Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge | Welsh 3000’s | Adventurous Ewe

Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge (3 days)

Highlights

  • Welsh 15 peaks Challenge! 4000 metres of ascent! 26 miles trekked! 3 epic mountain days! Tick!
  • Admire the view from the top of some of Snowdonia National Park’s finest mountains, including Snowdon, Tryfan, the Glyders, Y Garn and all the Carneddau peaks
  • Ascend ridges, cross linked peaks and experience the stellar views and natural beauty of Snowdonia, home to the highest peaks in Wales
  • Trek with pride knowing you are helping support the work of the Snowdonia Society and Cool Earth
  • Accompanied by local Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leaders who love this trekking challenge 
  • New safety and wellbeing guidelines are in place for this adventure
  • We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful homeland of Wales.

Overview 

Snowdonia National Park provides the stage for the ultimate UK mountain challenge, where the mightiest peaks scrape ever-changing skies. With such a formidable mountain shield you will conquer 15 mountains and ascend over 4000 metres as you climb all 15 peaks over 3000 feet in Wales in just 3 days. Your mountain adventure includes summiting Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales at 1,085m, whilst also crossing the Carneddau, Glyders and Snowdon ranges, ascending ridges and linking peaks in rapid succession. Highlights (and bragging rights) include the two standing stones thought to date from the Bronze Age, crossing Y Glyderau which is one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Britain, scrambling up Tyfan at 917metres with its classic pointed shape with rugged crags, climbing onto the precariously positioned Cantilever rock for a classic Snowdonia photo and crossing the top of Twll Du (Devils Kitchen), following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. Devils kitchen is known as the Nature’s Hanging Gardens because of its rare Alpine plants and if you’re lucky you may even find the Snowdon Lily, one of our most endangered plants.
This mountain adventure culminates on your final day with the possibility of scrambling along one of the greatest ridge walks in the UK, Crib Coch. If you love the mountains, then this mountain experience is one that you don’t want to miss.

Our Welsh 15 Peaks challenge’s are run with experienced local mountain leaders who love this 3 day journey through the mountains. So while en-route you can pick up a few new skills such as map reading and taking a compass bearing plus find out more about the local history and flora and fauna while enjoying the best Snowdonia has to offer.

If the above dates do not suit you and you have a group of over 10 people, please get in touch as we’d be happy to set up a date that meets with your requirements between May – September (dependent on accommodation availability). Simply email: info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Included

Pre-trek:

  • Personalised trek support in the lead up to your challenge from Adventurous Ewe
  • Discount on personal kit from Joe Brown, The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both in shop and online
  • All trip info supplied via free mobile travel app, Vamoos
  • Training guide with videos and discount code for personal training programmes and support
  • Digital trek briefing
  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning.

During your trek:

  • Safety briefing
  • Certified Local Mountain Leaders
  • Vehicle transfers as outlined in your itinerary
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Entrance permission to national parks including council fees
  • Two nights accommodation in local lodge
  • Home-made breakfast x 2
  • Home-made packed lunches x 3
  • Filling of water bottle/s and thermos (please provide your own water bottles and thermos for refilling)
  • All challenge management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post trek.

Excluded

  • Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
  • Water bottle/s and/or camelbaks/platypus and thermos for filling and refilling. Please provide your own bottles as this is to minimise the use of plastic bottles
  • Personal snacks and electrolytes
  • Evening meals
  • Accommodation and dinner the night before and after your trek. This can be arranged at an additional cost
  • Personal spending money
  • Any costs incurred with retiring from the event early ie. hotel accommodation, change of travel tickets, any medical costs, etc.
  • If you are travelling by train, please ensure you book an open-ended ticket for your return journey.

Itinerary 

Day 1

Traverse the Carneddau Range (7 peaks).

Starting on Foel Fras (942mts) the most northerly of the Welsh 3000ft and our first of the 15 peaks!!! We then have time to catch our breath and enjoy the stunning views out to the coast as we make our way to Garnedd Uchaf (926mts) and Foel Grach (976mts). We then follow a ridge out to Yr Elen (962mts). Retracing our steps a steady climb leads us to Carnedd Llewelyn (1064mts). Carnedd Llewelyn is the highest mountain in the Carneddau range. Next up is Carnedd Dafydd (1044mts). We then start our descent finishing off our day with Pen Yr Ole Wen (979mts) and a steep decent to the Ogwen Valley. Approx 8-10hrs walking

Day 2

Traverse Y Glyderau Range (5 Peaks)

