Summit Snowdon at night, be on the top for midnight, and light your way by the moon!
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
If your goal is to to climb Snowdon but want to make it that extra bit special, then this could be just the experience for you. Head up the mountain after dark, enjoying the wild feeling of the landscape shrouded in night. Gaze out over Snowdonia in the moonlight and see the world in a totally different way.
With our qualified mountain leaders and a friendly group of fellow walkers, this will certainly be a night to remember. The Snowdonia National Park is a vast area of peaks, valleys, forests and rivers. From the summit of Snowdon you’ll be able to see the Irish Sea, the Isle of Anglesey, and hundreds of other hills.
In a nutshell:
- Summit Snowdon at night on a guided walk and see the landscape in the moonlight.
- Spend midnight on the summit gazing out over North Wales and the Irish Sea.
- Meet a great group of fellow walkers and enjoy the experience of the walk without worrying about navigation!
Snowdon Moonlight Dates:
- Saturday 3rd October 2020
- Saturday 31st October 2020
Book a private guide:
If there is a group of you who wish to take part in a Snowdon Moonlight Challenge then you can book your own private guide. You can use the main booking box to book a private guide on the same Saturday’s as our existing trips, these are timed to be nearest the full moon. However, we can provide private guides to suit your needs. Please contact the office.
We’ll meet at the Electric Mountain visitor centre car park at 8pm and start walking at 8.15pm, heading towards the summit via the Llanberis Path. This path roughly follows the line of the north ridge of Snowdon, though there’s very little exposure and the path is very well made. It runs smoothly uphill and has only one section of steep ground, the rest being gradual.
There will be plenty of stops for snacks and water breaks, and time to appreciate the quiet of the hills at night. We’ll be close to the famous Snowdon Railway, but as there are no trains at night the tracks will be silent!
The ascent can take up to 4 hours, so we’ll be on the top (1085m) by midnight, where hopefully the clouds will leave us to appreciate the beauty of the countryside under the moon. We’ve specifically planned these walks to occur on or near the full moon, so if it’s clear we’ll see almost as much as during the day.
After spending some time enjoying the summit, we’ll begin the return journey. We’ll be heading down the same way, and ahead of us will be the lights of Llanberis and the towns that line the north coast of Wales. The descent will take approximately 3 hours, so we’ll be down at 3-4am. Sadly the cafes won’t be open yet, so we suggest you get some sleep before heading out to celebrate.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdon lies in Snowdonia, the largest National Park in Wales, and is only the highest of hundreds of peaks that cover north-west Wales. Surrounded by valleys cloaked in forests and the calls of wildlife, the Park is also bounded by the sea on two sides. On a clear day you can see out over the Llyn Peninsula and the Isle of Anglesey and even down Cardigan Bay. Conserved for its nature and unique character, Snowdonia is also the site for myths and legends dating back to before King Arthur, and has thousands of ancient ruins from when people first settled in the area. Though now mainly the domain of mountaineers and sheep farmers, this area has thousands of years of history to explore, and an intrigue that continues to this day.
Meeting your leader:
Please meet your guide outside the Electric Mountain Visitor Centre, just to the right of the main door are some flagpoles and your guide will be waiting there for you.
The opening times of the visitor centre vary on the seasons but if it is open there are toilets and a cafe inside.
Parking: There is a car park next door to the visitor centre, this is pay and display and currently costs £4 for the whole day.
Please note that the date of the event is the day we meet to start the walk. As we walk through the night we’ll be descending the next day.
Please make sure you have had some dinner before joining us for this walk, and that you have some snacks and water with you, as no food is provided.
What do I do when we finish?
Finishing a walk at 3-4am can be a little unsociable! We recommend getting somewhere to stay rather than doing any long driving immediately. There are plenty of campsites nearby if you are looking for a budget option, or we recommend asking your accommodation if they can do late check-outs so you can still get a reasonable amount of sleep.
It is possible that the clouds cover the mountains during our night climb, and we might not see any moonlight. We will still head up if this is the case, as a night walk up Snowdon is special with or without moonlight. As with all our walks we only cancel or amend them if the weather is exceptionally bad.
What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018