What is the Three Peaks Challenge?

What is the Three Peaks Challenge?


Have you heard of the Three Peaks Challenge – but find yourself wondering exactly what it involves? We have all the information you need right here!  

The Three Peaks Challenge is one of the most popular trekking challenges in the UK and involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon), one after another – with an aim to complete the challenge within 24 hours, 48 hours or 3 Days.




What is the three peak challenge explained



The highest of the three mountains is Ben Nevis standing at 4,413 ft. above sea level. The famous peak, part of the Grampian Mountain range, was once a huge active volcano, which exploded and collapsed in on itself millions of years ago. Ben Nevis attracts thousands of visitors every year, the views from the summit really are breath-taking!


The second peak of the Three Peaks Challenge is Scafell Pike; the highest mountain in England at 3,209 ft. above sea level. Despite being the lowest summit of all three peaks, it is arguably one of the hardest; with a rocky steep ascent. However, Scafell Pike is situated within one of the most stunning locations in the UK – the beautiful Lake District, surrounded by tranquil lakes and awe-inspiring mountain ranges.


Finally, you will reach Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, standing tall at 3,560 ft. above sea level. The name Snowdon means ‘snow hill’ and snow can often be seen covering parts of the mountain. The views from the summit are spectacular – on a clear day you will be lucky enough to have views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland! Located in Snowdonia National Park, the mountain is said to be the mythical resting place of the giant Rhita Gawr, who was killed by King Arthur. Snowdon is the perfect mountain to end the Three Peaks challenge on!




Participants on Ben Nevis



Our Three Peaks Challenge involves a trekking time of 15 hours, covering a total distance of 22 miles within a 30 hour period. Our itinerary has been designed to maximise your chances of success – remember, this is not a race! We start our adventure by summiting Ben Nevis, followed by Scafell Pike and then Snowdon - directly after one another. During the challenge we look to keep the walking time of 15 hours or less which is representative of completing the National Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours including travel time.

This challenge is graded as Extreme (3/3), and therefore requires a high level of fitness and stamina - training beforehand is essential. It may be tough, but our dedicated Events Team will be with you every step of the way, to ensure you have the best possible experience!


People trekking in the countryside




After a group briefing, evening meal and overnight stay in Fort William, it is time to start our adventure! After a hearty breakfast we begin our summit of Scotland’s highest peak – the mighty Ben Nevis. Taking about 3.5hours to the summit the ascent involves a steady climb, zig-zagging our way to the top of the UK. At the summit we have a chance to take in the surrounding breath-taking Scottish Highlands, before starting our descent. Upon returning to our starting point we jump straight into our vehicle and head South to the Lake District!

We then continue onto Wasdale Head – the birthplace of British climbing. From here we trek through the tranquil countryside and witness a beautiful sunset as we reach Mickledore and continue towards the summit of Scafell Pike. The ascent and descent of Scafell Pike should take approximately 4.5 hours. Glowing from our success, it’s time to hop in our transport and make our way over to our final peak – Mount Snowdon!


Starting our trek nice and early, we begin our final summit from Pen-Y-Pass at around 6am. We ascend Snowdon via the scenic Pyg Track, with fantastic views of the ridge of Crib Goch and Snowdon’s largest lake – Llyn Llydaw. Upon reaching the summit we will be rewarded with spectacular views across Snowdonia, stretching as far as the eye can see. We return to our vehicles following the same route, before enjoying a well-deserved celebratory breakfast in Llanberis.



  • Pick up from Glasgow Central Station / Glasgow International Airport, travel in between mountains and drop off at Chester Train Station. All travel is in private buses.

  • Meals included – Dinner on the first night in Fort William, breakfast at Fort William before starting the challenge and breakfast in Llanberis after completing The Three Peaks Challenge.

  • Overnight stay in a hostel in Fort William.

  • Complimentary energy bars, fruit, tea and coffee (and drinking water) at the foot of each mountain.

  • Global Adventure Challenges Event Crew, including Mountain Leaders to support you every step of the way.



Here at Global Adventure Challenges, we have the privilege to work alongside hundreds of fantastic charities. Taking on a trekking event for charity can be a fantastic way to support a cause close to your heart, whilst taking on a personal challenge. For inspiration on who to support on your Three Peaks Challenge, check out our Choose your Charity page.




So, what is the Three Peaks Challenge? It’s a challenging, exciting and iconic UK trekking adventure! Join us and tick this awesome UK Challenge off your list!




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Snowdonia scenery

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