National 4 Peaks

4th March
Wicklow Mountains
1st April
Galtymore Mountain Range
13th May
MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
10th June
Mourne Mountains
8th July
Mweelrea Mountains
12th August
Blackstairs Mountains
9th Sept
Derryveagh Mountains

National Four Peaks Challenge

The National Four Peaks Challenge involves climbing the highest peak in each of Irelands four Provinces within 48 hours.

Namely Carrauntoohil – Mweelrea – Slieve Donard – Lugnaquilla totalling is 3627 metres (11,899ft) ascent. 

Safety, enjoyment and fun are our priority and we use a recommended Mountain leader to participant ratio of 1:12 for all groups and usually ascend via the most straightforward route. 
The 4 Peak’s in 48hrs is a reasonably tough challenge requiring a good level of fitness enabling all the participants to be capable of hiking in rough rugged mountainous terrain for circa 6 hours per peak.

Four Peak’s…€399

Four Peaks Itinerary


8am Meet at Liffey valley drive to Kerry / 4hrs

Start from Cronins Yard, Mealis, Beaufort near Killarney.

Climb Carrauntoohil / 6hrs

Stop for food 

Drive to Mweelrea / 5hrs

Climb Mweelrea / 6hrs


Drive to Donard Car Park, Newcastle

Climb Slieve Donard / 6hrs

Drive to Lugnaquilla, Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow (3 hours)

Climb Lugnaquilla  / 6hrs

Finish Challenge 48hrs

Target time, 10-12 hours
Terrain – mixed broken and firmer ground with steep ascents and descents.

Package Includes

  • International event
  • Transport between each of the mountains
  • Qualified and Experienced Mountain Leaders (ML) at each mountain
  • 2 nights bed and breakfast / twin rooms
  • Single rooms available at a supplement
  • Training guidance information
  • Personal kit list and advisory service
  • Briefing and equipment check
  • Photographic highlights of your event
  • 4 Peaks Medals & Certificates on completion
  • Challenge registration
  • Public liability insurance
  • Expert designed unique routes
  • Wilderness first responders
  • 15% Outdoor gear discount GOJB15
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Hall of Fame

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

John Doe


MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe


MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe


MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

John Doe


MacGillycuddy’s Reeks –
Fastest Climb – 2H20m

12 Feb, 2020

4 Peaks 3 Days 4 Counties

Single day climb

  • Select any climb

All 7 Climbs

  • Discounted for all 7 climbs


  • National 7 summits Challenge Guide book
  • Ireland 7 Biggest mountain ranges. 
  • Ireland 7 summit mountain guides 
  • Ireland 7 Summits Medal
  • Ireland 7 Summits stamped certificate 
  • Ireland 7 summits Hall of Fame

Personal Gear clothing etc

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.



  • 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 or ask for assistance.