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Snowdonia Welsh 3000s Mountain Trek
The Welsh 3000's, an amazing weekend of highs and... more highs! This challenge trek will see you crossing the breadth of rugged and exciting Snowdonia and summiting the 15 highest peaks in Wales. Each one of them over 3000ft, and grouped into three distinct ranges of hills; the Snowdon Massif, the Glyders, and The Carneddau.
We begin day one on the Snowdon Massif starting with the mighty Crib Goch before going on to Crib y Ddysgl and of course Wales highest peak Yr Wyddfa - not a bad start to any mountain challenge. Then its down & across to the Glyderau range where we literally rise to the challenge of Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr & Castell y Gwynt before heading back to the accommodation for a hot meal and a good nights rest - you’re going to need it!
Day 2 begins with a short drive transfer from our accommodation around to the third range of hills on our challenge - Carneddau. First though there’s the unfinished business of the Glyderau range. We begin with the ascent of Tryfan before tackling the Carneddau range proper. Our path now takes on Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn, Yr Elen, Foel Grach, Garnedd Uchaf (yes, we do all 15 peaks over 3000ft) and finally Foel-fras - Congratulations, you’ve just completed one of the toughest and arguably the most spectacular hill walks in the United Kingdom. Now for a big feed and a stiff drink.
Arrival at Bunkhouse in Snowdonia by 20:00
Prepare lunches & pack gear
Depart bunkhouse by car – 07:00
Start walking – 07:30
Our walk is planned to take approx. 13 hours for the full day. And will be strenuous, so make sure you pack plenty of food!
Return to bunkhouse for 21:00
Prepare lunches & pack gear
Depart bunkhouse – 08:00—early start! Transfer to Ogwen Cottage—for start of Carnedds route
Trek lasts approximately 10 hrs, and will see us ending in the small village of Abergwyngregyn
Finish walking by 18:00, return by minibus to bunkhouse. High Fives all round before heading home.
Optional Extra Night Available - P.O.A.
You will be staying in simple, clean bunkhouse accommodation. We shall be based in Llanberis. There are good hot showers. You will need to bring a towel (if you would like to wash!) and a warm sleeping bag. Your breakfasts are also provided. (Please advise if you are a vegetarian). In Llanberis you can get snacks, and good food in the evenings, your Leader will guide you to the best eateries available.
What is a Level 4.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying loads, rough terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - i.e. using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - this forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, so you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills!
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.5 ‘Trek’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miles). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 18-20 miles in the English lowland countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Transfers and shuttles can be arranged upon request. Please call the office to discuss. Generally pick up and drop off in Bangor works best
Included In Trip
Accommodation for 2 nights, 2 x breakfast, guiding for the weekend, emergency equipment. * Optional extra night after day 2 available - please call for details *
Excluded From Trip
Please bring lunches for two days - you may be able to find some food in Llanberis for each day’s lunch - but do not rely upon it! Evening meal will be available for around £10/head for a main course. Transfers (see special notes).
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
Due to Snowdonia’s position on the Western Seaboard it bears the brunt of prevailing weather systems coming in moisture laden from the Atlantic. At this time of year the weather could go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily.We will almost certainly experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and leggings.
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