Climb Snowdon

Summit the Highest Mountain in Wales!

Climb High Above the Clouds to 1085M

Climbing-Snowdon

The Challenge

Climbing Snowdon is an excellent challenge for people of any ability; all you need is a sprinkling of enthusiasm and a dash of determination to ensure an incredibly rewarding day. At 1085m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in England and Wales, and offers the most spectacular panoramic views stretching across Snowdonia National Park and beyond. Having such an amazing vantage point from the summit, you may wonder whether you really are stood upon the final resting place of the giant, Rhitta Gawr. For those who prefer, instead, to sit upon the shoulders of giants, the views of the Snowdon Massif can be enjoyed just as much with a cappuccino and a panini in the Summit Café.

There are a number of different routes you can take to reach the summit, offering different levels of challenge and a variety in scenery. Whichever route you choose to take, you will pass sparkling blue mountain lakes and walk in the shadow of massive mountain crags; the main ingredients for a fantastic adventure!

Note: The options outlined below are not exhaustive. If you would prefer an alternative route, please let us know and we will arrange a bespoke package that will perfectly suit your needs.

Snowdonia

Climbing Snowdon for charity?

Many people walk up Snowdon to raise money for charity. If this is your plan, we’ll be with you all the way! Most charities have sponsorship packs that will help support you – including offering a sponsorship form to track fundraising. If you don’t receive this, Lost Earth Adventures can send you one of our generic forms. For more details, including fundraising tips, visit our charity challenges page.

Please note that we can be very busy in the summer months and recommend booking at least two weeks’ in advance when booking. To book, phone us on 01904 500094 or email info@lostearthadventures.co.uk to check availability.

Route Options

Pyg Track & Miner’s Track

Pyg and Miners Paths
8 Miles Round Trip, 800m Ascent, 4-6 hours
Difficulty level: Fair / moderate

The most famous route to the summit, you will leave from Pen-Y-Pass and follow the Pyg Track as it winds its way up. The trail sits below the dramatic Crib Goch and above the pristine Glaslyn (Blue Lake), offering fantastic views at every point.

As you gain height, Snowdon itself comes into view, before a final steep push to the summit. The descent down the Miner’s track is gentler on the knees and makes for a nice and enjoyable walk back down to the Pen-Y-Pass. If the sun is shining, the banks of Glaslyn offer a wonderful place to stop and admire the impressive mountain terrain above you.

Llanberis Path

9 Miles Round Trip, 970m Ascent, 6-7 hours
Difficulty level: Fair / moderate

The most gentle incline up to the summit but also one of the longer routes, you’ll pass the impressive cliffs of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu – The “Dark, Black Cliff” and walk aloft the skyline ridge that dominates the Llanberis Pass, an area steeped in mountaineering history.

Watkin Path

Watkin Path Gladstone Rock
8 Miles Round Trip, 1015m Ascent, 7-8 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate

A grand outing in one of Wales’ forgotten valleys, where overgrown remains of ancient villages conjure thoughts of a tranquil and distant past. Crystal clear waters tumble down the fells and blankets of heather rise up to the bases of craggy summits. It is the quietest way to the top of Snowdon, and arguably the most beautiful!

The expansive views across the Snowdon Massif, the Carneddau and the Moelwyns are sure to bring with them a sense of calm, and a massive sense of achievement upon reaching the summit!

Crib Goch

Crib Goch Ridge
Difficulty level: Hard

Crib Goch is, without doubt, one of the most exciting ways to bag the summit of Snowdon. It is a classic route, and is quite rightly considered by British mountaineers to be one of the finest ridge scrambles on our Isles. It is rated as ‘Grade 1’, the easiest grade of scramble, but is not to be underestimated.

Setting off from Pen-Y-Pass, you will begin walking along the Pyg Track before peeling off right towards the ridge. The first challenge is using your hands and feet to clamber up blocky slabs; a fantastic introduction to what’s to come.

As you attain the ridge itself, you will be greeted with steep drops and a fantastic sense of exposure. These accompany you all the way across the ridge as you carefully scramble across to the summit of Garnedd Ugain. At 1,065m, it is only 20m lower than Snowdon in elevation, and offers a superb vantage point for looking back at the ridge you’ve conquered! If you are up for a challenge, are confident with heights and have a sense of adventure, this is an incredible way to reach Wales’ highest summit.

