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4.8
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Welsh 15 Peak Challenge

3 nights
Challenging

Tackle the highest peaks in Wales - in a single weekend

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 78 reviews
Due to the weather conditions the hike was...
September 2023
Siddhanth
Due to the weather conditions the hike was...
September 2023
Siddhanth
Due to the weather conditions the hike was...
September 2023
Siddhanth
challenging, memorable and invigorating tri...
September 2022
Tom
challenging, memorable and invigorating tri...
September 2022
Tom
challenging, memorable and invigorating tri...
September 2022
Tom
Everything - accommodation, guides, food, o...
May 2022
Carl
Great weekend which was made even better by...
September 2021
Andrea
Great weekend which was made even better by...
September 2021
Andrea
Great weekend which was made even better by...
September 2021
Andrea
Great weekend which was made even better by...
September 2021
Andrea
This weekend was amazing and I would highly...
September 2021
Sonja
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
September 2021
Sarah
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
September 2021
Sarah
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
September 2021
Sarah
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
September 2021
Sarah
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
September 2021
Sarah
Really great trip!...
July 2021
Ben
Really great trip!...
July 2021
Ben
A brilliantly challenging and rewarding tri...
July 2021
Amy
What an amazing adventure. Went on some gre...
June 2021
Paul
What an amazing adventure. Went on some gre...
June 2021
Paul
What an amazing adventure. Went on some gre...
June 2021
Paul

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

Key Information

Day 1

Arrival at Lodge Dinorwig, Snowdonia

Arrive at the hostel in time for a pre-trip briefing and enjoy getting to know your fellow adventurers over dinner at 7pm. Then heads down for some sleep - it's an early start the next day.

Day 2

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 3

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 Tryfan (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 4

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 Goch 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.

Day 1

Hostel · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hostel · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts at the Lodge are filling with generous portions of cereal, toast and cooked breakfast (meat, vegetarian or vegan) with 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 including vegetarian and vegan can be catered for: just make this request on your passenger information form.

Evening meals are not included, but can be pre-ordered at Dinorwig Lodge or you can also take a trip into the village of Llanberis. Most people opt to eat as a group in the lodge and they cost around £10-£15 per person. Alcohol is not served at the lodge but you are welcome to bring your own.

What is the accommodation like?

Lodge Dinorwig

The accommodation is Lodge Dinorwig. The lodge is an old school set on the hillside above Llyn Padarn, with spectacular views overlooking Snowdon. The bunkroom consists of 14 solidly built beds, each with its own reading light and a curtain for a little added privacy. All bedding is provided, but please bring your own towel.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Bangor Train Station, or Caernarfon in Wales

17:00 onwards on Day 1

Ends

Bangor Train Station, or Caernarfon in Wales

18:45 on Day 4

Transfers

If travelling by train: your host will pick you up from Bangor Train Station at 5.30pm for the 20-minute transfer to the hostel in Caernarfon. This transfer must be requested via your passenger information form no later than 7 days before arrival.

If travelling by car: drive directly to the hostel in Caernarfon where free parking is available. You can check in any time from 5.00pm.

At the end - you can be dropped back at the hostel or taken to Bangor train station for onward travel at 6:45pm.

Travel options

There are regular trains to Bangor from across the UK. If arriving by air - we recommend flying to London, Bristol or Cardiff airports, and then getting the train from one of these hubs.

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 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 with ankle support are essential. Walking shoes or trainers are not permitted.

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)
  • Towel

No optional extras are available for this trip.

Selena(November 2023)

Not for the faint hearted! A good solid 3 day challenge with scrambling. If you’re not as confident like I was on Day 4 there are plenty of alternatives. Enjoy it as it’s over before you know it!

Laura(November 2023)

Fantastic, but challenging, experience in the beautiful Welsh peaks. Be prepared for all weathers! Knowledgeable guides, logistics smooth and communications with host was good. Great accommodation too! Thanks 😊

Siddhanth(September 2023)
Due to the weather conditions the hike was...
Due to the weather conditions the hike was...
Due to the weather conditions the hike was...

Due to the weather conditions the hike was harder than expected but Tom, Jim and Larry made sure we did the right hikes and took great detours along the way. All while keeping an amazing spirit! Sonnie's lodge and amazing cooking after each day was what the entire group was looking forward to.

Utsav(September 2023)

The guides were excellent, they helped us power through the challenging weather conditions and recommended us to not do certain peaks when the winds were too strong. Be sure to carry proper waterproofs as the rain and wind can be quite strong. The lodge was really nice and the hosts provided us with some excellent food for lunch and dinner!

