THE WELSH 3000’s CHALLENGE
The Welsh 3000’s challenge is a classic of the UK and of Snowdonia National Park. In order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge you are required to have been at the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales. Some people try and complete this in 24 hours and this is a serious and very long day out. A better way or more achievable way of doing it is to complete it over a two day period.
The length is about 26 miles, but the walks to the start point and down from the finish point can take it to over 32 miles in total.
The walk is also known as “The 14 Peaks” (although there are officially 15 peaks, or possibly 16).
Make no mistake this is a big challenge but split over two days makes it achievable. A good level of fitness and comfortable walking boots are essential.
PRICES START FROM £125 pp
- Snowdon – 3559 ft (1,085 m)
- Crib y Ddysgl – 494 ft (1,065 m)
- Crib Goch – 3028 ft (923 m)
- Elidir Fawr – 3031 ft (924 m)
- Y Garn – 3106 ft (947 m)
- Glyder Fawr – 3284 ft (1,001 m)
- Castell y Gwynt – 3188 ft (972m) — if included
- Glyder Fach – 3261 ft (994 m)
- Tryfan – 3011 ft (918 m)
- Pen yr Ole Wen – 3208 ft (978 m)
- Carnedd Dafydd – 3425 ft (1,044 m)
- Carnedd Llewelyn – 3490 ft (1,064 m)
- Yr Elen – 3156 ft (962 m)
- Foel Grach – 3202 ft (976 m)
- Garnedd Uchaf – 3038 ft (926 m)
- Foel-fras – 3090 ft (942 m)
Accommodation – Accommodation is at the beautiful Helyg bunkhouse. In the heart of the Ogwen Valley with superb views of Tryfan, Helyg is steeped in the history of British climbing. It was the first climbing hut in the UK and was used as a base by the pioneers of British climbing in the 1920’s for their early ascents, particularly on LLiwedd and Tryfan. Later it was used as a training base for the 1953 Everest expedition. More details here – http://www.climbers-club.co.uk/venues/helyg-ogwen/
Transport – Mini bus transport is provided to the challenge start and back to the hut each day. This means you can leave your vehicle at the hut parking all weekend and just enjoy the hiking without having worry about logistics.
Mountain Guiding – Mountain guiding across the Welsh 3000’s. Dave Talbot an experienced mountain instructor will guide you across the mountain summits.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Food – you will need to provide your own food for this trip. You will be doing a large amount of exercise each day and you will require plenty of food. There is a very well equipped kitchen in the bunkhouse that we are staying at.
Equipment – You will need to bring a mountain rucksack each, with waterproof top and trousers, warm clothes (including hat and gloves), a head torch (plus spare batteries) and personal medication.
Spending money – You will need to bring a little bit of spending money should you wish to purchase some drinks.