IRELAND

NATIONAL4 PEAK CHALLENGE

Climb the highest peak in
each of the four Irish provinces non stop.

NATIONAL4PEAK CHALLENGE

Your Challenge will be to climb the highest peak in each of the four Irish provinces Ulster, Munster, Leinster, Connaught.

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DESTINATION

Ireland 4IN44

1. Slieve Donard / 850m
2. Lugnaquilla / 925m
3. Carrauntoohil / 1038m
4. Mweelrea / 814m

NATIONAL4 PEAK CHALLENGE
Drone sunset over a sea shore near the Slieve league cliffs in Ireland, cool for background

Ireland 4 Peak Challenge

Price

€299

Country

Ireland

DURATION

4IN44 Hrs

Grade

Moderate

MAX ALTITUDE

3630 m
11,909 ft

Daily Activity

Non Stop

Season

Summer

About The Climb

To undertake to climb Ireland’s 4 HIGHEST PEAKS with little rest and very little sleep is a serious physical challenge and requires you to have have a good level of physical fitness and mental strength.

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The total walking distance is (55km) and the total ascent is 3627 metres (11,900 ft)
Your safety is our priority, you will be guided by one of the world’s leading High altitude mountaineers – Jason Black.
You will be transported by our professional 4PEAKS coach service to all four peaks.
We will ascend each mountain using the most straight forward route.
We don’t go at blistering fast pace but we do move along in an efficient manner.
Of course any ascent of Ireland’s highest mountains is indeed a tough challenge but this challenge requires a whole load more mental resilience and of course a collective team work approach.
We are an environmentally conscious guiding company and we treat mother nature as our best friend.

Climb Route

Details

Day 1
Saturday morning
9.00 am Assemble at Slieve Donard Carpark Co Down gear drop and 4IN44 briefing – let’s be eco friendly and carpool if you can.
10.00 am – Start of the National 4 Peak Challenge 

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Climb 1
SLIEVE DONARD 850m
- total climb time allowed 5:00hrs
Saturday morning 10.00 am Start of National 4 peak Challenge.

Direct drive Donard to Lugnaquilla - 4:00hrs 

Climb 2

LUGNAQUILLA 925m - total climb time allowed 6:00hrs

Start night climb on Lugnaquilla, Co Wicklow, will require warm clothes and head torch.
Direct drive to Cronins Yard, Kerry - 5:00hrs.
Arrive at base of Carrauntoohil  

Climb 3

CARRAUNTOOHIL1038m - total climb time allowed 7:00 hrs 

Start climb on Carrauntoohil  Co Kerry.
Direct drive to Mweelrea Co Mayo - 5:00hrs

Climb 4

MWEELREA 814m - total climb time allowed 6:00hrs

Start night climb on Mweelrea / 814m, will require warm clothes and head torch.

Depart 

Direct drive to Slieve Donard carpark Co Down to meet your onward transport arriving 4IN44 at 6pm Sunday evening.

  • National challenge
  • Qualified mountain leaders
  • Wilderness first responder
  • Expertly designed route
  • Bus transport with professional drivers
  • All transport between the 4 peaks
  • National 4 Peaks finishers medal
  • National 4 Peaks finishers certificate
  • Meals, packed lunches and beverages 

Practical Info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Jason Black Mountaineering, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated Expert Advice page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Not Included in your registration

Personal Gear clothing etc
Food
Snacks
Liquids

Our CODE OF PRACTICE

The Code of Practice sets out guidelines to ensure that the potential negative effects of the Ireland 7 summit Challenge are minimised.

Specific National 7 Summit Challenge Guidelines

  • Capped number of hikers per event.
  • We will Avoid the peak holiday times e.g. bank holidays, and summer solstice to minimise overcrowding on the mountains and the respective valleys’ infrastructure.
  • Be aware toilet provisions are very limited so plan accordingly.
  • Implemented strictly are the 7 leave no trace principles. Information will be provided to participants on the environmental and land management sensitivities of the areas they will be visiting. We will give participants guidance on how to mitigate their impact as much as possible.
  • Individual mountain and site-specific codes of conduct should be followed.
  • We will always minimise disturbance and adverse impact on locals and seasonal farmers, giving consideration to the timing of the event for the least disturbance.
  • In camp settlement areas, arrival and departure will be agreed upon in advance.
  • Strict access and parking locations will be identified, avoiding congestion and the blocking of narrow roads.
  • In accordance with Irish Mountaineering guidelines, no dogs are allowed.

