey


The minibus picks up from Glasgow at 8am

The challenge ends in Llanberis or you can be dropped off at Bangor Station

Other drop-off points may be arranged at additional cost - contact for a quote.


Just how tough is the National Three Challenge?

The challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours. That's twenty three miles of walking and 3,064m of ascent. We won't lie, it's quite a toughie but well within the capabilities of anyone who's willing to put the training in. Thousands successfully complete it each year so as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness with some hill walking experience under your belt you'll be fine.

It's a hiking challenge so you don't need any technical skills.

What size will the group be?

This is a private booking option for groups of 8 people or more. If there are fewer than 8 then you will need to pay for 8 spaces and divide the costs between yourselves.

Where are the pick up and drop off points for the challenge?

Pick up point is Glasgow - 8am

Drop offs - Llanberis or local train station - after 2:30pm

How fit do I need to be for the National Three Peaks Challenge?

You'll need a good level of fitness for the National Three Peaks Challenge. You should be willing and able to walk the distances set out in the itinerary. You don't need to be a super experienced hiker, but some training in the months leading up to the challenge will go a long way. Check out our National Three Peaks Challenge training guide for some advice. This will be the biggest hike ever attempted for many on the trip. We'll be there to support you every step of the way.

How do I train for the National Three Peaks?

The better prepared you are the more likely you'll be to enjoy it! We'll give you some pointers once you've booked but hill walking, cycling and even swimming are all great activities to boost fitness and endurance.

Check out our National Three Peaks training guide.

Can I still do the National Three Peaks with a medical condition?

Sure thing! We'll send you a health questionnaire before the trip so e can check how we can support you through the challenge.

Just give us a call if you'd like to discuss any extra support you feel you might need.

How fast will I need to walk?

Due to the nature of this challenge, this isn't a leisurely walk. The pace will be set by our guide and in order to beat the challenge within the time limit. this will need to be a fairly brisk 4km per hour.

Breaks on the mountain will be short, and will mainly be to grab a quick drink or snack, or to catch our breath. If you're struggling the guide may need to discuss options with you.

Will I need to scramble or rock climb?

Some of the paths are rocky in places and the summit of Scafell Pike is a bit of a boulder fest, but there's no actual climbing or scrambling needed.

What will I need to bring on the National Three Peaks Challenge?

We'll send out a full kit list on the day but well-worn in hiking boots, a decent rucksack with a rain cover, good waterproofs, basic first aid kit, lots of layers, water and snacks (energy bars, fruit etc) are a good starting point.

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately we can't accommodate dogs as much as we'd love to say we could due to the nature of the challenge.

Can dietary needs be accommodated?

Let us know your needs and we'll try to accommodate. Bring snacks with you for the mountains and the drive in between. You should find plenty of options at service stations too.

Hotels should be able to cater todietary needs. Let us know and we can check for sure beforehand.

Will I get my own room?

We use twin rooms on a shared basis. If you want your own room single rooms are available for a supplement, this is subject to availability though so it's best to let us know as early as possible if you want a single room.

Can we leave things on the bus while we're hiking?

Yes - you'll be able to leave your clothes etc on the minibus while you're hiking so all you'll need to carry on the peaks is a day sack with the things you'll need for that climb.

What is the age range?

It always differs but the average is somewhere between 25 - 55 with a few either side. But remember age is just a number so this shouldn't be too much of a focus for you.

What's the best peak, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike or Snowdon?

You tell us! When you're done, we'd love to hear what you thought of each one. Each present their own personal challenge. and with challenge comes reward! Ben Nevis is probably the most technical and gnarly of all three mountains, whereas Scafell Pike is trickier underfoot and has spectacular views of the rest of the Lake District (unless it's dark!). Snowdon is simply iconic and a lovely walk from start to finish.

Which route will we be taking up each mountain?

For Ben Nevis, we use the pony (tourist) zig zag path from the Visitor's Centre

For Scafell Pike, we use the path from Wasdale Head

For Snowdon we use the PYG track for the ascent (the minibus drops us at Pen y Pass car park) and the Llanberis path for the descent, finishing in Llanberis

Which mountain is the most difficult?

Again, this is a matter of opinion. Ben Nevis is first up and is a straightforward but lengthy climb.

The route up Scafell Pike is the shortest but is very steep with a bit of a boulder field near the summit. It's usually done at least partially in the dark.

Snowdon is long, but not particularly difficult. Remember you'll be sleep deprived and climbing it with tired muscles.

Are the numbers of people doing the National Three Peaks challenge damaging the paths?

The paths certainly get more eroded than the UK's lesser known mountains. You might be interested in knowing about the organisations that help preserve the mountain paths you'll be using. Donating to local community-led initiatives such as Fix the Fells (Lake District), Mend our Mountains (National) and the Nevis Landscape Partnership (Glen Nevis) would be a brilliant way to thank those responsible for maintaining the paths, as well as ensuring they remain intact for future generations. All challenges are also delivered within the guidelines of the 3 peaks partnership and Institute for Fundraising Guidelines.

Can you guarantee a finishing time after the event?

Unfortunately we can't guarantee what time we'll finish as this all depends on traffic conditions, weatheretc. We will do our best to keep to suggested times but we recommend buying an open ticket just in case.

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

Yes, all our trips are for people of 18 years of age and older.

How much time does it take to complete the challenge?

Part of the fun of the challenge for a lot of groups is to aim to complete it in 24 hours. Experts say you should leave:

  • 5 hours for Ben Nevis
  • 4 hours for Scafell Pike, from Wasdale Head
  • 4 hours for Snowdon
  • 10 hours for driving (we use a dedicated driver so neither you and your guide are knackered upon arrival at the mountains)

These obviously change based on things like speed of the group, traffic and weather

Are the National Three Peaks harder than the Yorkshire Three Peaks?

Hmm, that's a toughie! The Yorkshire Three Peaks involves climbing three of Yorkshire's highest mountains - Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen y Ghent - in under 12 hours. It involves 24 miles of walking and 1,600m of ascent and unlike the National Three Peaks it's walked in one continuous route so you're on your feet all day.

The National Three Peaks involves a similar distance but a whopping 3,064m of ascent. You do get to rest between Mountains, but the sleep deprivation has an effect. Our money's on the National Three Peaks being the tougher challenge although the Yorkshire Three Peaks is ideal for training - take a peek at our Yorkshire Three Peaks trip.

How many mountain guides will be walking with us?

There'll be one guide per group. This doesn't mean everyone has to turn back if there's a problem. Most drop outs happen nearer the bottom of the mountain and are mostly due to lack of fitness so can be managed fairly easily.

What insurance do I need? Is this trip insured?

Yes, our guiding partners are insured for all the activities they offer.

We'd advise you to also get some personal insurance to cover you for injury or any personal loss or damage.

Are discounts available for group bookings?

We don't offer further discounts as the price is already very competitive and great value for money.

How will we be transported between the peaks?

We use a minibus with a dedicated driver for the whole challenge so you can concentrate on the physical stuff.

The total driving distance is 450 miles so you'll be on the bus for around ten hours, but don't worry - you'll have plenty of space to get comfy.  


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