Yr Wyddfa Snowdon Horseshoe Picture 1
Yr Wyddfa Snowdon Horseshoe Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  1085m

Dist:  17.5km

Min age:  18

Duration:  2

Yr Wyddfa Snowdon Horseshoe Challenge

Trek Adventure

Snowdonia is unquestionably a unique mountain environment, spectacular, harsh, sharp, jagged and perfect for exploring on foot, and ideally suited to mountain challenge events. The Snowdon Horseshoe is the focal point for the national park—the main attraction! The ancient glaciated landscape is special within the UK, originally formed by a combination of volcanic activity, then folded by the action of the continental plates, and then carved and sculpted by the glaciers of the last ice age…. You will witness all of this close up, and bring home memories to savour. Our bespoke route will take you away from the crowds and on to the most spectacular ridge lines. This full traverse takes in an impressive 5 of the 6 mountain routes to include the Miner's, Watkin, Rhyd Ddu, Llanberis and Rangers paths!

Your challenge will commence from Pen Y Pass up the Miner's track where a railway once ran by Llyn Llydaw and then up to the majestic sheer cliffs around the stunning horseshoe to the peak of Y lliweddand on to the summit of Yr Wyddfa—Wales highest peak! From here you will start our longer scenic route descent to reall absorb all this mountian range has to offer and finally back down to the mining town of Llanberis for a well earned cuppa. Distance—17.5km(11 miles)—Vertical Ascent—900m—est Time—6.5hrs. This trek will give you a birdseye view of what Snowdonia and the Snowdon Horseshoe is all about.



Day 1

20.00-20.30 Recommended arrival at Llanberis.

21.00 Event Briefing.

Day 2

06.30 Wake Up

07:00 Breakfast, pack lunches, kit check.

08:00 Local bus to start of trail at Pen Y Pass

08.30 Commence ascent up to Lliwedd (898m) and on to Yr Wddfa (Snowdon) the highest point in England and Wales at 1085m (weather permitting - only extreme high winds will prevent us from being able to reach the top - in which case the mountain is very unsafe).

11.30 Summit.

15.00 Challenge complete back at Llanberis

(We will allow time for rests and lunch).


Route Map


You will stay 1 night in simple bunkhouse style accommodation. You will be required to bring bedding or a sleeping bag and a pillow along with your own towel.


What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?

You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.


Medical Issues

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.


Included In Trip

1 night accommodation, breakfast, shuttle to start of challenge, leaders at a ratio of 1:12, specialist safety equipment and first aid support. Lunch provided.


Excluded From Trip

Transport to & from the event.


Equipment Required

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.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
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

Kit Hire

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.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. If you do not follow their instructions, and principally stay in visual contact with your leader, the leader cannot be responsible for keeping you safe.



Be prepared for the full spectrum of weathers - in summer we could still have either summery hot weather (although it could still be cool on the tops even in 'fine' weather). We should be prepared for both cold, wet, and hot conditions! So pack sun protection, rain gear, and warm clothes!


Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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