Snowdon Challenge

Snowdon Challenge

21 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019

Tackle the highest summit in Wales with a full day of cycling, trekking and kayaking in the UK’s adventure playground. All participants will be raising vital funds for Alabaré's Homes for Veterans.

You’ll bike 17km to the foot of Snowdon, hike 7km to the summit, drop back down the other side, and finish with a 4km kayak across Llyn Padarn in less than 12 hours. It’s a mentally and physically challenging day with awesome views and a fantastic sense of achievement as your reward.

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Your Snowdon Challenge includes:

  • 1 night of accommodation in a 3-star hotel
  • Fully organised and supported challenge
  • Qualified and experienced cycling and mountain leaders
  • Support crew
  • Cycling and kayaking equipment
  • Radio backup support
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Train station transfers

Taking Part:

This is the perfect challenge for goal-oriented adventurers who want to accomplish something awesome—and have fun doing it! No previous experience needed.

Each participant should raise a minimum of £395 for Alabaré Homes for Veterans to take part in this event.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and briefing

Arrive in Llanberis in the evening, a small town nestled between the foot of Snowdon and the shores of Llyn Padarn.

Attend a detailed briefing of the next day’s adventure, then explore town on your own or rest up in your comfortable hotel room. Tomorrow’s challenge awaits you.

Day 2: Snowdon Challenge

Wake up early for breakfast, then hit the road for your first activity.

You’ll cycle along rolling country roads through the beautiful Welsh countryside.

Follow the shores of Llyn Padarn and skirt along the edge of Snowdonia National Park while the peak of Snowdon beckons in the distance.

Arrive at the base of the peak and change into trekking clothes.

You’ll hike up the Snowdon Ranger Trail on the west side of the mountain, thought to be the oldest path to the summit.

Zigzag through lush green turf, pass through a flat boggy area, then ascend to the ridgeline.

Follow the snaking ridge the rest of the way to the summit for a victory photo and incredible views of nearby lakes and distant lands.

Descend to the northwest via the more gradual Llanberis Path, finishing in Llanberis itself.

Swap gear once more for a 4km paddle around Llyn Padarn. You’ll complete a large circle on the lake, enjoying views in every direction on the way.

Finally, cross the finish line and celebrate with a glass of champagne. What an achievement!

17km of cycling, 15km of walking, 4km of kayaking, total of 10 – 12 hours

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected events

Kit List

Rucksack – 15 – 25 litre rucksack should be sufficient for you to carry your own spare clothing, water, camera, and all your personal kit including, snacks and water. Preferably your rucksack should have with waist belt to help distribute the weight and a whistle for safety provisions.

Fleece Jacket or Wind Stopper – A full zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pull over style.

Water Bottle – 2 litres of water in bladder or bottles.

Waterproofs – Waterproof top and bottoms – – Breathable waterproof jacket that has a good hood. Waterproof trousers can be of lighter weight than the top.

Hat and gloves – A pair of thin liner gloves you can keep on the whole time if you need to.

Phones/ Camera-  In waterproof dry bag or equivalent

Snacks/energy food – for your entire challenge. You will have the opportunity to buy food and snacks at Fort William before starting Ben Nevis.

Head torch – with spare batteries you will be walking in the dark at some point

Walking poles – if you use to them are good for descents and preventing injuries when your ankles get weak towards the end of your challenge.

Socks – Change of socks (1 pair)

Base layer – Preferably Merino wool or synthetic wicking layer with a long sleeved top and long-johns.

Trousers – 1 pairs of synthetic / nylon or polyester trekking trousers. Zip off trousers may be handy for hot days. Avoid cotton trousers as they absorb & hold moisture easily and thereby have a cooling effect.

Boots – Well broken in boots/walking shoes, suggest boots in preference over shoes/fell trainers as with tiredness comes weak ankles.

Cycling shoes/ Trainers - To have additional footwear to cycle with


You’ll stay at either the Celtic Royal Hotel or the Royal Victorian Hotel in Llanberis. Both hotels feature comfortable and modern ensuite rooms. This is exactly the kind of comfort your need before the challenge starts. All rooms are based on twin sharing.


21st September - 22nd September 2019


Snowdonia National Park (Llanberis)

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