Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge

Hike a less trodden trail to conquer the three highest peaks in Wales. 1 day. 0 days off work.

1 Day
United Kingdom

This trip takes you on the less popular route to the summit of the three highest mountains in Wales, Snowdon (1085m), Cadair Idris (893m), and Pen-y-Fan (866m). You’ll cover a total walking distance of 27km and an ascent of 2334m, in just one day.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1-day hiking
  • Welsh 3 peaks training programme
  • Local, certified guide
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Local transfers
  • Support vehicle

Perfect for:
Keen walkers with an adventurous spirit; although the hike is not technical, it is challenging.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food (snacks and drinks are included on completion of each peak)
  • Personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 15.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

To complete the 3 Peaks Challenge, it is preferable that you have done some training walks. The walking is not technically difficult, but you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness.

The mountain weather in the U.K. can be very changeable; it can be glorious sunshine down at the base but wet and windy on the summit. It is not uncommon for it to change from clear blues skies to rain and fog in moments. It is important to follow the advice we give and carry the correct kit.

We include all drinking water and hot drinks and snacks on finishing each mountain

No kit is provided for this trip.

Clothing: - Base layer (preferably a synthetic wicking layer with a long sleeved top and long-john) - Fleece jacket or wind stopper - Trousers (synthetic /nylon or polyester. Avoid cotton they absorb moisture easily) - T-shirts (Preferably a synthetic wicking) - Waterproofs (a breathable waterproof jacket that has a good hood. Waterproof trousers can be of lighter weight than the top) - Headwear (warm woolly hat, cap/sunhat) - Gloves (a pair of thin liners you can keep on the whole time if you need to) - 3 pairs walking socks - Waterproof boots (well worn-in) - Spare clothing

General equipment: - Kit bag (must be a soft bag) - A 20-litre rucksack to carry your spare clothing, water, camera, etc. and all personal kit required. - A rucksack liner/dry bag (bin bags are not recommended) - Waterbottle - Head torch and spare batteries - Whistle - Suncream

Other recommendations are: - Trekking pole - Energy snacks - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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Snowdonia National Park is unique in its bio-diversity of plants and wildlife and the highest mountain in England and Wales. With wild landscapes and villages steeped in history, it’s a popular destination for activity holidays. It’s best known for hiking, but there’s plenty more, from waterfalls, lakes and world-class mountain biking. The wildlife seems to like it too; this area is a sanctuary for countless animals and plant, including the extremely rare Snowdon lily and colonies of Manx shearwater.

Mt. Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and England. Standing 1085m tall, Snowdon shadows over the village of Llanberis and is a part of a close-knit family of jagged peaks which offer views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland.

Cadair Idris lies in Gwynedd, at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park near the town of Dolgellau. A birdwatchers paradise, peregrine falcons can be spotted hunting high above as well as ring ouzel hiding in the steep rocky ravines.

Pen-y-Fan sits in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The mountains in this area are heather-clad and the land is home to some of the rarest wildlife; otters, great crested newts, marsh fritillary butterflies, bats and reed warblers.

Start point?
There are two pick-up points on this trip; The Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis at 05.45am; and the Pen-Y-Pass YHA hostel at 06:15. A collection from Bangor train station could also be arranged with prior notice.

Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at 20.00 at YHA Brecon Beacons hostel. From here you can choose to be dropped off at Merthy Tydfill Train Station or the Travelodge hotel.

Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Snowdonia National Park is easily accessible by road. Alternatively, Bangor is the nearest train station.

Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Saturday: Summit the three peaks

You’ll meet at 06:00 at the base of Mt. Snowdon (1085m), and be on your way to the summit by 06:30. The ascent should take around 2 hours via the Pyg track, offering views of Snowdon along the way.

Snowdon ticked off, you’ll descend for two hours before setting your sights on Cadir Idris (893m). You’ll hike via the Minffordd Path, past Llyn Cau lake and along the rim of Craig Cau to the summit. If you have enough time, you’ll complete the popular horseshoe route; a total of 13km.

Your final summit may be the lowest of the three but can be the most challenging in poor conditions. You’ll slowly climb from the Story Arms to Corn Du before scrambling to the top. When you complete the descent, your vehicle will be waiting to take you to your drop-off point.

10-12 hours of hiking

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You have the option to arrive early evening in Llanberis and spend the night in a bunkhouse. You’ll receive a full event briefing and meet your guide and support crew. This optional extra costs £30.

If you choose to start the trip with the team the night before the challenge, you’ll stay at a bunkhouse. The bunkhouse is clean and modern with curtained beds for additional privacy. Your stay would include breakfast and there is an option for the bunkhouse hosts to prepare you a packed lunch for the challenge.