A real bucket list hiking challenge in the majestic Snowdonia mountains
Here's one to earn a feather in your cap! Complete 14 of the highest peaks in Snowdonia National Park, all over 3000ft, over three days of glorious hiking in one of the most beautiful mountain regions in the UK.
The "Welsh 3000s Challenge" is an extreme hiking event summiting the 14 peaks in 24 hours or less. Hike the Highest Peaks in Snowdonia offers all of the adventure and sense of achievement, but takes things just a little easier, splitting the ascents into three days.
After all, what's the rush? The extra time not only allows for a well-earned rest in comfortable bed between hikes, but will also lets you better appreciate the beauty and remoteness of the mountains and savour the experience.
With overnight accommodation in comfortable hotel in Betws-y-Coed, you'll be tranferred to/from the trailhead each day to bag your peaks, ending on the third day with climbing the mighty Snowdon itself.
Over the three days you'll be hiking a variety of dramatic and beautiful landscapes. Photo: Greg Cain AT.
14 peaks all above 3000ft
On Hike the 14 Highest Peaks in Snowdonia, you will experience the classic hiking Welsh 3000s route for which the first recorded completion dates back to the early 1900s. The current record stands at an unbelievable 4 hours 10 minutes, held by Finlay Wild since 2019 (a record that had previously stood unbroken for 31 years).
- The Carneddau Range: After a comfortable night in your hotel, your first day of hiking takes you up to Carneddau (the "cairns") to begin bagging your peaks. If all goes well, today you will be able to cross off six of your 14 peaks, including Foel Fras, Carnedd Llewelyn and Pen Yr Ole Wen.
- The Glyderau Range: Your second day continues the challenge with rugged hiking over five more peaks, starting with Tryfan and heading on to Glyder Fach and Elidir Fawr.
- The Snowdon Massif: Finally on the third day, a Monday, the crowning achievement of the trip, hiking (and scrambling) up Crib Goch, Crib y Ddysgyl and Snowdon, with an opportunity to appreciate the grandeur of the scenery away from the weekend crowds. Back at the hotel, it's time to celebrate!
The tour is led by experienced guide(s) with max. group size 8 persons. Photo: Greg Cain AT.
Start each day well rested and well fed
Accommodation for the four nights of the tour is in comfortable 3-star hotel in Betws-y-Coed, offering welcoming Welsh hospitality and en-suite rooms. Breakfast each day is included to set you up for the day's hike, with other meals available to purchase locally (you'll bring a packed lunch with you each day for the hikes).
There's no better feeling than returning to the snug warmth of a local hostelry after a day on the hills to reminisce and relax over a pint or two!
An adventurous hike for experienced walkers
You may not be aiming to complete the route in under 24 hours, but don't underestimate the fitness and stamina needed for this tour. You should have a high level of fitness and be an experienced hiker used to hillwalking and comfortable with hikes taking 8-10 hours per day.
For those willing and able to take on the challenge, Hike the 14 Highest Peaks in Snowdonia will be a hiking holiday to remember!
Day 1: Arrival and welcome
Arrive to the attractive village of Betws-y-Coad for check in to your hotel accommmodation between 16.00 and 17.00.
In the evening you will get together for a welcome meal together with your guide (included in the price of the tour), to begin to get to know each other and discuss plans for the days ahead.
Then relax and enjoy an evening around the fire before getting a good night's sleep ready for the challenges of the coming days (don't stay up too late - you'll need your energy!).
Day 2: The Carneddau Range - Foel Fras, Foel Grach, Carnedd Llewelyn, Yr Elen, Carnedd Dafydd and Pen Yr Ole Wen
The adventure begins! After a hearty breakfast, you'll be transferred to the start of your hike, near the northerly point of Snowdonia.
From here you head upwards into the Carneddau ("cairns") range, which is a plateau stretching across 10% of the Snowdonia region and the location of six of the 14 peaks you'll be climbing!