Snowdon Horseshoe

Snowdon Walk
Difficulty level: Very difficult

If you want to really push your limits, you can complete the Snowdon Horesehoe: undoubtedly one of the most famous walking challenges in the area! Combining the thrill of Crib Goch with additional peaks and some difficult terrain, this route will ensure you have an unforgettable adventure. From the summit of Snowdon, you will continue on the rugged path towards the twin peaks of Y Lliwedd.

Another ridge awaits here, and affords spectacular views across Glaslyn and towards Crib Goch. The rocky path, tricky to navigate at times, takes you down the obvious route down to the Miner’s Track and back to Pen-Y-Pass.

Snowdon by Starlight

Snowdon by Starlight
Difficulty level: Hard
Already conquered the Snowdon challenge? Why not try try a genuinely unique experience unlike anything else? This is the Snowdon by Starlight. You’ll need to be at the peak of your powers as you climb under torchlight and starlight across the rocky, rugged landscape. On this guided trek, you’ll reach the peak just as the sun peels over, revealing incredible views across Snowdonia and the rest of Wales, England and beyond.

Read more about climbing Snowdon at night here.

Prices

All our Snowdon hikes are run as privately guided walks for you and your group. Prices are per person and listed below.

Number of People Price
Per
Person
Price for 1 person
(private guided)
£259
Price for 2 people
(private guided)
£129
Price for 3 People
(private guided)
£89
Price for 4 People
(private guided)
£69
Price for 5 People
(private guided)
£49
Price for 6-19 People
(private guided)
£45
Price for 20+ People
(private guided)
£39

Includes:

  • Qualified and insured mountain leader with mountain first aid certification
  • Insurance
  • Professional event organisation

How to Book

Booking your place is easy! To get the ball rolling, all we need from you is an email to confirm the dates and activities as well as an initial £100 deposit to reserve your spot, then you’re on your way. The total participant numbers and the final balance isn’t due until 30 days before the activity takes place. To pay the deposit; either give us a call on 01904 500094 or click ‘Pay Now’ below after reading our Terms and Conditions..

For your safety and security credit/debit card payments are processed through Paypal. YOU DO NOT NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT to pay via credit or debit card.

If you do not have a PayPal account, simply click on the Pay Now button below and get directed to the secure PayPal site, ignoring the option to log into PayPal. Look to the bottom of the page where you can click to use a credit/debit card.

Pay your £100 deposit to secure your exciting adventure





Pay by Other Methods

You can pay by BACS payment to: Lost Earth Adventures LTD, Barclays bank, account number 63070883, sort code 209956 Please state your full name with the BACS reference. You can also pay at any UK branch of Barclays giving these details or come and visit us to pay cash.

Children under 18 and older than 5 are most welcome to join us but please let us know when booking how many and what ages they are. We have no upper age limit, as long as you have the determination and a sense of adventure!

Call us on 01904 500094 or email us at info@lostearthadventures.co.uk to discuss what we can do for you.

Information

Group Hiking Challenge

Children under 18 and older than 7 are most welcome on our activities but please let us know when booking how many and what ages they are. We have no upper age limit, as long as you have the determination and a sense of adventure!

If you wish to complete this challenge successfully we definitely recommend that you are reasonably fit and that you are able to carry a light daypack with you for the duration of the hike.

At Lost Earth Adventures we are aware of the concerns for the health and safety of your group.

  • We have an Adventurous Activities Association License (AALA License)
  • We have detailed risk assessments for every activity we run
  • Lost Earth Adventures has full public and product liability insurance
  • All staff working with children have undergone DBS (formally CRB) checks
  • We have a child protection policy
  • We have fully qualified instructors

All of these documents are available on request. To read more about our AALA License and our safety policies click here

Kit List

To see a full and comprehensive list of clothing and equipment you’ll need for walking up Snowdon please see our Kit List page.

Charity-walk

More Inspiration

Snowdon by Starlight

Set off at night and reach the peak as the sun illuminates Wales, England and Scotland. This one is easily one of our favourites! Read more about Snowdon by Starlight here.

National 3 Peaks

Have you ever dreamed of climbing the UK’s highest peaks? Then read more about the National 3 Peaks Challenge!

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