The panorama from the top of Snowdon
4.8
| 184 reviews

The Snowdon Challenge

1 night
Moderate

A 17km cycle, 14km trek, 4km paddle and 8-hour sweat to the finish line in beautiful North Wales

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, qualified and experienced instructors and mountain leaders

Hotel

1 night in a local 3-star hotel

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel and a packed-lunch up the mountain

Transfers

Transfers from Bangor train station and back

Equipment

Everything you need for cycling and kayaking will be sorted

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 10 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 184 reviews
A great day out!
July 2024
Amber G.
Snowden Adventure
July 2024
Helen M.
Snowden Adventure
July 2024
Helen M.
Snowden Adventure
July 2024
Helen M.
Snowden Adventure
July 2024
Helen M.
Great time, great time
July 2024
Esorohan1995
Fab weekend with the girls
June 2024
Claire R.
Fab weekend with the girls
June 2024
Claire R.
Fab weekend with the girls
June 2024
Claire R.
Fab weekend with the girls
June 2024
Claire R.
Fab weekend with the girls
June 2024
Claire R.
Snowdon
June 2024
Andrew S.
Snowdon
June 2024
Andrew S.
Snowdon
June 2024
Andrew S.
Snowdon
June 2024
Andrew S.
Snowdon
June 2024
Andrew S.
Cannot thank Jim, Kat, and
June 2024
Les T.
Excellent organisation by Jim and
June 2024
nicola l.
Excellent organisation by Jim and
June 2024
nicola l.
We had a great time,
May 2024
Pippa S.
We had a great time,
May 2024
Pippa S.
We had a great time,
May 2024
Pippa S.
Stunning
April 2024
Nick S.
Stunning
April 2024
Nick S.
Snowdon challenge
April 2024
Tracey A.
Fantastic trip! Everything from booking to...
June 2023
Rosie
Fantastic trip! Everything from booking to...
June 2023
Rosie
Fantastic trip! Everything from booking to...
June 2023
Rosie
Really friendly, well organised trip. I had...
May 2023
Natalie
Really friendly, well organised trip. I had...
May 2023
Natalie

Take on one of the UK’s most rewarding mountain challenges and summit the highest peak in Wales (1085m)

Bike 17km of country lanes, nail the 14km trek up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and kayak 4km on the stunning Llyn Padarn

A day of unrivalled action in Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park, one of the UK’s wildest adventure playgrounds

Key Information

Day 1

Arrive and get briefed for the big day

Llanberis town

Arrive at your hotel in the village of Llanberis in the evening. Llanberis is situated right at the foot of Snowdon on the banks of Llyn Padarn, one of the largest lakes in Wales. At 19:00 you'll have a detailed pre-challenge meeting, after which you are free to explore the town or chill in your hotel in preparation for the challenge ahead.

Day 2

It's on – the Snowdon Challenge

The panorama from the top of Snowdon

Cycling

17km · 220m up · 180m down

Hiking

14km · 945m up · 1060m down

Kayaking

4km

Wake up early for a hearty breakfast and then hit the road. You’ll bike through the Welsh countryside, follow the shores of Llyn Padarn and skirt along the edge of Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park with the peak of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) looming in the distance.

You'll stomp it up the Snowdon Ranger Trail on the quieter, west side of the mountain and zigzag through lush green turf and flat boggy bits before ascending to the ridgeline. Follow the ridgeline all the way to the summit for a victory photo and a quick breather before descending to the northwest via the more gradual Llanberis Path, finishing in Llanberis itself.

You'll then go for a brisk paddle around Llyn Padarn, completing a large circuit of the lake, smash through the finish line and celebrate with a glass of champers.

Challenge completed.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

A full English or continental breakfast is included at the hotel and a packed lunch is provided for the hiking portion of the challenge, including a sandwich, cereal bar, drink, chocolate bar and piece of fruit. Llanberis also has plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from and any dietary needs can be accommodated (including vegetarian and vegan), just let your host know when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Llanberis

You’ll stay at the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis, which features comfortable and modern ensuite rooms. Exactly the kind of comfort you need before the challenge starts.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

This trip is suitable whether you’ve done challenges before or it’s your first one. No particular level of skill is needed, but you do need a good level of walking and cycling fitness.

Summers in Llanberis are perfect for athletics because they’re not excessively hot or sunny. Daytime temperatures average a pleasant 19 °C, and nighttime temperatures cool off to 12 °C.

Because of its elevation, weather on Snowdon is considerably cooler and more fickle. Temperatures range from 10 – 12 °C during the day, but the skies are clear roughly half the days each month.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Bangor Train Station or Llanberis Hotel

18:00 / 18:30 on Day 1

Ends

Llanberis Hotel or Bangor Train Station

17:30 / 18:00 on Day 2

Transfers

For those travelling by train – you'll be picked up at Bangor Train Station at 18:00 on Day 1. If you're driving, aim to arrive at the hotel in Llanberis by no later than 18:30 to be ready in time for the briefing at 19:00.

