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The Snowdon Challenge

A 17km cycle, 14km trek, 5km paddle and 12-hour sweat to the finish line

Annual Leave

0 days off work

Location

United Kingdom

Difficulty

Moderate

You should have a good level of hiking and cycling fitness. If in doubt your host can provide a training program to help you prepare.

Why it's Much Better

Take on one of the UK’s most rewarding mountain challenges in just one day

Hop on a bike and burn 17km through the ups and downs of the Snowdonia National Park

Legs still reeling, nail the 14km trek up Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales (1085m)

Now for the arms. Kayak 5km round the stunning Llyn Padarn and propel yourself across the finish line

12-hours of unrivalled action in one of the UK’s wildest adventure playgrounds

The Route

What's Included

Guides

Local, qualified and experienced cycling and mountain leaders

Accommodation

1 night's stay 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

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive and get briefed for the big day

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Arrive at your hotel in Llanberis in the evening.

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 itself

On the Bike

16.5km

Elevation

Cycling: 220m up / 180m down

On your Feet

13.8km

Elevation

Hiking: 945m up / 1060m down

On the Water

4.5km

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Wake up early for breakfast, then hit the road.

You’ll bike along country roads through the Welsh countryside, follow the shores of Llyn Padarn and skirt along the edge of Snowdonia National Park with the peak of Snowdon looming in the distance.

You'll stomp it up the Snowdon Ranger Trail on the 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.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Llanberis

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Breakfast

You’ll stay at either the Celtic Royal Hotel or the Royal Victorian Hotel in Llanberis. Both hotels feature comfortable and modern ensuite rooms. Exactly the kind of comfort you need before the challenge starts.

Private Room Upgrade:

If you would prefer a private room, upgrades are available for £55, depending on availability. Please request upon booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to and from Bangor station or Llanberis town
  • Snacks and drinks during the challenge
  • Dinner on challenge day (plenty of local pub options nearby)

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. Your host will provide you with a training program to help you prepare.

This challenge will run with a maximum of 10 per team. The group-to-leader ratio will not exceed 10:1.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

A full English or continental breakfast is included at the hotel.

A packed lunch is provided for the hiking portion of the challenge, including a sandwich, cereal bar, drink, chocolate bar and piece of fruit.

Other meals are on your own. Llanberis has plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from.

Any dietary needs can be accommodated, just let the host know on booking.

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.

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Our group adventures are adult only however if you would like to bring children along this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 14 only.

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Bangor Train Station

When

18:00

Your host will be waiting for you in front of the station. If you’re not able to join the transfer, you can also make your own way to the Royal Victorian Hotel before 18:30.

End

Where

Bangor Train Station

When

19:00

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

Kitlist

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
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Water bottles or water bladder (2 litres)
  • Snacks and energy food and drink for the day

Meet Your Host

Jim and team

You’ll be led by local Jim and his team of expert international mountain leaders who’ve grown up in and around Snowdonia and have guided treks all over the world. They have an unrivalled knowledge and passion for the local area and love nothing more than showing people around their backyard. You’re sure to be greeted with a huge smile and probably the odd bad joke.

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Dates & Prices

Bespoke trips only

There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.

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