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Welsh 15 Peak Challenge

Tackle the highest peaks in Wales - in a single weekend.

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Welsh 15 Peak Challenge

Tackle the highest peaks in Wales - in a single weekend.

DURATION
2 nights
LOCATION
United Kingdom
ANNUAL LEAVE
1 day off work
SEASON
May—Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Hostel in Caernarfon, Wales
ACCOMMODATION
Hostel
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

No previous experience is needed, but with fifteen peaks to get through in a single weekend, this one will test your endurance.

Hike and scramble through the Carneddau, Glyders and Snowdon ranges – home of the highest mountains in Wales

Ascend ridges, cross linked peaks in rapid succession and experience the stellar views and natural beauty of Snowdonia, the largest National Park in Wales

15 mountains. 4000m of gain. 1 incredible weekend

Included

Guides

Professional, experienced mountain guides

Accommodation

2 nights in a local hostel

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches

Not Included

Some meals as described

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Flights to and from the meeting point

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Hostel in Caernarfon, Wales

08:00 on Day 1

Ends

Bangor Train Station

18:45 on Day 3

Transfers

Your host will pick you up from the hostel in Caernarfon on Day 1. The exact one will be confirmed before the start of your trip as it varies depending on availability. If you’re travelling by train, the closest station is Bangor Train Station. From here it’s 20 minutes by taxi.

At the end - you can be dropped back at the hostel or taken to Bangor train station for 18:45.

Travel options

There are regular trains to Bangor from across the UK. Due to the early start your host suggests arriving the day before. An extra night of accomodation can be arranged at the hostel for you on request, subject to availability.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hostel · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hostel · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts at the hostel are basic and filling: typically cereal, eggs, tea and coffee. Packed lunches include sandwiches, crisps, cake and chocolate. You'll need to bring your own snacks and drinks for the trail. All dietary requirements can be catered for, just make a request when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Snowdonia

You’ll stay in a local hostel. Which one will depend on availability, but all are chosen for their quality and location. As an example, the YHA Snowdon Pen y Pass features excellent mountain views, an onsite bar and restaurant, and the opportunity to enjoy a digital detox—there’s no wifi or mobile service.

Upgrades

There are no private room options available on this trip.

Day 1

The Carneddau

Hiking

8-10hrs · 21km · 1623m up · 1368m down

Meet your guides and after a quick briefing get out onto the trail. Follow an old Roman road into the heart of the Carneddau Mountains, hike through a pass framed by twin Bronze Age monoliths and climb onto the ridgeline where the day’s goals will be lined up in front of you.

First stop - Foel Fras (942m), northernmost of the Welsh 3000s, followed by 3 more peaks in quick succession. Push to the top of Carnedd Llewelyn, the highest summit in the range (1064m) and then snag Pen Yr Ole Wen on the way down. Hike into the beautiful Ogwen Valley and then its back to the hostel for dinner. Seven peaks down, eight to go.

Day 2

The Glyders

Hiking

8-10hrs · 16km · 1587m up · 1487m down

Fuel up with a big breakfast and then hit the trail again – one that’s rockier and more rugged than yesterdays. Your first goal is Tyfan (917m), lowest of the Welsh 3000s, but also one of the most challenging thanks to the final scramble to the top. Descend via the picture-perfect Adam and Eve Rocks, then it’s a short, steep climb up Glyder Fach.

Cross a formation known as the 'Castle of the Wind' to attain Glyder Fawr (999m), the highest peak in the range, then descend back to Llanberis via a natural hanging garden of alpine flowers and the last two peaks of the day, before heading to the bar for a cold drink. Twelve down, just three more to go (including the big one).

Day 3

The Snowdon Massif

Hiking

6-8hrs · 13km · 1219m up · 981m down

Time to finish this thing off. Follow the snaking, rocky ridge to the summit of Crib Coch and then climb to Crib Ddysgl. One last ascent and you’re on top of Mount Snowdon (1085m), the highest of them all. Take some victory pics, enjoy a mountaintop lunch and then it’s all downhill. Depending on weather and time you’ll either complete the Snowdon Horseshoe or descend via the Pyg Track - either way the scenery is spectacular. Head back to Llanberis, the train station and home.

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.

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In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What do I need to bring?

Bag

Rucksack (20 - 35L)

Clothes

  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof top and bottoms
  • Warm hat and thin gloves
  • Hiking socks (2 pairs)
  • Thermal top and bottoms (wool or synthetic, not cotton)
  • Lightweight, breathable hiking trousers (synthetic, not denim or cotton)
  • Sturdy, broken-in hiking boots or shoes

Other

  • Water bottles or bladder (2L capacity)
  • Whistle
  • Phone or camera in waterproof bag
  • Snacks/energy food
  • Head torch
  • Walking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Personal toiletries and sanitary supplies
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)

No experience is needed, but you will need a good level of fitness and the ability to hike for up to 9 hours per day.

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

Daytime temperatures in Snowdonia average from 11 – 14 °C in the spring and 16 – 18 °C in the summer. It’s sunny and clear about half the days each month.

Yes any extra bags can be left in the hostel or in the vehicle during the day.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, 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.

Most of the approaches and descents will be on good trails, but once you’re on the ridges the terrain gets rocky and there’s not always an established path. Footing is often loose and unsteady and there are some sections of scrambling, however, everything should be doable for the average hiker. The biggest challenge will be the elevation gain and long days.

This challenge is run with experienced and friendly mountain leaders. While en-route you can learn about map reading and how to navigate with a compass, as well as local history, flora and fauna. They'll also keep you safe with their first aid training and VHF radio backup.

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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