Mandatory Kit list

Print KIT LIST

Mandatory

  • Walking boots (with ankle support, not trail shoes or trainers)
  • Head Torch (as backup)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hiking socks (wearing a single pair recommended, rather than using a liner sock)
  • Backpack (approx. 20 litre size)
  • Water container (bottle or Camelpak-style, 1-2 litres)
  • Food & hill snacks (pasta, cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts)
  • Gloves
  • Hat (covering ears)

Recommended, optional

  • Sunglasses & suncream
  • Walking poles
  • Light shoes / sandals
  • Thermal underwear
  • Backpack rain cover

Recommended clothing

  • Walking trousers (lightweight hiking trousers, not jeans or tracksuit trousers)
  • Sports top (not cotton)
  • Warm outer layer
  • Changes of clothes

     

    First Aid

  • Foot care kit
  • Blister care packs 
  • Antiseptic cream
  • A tick hook
  • Duct tape
  • Triangular bandage
  • A wound dressing
  • A crepe bandage
  • A roll of general purpose medical tape
  • A selection of plasters and/or Compeed-style blister plasters
  • Scissors or a knife
  • A few pairs of rubber or plastic gloves
  • Painkillers. If you are at all unsure about administering painkillers..Don't and ask Jason or your guide for assistance. 

Those joining our Ireland 4 Peaks Challenge should have some prior experience of similar peaks.

THE NATIONAL4PEAKS MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

1. Bring all your own food and drinks for the complete trip.
2. Have plenty of clothes and footwear to change into.
3. Have comfortable warm travel clothes for the bus and plenty of
mountain clothes.

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Mountain Clothing
Warm hat x 2
Neck buff
Long sleeve base layer top x 3
Short sleeve t-shirt x 2
Simple fleece type top x 3
Puff type jacket or a warm jacket x 1 (Must)
Gloves x 2
Waterproof Jacket x 1 (must)
Waterproof over-trousers x 1 (must)
Walking type trousers / leggings x 4
Walking Socks x 5
Comfortable walking boots
Spare footwear runners etc incase your feet are soaked between hikes.
Head Torch & spare battery for two night hikes.
Small Daypack
Drinking bottles x 2
Rehydration tabs
Walking poles optional.
Blister packs or compeed.
Suncream - Lipbam
Loads of enjoyable snacks that you personally like (we will provide but
just incase you have your own go to snack)
Bus comfort clothing
Fresh clothes (tracksuit)
T-shirts
Fresh socks / underwear
Comfortable bus footwear
Pillow & Blanket for bus comfort.
Headphones music / book etc
Personal toiletries.

WEATHER
It is Ireland and you should be ready for weather change at all times and
it can change rather quickly.
Expect Rain wind and sunshine - check the weather forecast in advance
of packing.

You may pay your deposit and balance using any lawful means. If sending money by electronic bank transfer then you will be responsible for covering the cost of the fees associated with the transfer, so that the company receives the full amount shown on your invoice, in the denomination shown on your invoice.

In case the client decides to cancel their trip, at any time between booking and the time of the trip, some deduction will be made to the advance amount. This is due to the company’s obligation to pay a certain amount for personnel and resources while booking them.

The following cancellations charges will apply if you decide to cancel the booking:

  • Cancellations made 90 days or before are entitled to full deposit return if it has been paid in advance. 90 days passing will incur in loss of 30 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 60 days prior to the departure date will incur a loss of 50 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 45 days before the departure date will incur a loss of the full deposit and are subject to a 30 percent fee of total trip cost.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less before the departure date will incur a loss of 100 percent of the total trip cost.

NB: All refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the notice period stated above.

For all cancellations, the company must be notified in writing. Acceptable means of communication include letter and email.

JASON BLACK MOUNTAINEERING clients – employees – agents and land owners and are fully covered and insured.

UNDERWRITTEN BY : Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

PUBLIC & PRODUCTS LIABILITY : €5,000,000
EMPLOYERS LIABILITY : €13,000,000
PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY : €5,000,000 

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Jason Black

Jason Black

International Expedition Leader

Commitment to Safety and Environment

Jason’s commitment to safety standards, extensive mountain knowledge, and adventure travel experience set him apart. 

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The small group approach adopted by Jason Black Mountaineering offers significant advantages, including a better guide-to-client ratio, reduced environmental impact, and a stronger team dynamic. Putting purpose before profit, the agency prioritizes empowering local communities by employing locals and supporting local businesses, aiming to contribute to the balance of global inequalities.

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At the helm of Jason Black Mountaineering is Jason Black himself, a renowned International Expedition Leader and International Mountain Leader.

