North Wales - 14 Peaks Challenge



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Experience the best mountain hiking and scrambling in North Wales under the expert guidance of your professional, local mountaineering guides. An adventure like this is all about your personal experience, every step of the way. You'll have a maximum 1:4 guide ratio, ensuring you have your guides' full attention throughout. And with our local knowledge and careful planning, you'll enjoy these famous Welsh peaks without the crowds.

Perfect for: Adventure TravelSummer Programs.


Highlights

  • Hike the 14 highest peaks in Snowdonia national park
  • 4 nights accommodation in a 5* hostel with breakfast
  • 3 days of guided hiking in stunning mountain scenery
  • A mountaineering instructor and a mountain leader for a 1:4 guide ratio
  • Maximum group size of 8 for a truly personal experience
  • Welcome evening meal with your guides
  • Picnic lunch for your hiking days
  • Transport to / from the trail head each day

Friday

Arrive at your accommodation for check in between 5pm and 6pm (directions will be provided upon booking). You'll be staying in a high quality hostel with dormitory style bedrooms, each sleeping up to 6 guests. It's a traditional Welsh stone building, featuring slate floors, log burners and comfy sofas - perfect for relaxing after a big day of hiking in Wales. Plus there's an outdoor decking area with fire-pit.

This evening you'll enjoy a welcome meal in the local pub. Get to know your guides and fellow walkers over a meal, a drink and a route map.

Saturday

Once you're fuelled up for a big day of hiking with breakfast in the cafe next door, we'll drive you to your starting point. Your epic hiking experience will begin near the northerly point of Snowdonia.

Head straight up into the Carneddau ("the cairns") mountain range. A large plateau covering 10% of the area of Snowdonia, the Carneddau features six of your Welsh peaks. Pick them off one by one, beginning with Foel Fras at 942, taking in the third highest peak in Snowdonia, Carnedd Llewelyn at 1,064m, and finishing your big day on Pen Yr Ole Wen at 978m.

From here you'll be taken back to your hostel for a well-earned rest.

Within walking distance of your accommodation there are a couple of pubs serving homely food and an outdoor centre with a bar that serves food. Betws-Y-Coed is just 5 miles down the road, offering a number of bars, restaurants and cafes. Or if you fancy rustling up your own meal one night, the hostel has a well-equipped kitchen for guests to use.

Sunday

After a good night's rest, get your walking boots on for the second day of your Snowdonia hiking adventure.

You'll pick up where you left off yesterday, starting with Tryfan. At 915m it's the lowest of the 14 peaks, but what it's lacking in height it makes up for in ruggedness. It's a sign of what's to come today, with the Glyderau being a range of big slabby peaks. A real contrast to yesterday.

You'll conquer five more peaks today. Pause for the classic photo on Glyder Fach's famous cantilever stone, before concluding day two by summitting Ellidir Fawr and descending to Nant Peris. From here we'll take you back to your hostel.

Kick your boots off, fill your stomach and sleep well.

Monday

We saved the biggest till last! The Snowdon Massif is home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1,085m high.

It's also the busiest peak in the national park, with around 500,000 visitors each year. Which is why we saved the biggest til Monday. So while everyone else is at work, you can enjoy this monolith of a mountain.

Make sure you've brought your head for heights. Today you'll warm up with a grade 1 scramble up Crib Goch, followed by a knife-edge traverse. Completing this is a badge of honour in itself.

Next on your bucket list is Crib Y Ddysgyl, the second highest peak in Snowdonia at 1,065m. And finally, ascend Snowdon itself.

Take it easy at last, as you enjoy the walk down. And get ready to celebrate your achievement with a well-earned beer or two in the local pub.

Tuesday

Enjoy your final breakfast in your Welsh mountain home before packing your bags. After an incredible three days conquering Snowdonia's 14 Peaks together, it’ll be bear hugs all round with your new hiking buddies, before you set off for the journey home.

Duration : 5 Days & 4 Nights

Available Dates: 
Price:
18th September 2020
£645.00
14th May 2021
£645.00
25th June 2021
£645.00
17th September 2021
£645.00

The Basics

Pre-departure support  Arrival Transfers • Local Guides • All activities • All accommodation for the duration of the trip   

Included Trips & Activities

Snowdonia's 14 Highest Peaks!

What is not Included?

Transport to/from destination • Travel Insurance • Spending Money • Tipping & Gratuities

Where will I be staying?

You'll be staying in a multi-bed room in Capel Curig, sharing with no more than 6 people. If you would prefer your own room we can usually accommodate that, though an extra charge would apply.

Who takes part in this program?

Active hikers and adventurers, keen to undertake an epic hiking challenge for the ultimate bragging rights. Expect to be out walking for 8 to 10 hours each day. Perfect for solo travellers, couples and friends.



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  • Duration: 1 week
  • Departures: May, June, September

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