National 3 Peaks in 3 Days

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Simon - National 3 Peaks Guide
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UK, United Kingdom
4 days
Max 10 per group (multiple groups possible)
Hotel
Moderate

Adventure overview

Tackle the UK's highest mountains, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, with time to soak up the views.  1 peak per day with a night in a B&B between mountains.

Day 1 - Thursday - transfer

  • 10:00 – Pick up from Warrington
  • 15:00 – Pick up from Glasgow (Station and/or Airport)
  • 20:30 – Arrive at hotel, briefing and Q&A session with guide

Day 2 - Friday - Ben Nevis

  • 07:00 – Breakfast
  • 08:00 – Transfer to Ben Nevis start point
  • 08:15 – Final preparation
  • 08:30 – Start Ben Nevis ascent
  • 12:00 – Summit Ben Nevis
  • 15:30 – Transfer to Lake District (transfer includes a 45-minute maximum driver rest stop. This is a VOSA legal requirement)
  • 19:30 – Arrive at Hotel

Day 3 - Saturday - Scafell Pike

  • 08:00 – Transfer to Wasdale Head
  • 09:30 – Begin Scafell Pike ascent
  • 12:00 – Summit Scafell Pike
  • 14:00 – Transfer to North Wales
  • 19:00 – Arrive at Hotel

Day 4 - Sunday - Snowdon

  • 08:00 – Transfer to Pen y pass
  • 08:30 – Begin Snowdon ascent
  • 11:30 – Summit Snowdon
  • 14:00 – Complete walk at Pen-y-Pass
  • 14:15 – Transfer to drop-off point (Chester & Warrington Stations)

The National Three Peaks is the best-known UK mountain challenge - climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales.

With this trip, you'll still be summiting Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon but you won't be rushed and you'll have time to really enjoy the journey.

Enjoy not endure sums this one up nicely.

Day 1 - Thursday

You’ll be picked up at Glasgow or Warrington train station in the afternoon where you'll be driven to the start point of Fort William (feel free to meet your group there too if this works better for you) where you'll stay the night in a B&B and get to know your fellow adventurers and guide.

Rooms will be allocated on a twin-share basis - a single room is available for a supplement for £100 per night (just send us a message after booking).

There'll be a Q&A session and briefing before exploring Fort William, grabbing a meal and getting a good night's sleep for the day ahead.

Day 2 - Friday

The next morning, the challenge begins. Following a good breakfast, you’ll be taken to the base of Ben Nevis - your first peak. After pre-challenge photos, you'll be guided up to the summit of Ben Nevis.

The path is quite straightforward and climbs the mountain in a series of zig-zags. It does get steeper and rockier the higher up we go but don't worry - the guide is there to give you a hand if needed.

Once on the summit, we will enjoy spectacular views over the Scottish Highlands (weather permitting but we can offer up a prayer to the weather gods!) and a snack before returning to the minibus and being whisked off to Lake District.

The journey is around 4-5 hours. You'll stop at a service station so you'll have plenty of chance to stretch those legs and grab some snacks. Arriving in the evening, you’ll have time to rest up in your hotel and have a well-earned beer or glass of wine!

Day 3 - Saturday

It's more of the same, a good hearty hiker's breakfast and a great day out on the hill! But this time with different views.

We'll use good paths to climb Scafell Pike - England's highest peak. The path does get rockier the higher we climb but it's still just a walk. Soak up the panorama of the classic Lake District peaks and enjoy a summit selfie before hopping on the bus to North Wales.

This will take us approximately 4 hours, we'll stop for a comfort break on the way.

Day 4 - Sunday

It's the final day as you head up the final summit of Snowdon/ Yr Wyddfa and feel the satisfaction of having climbed the three highest peaks in the UK! Well done you.

Starting from Pen-y-Pass, we'll take the Pyg Track to the summit. This route uses good paths and steps, and again it may be rocky in places. Once we reach the summit ridge it's only ten minutes to the summit and what a view! On a clear day, it's epic.

You may be able to grab a drink from the cafe if it's open and there'll be time for a celebratory photo or two. Descend in your own time, soaking up the spectacular views over the Snowdonia/ Eryri National Park and then it's back home to brag about your ascents and hopefully having raised some money if you're walking for charity.

  • 3-night twin room accommodation (minimum 3* B&B) (single rooms available at a £100 per night supplement subject to availability. Just message us after booking if you'd like us to look into this for you)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Leader - fully 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
  • Accommodation - 3 nights twin room (minimum 3* B&B) (single rooms available at a £100 supplement, subject to availability)
  • Ongoing Support - from your guide from point of enquiry right through to the challenge

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel - to and from agreed pickup location
  • Equipment - personal hiking gear e.g. boots, walking poles (optional)
  • Drinks - all drinks including water and alcohol (you can buy drinks along the way)
  • Food - including snacks

Minibus pickups:

  • 10:00 – pick up from Warrington
  • 15:00 – pick up from Glasgow (Station and/or Airport)
  • 15:30 – arrive at hotel, briefing, meet and greet, and q and a

Minibus dropoffs:

  • 14:15 – transfer to drop-off point (Chester & Warrington Stations)

Other drop-off points may be arranged

IS THIS THE RIGHT TRIP FOR ME?

I'm travelling solo, is this a good option for me?

