The UK 3 Peaks 24hr Challenge

The UK Three Peaks Challenge (also known as the National Three Peaks Challenge) is one of the most well known and sought after walking challenges in the UK. The aim is to climb the 3 highest peaks in Scotland - Ben Nevis (1,343m), England – Scafell Pike (978m) and Wales – Mount Snowdon (1,085m) in under 24 hours.

This is a fantastic opportunity to test your limits and set yourself a real challenge, whether you're an avid hillwalker or just fancy challenging yourself with this highly-regarded walk.

This challenge is not to be underestimated, as throughout the 24 hours you will be ascending and descending approximately 3000m with a large part of it in darkness and over rough terrain. A good level of fitness and determination is essential as at times you will feel physically and mentally tired, however, our highly trained instructors and the team spirit built up along the way will definitely see you over the finish line. The sense of achievement and satisfaction from completing this challenge is indescribable, all your hard work will be worthwhile!

Please note: The UK Three Peaks Challenge is not a single event that runs on a particular date, rather it runs whenever organisations or individuals decide to undertake the challenge.

For an even tougher challenge why not have a go at the Welsh 3000s Challenge?

During the challenge you will be provided with:

  • Experienced and qualified Mountain Leaders
  • Low Instructor to client ratios (1:5 / 1:10)
  • Transport from various locations in the South East
  • Accommodation Included
  • Catering Included
  • Eco-friendly travel (we're a carbon neutral company)
  • Fitness plan and information pack
  • Certificate of achievement
 
Information

Season

April to October

Duration

3 Days (24 hour challenge)

Group Size

8-10

Restrictions

Minimum age: 18 A good level of fitness is required.

3 Peaks Challenge Stats

  • Total Distance: 33km (20.6 miles)
  • Ascent: 2900m (9,800 ft)
  • Estimated Time: 23-24hrs

Mountain Leaders

You will be guided by an experienced instructor who holds a mountain leader qualification and has experience of the three peaks or other endurance challenges. All of our group leaders are wilderness first aid trained and will be in radio communication with the support team.

Support Team

The support team's job is to get you from peak to peak, provide moral support (don’t underestimate this!) and back up mountain safety to the mountain leaders if required.

Training for the 3 Peaks Challenge

We provide a full training package to ensure you are well prepared for your challenge. This includes a fitness training program put together by our very own fitness instructors and endurance specialists, plus important information on walking boots, clothing, equipment, and the best places to buy them from.

You can also attend one of our Mountain Training Days, held in various locations around the UK, which will give you the opportunity to try out your equipment, break in your boots and test your fitness.

Challenge Teams

Depending on the size of the event we will divide you into groups of 10 for the duration of the three peaks challenge. You will be able to choose your group (depending on your fitness level and mountain walking experience) on the first evening but once in your group, you will not be able to change as the minibuses won’t always be together.

Fundraising for Charity

If you are trying to raise money for a charity then we are more than happy to have you on the challenge, however, you will still need to pay the event fee in the normal way. If you are looking to organise a charity three peaks with a large group then please contact us for more information.

Conservation and the UK 3 Peaks

Every year thousands of people attempt the three peaks challenge either in small unsupported groups or in large organised groups raising money for charity. At Hatt Adventures we are very aware of the environmental impact this is having (and the bad press that the three peaks have received within the walking and climbing community) which is why we run our three peak challenges in a responsible way. We plan our timings to ensure that we are not disturbing the local residents at unsocial hours of the night and we ensure that all our clients are fully briefed on the environmental impact the events can have on the mountains and how to minimise them. We also only run small events, thus reducing our impact on the mountain trails.

Groups

Group Price

£4,950 for up to 10 people

We can cater for larger private groups and can arrange various, transport, catering and accommodation options.

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Itinerary

Day 1

On Friday we will travel up from Brighton to Fort William collecting challengers as we go (from Brighton, London and Glasgow). This will take most of the day but it's a great chance to get to know the people you'll be completing the challenge with. In the evening we will run through any questions, check kit and give a mountain safety briefing, and then off to bed early for a good nights rest!

Day 2

The day starts early and after breakfast, we will travel by minibus to the base of Ben Nevis, the largest of the three mountains. The 3 Peaks begin! By the early evening, you can expect to be ascending Scafell Pike, and then on to Mount Snowdon!

Day 3

You will start Mount Snowdon in the early hours of the morning and should get a fantastic view over the Snowdon Horseshoe as the sun comes up! The challenge is completed when the whole team is safely back down from the mountain!

Locations

Start at Fort William in Scotland - End at Snowdon in North Wales

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All mountain safety equipment supplied.

Equipment needed

Walking boots / approach shoes, small rucksack (25 litres), waterproof top and trousers, fleece or warm top, hat and gloves, whistle, head torch, water bottles (min of 1.5lts). We will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Transport

Day 1

Pick up points: Brighton (Train Station), London (Heathrow Airport Terminal 5), Glasgow (International Airport).

Day 2

Minibus support throughout challenge.

Day 3

Drop off points: Shrewsbury (Train Station), London (Heathrow Airport Terminal 5), Brighton (Train Station).

Accommodation

Day 1

1 night bunkhouse accommodation.

Day 2

Accommodation not required.

Day 3

Accommodation not required.

Catering

Day 1

Lunch - (Self catered) at the services as we drive North.
Dinner - (Included) we usually stop at a pub on route or near the accommodation.

Day 2

Breakfast - (Included) continental breakfast.
Lunch - (Included) packed lunch.
Dinner - (Self catered) at the services as we drive South.

Day 3

Breakfast - (Included) continental breakfast.
Lunch - (Self catered) at the services as we drive South.