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The Snowdon Challenge

A 17km cycle, 14km trek, 5km paddle and 10-hour sweat to the finish line

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

The Snowdon Challenge

A 17km cycle, 14km trek, 5km paddle and 10-hour sweat to the finish line

DURATION

1 night

LOCATION

United Kingdom

ANNUAL LEAVE

0 days off work

SEASON

Apr-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 10 people

MEETING POINT

Llanberis, Wales

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

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.

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

Bike across Snowdonia National Park, nail the 14km trek up Snowdon and kayak 4km round the stunning Llyn Padarn

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

What's it like?

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    Claire, June 2022

    Excellent day, welll organised. Kat was a fantastic host, knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. Jim and the rest of the team were exceptional helpful and friendly too, from beginning to end. Highly recommend it to everyone!

    DS, May 2022

    Amazing trip. Well organised. great hosts..thank you Jim, Amy, Sue, Colin. But local hotel was very dated with dirty carpets.

    Charlie, May 2022

    We had an amazing day with a fabulous support team. The weather was fantastic so though the kit list had us prepared we were very lucky not to use it all on the day. Views from the top, which I hadn’t seen since my childhood were stunning, great company lovely sandwiches and the cycle and kayak just added an extra touch that were much enjoyed by all. We really enjoyed our fab curry in town after

    Sarah, April 2022

    This trip was disappointing as we were unable to complete the challenge due to other group members lack of ability. Only having one guide meant we had to stick together as one group - unfortunately with mixed abilities this became frustrating. this was my first group adventure and I would not book another one as it did not challenge me - feel like I've wasted £300

    Leena, April 2022

    Cycling was the best part. The national park is really beautiful. Kayaking was good. Local guides were great. Special thanks for Jamie and Chris! Unfortunately we didn't managed to hike up the mountain cause of 1 unfit person in a group! (It's good to keep in mind that this can happen if you book a group trip, so manage your expectations)

    Nichola, April 2022

    Wouldn't book the trip again and improvements need to be made but loads of positive experience and Jim and Chris were excellent hosts

    leah, April 2022

    Good experience. Challenging at times but enjoyable. Good guides. Be aware that weather conditions and other people in your group can impact the success and completion of your challenge.

    Rachel, April 2022

    The Snowdonia trip was amazing highly recommended.

    Adam, April 2022

    Great trip! Friendly guides. Highly recommend!

    Michael, April 2022

    Really enjoyed the whole experience, great group and local guides, highlights were at the summit with the views, kit supplied was fine, no issues with h+s, wouldn’t change anything

    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

    The Area

    map

    Logistics

    Starts

    Bangor Train Station or Llanberis Hotel

    18:00 / 18:30

    Ends

    Llanberis Hotel or Bangor Train Station

    17:30 / 18:00

    Transfers

    For those travelling by train - you'll be picked up at Bangor Train Station at 18:00 on Day 1. Or 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.

    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 (incuding vegetarian and vegan), just let your host know when booking.

    What is the accommodation like?

    Llanberis

    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.

    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).

    COVID UPDATE: Whilst restrictions are in place with no sharing of rooms outside your own household, we are able to provide solo rooms free of charge. Once the government has removed these restrictions, any upgrades to a solo room will need to be paid for on request.

    Day 1

    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.

    Day 2

    It's on - The Snowdon Challenge

    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 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.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us 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

    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

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 29kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    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.

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

    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.

    Sure. You can leave anything you don't need on the Challenge at the hotel.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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