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at the hotel at 17:30 or Bangor Train Station at 18:00, the choice is up to you.

Travel options

Trains run frequently to Bangor from destinations all across the UK. There is car parking at the hotel for those driving.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included

  • Cycling equipment (bike and helmet)
  • Kayaking equipment (kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid)
  • Safety equipment (first aid kit and radio)

What do I need to bring?

  • Rucksack (15-25 litre)
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Worn in hiking boots or shoes
  • Warm hat
  • Thin gloves
  • Padded cycling shorts (optional)
  • Cycling shoes or trainers
  • Old Trainers (for kayaking that you don't mind getting wet)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Water bottles or water bladder (2 litres)
  • Snacks and energy food and drink for the day
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/post trip accommodation - double/twin room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation - double/twin room

Per Night

Pre/post trip accommodation - single room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation - single room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Amber G.(July 2024)
A great day out!
A great day out!

An enjoyable and challenging adventure. The trip went off without a hitch thanks to Mike, Sue and Jim. The flapjacks for lunch were also amazing!

Simon H.(July 2024)
Snowdon Challenge

Well organised trip, basic but decent accommodation and a good day out. The bike and kayak sections are secondary to the walk up the mountain so bear that in mind if you prefer wheels and paddles to feet

Helen M.(July 2024)
Snowden Adventure
Snowden Adventure
Snowden Adventure
Snowden Adventure
Snowden Adventure

Great experience, would recommend it. Plenty of info emailed beforehand and everything was well organised with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Thanks Mark, Sue and Jim from Adventurous Ewe.

Esorohan1995(July 2024)
Great time, great time
Great time, great time

Had such a fantastic time with a wonderful group today. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a way to get back into - or start - being a bit more adventurous. Mike was an amazing guide. Beautiful time, but exhausting! (In a good way).

Patricia O.(June 2024)
Great day

Perfect organisation from Jim as all transfers were organised smoothly. All equipment is provided so you just need to enjoy the trip. Worth it.

Claire R.(June 2024)
Fab weekend with the girls
Fab weekend with the girls
Fab weekend with the girls
Fab weekend with the girls
Fab weekend with the girls
Fab weekend with the girls

I’d like to say thanks to MBA/Adventurous Ewe for a well organised day, even though the weather wasn’t kind to us. The team at AE knew exactly the pace of the group and what we all wanted out of it. It wasn’t a mad pace, which I appreciated, so we were able to enjoy the day and even stop off to see the waterfall.

Andrew S.(June 2024)
Snowdon
Snowdon
Snowdon
Snowdon
Snowdon
Snowdon

Really great trip. All the guys were superb. Tom taking us up the mountain and cycle and Jim arranging things and manning the van. Fantastic views, great hotel. Thoroughly recommend.

Les T.(June 2024)
Cannot thank Jim, Kat, and
Cannot thank Jim, Kat, and

Cannot thank Jim, Kat, and Tom enough for leading us through an incredible weekend. The energy and meticulous organisation each brought ensured a well-organised and immensely fun experience for all of us.

We embarked on this adventure as a stag group, and one of our members had an injury. Kat was exceptional in accommodating this, tailoring the weekend to suit our needs perfectly. Her adaptability and attentiveness made it clear that anyone concerned about their ability to keep up would be well taken care of.

From start to finish, the team at Much Better Adventure went above and beyond to ensure we had an unforgettable time. The camaraderie, stunning scenery, and expertly planned activities made this a trip we'll remember for years to come. If you're considering a challenge like this but are worried about any potential hurdles, rest assured that you will be in excellent hands.

nicola l.(June 2024)
Excellent organisation by Jim and
Excellent organisation by Jim and
Excellent organisation by Jim and

Excellent organisation by Jim and the team. Everything was there for you. There was no rush and I didn't feel under any pressure to rush up the mountain, which was good as my legs turned to lead half way up. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and had a great laugh finishing off with the kayak. Brilliant day. Hotel was very comfortable with good food and great staff, packed lunch was just right

Sabrina B.(June 2024)
Fantastic Snowdon challenge

Fantastic guides and organisation. Well paced for the whole group. Lunch was lovely. Not so sure about the ‘champagne’ at the end! Would definitely recommend

Alison M.(May 2024)
Great trip

Really recommend this trip (and MBA) - the guides Abby and Mark were great and with the hot weather the views were spectacular. The kit list should also include swimwear to paddle post kayaking and although the challenge was meant to finish in time for the station at 6, we were probably an hour behind so build flexibility into your plans for heading home if you want the full experience.

Pippa S.(May 2024)
We had a great time,
We had a great time,