Welsh 3000's Challenge

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Snowdonia, Wales
3 days
Max 12 per group
Mixed
Moderate

Adventure overview

Conquer 15 of the highest peaks Wales has to offer in one epic weekend

  • Day 1 - The Carneddau Range:
    • Tackle seven peaks including Foel Fras (942m) and Garnedd Uchaf (926m) with stunning coastal views, ending at Pen Yr Old Wen (970m), then descend via Ogwen Valley;
    • 8-10 hours hiking.
  • Day 2 - The Y Glyderau Range:
    • Climb Tryfan, requiring hands-on summiting, visit Adam and Eve stones, ascend Glyder Fach (994m) to see Cantilever Rock, continue to Glyder Fawr (999m) for excellent views, then Y Garn (947m) and Elidir Fawr (924m); descend to Llanberis Pass;
    • 8-10 hours hiking.
  • Day 3 - Repeat Glyderau Range:
    • Conquer the same peaks and landmarks as Day 2 in the Y Glyderau Range, followed by rest and refreshments;
    • 8-10 hours hiking.

DAY 1: THE CARNEDDAU RANGE (7 PEAKS)

Oh yep, it's on like Donkey Kong. You've undertaken this thing and you're ready to tackle the weekend. First off you'll meet your guides for a quick brief then it's time to get cracking.

The first peak to bag is Foel Fras (942m), he most northerly of the Welsh 3000's. It's then on to Garnedd Uchaf (926m) to take in the unbeatable coastal views. We'll then keep chipping away at a few other impossible to pronounce peaks and finish off our day with Pen Yr Old Wen (970m). Once complete, we'll descend steeply via the Ogwen Valley.

Approximately 8-10 hours hiking

DAY 2: THE Y GLYDERAU RANGE (5 PEAKS)

After reminding yourself about no pain no gain and all that jazz, we're kicking off day 2 with the almighty Tryfan - the only mountain in England and Wales requiring hands to summit. Here we'll find the famous Adam and Eve standing stones (compulsory selfie here). It's then a short steep climb onto Glyder Fach (994m) and the well known (if you're into this kind of thing) Cantilever Rock - you can't visit this without the obligatory photo! Glyder Fawr's (999m) up next for some of the best views Snowdonia has to offer. Y Garn (947m) and Elidir Fawr (924m) are the last peaks for today before heading back down into the Llanberis Pass.

Good game. Time for a hot shower and a well earned beverage. Or three. Don't overdo it though, we're not done yet!

Approximately 8-10 hours hiking

DAY 3: IT AIN'T OVER YET

After reminding yourself about no pain no gain and all that jazz, we're kicking off day 2 with the almighty Tryfan - the only mountain in England and Wales requiring hands to summit. Here we'll find the famous Adam and Eve standing stones (compulsory selfie here). It's then a short steep climb onto Glyder Fach (994m) and the well known (if you're into this kind of thing) Cantilever Rock - you can't visit this without the obligatory photo! Glyder Fawr's (999m) up next for some of the best views Snowdonia has to offer. Y Garn (947m) and Elidir Fawr (924m) are the last peaks for today before heading back down into the Llanberis Pass.

Good game. Time for a hot shower and a well earned beverage. Or three. Don't overdo it though, we're not done yet!

Approximately 8-10 hours hiking

 

  • Three nights accommodation in dorms in a locally owned lodge are included. If you want to stay in the lodge the night before the challenge starts, this can be pre-booked.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Guides - expert, local, fully qualified Mountain Leaders
  • Dorm accommodation in a lodge - 2 nights
  • Meals - 2 breakfasts and 3 packed lunches
  • Qualified first aiders
  • Entrance permission to National Parks
  • Training plan
  • Safety briefings
  • Trips are run with sustainability in mind

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to and from North Wales (transfers are included)
  • Meals not listed as included
  • Personal items, gear, expenses
  • Accommodation the night before the challenge
  • Personal snacks
  • We recommend arriving in Snowdonia the night prior to the start of your trek given the early start the following day. We will provide you with a list of accommodation places once you book.
  • You’re welcome to stay at the lodge we will be using for the trek as this will give you the chance to meet the team and your fellow adventurers, although this will be at your own expense.
  • Vehicle transfer to and from the start and finish points of your trek is included.
  • We recommend you buy an open ticket for your journey home if travelling by train.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is tough, so you'll need to be physically fit. Each of the three days involves a full day out in the mountains so you'll ideally have some experience of mountain walking. To get the best out of the Welsh 3000's challenge we recommend you train beforehand to build up your stamina and endurance. We'll provide you with a training plan once you sign up!

Read our guide to completing the Welsh 3000's to get the gen on what's in store.

What food and drink will I need?

Two breakfasts and three packed lunches are provided. Evening meals aren't included but can be pre-ordered at the lodge or there are plenty of places to eat at nearby Llanberis.

Take a bladder or refillable bottle for water and a flask for hot drinks. Bring some of your favourite snacks for eating on the go in the mountains.

What's the accommodation like?

Three nights accommodation in dorms in a locally owned lodge are included. If you want to stay in the lodge the night before the challenge starts, this can be pre-booked.

How hard is the scrambling?

Crib Goch and Tryfan are classed as grade one scrambles and Crib Goch in particular is very exposed. An additional Mountain Leader will join us for this and they'll be with you every step of the way.

There are alternate routes available though if you prefer - it's supposed to be fun, after all!

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

Yes, all our trips are for people of 18 years of age and older.

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    Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled by us, then you'll get a full refund

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