Helen(August 2023)

What a brilliant adventure! Looking down from the scramble up Crib Goch to stunning views on either side was something special. Great to hike with some lovely, like-minded people, and Much Better Adventures looked after the details to make it feel like a stress-free holiday too. On the last day, even as a small group, we had different aspirations - they made it possible for us all to achieve them by bringing in an extra guide - the kind of thing that, alongside the quality of the food and the accommodation, made it feel worth the price.

Shenil(May 2023)

Fantastic trip, challenging, well planned and managed by hosts, guides, lodge etc

Emma(September 2022)

This is a challenging three days of hill walking where you will be rewarded with beautiful rugged landscapes. It teetered between hiking and mountaineering for me with some grade 1 scrambles. I am not at all sure footed at height so I opted out of Crib Goch and based on the conditions I was very glad I did. I would highly recommend this trip for those used to regular hill walking (there is around 3000m of height gain over the three days) It’s been fantastic to explore Snowdonia and the other worldly landscapes of Tryfan and Glyderau

Tom(September 2022)
challenging, memorable and invigorating tri...
challenging, memorable and invigorating tri...
challenging, memorable and invigorating tri...

challenging, memorable and invigorating trip!

Kirsty(July 2022)

Fab trip - great hosts, brilliant guides, wonderful Welsh scenery - all round fun!!

Daisy(June 2022)

Lovely people, a hostel with really nice touches, delicious food, and tasty coffee (NB dinners not included in price), guides very friendly but reluctant to give much local knowledge. Good fun, VERY challenging hikes - overall quite pricey with some room for improvement. Be prepared for all weather!

Bijoy(June 2022)

A very well organised trip , enthusiastic guides . The Lodge Dornwig is excellent . The whole trip was a very enjoyable experience

Rema(May 2022)

Great trip! Would definitely recommend but make sure you are a fast hill walker AND that you have been training prior to the trip. Not for the faint hearted :)

Alanna(May 2022)

The trip was so well organised. The guides were very supportive and understood everyone's abilities very well. It currently was a challenge but everyone was very encouraging. I will remember this trip for a long time!

James(May 2022)

Fantastic experience. Very challenging to complete all the peaks over 3 days. Would book again. Great team running the adventure and well organised.

Carl(May 2022)
Everything - accommodation, guides, food, o...

Everything - accommodation, guides, food, organisation - was simply the best!

Andrea(September 2021)
Great weekend which was made even better by...
Great weekend which was made even better by...
Great weekend which was made even better by...
Great weekend which was made even better by...

Great weekend which was made even better by the group of people I met also on the trip. Very knowledgeable leaders who were fantastic on the more scrambly sections of Tryfan and Crib Goch. A good level of fitness is necessary for this weekend as they are long days with a significant amount of climbing. The hotel in Caernarfon was bang on and I enjoyed having my own space? Overall it really was an adventure and I would highly recommend.

Sonja(September 2021)
This weekend was amazing and I would highly...

This weekend was amazing and I would highly recommend it. You definitely need to have a high level of fitness and have good worn in walking boots. The organisation from the local host was spot on. Jim and his team were friendly, knowledgeable and always looking to keep us safe. There were always options for anyone who didn't feel comfortable in any situation. Us having a great time was their priority. I will definitely be doing another trip. I pushed myself all weekend and was definitely out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion. Loved it.

Catherine(September 2021)

The Welsh 15 Peaks trip was amazing. The three days were each so different but challenging and very enjoyable. We were blessed with blue skies for 2 days with stunning views and the 3rd day the clouds came and went. The trip is extremely well organised and very safe. It is challenging and you do need a good level of fitness but there are alternative routes available if you struggle with heights at certain points. Jim and Ian are excellent Mountain Leaders and really helped and made the whole experience wonderful. I would highly recommend and I would consider doing it all again

Sarah(September 2021)
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...
Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend thi...

Wow, what a weekend!! I can’t recommend this trip and our local hosts highly enough. The trek was certainly a challenge, not only distance and elevation covered each day and time on your feet, but also the terrain to navigate. I loved the exhilaration and achievement of climbing and scrambling up and down the peaks, all offering something different to the experience. The views are pretty stunning too! The hotel accommodation was good, and provided a great base to sleep (and eat) each day. And the guides were fantastic - so friendly, knowledgeable and attuned to the group’s needs, making sure we all had a great experience and finished each day with smiles. I’m already planning my next trip!

Zoe(September 2021)

Amazing walking. Definitely tough with some decent scrambles, our group only managed 12 of the 15 peaks but still had a good time. Came by myself and met a lovely group of walkers I’ll stay in touch with.

Janine(August 2021)

This trip was enjoyable and physically and mentally challenging. A really nice introduction to Snowdonia. I would say it does require a certain level of fitness though to ensure you enjoy it rather than suffer through it!

Rebecca(August 2021)