Walk up Snowdon to watch sunrise from the summit...
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
This is a distinctly do-able challenge which enables you to revel in the wonderment of walking under the canopy of a beautiful starlit sky before the ‘wow’ of seeing the sunrise from the top of the highest mountain in Wales.
The Snowdon Sunrise Experience was introduced last year and already we’ve added more dates as people are latching onto the enticing prospect of walking Snowdon’s most popular path at its quietest, topped off by the special beauty of seeing dawn break as the peak nears.
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy the beautiful, memorable experience of walking in wonderment under a dark sky before seeing dawn breaking across a mountain range.
- Challenge yourself to summit the highest mountain in Wales.
- Rejoice in the fact that you’re walking one of the most popular hiking routes when it’s quiet.
- Relish being in the company of a small group of like-minded people who also appreciate the specialness of the occasion.
Special mention to the Solstices too!
Visiting Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice is so passé! Instead celebrate the longest day of the year on the top of Snowdon – Sunday 21st June 2020.
Similarly if you’re looking to mark the shortest day of the year and the prospect of the nights drawing out, then make a beeline for our Winter Solstice Summit Snowdon experience – Friday 21st December 2019 or Monday 21st December 2020.
Make a weekend of it:
Our Snowdon Sunrise walk is a day (or perhaps rather a night) trip. However you can make a weekend of it by joining one of our hosted weekends which include two nights’ guesthouse accommodation, some meals, a short walk on the Saturday and then the Sunrise Walk on Sunday morning.
Please note the start time may vary a little, depending on the time of year and sunrise time, We will confirm the exact time a month beforehand.
We meet at the start of the Llanberis Path at around 2am where our guides will then begin the hike to the summit.
As you walk the well-trodden path your eyes will adjust to the night and you can absorb the beauty that comes with walking in the Dark Sky Reserve of the Snowdonia National Park thanks to the low levels of light pollution.
The path might be the longest route to the top of Snowdon but it’s also the most gradual which enables the group to really get the maximum out of the night walking experience, particularly the stillness and tranquillity and the mesmerizing effect as light slowly seeps in as dawn gathers on the horizon.
On reaching the summit (an excellent achievement in itself!) we allow enough time to soak up the sunrise and vistas across the landscape of North Wales and the Irish Sea.
Some toast it in with a flask of coffee or quietly munching on a chocolate bar while just enjoying the pleasure of knowing they’ve completed a tough ascent ahead of the many walkers trekking the route later in the day.
We then retrace our steps down the mountain, arriving back at base at around 9am in time for a well-earned breakfast (not included).
Snowdon Sunrise Dates 2019:
- Day Walk – Sunday Morning 18th August – meet at 02:15am
- Day Walk – Sunday Morning 8th September – meet at 02:45am
- Day Walk – Sunday Morning 29th September – meet at 03:30am
Snowdon Sunrise Dates 2020:
- Every Sunday morning from April – September
- Easter Friday 10th April
- Easter Monday 13th April
- Bank Holiday Monday 25th May
- Thursday 30th July
- Thursday 6th August
- Tuesday 11th August
- Thursday 20th August
- Sunday 4th October
- Winter Solstice Monday 21st December
Please note that these trips take place over Saturday night into Sunday morning, with the exception of the Summer Solstice Walk which can be on a different day. The date is for the Sunday and you should aim to meet your guide in the early hours of Sunday. You should be down and back in Llanberis for around 9am.
Good to know:
Please meet your guides outside the Electric Mountain Visitor Centre (Electric Mountain Visitor Centre, Llanberis LL55 4UR), just to the right of the main door are some flagpoles and your guide will be waiting there for you.
The exact time to meet will change and this will be emailed out a few weeks before the trip. However it will be around 2am.
Head torches: Please note that a good head torch is essential for this walk, as we’ll be spending several hours in the dark. For more information on the kind of thing you need, please see the blog here.
Age Limit– You must be over 14 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs – I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Solo Travellers:This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
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What our members have to say...
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
“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