The National Three Peaks Challenge is unquestionably one of the UK’s best and most popular mountain challenges. We try to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales - consecutively within 24 hours. This is a serious challenge for experenced mountain walkers, with over 3,000m of ascent and an overall walking distance of 40 km.

On this challenge you'll be joined by Everest Summiteer and Inspire Alpine® founder Ricky Munday, supported by other professional Mountain Leaders to ensure your safety.

Date

1st-3rd May 2020 

Price 

Self-funded: £350 per person (£100 deposit).

Fundraise for Inspire Alpine®: £525 per person (£100 registration fee & minimum fundraising of £425)

Peaks

Ben Nevis  Scafell Pike Snowdon 

Detailed background information

Itinerary 

Day/Time Activity
Friday  Today we travel to Fort William before a safety briefing, dinner, Everest talk and sleeping in accommodation near Ben Nevis.
09:00 Pick-up Chester Station
09:00-10:30 Travel from Chester Station to Manchester Piccadilly
10:30-16:00 Drive to Glasgow Central Station. 45 minute rest stop en route. 
16:00-16:00 Drive from Glasgow Central Station to Glasgow Airport
16:00 Pick-up Glasgow Airport
16:00-19:30 Drive Glasgow Airport to Fort William
19:30-22:00 Arrive Fort William, Dinner, Safety Briefing, Everest Talk.
Saturday  Today we will ascend Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike.
07:15 Breakfast 
07:50-08:00 Depart accommodation and drive to Achintee
08:00-13:00

START THE CLOCK 

Ascend Ben Nevis

13:00-19:15 Drive to Wasdale Head. Rest stop for 45 minutes on route
19:15-23:15 Ascend Scafell Pike
23:15-00:00 Drive to Pen-y-Pass
Sunday Today we will ascend Snowdon before stopping the clock. After this we will transfer you to Chester Station. 
00:00-04:00 Drive to Pen-y-Pass
04:00-08:00

Ascend Snowdon

STOP THE CLOCK

08:00-10:00 Drive to Chester
10:00

Drop-off Chester Station

End of Services

Included

  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified Mountain Leaders on each peak, including Everest Summiteer Ricky Munday
  • Minibus pick-up in Fort William for food shopping on Friday evening
  • Drop-off between Snowdon and Crewe after the event
  • Transport between the three peaks using fully qualified professional drivers, holding a minimum D1 licence and a Drivers’ Certificate of Professional Competence
  • Overnight 3-star hotel accommodation with breakfast at the Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
  • An inspirational Everest talk on the Friday evening from Everest Summiter Ricky Munday
  • A variety of healthy snacks for the minibus (fruit, trail bars, bottled water)
  • Access to Vamoos app
  • Group safety equipment carried by Mountain Leader

Timings

Please note that the timings above assume minimal stops outside of drivers’ mandatory rest stops and very quick changeovers after each mountain, with participants changing clothes on the bus. To achieve the target timings for each peak (5 hours Ben Nevis, 4 hours each for Scafell Pike & Snowdon) requires a good level of fitness, determination and very efficient changes. To ensure safety, our drivers must stop for 30 minutes every 4.5 hours. Therefore, we build in a mandatory rest stop between Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike (at a service station heading south on the M74 or M6 where participants can eat a hot meal). 

Overall Time Limit

In addition to the need for driver rest stops, we also impose an overall time limit of 29 hours to complete the event (start Ben Nevis at 07:00 and must be finished Snowdon by 12:00 on Sunday). We book Mountain Leaders for specific time slots on each mountain and we recognise that they may have other professional or family commitments. We advise that participants should not book return train tickets from Chester for trains that leave before 14:00 on Sunday in case we use these extra 5 hours. 

Client Benefits

We offer an unbeatable range of benefits:

  • Ordnance Survey map 
  • Customised Inspire Alpine® BUFF®
  • 20% discount code for Montane®
  • 15% discount for Open Air, with a financial donation to our social mission for every sale
  • 15% discount code for Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock
  • 20% discount for Summitfit
  • 5% discount on overseas expeditions

Kit List

Safety

Your safety is our top priority. Our activities are fully risk assessed and we hold Public Liability Insurance via Lockton LLP. Our leaders carry a mountain first aid kit, an emergency shelter, a fully charged mobile phone & spare battery, spare warm clothing & emergency food and we have two-way radio contact with all of our guides at all times during an event. We hold a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operator Licence.

Financial protection

We comply fully with the Package Travel Regulations and hold Financial Failure Insurance – so your money is fully protected. This policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Inspire Alpine®. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC. 

Weather

Regardless of the time of year, we may experience cloud, rain, wind, sun and even snow. The temperatures will be much cooler higher on the mountain tops, so having layers that you can add to and take off will work. We will of course adjust walking plans to take into consideration any adverse conditions, otherwise we go out in ‘most’ weather conditions, hence having waterproof and warm kit will help us carry on with our plans. Your Mountain Leaders are experience and qualified to make appropriate decisions about group safety. They will carry necessary group and safety equipment and are certified in Outdoor Emergency First Aid.

How To Book 

The booking process is as follows: 

1. Choose your ticket type below. You can choose:

  • Self-funded - Full payment by bank transfer: £350
  • Self-funded - Full payment online: £355.25 (1.5% fee added)
  • Self-funded - Deposit paid by bank transfer : £100.00
  • Self-funded - Deposit paid online : £101.50 (1.5% fee added)
  • Fundraising for Inspire Alpine® - Registration fee by bank transfer: £100
  • Fundraising for Inspire Alpine® - Registration fee online: £101.50 (1.5% fee added)

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your payment/booking.

2. Once you've booked and/or paid your deposit you'll receive a second email requiring you to complete our online Client Information & Medical Declaration Form, which must be completed before we can confirm your booking.

If you have a balance to pay, you can pay by bank transfer. Once you've submitted your  Client Information & Medical Declaration Form, we'll send you an invoice by email and this will include our bank details. 

You'll also need to read and agree to both our UK Trips Booking Terms & Conditions and our Participation Agreement (see below) - you will be asked to confirm this during Step 1 above when selecting your ticket type.

UK Booking Terms & Conditions Participation Agreement 

Altrenatively, you can choose to raise funds for our social mission - with this option, you pay your non-refundable registration fee of £100 when booking and pledge to raise a minimum amount of £425 sponsorship for our own social impact work with disadvantaged young people. You can set up a fundraising page directly on our website. 

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