Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge - July 2017

Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge – July 2017

Date/Time: 15/07/2017, 4:30 am - 9:00 pm Location: Pen y Pass, Llanberis

On your Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge you will take on the highest peaks in North, Mid and South Wales, all in one day!

Starting at 5am, you will take on Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales (and England), then drive down to south Snowdonia to the mighty Cadair Idris before tackling Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons to complete the challenge.

You will walk a total distance of 20.35 miles and make a total ascent of 9,397ft (2,864m).


Height – 1085m Distance – 7 miles

Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa to use it’s Welsh name) is the highest mountain in Wales (and England) standing at 1085 metres. Conquering it’s rugged beauty rewards you (on a good day) with stunning 360 degree views across Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Welsh coastline.


Height – 886m Distance – 9 miles

Cadair Idris is probably the most dramatic and menacing mountain in Wales.
Found in the southern region of Snowdonia National Park Cadair Idris meaning ‘Chair of Idris’ derives from the giant warrior poet of Welsh legend. The lake at the bottom of Cadair Idris is said to be bottomless and be warned.. anyone who sleeps alone on the mountain will either die or wake up a madman or a poet.


Height – 886m Distance – 4 miles

Pen Y Fan the highest mountain in South Wales and the Breacon Beacons. Being the lowest mountain on the challenge Pen Y Fan still deserves respect as it can be a very challenging mountain in poor conditions.


This is an example itinerary. Exact details will be sent to you in the run up to the event.

Please note itinerary can also be reversed, starting with Pen y Fan..


7pm Meet at accommodation

7.30pm Safety Briefing and Kit Check

8pm Time for Dinner then an early night

If you are choosing the ‘No Accommodation’ option please arrive at Pen y Pass car park for safety briefing and kit check at 4.30am.


4.45am Leave accommodation

5am Start the ascent of Snowdon

7.45 Snowdon Summit

9.15 Complete Snowdon

9.15 – 11am Drive to Cadair Idris

11am Start the ascent of Cadair Idris

1.30pm Cadair Idris summit

3pm Complete Cadair Idris

3 – 5.30pm Drive from Cadair Idris to Pen y Fan

5.30pm Start ascent of Pen y Fan

7.30pm Pen y Fan summit

9pm Complete Pen y Fan

Congratulations you have completed your challenge!

Transport back to Pen y Pass

Who's it for?

This walk is graded 'Challenging'

Walkers should have experience of long walking days in mountainous regions such as Snowdonia or the Lake District. A high level of physical and mental fitness is required and stamina is essential, as walking days are long.

You need to be confident of your physical condition.

This is a great team event and one of our most popular Charity Challenges.

What's Included

What’s Included

  • Qualified, experienced mountain leaders with you all the way
  • Transport from Pen-y-Pass – between peaks and return
  • First Aid and ‘ground’ support during your event
  • 2 Night’s Hostel Accommodation with Breakfast (optional)
  • Kit and Training advice leading up to your challenge
  • Friendly support on the end of the phone/email to answer any questions running up to your challenge
  • Full ‘event information pack’ emailed to you no less than 2 weeks before your event
  • Pre-event fundraising advice (if your challenge is for charity)
  • T-shirt, medal and certificate
  • Water and snacks

Not Included

  • Transport to Pen-y-Pass (although we can advise/arrange as required)
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • Personal Accident Insurance
Other Dates

6 May 2017

10 June 2017

5 August 2017


We can arrange this challenge around your own dates or specifications. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Special rates are available if you are a charity and would like to arrange this event as a fundraising Charity Challenge.

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