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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  978m

Dist:  50km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

20 Peaks Lake District Challenge

Trek Adventure

The 20 Peaks Challenge is to climb 20 of the English Lake District's peaks, each one over 700m high, within 24 hours total walking time (over 2 days). An arduous and rewarding challenge that will give the lucky participants a fantastic two day introduction to England’s most popular mountain areas. Whilst some of the route follows well-defined ridges, the challenge itself is a significant and demanding high-level traverse of one of the UK’s more popular mountain ranges, and the overall distance and height gains are not to be underestimated. The event can be provided as one day with 10 peaks or two days with 20 peaks.

The route includes many of the more famous peaks such as Red Pike, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Great Gable. Teams will start very early on Day 1 negotiating 10 of the peaks over approx 24km, before they finally descend late in the evening. Day 2 involves another long day of mountain ridges with Helvellyn being the highlight, with the distance covered around 26km. The total height climbed is over 4000m.



Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive Windermere for check in. In the evening we will have a detailed briefing on the challenge, the route and safety considerations prior to an early nights sleep.


Day 2 - 24km

06.00 Breakfast

06.30 Transfer from Windermere to Seathwaite.

07.30 Commence Trek (approx 10hrs trekking time plus rests)

18.30 Transfer booked from Old Dungeon Ghyll to Windermere. If you arrive early then the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub is open!

10 peaks to include Green Gable, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Great End, Allen Crags, Esk Pike, Bow Fell. 


Day 3 -26km

06.00 Breakfast

06.30 - Transfer to Wanthwaite Bridge.

07.30 - Commence Trek (approx 10.5hrs walking plus rests).

18.30 - Transfer booked from Kirkstone Pass to Windermere. If you arrive early please be aware you may have to wait until the transfer arrives.

14 peaks to include Great Dodd. Watson's Dodd, Stybarow Dodd, Raise, Whiteside, Lower Man, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon Pike, Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Red Screes


Day 4 - Breakfast then depart.


Be prepared that with 4000m total ascent over aprox 50km across the two days this is a tough challenge!

Training will be required to work on leg strength and endurance!

Obviously, your start and finish times will depend on the fitness of the team members, and the prevailing weather conditions. 


Route Map


3 nights good quality Hotel accommodation in Windermere. 3 x Breakfasts & 2 x Lunches included. 4 transfers. 


What is a Level 4.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying loads, rough terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - i.e. using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - this forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, so you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills!


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.5 ‘Trek’?

To participate in these events you need to be in good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miles). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 18-20 miles in the English lowland countryside.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Special Notes

The itinerary commences from Windermere. 


Included In Trip

Qualified Mountain Leaders - Ratio 1:12

Professional Event Management

Insurance & Medical Cover

Risk Assessments

Challenge Briefings

3 nights Hotel Accommodation including breakfast and 2 packed lunches

Transport to start of trek each day, and reliant on participant cars to drive back to Windermere each day.


Equipment Required

Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc

Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)

Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s) 
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery

Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife

Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.


Safety Information

You will receive a thorough safety briefing from your leaders. You have qualified British Mountain Leaders or International Mountain Leaders on this event with many years of leadership experience. Yoou should follow their instructions at all times and always remain in visual contact.



The Lake District can experience extreme weather conditions like most mountain ranges. Participants should ensure that they are suitably equipped to deal with both the extremes of the sun during the day and colder temperatures during the evenings and in inclement weather. They should also carry appropriate wet weather gear, and ensure that their rucksacks are suitably waterproofed.


Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on enquiry



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

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