Starting with Foel Fras at 942m, you continue to Snowdonia's third highest peak, Carnedd Llewellyn (1064m) and on to Pen Yr Ole Wen (978m) before transfer back to the hotel to rest those tired legs!
Day 3: The Glyderau Range - Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr, Y Garn and Elidir Fawr
The day begins with summiting Tryfan (915m), the lowest of the 14 peaks you'll be visiting, but it's rugged terrain makes for a challenging hike and prepares you for the rest of the day, with the scenery a real contrast to yesterday.
You continue to Glyder Fach for an iconic photo moment on its cantilever stone, on to Elidir Fawr and then dropping down towards Nant Peris for the transfer back to your hotel. Congratulations! That's 11 of your 14 peaks in the bag!
Day 4: The Snowdon Massif - Crib Goch, Crib y Ddysgyl and Snowdon
A fittingly memorable end to your trip, and being a Monday a chance to enjoy the magnificence Snowdon (1085m) without the weekend crowds.
You'll need to do a bit of scrambling today (Grade 1) as you head up Crib Goch and onto a dizzying knife-edge traverse (not a route for those not comfortable with heights). From here you continue to Crub y Ddysgyl (1065m), Snowdonia's second highest peak, before the might Snowdon itself completes the 14 peaks.
You've still got to get down of course! But once back, it's time to relax and celebrate in the company of your group - you're likely to have grown close over the last few days! Enjoy a last night of Welsh hospitality and a good night's sleep before setting off home with tales to tell tomorrow.
Day 5: Departure
Breakfast and departure.
Dates & Prices»
- May: 10.05-14.05.24
- July: 05.07-09.07.24
- September: 06.09-10.09.24
In addition to scheduled dates above, private tours may be possible on other dates by arrangement for groups, price dependent on group size and dates of travel. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
|May and September: Per person (based on 2 persons sharing)
|May and September: Single occupancy supplement* (optional)
|July: Per person (based on 2 persons sharing)
|July: Single occupancy supplement* (optional)
*Guests will share room with other same gender participant in the group unless solo occupancy has been requested.
What's Included »
- Accommodation: 4 nights in 3-star hotel accommodation (2-person rooms) as per itinerary with en-suite facilities. Guests will share room with other same gender participant in the group unless solo occupancy has been requested.
- Meals: 5 x breakfast and 1 x dinner as per itinerary (for dinner on Day 1, guests have free choice from the restaurant menu up to the amount of pound;25/person). Additional meals are available to purchase locally, with a number of bars, restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the accommodation.
- Transfers: Vehicle transfer between hotel accommodation and start/end points of each day's hike as per itinerary.
- Activities: 3 days' guided hiking as per itinerary.
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
- Meals apart from those specified. Additional meals are available to purchase locally.
Good To Know »
Suitable for adults (min. age 18) with high level of fitness and stamina and with previous experience of challenging day hiking.
You should expect to be hiking between 8-10 hours per day for three consecutive days, with steep ascents and descents over mixed terrain, including occasional scrambling (Grade 1).
This experience is not suitable for guests afraid of heights - some hiking is on exposed ridges which drop away sharply.
What makes this "Hard"?
This tour summits 14 peaks over three days of hiking and requires a high level of fitness. Although spreading the hiking over three days compared to the Welsh 3000s 24-hour challenge, this is nevertheless a demanding and tiring hiking experience.
Weather, temperature and trail conditions on the mountains can also be very changeable.
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
A total of minimum 6 persons are required for fixed-date tours to be guaranteed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.
Max. group size 8 persons (guide-to-guest ratio max. 1:4). A total of 4 persons are required for public tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.
This experience is also ideal for private groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has a detailed written environmental policy.
Getting There »
See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!
Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
From Within the UK:
Travel to Betws-y-Coed in North Wales, conveniently reached by rail (30 mintues by local train from Llandudno) or private car.
From Outside the UK:
For guests outside the UK, please contact us for information on suitable airports and travel possibilities.