Today we cross Y Glyderau one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Britain. Starting with a scramble up Tyfan (917mts) and the famous Adam & Eve standing stones, before short steep climb onto Glyder Fach (994mts) and the Cantilever rock, making our way to Glyder Fawr (999mts.) As we traverse the Glyderau we will have stunning views over Snowdonia. We then make our way to Y Garn (947mts) crossing the top of Twll Du (Devils Kitchen), following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. Our final peak of the day is Elidir Fawr (924mts) before a descend down into the Llanberis pass. Approx 8-10hrs walking  

Day 3

Snowdon Range (3 Peaks)

Our final day takes us along possibly one of the best ridge walks in the U.K. Crib Coch (921mts) where a head for heights is needed. As we reach the summit of Crib Ddysgl (1065mts) the challenge is within our grasp and we head for our final summit, Snowdon (1085mts), from Snowdon summit we have the choice of completing the Snowdon Horseshoe or returning to Pen y pass on the Pyg track. This is time and weather dependent. Approx 6-8hrs walking

Essential Information

Weather & Safety

The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, what can start out as a good day can soon become very poor. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions.   We will be crossing terrain varying from moorland to lose rocky ground. Our route will be ascending and descending a great deal and therefore a good level of fitness is required. The Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it.In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary. All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.

Level of Difficulty

The Welsh 15 Peaks is a tough challenge given there are consecutive long days of trekking over some tough terrain. The trek requires a good level of good stamina, fitness and a determined attitude. The weather and/or basic living conditions will also add to the challenge. Taking part is all about achieving YOUR personal ambitions.

It’s not just about getting up and down the mountains! There are other aspects to the trip which you may find challenging: no toilet facilities on the mountains, washing facilities that you are not used to; being away from your family for consecutive days; or simply being with a group for multiple days with little privacy.

If you find it tough, chances are someone else will be struggling too. You’re all in it together and encouraging each other creates a supportive group atmosphere – and some of the best memories! Plus, everything you find hard adds to your achievement and your memories.

The weather can have a huge impact as well. Although we choose departure dates carefully to maximise the chance of good weather, there is always the possibility of rain, strong winds and extremes of temperature in North Wales, especially in the mountains.

Good kit can make a real difference to your personal safety in extreme weather. We provide you with a detailed kit list and are always on hand to advise you. It doesn’t need to be expensive, but you do need to be well-prepared.

How fit do I need to be?

Training and a good level of mountain walking fitness is definitely required, this is a tough challenge and with some sections of exposure. As much preparation and training you put in beforehand the better chance of success you have and the more enjoyable the trekking will be. You will be walking an average of 8 – 10 hours per day for three consecutive days.

Accommodation

On arrival in Snowdonia we will be staying in hostel accommodation. Upgrade grades to either Bed & Breakfast or Hotel is available on request.

What are the group sizes?

Our maximum size group is 12 per Mountain Leader, with a minimum of 6 per group.

Who will be leading the group?

We employ experienced and fully qualified Mountain Leaders to accompany and lead you. All our Adventurous Ewe Guides are qualified Mountain Leaders and have been carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience on your trek with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. Your Leader/s are mountain first aid trained and have extensive experience in leading the Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge.  They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on the mountain. They will be carrying full safety equipment and a mountain first aid kit.

What do you do to protect the environment?

We limit the impact we have on the surrounding environment by remaining on the paths at all times so as not to cause further erosion on the mountain. We will ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and take all rubbish away with us. We operate by a ‘leave no trace ethos’. We also make a contribution to the fantastic environmental charity, Cool Earth, through our partnership with them. 

How to Book

The easiest way to make your booking and our preferred method is online through the website, simply click the book now link for available dates. The registration fee is payable on booking and non-refundable. The remaining balance is due 4 weeks prior to the event start date.

Please get in touch with us via the contacts page or send us an email at info@adventurousewe.co.uk if you would like more information on the Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge.


Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of High
Cost
£ 380

Responsible Tourism

Now more than ever our commitment to maintain our support of one of the leading global climate change charities, Cool Earth and the local protection and sustainability work of the Snowdonia Society, is of utmost importance.

To do this we’ll continue to contribute a % from every booking to Cool Earth and maintain our partnership with the Snowdonia Society. It’s time that we all live in a more responsible world.

This means that not only will you have a fabewelous experience when you travel with Adventurous Ewe, you can do so whilst taking pride in knowing that you are helping support both of these fantastic causes.

We have also invested in Water-to-Go bottles so you, our valued flock, will be healthier whilst also helping to make the World a better place! Together we can help reduce our consumption of single use plastics.

When joining us for a long haul overseas trip you’ll receive a free Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle. This is our way of saying thank-ewe and also making a difference to the consumption of single use plastics in developing countries.

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