The Snowdon Challenge
A 17km cycle, 14km trek, 5km paddle and 12-hour sweat to the finish line
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
Local, qualified and experienced cycling and mountain leaders
1 night's stay in a local 3-star hotel
Breakfast at the hotel and a packed-lunch up the mountain
Transfers from Bangor train station and back
Everything you need for cycling and kayaking will be sorted
We're so confident that your holiday will be your best yet, we actually guarantee it
Feel Good Vibes
We mitigate 4x the carbon emitted by all our travellers and support important conservation projects
Arrive and get briefed for the big day
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.
It's on. The Snowdon Challenge itself
On the Bike
Cycling: 220m up / 180m down
On your Feet
Hiking: 945m up / 1060m down
On the Water
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.
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.
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.
Bangor Train Station
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.
Bangor Train Station
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.
- 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.
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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