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The panorama from the top of Snowdon
4.8
| 167 reviews

The Snowdon Challenge

A 17km cycle, 14km trek, 5km paddle and 8-hour sweat to the finish line in beautiful North Wales

Duration

1 night

Annual Leave

0 days off work

Group Size

Up to 10 people

Season

Apr-Oct

Location

United Kingdom

Meeting Point

Llanberis, Wales

Classic Accommodation

Hotel

Customer Reviews

(167)

4.8

Difficulty

Moderate

From

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What's it like?

4.8
| 167 reviews
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
Really friendly, well organised trip. I had...
May 2023
Natalie
Great experience...
May 2023
Janhavi
Great experience...
May 2023
Janhavi
Great experience...
May 2023
Janhavi
Great experience - I was ready for a bit of...
December 2022
Fanny
Great experience - I was ready for a bit of...
December 2022
Fanny
Great experience - I was ready for a bit of...
December 2022
Fanny
Great experience - I was ready for a bit of...
December 2022
Fanny
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October 2022
Eva
Everything about this trip was fantastic. O...
October 2022
Claire
Everything about this trip was fantastic. O...
October 2022
Claire
Everything about this trip was fantastic. O...
October 2022
Claire
Everything about this trip was fantastic. O...
October 2022
Claire
Everything about this trip was fantastic. O...
October 2022
Claire
A fantastically organised trip, where you g...
September 2022
Gemma
A fantastically organised trip, where you g...
September 2022
Gemma
A fantastically organised trip, where you g...
September 2022
Gemma
A fantastically organised trip, where you g...
September 2022
Gemma
WOW! Don’t hesitate get it booked. We are s...
September 2022
Louise
WOW! Don’t hesitate get it booked. We are s...
September 2022
Louise
WOW! Don’t hesitate get it booked. We are s...
September 2022
Louise
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September 2022
Louise

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

Day 1

Arrive and get briefed for the big day

Llanberis town

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

The panorama from the top of Snowdon

Cycling

17km · 220m up · 180m down

Hiking

14km · 945m up · 1060m down

Kayaking

4.5km

Wake up early for 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 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.

Included

Guides

Local, qualified and experienced kayaking instructors alongside 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

Not Included

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Visas where required

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).

The Area

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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.

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
  • 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

Vita U.(April 2024)
I couldn't recommend this more!

I couldn't recommend this more! It was a wonderful adventure in Snowden and extremely well-run. Met some great people along the way and am looking forward to joining more trips. Thank you.

Sarah(November 2023)

I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. The challenge was well organised, the accommodation was good and the leaders were excellent. I will definitely be doing more in the future.

Sarah(November 2023)

From Start to finish the ease of booking and communication were spot on. The instructors on the day were just the right mix of friendly, informative and professional. The weather was on our side, we were a mixed group of 16, lots of strangers to start with ! But at no time did anyone feel pushed to go too fast, you picked your pace and the instructors supported all the way. There was plenty of opportunity to push your limits of you wanted too as well. Each activity rolled into the next seamlessly. Do your research on where to eat dinner the night before and book it in before you go, the chewy chicken in the hotel is not recommended.

Alison(October 2023)

Have just completed the challenge, what a great day! It was a challenge, the hike was hard going in parts but everyone supported each other. The scenery was amazing, unfortunately due to some cloud and rain visibility was poor at the top. The weather was changeable so the kit list was needed and we were thankful for the hat and gloves at the top! Thank you so much to Jim and Chris for helping and supporting us on our adventure. Highly recommend.

Maha(June 2023)

Great day, very well organised. Cycling and kayaking kits were all provided and the hike was great with beautiful views.

Madalene(June 2023)

Really enjoyed the trip. Breakfast at the hotel was lovely. Lunch was lovely. Jim provided great support at each spot and Kat helped motivate and guide us all up the mountain.

Rachel(June 2023)

Well worth it, the guides were great. Well organised and very enjoyable. Would especially recommend it for solo travellers. If you're the kind of person that hates shopping around, reading reviews and booking stuff it's defo worth the extra money to take away that hassle.

Paula(June 2023)