IRELAND

IRELAND

7 Summits Challenge

Conquer Ireland’s Majestic Peaks and Join the Thrill of the Ireland 7 Summits Challenge

NEW 2024 DATES

Ireland 7 Summits
Challenge Dates

MARCH
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Wicklow Mountains 18k
APRIL
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Galtees Mountains 18k
MAY
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MacGillycuddy’s Reeks 18k
JUNE
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Mourne Mountains 15k
JULY
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Mweelrea Mountains 17k
AUGUST
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Blackstairs Mountains 20k
SEPT
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Derryveagh Mountains 25k

Ireland 7 Summits Challenge

The National hiking series is for the weekend hiker and involves trekking the seven biggest mountain ranges in Ireland. 

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The Ireland 7 Summit Challenge takes place every year from March through to September.  These hikes are designed for new or experienced hikers, solo or hiking groups looking to meet new like minded friends, have fun or maybe raise needed funds for their own deserving charity. 
There will be two groups to choose from on the hike. You can choose to join the fast hikers or the more enjoyable paced hikers. You will have regular stops along the way, with great photo opportunities. The groups will really benefit from the assistance provided by the professional 7 summits mountain guides.

How to take part

You can take part in the Challenge in two ways — booking a single climb, or book the complete seven summits and commit to climbing them all in a single year or if times not on your side spread them over several years until you become that hall of fame 7’s Summiteer. 

The Climbs

Wicklow (soldout)

Co. Wicklow

Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains (Sléibhte Chill Mhantáin) form the largest continuous upland area in the Republic of Ireland.

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The mountains are primarily composed of granite surrounded by an envelope of mica-schist and much older rocks such as quartzite.

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Munster

Galty Mountains

Galty mountains, situated in the province of Munster is one of Ireland’s highest peaks and is classified as a “major mountain.”

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It is one of the 13 Irish Munros and is part of the Galtymore Mountain range made up of sandstone and shale, with 24 peaks above 100 meters.

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Mcgillycuddys

Co. Kerry

McGillyCuddy Reeks

Na Cruacha Dubha, set on the Iveragh peninsula in County Kerry, is a long anticlerical range of glaciated Devonian sandstones..

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the reason for their many valleys, peaks, and ridges. This spectacular range of Irish mountains is also home to Carrantuohill, the highest mountain in Ireland standing at 3,414 feet.

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Mourne Mountains

Co. Down

Mourne Mountains

The Mourne Mountains (Beanna Boirche), are situated in County Down in Northern Ireland. This compact range of granite peaks…

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rises from the Irish Sea at Carlingford Lough. The historic town of Mourne separates the mountains, which date back to over 2.6 million years ago, from the sea.

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MWEELREA Mountains

Co. Mayo

Mweelrea Mountain

Mweelrea or Cnoc Maol Réidh stands at 2,670 feet tall and is the 26th highest peak in Ireland. It is situated in County Mayo …

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near the apex of a horseshoe-shaped massif that includes two other peaks. This massif is called the Mweelrea range and is noted for its breathtaking views.

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Blackstairs Mountains

Co. Wexford

BlackStairs Mountains

The Blackstairs Mountains or Na Staighrí Dubha run roughly along the border of County Carlow and County Wexford.

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The highest peak within this range is Mount Leinster standing at 2,612 feet tall. Made up of a granite core, peat-covered uplands, and slate, these elements come together to produce a very unique landscape including a horn back ridge known as Cahir Rua’s Den.

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DERRYVEAGH Mountains

Co. Donegal

Derryveagh Mountains

Following the Glover route -The Derryveagh Mountains or Cnoic Dhoire Bheatha, are a major mountain range…

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in County Donegal, taking up much of the landmass of the county. with seven mountains on the Glover route the highest peak at 2,457 feet is Errigal Mountain.

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7 summits

All 7 summits

Seven Summit Challenge

The national 7 Summit Challenge takes place every year from March to September.  it involves trekking Ireland 7 biggest mountain ranges.

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The total walking distance averages 20km per hike and each
mountain range will have multiple summits to traverse.

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Inclusions

  • International event
  • Qualified Mountain leaders

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  • Ireland 7 summits Guide book
  • Ireland's 7 Biggest mountain ranges.  
  • Expert designed unique routes
  • Wilderness first responders
  • Ireland 7 Summits Medal on completing all 7
  • Ireland 7 summits Hall of Fame on completing all 7
  • 15% Outdoor gear discount
  • GOJB15
Mountain rescue Ireland

Supporting Mountain Rescue Services

We will make a donation on your behalf to the Mountain Rescue Services to help them continue their great work in ensuring the safety of mountain users. You can also raise money for a charity of choice during your Ireland 7 Summit Challenge.

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Hall of Fame

Meet the amazing mountaineers that have already completed the 7 Summit Challenge

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe

Dublin

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

Meet your guide

Jason Black –  Qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and one of the world’s leading high altitude mountaineers. His Leadership, Mountain knowledge and Adventure survival experience is exceptional.

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Jason Black's love for the Irish mountains started as a young boy heavily influenced by cubs and scouts. The Irish mountains was to be his perfect preparation playground for the greatest mountains on the planet. Jason's personality is light hearted and fun filled. His unfaltering determination hard work and commitment from a very early age to find purpose remove obstacles and find solutions has been his greatest success in life.

Ireland's National 7 Summits was developed to encourage outdoor enthusiast to celebrate our Irish mountains, inspire in a belief that everything is possible and empower others to follow.
With one of the most ground-breaking mountaineers of a generation at your side, you’ll be in the very best company to reach beyond what you thought was impossible, achieve your goals and become and Ireland 7 Summit Summiteer.

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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FAQs

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

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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.