Map of Walking in Snowdonia including United Kingdom

Mountain adventures and cosy pubs in the heart of Snowdonia

Sample some of Snowdonia’s best walks like Cwn Idwal and Y Garn and conquer Mount Snowdon - the highest peak in Wales – with two expert guides by your side. Llanberis, the most famous mountain town in Wales, is famous for being the gateway to Snowdonia National Park and the perfect base for this trip which takes you through an ever changing landscape that is famous for its mining history, dramatic landscapes, and breathtaking natural scenery. Add a charming Welsh town and atmospheric pubs to enjoy at the end of each day and this walking trip has it all.


Start
Llanberis, United Kingdom
Finish
Llanberis, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
BWXC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Spend 5 fantastic days in Llanberis and the surrounding mountains of Snowdonia with the same bed every night, a familiar room, and a warm welcome back at the end of each day.

  • Conquer Mount Snowdon - the highest mountain in Wales – with two guides who will provide plenty of encouragement and help you scale every mountain on this trip at your own pace.

  • Pose on the Cantilever Stone on the summit of one of Snowdonia’s highest peaks and explore the pubs of Llanberis, the most famous mountain town in Wales, with your group.

  • Enjoy a selection of walks that will show you the most dramatic landscapes in Snowdonia, with towering rock faces, sheer drops, and picturesque hanging valleys.

  • This trip is as green as it gets – we only use public transport and our accommodation can be reached from major cities in UK by train.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking trip. Please carefully read descriptions of all the walks as you will need a good level of fitness to fully enjoy all the included hikes.

  • You are going to spend 5 wonderful days in the mountains. Mountain weather can change quickly so be prepared for lovely sunshine but also rain, wind, and lower temperatures. Please make sure you have good walking boots, rain gear, warm clothing, and sun protection for this trip.

  • On day 3 we will climb Snowdon – a great and very popular mountain. The trek is fantastic but it requires good physical preparation to maximise your enjoyment on the day.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Llanberis! This tranquil British town in the heart of Snowdonia National Park has a rich history and superb hiking trails as is the perfect jumping off point for tackling Mount Snowdon. There’s no packing and unpacking on this centre based trip and your accommodation is a highlight, with 30 acres of gardens and woodlands including the ruins of a 12th century castle. After you’ve checked into your hotel, meet your leader and the rest of your group at a Welcome Meeting in the early afternoon then enjoy an easy hike around beautiful Llyn Padarn, one of the two lakes that create the Llanberis pass, where you can immerse yourself in Snowdonia’s spectacular surroundings. Tonight you may like to join your group for a meal at a local restaurant or pub.
Included Activities
  • Llanberis - Llyn Padarn Circular Guided Hike
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting this afternoon as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or Intrepid know.

This trip is as green as it gets so please consider travelling to Llanberis by train from or bus. It is easy to reach Fort William using public transport from destinations throughout England and Scotland.

Today’s walking distance is approximately 9 kilometres (6 miles) with a 230 metre (740 feet) elevation gain.
After breakfast, take a local bus to the neighbouring valley to explore the beautiful Cwm Idwal, a
National Nature Reserve. A short ascent from the trailhead takes us to Llyn Idwal – a beautiful lake in a picturesque hanging valley, surrounded by steep-sided peaks. Look closely and you may spot rock-climbers on the cliff faces. For the walk up to Y Garn, a lofty summit 947m above sea level, we take an easier route up the slopes but that’s not to say the walk is easy. Today features some challenging climbs but the effort is well worth it for the outstanding views of the Snowdonia mountains. From here, we return to the lake and walk down to the valley floor before we head back to Llanberis and find a cosy pub for a well-deserved drink.
Included Activities
  • Llanberis - Llyn Idwal and Y Garn Guided Hike
  • Llanberis - Cwm Idwal National Natural Reserve Guided Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) with a 650 metre (2132 feet) elevation gain.
Snowdon is the highest and most famous peak in Wales. There are many ways to reach the top - including a railway – but we’ll enjoy a fantastic point to point hike. Walking on a Friday avoids the crowds and ensures we don’t contribute to over tourism. A local bus takes us to Pen y Pass, meaning we start from 349m above sea level - a helpful boost on a long mountain day. We will follow a trail called the Pyg track, which offers grand mountain scenery, with Crib Goch on our right and Snowdon ahead of us. Eventually, we will reach the high pass at Bwlch Glas then hike alongside the mountain railway before the final push to the summit. After summit selfies, we will descend by an alternative route that takes us directly back to our hotel in Llanberis.
Included Activities
  • Llanberis - Mount Snowdon Guided Hike from Pen y Pass via Pyg Track
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 14 kilometres (9 miles) with a 770 metre (2296 feet) elevation gain.
Today you may like to take it easy with a less challenging walk after Mount Snowdon. If not, join your guides for the short transfer on the local bus to Llyn Ogwen, where we begin another classic Welsh mountain traverse. Our route today hikes up into Cwm Tryfan, where we gaze up at the cliffs of Tryfan, one of the United Kingdom’s most imposing mountains. We continue hiking to the saddle before a final push takes us to the summit of Glyder Fach, 994m above sea level. A short detour allows us to explore the spectacular rock formations of Castell y Gwynt, including the famous Cantilever Stone. From here, we will descend along a broad ridge which passes over several lower summits before reaching the small village of Capel Curig where we will catch a local bus back to Llanberis. With tired but happy legs, we will find a lively pub to celebrate our peak-bagging adventures in Snowdonia National Park and the penultimate night of our trip.
Included Activities
  • Llanberis - Cantilever Stone & Castell y Gwynt Exploration
  • Llanberis - Cwm Tryfan & Glyder Fach Guided Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 13 kilometres (8 miles) with 850 metres (2788 feet) of elevation gain.
After breakfast, we will take a short walk to the National Slate Museum which has been designed as if the quarrymen and engineers have just downed tools and left the Victorian era workshops for home. Talks and demonstrations including slate-splitting provide a fascinating insight into the heritage and culture of this mountain region. After our museum visit, your trip comes to an end and you can catch the bus back to Bangor to connect with trains for onward travel.
Included Activities
  • Llanberis - National Slate Museum Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

walking, Public bus

Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Llanberis - Llyn Padarn Circular Guided Hike
  • Llanberis - Llyn Idwal and Y Garn Guided Hike
  • Llanberis - Cwm Idwal National Natural Reserve Guided Hike
  • Llanberis - Mount Snowdon Guided Hike from Pen y Pass via Pyg Track
  • Llanberis - Cantilever Stone & Castell y Gwynt Exploration
  • Llanberis - Cwm Tryfan & Glyder Fach Guided Hike
  • Llanberis - National Slate Museum Visit

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Important notes

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1.A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2.This trip starts midday in Llanberis on Day 1. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Llanberis. This trip finishes at 11am in Llanberis on Day 5. Please book your onwards travels accordingly.
3. Llanberis is reached by public bus from Bangor, which in turn is easily
accessible from main railway terminus’ such as Crewe and Birmingham. The international airport of Manchester also easily connects with the train services to Bangor.
4. Pre and post tour additional accommodation, arrival and departure transfers are available to book upon request, subject to availability. Please contact your Travel Consultant for more details.

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