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With a remarkable list of achievements, including summiting Mount Everest and the formidable K2, Jason holds multiple world records in high-altitude mountaineering. His feats, such as being the fastest to summit Kilimanjaro twice and completing the Aconcagua traverse in record time, establish him as one of the world's leading high-altitude mountaineers.

As an endurance athlete, Jason's passion for testing his physical and mental capabilities remains undiminished. His accolades include being awarded Ireland's National Outdoor Athlete of the Year for his historic summit of K2.

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What our clients say

Bernadette GlancyBernadette Glancy
23:26 26 Nov 22
On the 23rd July 2022 I arrived in Moshi ,Tanzania Africa. I had not been to Africa before.From all angles I could see the "Mountain" Kilimanjaro after arrival.. It was very clear to me from the engagement with the locals ,the Mountain is everything to the native people of Moshi, its their livelihood. They get no support from the government, even during covid virus .They depend on us visitors coming to climb there Mountain .That's how they earn the salary ,I seen the guides that accomplished my group for the week on the mountain , form a queue to collect the salary the day we returned from summitting the great Mountain. .Jason Black has built a relationship with these local guides ,everything is transpairable and a trust has been formed between Jason and the Lipman team(African guides). The same team that accomplished him in 2014 to accomplish a world record on that same Mountain. It occurred to me the day we arrived all the natives knew Jason Black, they were shaking his hand in the markets and almost everyone seemed to know him. He has such respect for this tribe of Moshi people and there Mountain. Jason was the perfect choice of Mountaineer for me to accomplish my goal/to Summit Kilimanjaro at 59yrs my age at time of achievement. The miracle is ,I choose Jason Black as my leader and anything is possible after that I discovered.AmenBernadette Glancy >Carrick on Shannon
Donal Mc GuinnessDonal Mc Guinness
15:32 24 Nov 22
I climbed Kilimanjaro with Jason in August 2022. This trip was truly amazing. From the first moment I contacted Jason I knew this trip would be a genuine African experience. We visited local villages, attractions and a coffee plantation. For me this part of the trip was as good as the Kilimanjaro experience. The Porter crew on the mountain were excellent and very friendly. The food was great and I am very proud to say that my whole group made it to the top! We all had the same mindset of wanting to take our time on each walk, taking lots of photos and having lots of breaks. I cant wait for my next adventure with Jason Black.
Jennifer DohertyJennifer Doherty
13:18 24 Nov 22
In May 2022 I trekked to Everest base camp with Jason and a group from Donegal. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Jason prepared us so well before and answered every question we had. We experienced the busyness of Kathmandu before taking the non-commercial route to base camp which was really special. Jason’s love of Nepal and respect for the local people was evident every day. He took time to get to know everyone in our group on a personal level and allowed everyone to be themselves. The fact that I am blind was never an obstacle and he made sure to describe everything and let me touch as much as possible on the way so that I didn’t miss out on anything. He challenged us to push ourselves more every day but we always had lots of fun. He is such a positive person to be around with a great respect for nature and other human beings. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the future 🙂
Gerardine O'ConnorGerardine O'Connor
11:25 19 Jun 22
Walking in Donegal - what a fantastic weekend in a beautiful place!As a lone traveller, my time at Everest Lodge was more than I could have expected. The warm Donegal welcome, the wonderful homemade food and the easy comfortable atmosphere all made for an unforgettable time. Jason's intuitive capacity to support and guide enabled me, and I believe all of us in the group, to leave on Sunday with a sense of accomplishment, awareness, and the inspiration to crack on with the next adventure, whether big or small. I had the best time ever.
Imelda HurleyImelda Hurley
23:11 31 May 22
May 2022 - I had a fantastic weekend hiking with Jason and staying at the lovely Everest Lodge - with four others who were also there for the weekend. Despite Jason’s incredible achievements, his demeanour is so ‘down to earth’ and his focus during our stay was on ensuring we were appropriately challenged while hiking, we felt fully at home at Everest Lodge and we had a lot of fun along the way. The ‘Ireland Walking Weekend’ surpassed my expectations at every level and I’d highly recommend hiking with Jason whenever the opportunity arises.
Yvonne SlatteryYvonne Slattery
19:13 29 May 22
I had a wonderful weekend with Jason and a number of walking enthusiasts in May - would recommend it to anyone, regardless of level of experience in the mountains. Whilst somewhat familiar with the main mountains in Donegal Jason showed us other areas which are kept "under wraps" and hence felt very special to a non-local. I found the guidance with navigation on the mountain particularly helpful and the food over the course of the weekend was amazing!
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