Three Peaks in 48hrs (3 days 2 nights) Picture 1
Three Peaks in 48hrs (3 days 2 nights) Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  1344m

Dist:  42km

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

Three Peaks in 48hrs (3 days 2 nights)

Trek Adventure

Climbing the three Highest Peaks in the home nations: Scotland, England and Wales. Starting with Ben Nevis, we then head south for Scafell Pike and then finishing at Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). Whilst it is spaced out over 48 hours with 1 mountain per day, don't be fooled! This is still a tough challenge! This is without doubt one of our most popular challenges.

A total of 480 miles of driving, and climbing a total of almost 3000 vertical metres, makes this a special kind of challenge, and not one that everyone is going to manage. You do at least have slightly longer on each mountain, and, thankfully, a bed to sleep in each evening! Why not give yourself a goal this year to train for? Why not say that you’re going to put yourself to the test, and join the Classic 3 Peaks Challenge? Join a group of like-minded adventurous individuals who will be taking part in this event, looking for a tough weekend, with a few laughs along the way to look back upon. 

Unlike other companies we provide a minimum of 2 qualified mountain leaders based on a minimum of 10 participants. In addition to our minimum ratio of 1:10 we also provide an additional leader to support the mix of abilities in the team. We provide reliable minibuses and drivers, a range of acommodation options and bespoke meal pacakages and of course the event management expertise to ensure that this event runs as smoothly as possible. This challenge could change your life - so be prepared!

If you would prefer to complete the challenge faster of course there is our clasic 24 hour challenge or you could consider our 36 hour option (2 days and 3 nights) or go for our classic 3 Peaks in 24 hours! Alternatively there is always our 3 Day version (with 3 nights) for the maximum time spent on the mountains and plenty of time to get up to Fort William the day before you start your trek.



Day 1 

12:00 Pick up from Glasgow International Airport

(minibus departs Chester 06.30)

15:15 Supermarket shop in Fort William

(you will eat your dinner on the mountain!)

15.30 Check in to accommodation, prepare kit & safety brief.

16.00 Minibus drives to foot of Ben Nevis

16.15 Arrival Ben Nevis, preparations

16:30 Begin 3 Peaks Challenge, ascent of Ben Nevis

22:00 Return off Ben Nevis and taxis to Fort William

23:00 Off to bed!


Day 2

06.00 Wake up call

06.15 Light bite

06.30 Depart for Lake District

(Brunch on route at service station)

13:00 Ascent of Scafell Pike (Seathwaite Route)

18:30 Return from Scafell Pike, jump in Minibus

20.15 Arrive Lancaster Hotel

20.30 Dinner at Hotel (not inc. in event fee)


Day 3

07.00 Wake up call

07.30 Breakfast

08.00 Depart for Snowdonia

(pick up lunch on route for Yr Wyddfa summit)

11.15 Arrival at foot of Yr Wyddfa

13:45 Arrival at Yr Wyddfa Summit

16:00 Complete trek in 48 hours—dependant on pace

17:30 approx arrival in Chester


Trains to be booked from 18.00 onwards

Please note the 48 hour itinerary is often preferential to the 36 hour (2 day 3 night) itinerary as requires less accommodation but it is dependant on getting a morning flight to Glasgow.


Route Map


Friday night—Fort William.

Saturday night—Lancaster

 Please enquire as to the type of accommodation required.


What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.


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

For more detailed answers to frequent questions on the 3 Peaks - please click here - FAQs

To find out what previous trekkers have been saying about our events - please click HERE!

Our vehicles and drivers are licensed through the DVSA and well versed in the 3 peaks and they understand the needs of 3 peaks participants. The vehicles are well serviced and in a good working condition. If a breakdown occurs whilst on the challenge, the challenge may be delayed until further transport can be arranged and a revised itinerary may be offered to participants 3 peaks experience. We will always get challenges back up and running as soon as possible - and it should be noted that this is a very rare possibility.

* Please note there will be enforced driver speed limits, driver rest points and a driver change over and fuel stop. 



Included In Trip

- Minibus Transport & 2 drivers

- Full pre-event consultation

- 2 nights accommodation and breakfast

- Experienced MLTA Qualified Leaders with Mountain First Aid and resources

- Mountain safety equipment. radio comms

- Risk assessment, tour operator insurance and £10,000,000 activity & event public liability insurance

- Emergency and contingency planning

- Event joining instructions, maps, timings, nutrition guidance and bespoke training plan.

- Advice on routes close to London to train on. Team training days can be arranged in the Surrey Hills.

*All transfers provided by Adventure Cafe's transport provider throughout the challenge from pick up and drop off in Chester or Manchester usually on the Friday/Sunday. We can also arrange for pick up from Glasgow airport. The drivers are regulated by current DVSA drivers hours regulations and enforced driving/rest stops. 


Excluded From Trip

- Pick up from London can also be arranged.

- If you are able to get to Chester the night before the challenge we can also offer an early drive up in the minibus from Chester departing at 06.00.

- Upon arrival into Fort William we will give you an opportunity to pick up additional snacks of your own preference whilst on the Challenge.

- Dinner arrangments will all be made for your ease and meals can be included as part of your bespoke package through your company or charity.


Equipment Required

Compulsory or Very Important Items
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection), Day Sack (25 - 35 litres)
Walking Poles, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms, Walking Socks
Head Torch with spare batteries

Other Recommended Items

Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc

Hill Walking Items
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle), Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you will have the opportunity en route to the challenge to shop for your event provisions (ie all food once the challenge is underway)
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)

Pack of Travel Tissues, Travel Pillow (Bean type is best! Inflatable not as good!)
Camera, Film / Memory Card, Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes, Mobile Phone, Washkit
Holdall Bag to carry all items not used whilst on the mountain


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 3 Peak Challengers.


Safety Information

You will be briefed by your leader, before and during the challenge - but key items to remember are as follows:

1. Wear appropriate clothing - including proper footwear with ankle support.

2. Ensure your waterproofs are in good condition

3. Listen to and follow instructions from your leader.

4. Remain within visual contact of your leader at all times

5. Remain well fed and watered throughout the event.

6. In case of poor weather we normally continue to pursue the challenge - unless we deem it unsafe. This usually would entail high winds or exceptionally high water levels that would render river crossings dangerous.



Expect variable weather conditions. We are after all trekking at dark, during the day, in Scotland, England and in Wales. So be prepared. We may encounter scorching temperatures but equally freezing cold or even snow (Especially in May on Ben Nevis) pack at both ends of the spectrum. Especially expect rain at some time… all three mountains are on the Western Seaboard and hence bear the brunt of prevailing weather systems coming in moisture laden from the Atlantic.


Optional Extras

All aspects of your 3 peaks challenge may be tailored - provided they are safe! Please call us to discuss. We have a range of itineraries and packages on offer. 


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



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

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Three Peaks in 48hrs (3 days 2 nights) Picture 2

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