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National 3 Peaks Challenge

Date: 17 - 19 September 2020

Location: Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdonia

The National 3 Peaks is a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure of a lifetime! Considered to be one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, with a 24 hour timeframe to complete the UK’s 3 highest peaks - Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m).


There are two options on how to register and fund this challenge. You can either Self Fund (SF) or agree to a Minimum Sponsorship (MS). 

Self Funder

Registration fee: £75
Balance to be paid 5 weeks prior : £380
Fundraising amount: To be agreed with Lepra

Minimum Sponsorship

Registration fee: £75
Minimum fundraising amount: £775


Friday September 17th

The day begins at 10.30am as the group finally meets at Chester train Station. Following a warm welcome, we head off by road to Fort William in Scotland. We will stop off in a local Scottish Highland town where you will have the opportunity to buy dinner, before we check-in to our hostel in Glen Nevis, Fort William, right at the base of Ben Nevis. We will conduct the challenge safety and then it will be time to turn in for the night ahead of tomorrow’s early start for our big adventure.

Saturday September 18th

It’s a super early start (5am), as we head off to tackle the first of the three peaks.

Standing at the western end of the Grampian Mountains, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and is formed from the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano. The trail up to the summit begins on the eastern side of Glen Nevis, from where we follow a steep path up to the saddle of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (570m). From here we then begin a zigzag ascent up the western flank of Ben Nevis to the summit. There are only ten miles to cover, but they will be challenging and will take some six hours to do. Be sure to stay mindful and aware at all times as the path is uneven and slippery in parts.

The pay-off at the top is immense. On a clear day, the views can stretch for 120 miles across the Torridon Hills, Ben Lomond and out towards County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The group will transfer by vehicle southwards towards Wasdale in the Lake District. Dinner will be served before we transfer to Wasdale Head for our ascent of Scafell Pike (978m). Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and consists of a steep ascent involving some easy scrambling in places. We will descend in darkness before trying to catch some sleep on the drive to Snowdonia.

Sunday September 19th

Hopefully you will have had time to recharge for another early start. Time is at a premium, however, as the final peak still awaits us. Driving on to Pen y Pass at the high end of the Lanberis Pass, we follow a rocky trail along the Pyg Track to the top of Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

Teamwork and determination are all important as we forge our way onwards and upwards to conquer this final challenge. Snowdon and its surrounding peaks have been described as true examples of alpine typography and from our elevated viewpoint you can take in the surrounding lakes and cwms and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the British Isles. On a clear day you can see four kingdoms, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands!

Resting at the top for some group photos and impromptu celebrations, we head back to our vehicle for the drive back to Chester.

There is no accommodation arranged for the final evening, so you may wish to consider booking an extra night’s accommodation to rest after the challenge. If you are returning home by train please make sure you have booked an open ticket, as timings will depend very much on the group’s speed and ability.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation during the challenge (usually in twin share)
  • All challenge management before, during and post event
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Drinking water on challenge days
  • Three meals a day (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary)


Date: 17 - 19 September 2020

Location: Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdonia

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