The Three Peaks Challenge
Price GBP 395
The 3 Peaks Challenge is a gritty undertaking and an impressive feat. It involves trekking to the summit of the highest mountain in Scotland (Ben Nevis), Wales (Snowdon) and England (Scafell Pike) in less than 24 hours. It’s a journey of nearly 10,000 feet of ascent and over 22 miles in distance. Because of the popularity of this event, people often underestimate the physical and mental demands they will experience over the 24 hours.
While you don’t need to be superhuman to complete this highly memorable challenge, a good level of fitness and some hill walking experience will certainly make it much more enjoyable.
Thank you and the team for an amazing 3 peaks challenge although the weather was not on our side team spirits were high, and the teams were great which for me made the challenge memorable and enjoyable.”
“Thank you Fitways for being such a great help during our Intern 3 Peaks challenge, not only knowledgeable and great at what you do but cared for our well-being, really helped us along…excellent effort to the interns but also utterly motivational…great to meet you all!”
Days: 3 days, fast & slow options
Max group size: 7
Who suits this trip: The 3 Peaks challenge isn’t for the faint-hearted, but with a reasonable level of fitness and some training, can be achieved by anyone who’s determined enough.
Ben Nevis (1344 metres)
10.5 Miles & 1352 metres of ascent
At 1344 metres, Ben Nevis is the highest of the 3 Peaks. The quickest route to the summit is the Pony Track which starts at Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. If we’re lucky with the weather, you will enjoy some fabulous views of the Scottish Highlands and there’s a good chance you’ll be trekking through snow to the summit.
Scafell Pike (978 metres)
6 Miles & 989 metres of ascent
The shortest route up Scafell Pike starts at Wasdale Head. The summit of Scafell Pike is incredibly barren – often described as being like the surface of the moon. When the weather comes in it’s very easy to become disorientated, but don’t worry your Mountain Leaders will keep you on track.
Snowdon (1085 metres)
7 Miles & 723 metres of ascent
There are several paths you can take to the summit of Snowdon, but most people agree that the Pyg Track is the quickest, and will be the route we’ll take during the challenge. Incredibly there’s a café on the summit, but unfortunately we won’t have time to hang around.
- Logistics (Dedicated vehicle & driver/s)
- 1 night accommodation before the event (shared)
- Qualified Mountain Leaders (First aid qualified)
- Maximum client to leader ratio of 7
- Pick up en route from Maidenhead to Fort William (See Travel)
- Luxury vehicle (VW transporter) for 7 person teams
- Drop off at agreed location after the 3 Peaks Challenge
- Safety Equipment (carried by our Mountain Leaders)
- Head torches and trekking poles
- 24 hour support from our Mountain Leader team
- Training advice from a qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist
- Completion certificate
- Cotswold Outdoors 15% Discount Voucher
What’s not included:
- Food & Drink
- Pick up from alternative locations other than those specified – call for prices.
- Luxury accommodation & dinner before the event (£30)
Why join an organised event?
Can’t I just do it on my own? Yes you can, however you should only attempt this challenge independently if you have the necessary mountain skills and a well-briefed support team to ensure your team’s welfare during the event. Bear in mind that to complete the challenge within the magical 24 hour time limit you will almost certainly be trekking in darkness (and of course with the high probability of bad weather), which can make navigation extremely challenging – especially on the barren summit of Scafell Pike. Logistics are another factor to consider. To attempt the 3 Peaks Challenge without a dedicated driver/s is extremely dangerous and certainly not recommended for a successful challenge attempt.
If you don’t have the necessary experience and support, using our expertise to manage your event is an excellent choice. Our fully qualified Mountain Leaders will ensure your safety on the mountains and our logistics partner will transport you between the hills while you rest and recuperate.
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
|8 June, 2018 - 10 June, 2018||2|
|3 days in England, Scotland & Wales||£395|
Note – If you have a team of 7 or more people and would like us to run this event on a non-listed date, please get in touch and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
Travel & Logistics
It’s possible to tackle the 3 Peaks Challenge from North to South or the other way round depending on your location. When booking we will agree with you the optimum route given your location.
Starting on Ben Nevis
We can pick you up from Glasgow International Airport, or alternatively en route between Maidenhead (including Maidenhead Train Station) and Fort William (M40, M42, M6, M72, A62). At the end of the Challenge, we can either drop you off en route back to Maidenhead from Llanberis (A5, M54, M6, M42 & M40) or at Telford Train Station.
Starting on Snowdon
We can pick you up en route from maidenhead (M40, M42, M52, A5) and at the end of the challenge we can drop you at Glasgow Airpport or between Fort William and Maidenhed (A62, M72, M6, M40). If this is not convenient for yourself or your group, please get in touch and we’ll discuss alternative options.
Note: You can save money on rail travel by booking your tickets in advance using www.thetrainline.com. If booking fixed tickets, we recommend that you leave plenty of time in case of delays – either during the Challenge, or on the journey back.
- Warm Hat (covering ears)
- Warm top (2nd fleece would be ideal)
- Quality Waterproofs (Jacket & Trousers)
- Backpack (35 – 40 Litres) Do ensure your equipment is in a waterproof bag
- Mobile phone (in waterproof case)
- Blister plasters (suggest Compeed)
- Personal First Aid kit (Your Leader will carry a Master First Aid kit)
- Water Bottle (1.5-2Litres)
- Camera (optional)
- Optional: GPS
- Optional: Walking poles
- Head Torch & Spare Batteries
- Map & Compass – optional
- Pillow/eye mask/earplugs (optional)
Clothing to be worn on the hill
- Walking boots & socks
- Walking trousers – no jeans
- Base Layer (T-shirt or long-sleeved top – not cotton)
- Sports top or fleece (not cotton)
- Windproof jacket
Stuff to leave in the vehicle
- Change of clothes
Nutrition For The Trip
Whilst sandwiches and the like are fine for consumption on the ground in between hikes, when you are on the mountain and in need of an energy boost it is vital to have the right kind of snacks to hand to see you through the challenge.
Below is a list of ideas for high energy snacks to take with you during a hike:
- Chocolate bars
- Nuts (ideally not salted variety)
- Dried fruit
- Sugary sweets
- Protein bars
- Energy gels
- Energy drinks (i.e. Lucozade)
- Caffeine for last mountain (i.e. Red Bull)
Ben Nevis: Ben Nevis & Fort Williams OS Explorer 392
Snowdon: Snowdon OL 17 OS Explorer Map
Scafell Pike: OS Explorer OL 6 map The English Lakes
Fitways Adventures & The Environment
Consideration of the environment is at the heart of what we do at Fitways and we do everything within our power to minimise our impact upon it. This includes:
- Small group sizes
- Sticking to main paths
- Picking up litter – it is our policy to enhance any area we visit
- Safe driving – keeping to all driving regulations and encouraging transport sharing
- Donation to Mountain Rescue on every 3 Peaks Challenge
- We aim to complete Scafell before midnight (in consideration of nearby residents)
- Obeying the Countryside Code. This is part of our team briefing.
- Offering group transit to the event (Between maidenhead and start point)