  • Absolutely! We created this National 3 Peaks Challenge trip so that like-minded people could go on adventures without having to sort the long-winded logistics of who would do all the driving, coordinate annual leave, arrange hotels, etc.
  • More than half of our guests book solo, it's one of the main reasons people choose to book with Call to Adventure.
  • We have lots of guests booking in 1s, 2s, and 3s so you'll be in good company. The guides are also great at ensuring everyone feels part of the team.
  • This is a really great opportunity to meet other mountain lovers.

What is the age range?

  • It always differs but the average is 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.

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

  • Open trips - 18 years old
  • Private trips - the guide has an AALA licence so we can accommodate any young person accompanied or not. Not all the guides are DBS checked though so we would need to know beforehand just in case.

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.
  • We’ll send you a dedicated training plan after you book so you know exactly how to prepare
  • The pace is much more relaxed than the National 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge
  • This will be the biggest hike many guests have ever attempted

How many mountain leaders will be walking with us?

  • One guide per group of ten. This doesn't mean everyone has to turn back if there's a problem. Most dropouts happen nearer the bottom of the mountain and are mostly due to lack of fitness so can be managed fairly easily.
  • Of course, injuries do happen but we haven't had to abandon a mountain due to injury.

TRIP SPECIFICS

What size will the group be?

  • Up to 10 guests per group.
  • We also offer custom packages for groups of 6 people or more.
  • Custom trips need to be booked in blocks of 10 regardless of how many people you have in the group. You'll just split the cost of 10 places between you so 10 people is ideal but not required.
  • Select ‘private trip’ at checkout for this option.

If we book as a group, will it be just us on the minibus?

  • This trip has a maximum of 10 per group but we can run multiple groups on each date.
  • If you have a group of say 16, you might therefore have up to 4 other adventurers joining one of your groups.
  • However, if you'd like exclusivity so it's just you, you can pay for the additional places. So for a group of 18, you would pay for 20 spaces and split the cost between 18 of you.
  • Just select ‘private trip’ at checkout if that’s what you’re looking for.

Which route will we be taking up each mountain?

  • Ben Nevis - pony (tourist) zig-zag path from the Visitor's Centre
  • Scafell Pike - path from Wasdale Head
  • Snowdon - 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.

Is this trip insured? What insurance do I need?

  • 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.
  • We recommend you use Campbell Irvine - they are our preferred insurer.

KIT

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

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

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.

FOOD

Can dietary needs be accommodated?

  • Yes, the hotel can provide breakfast for a wide range of dietary needs and preferences - just let us know your needs and we'll make sure they can accommodate.
  • Bring snacks with you for the mountains and the drive in between. You should find plenty of options at service stations too.

ACCOMMODATION

Will I get my own room the night before the challenge?

  • We use twin rooms on a shared basis, meaning you´ll share with another participant.
  • Where possible we match men with men and women with women (almost always possible)
  • Single rooms are available for a supplement of £100 per person, this is subject to availability though, so it's best to let us know as early as possible. Just send us a message after booking if you'd like us to look into this for you.

TRANSPORT

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.
  • We'll need to take a 45 minute driver rest stop on the way to Scafell Pike as a VOSA legal requirement.

Can the seats in the minibus recline?

  • Yes a little, a bit like a plane seat.
  • Please keep in mind that in the event of an emergency we may need to use a substitute bus that doesn't have this feature.
  • Basically, all of the buses we use have the same features: A/C, Semi reclining seats, Overhead luggage racks, and Large boot or Trailer

Can you guarantee a drop-off time after the event?

  • Unfortunately not as this all depends on traffic conditions etc.
  • We will do our best to keep to suggested times but we recommend buying an open ticket just in case.

‍‍OTHER

Are discounts available for group bookings?

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

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 we 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.

Can I bring my dog?

  • Unfortunately, we can't accommodate dogs due to the nature of the challenge.

What's the best time of year to attempt the National Three Peaks?

  • The most popular months for attempting the National Three Peaks is the summer months of June, July and August as these months allow for the most daylight hours. Temperatures are usually good and rainfall tends to be lower. However, mountain weather can be unpredictable and it's perfectly possible to experience winter weather in summer!
  • The National Three Peaks season runs from April to October; in the winter months the weather gets increasingly unpredictable and the days are much shorter.
  • It's worth considering the National Three Peaks in spring or autumn as the mountains are much less crowded and the roads are quieter plus the weather can deliver perfect sunshine days well into November!
  • Free cancellation or date change up to 65 days before departure
  • Deposits non-refundable unless the trips cancelled by us, then you'll get a full refund

 

Simon - National 3 Peaks Guide

Meet your guide, Simon

Simon is a highly experiences mountain lover who specialises in delivering the best National 3 Peaks trips going

Simon is your head guide for this trip meaning he coordinates a team of fully qualified and highly experienced Mountain Leaders. Whilst Simon has scaled mountains all over the world, his focus for the last few years has been on offering the very best National 3 Peaks trips on offer.

His team has one of the highest completion rates in the industry and limits each mini-bus to 10 guests, so you'll give yourself the best chance of completing the challenge in under 24 hours and travel comfortably. His trips sell out every year so reserve your spot now to avoid missing out.

Experience

  • 16 years UK
  • 8 years overseas

Qualifications

  • UK Mountain Leader
  • BELA (Basic Expedition Leadership)
  • First Aid (renewed regularly)

Languages

  • English

Insurance

  • All vehicles, drivers and leaders are appropriately insured - public liability cover for up to £5 million (although you should still take out your own travel insurance - we recommend Campbell Irvine)

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