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Welcome the new day from the summit of the highest mountain in Wales

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Guest House
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    3 Three

This weekend is a fine blend of comfort, challenges and corking scenery together with a celestial walking experience.

If you fancy doing something a tad different then how about staying in a lovely guesthouse surrounded by mountains, enjoying a great walk on the first day and then hiking to the top of Snowdon partly under cover of darkness in time to experience the spectacular sight of dawn breaking at the summit.

In a nutshell:

  • Marvel at the experience of walking with a guide under a canopy of stars before witnessing the fantastic sight of dawn breaking from the summit of the highest mountain in Wales.
  • Revel in the comforts of the guesthouse in the company of a great bunch of people.
  • Tuck into some great grub knowing you’ve earned that extra slice of cake.

Snowdon Sunrise Weekend Dates:

  • Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September 2019
  • Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September 2019
  • Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2020
  • Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020
  • Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2020
  • Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September 2020

Day Walk Option:

We also offer this trip as just a day walk experience, you can view dates and further details here…

Night Walks

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Itinerary

Friday

The mountain scenery and picturesque setting of Llanberis are usually enough to create a rush of excitement as you pitch up at Dol Peris guesthouse, our base for the weekend.

Step through the doorway (anytime from 5pm onwards) and that excitement tends to build after you’re introduced to your companions for the weekend and the conversations and laughter ring out from the cottage.

While you’re settling in, we’re preparing the evening meal for the group and trying to get a word in edgeways to outline the plans for the weekend ahead!

Views of Snowdonia during a Snowdon Sunrise trek.

 

Saturday

Today we head out for a walk which tends to be shorter and gentler than our normal Saturday yomps given tomorrow’s challenge.

So for this one we plan routes that are about exploring the area’s delights. For instance:

Llyn Crafnant and Betws-y-Coed Forest. This is an area of low hills, rolling forest-clad scenery and quiet lakes tucked away from the busier parts of the mountains, making it an excellent place to head out for a few hours’ fresh air. There are excellent views from rises in the trail, but otherwise it’s an easy wander through constantly changing countryside. We’ll visit several lakes, and if it’s hot we even give you the chance to have a paddle!

Cwm Idwal and Llyn Ogwen. One of the most famous mountain features in Snowdonia, Cwm Idwal is the hanging valley that inspired Darwin, and where the brooding gash of the Devil’s Kitchen watches over the valley below. We head out on a rambling walk to circuit Llyn Idwal, walk up to the beautiful Llyn Bochlwyd next to Tryfan, and perhaps also take the path that runs behind Llyn Ogwen, which has its own Arthurian legend!

Views of Snowdonia during a Snowdon Sunrise trek.

Saturday afternoon onwards

We aim to finish today’s walk at around 2pm and then head back to the accommodation for a bit of rest and relaxation. It’s also a good time to prepare the food and snacks you need before Sunday’s early start. All that done, we then head out for an early evening meal in Llanberis.

Sunrise on Snowdon

Sunday

Our exact timings depend on when the sunrise will be for the given dates of the trip. However generally we aim to leave at approximately 2.30am to begin our ascent of Snowdon (1085m) in time for sunrise at the top.

Our guide will follow the Llanberis path, a longer route up Snowdon which offers a gentler gradient. Normally the route is popular with walkers so enjoy that special feeling of solitude and having the mountain to yourself (apart from your other companions of course!) as you stride out under the watchful eye of the moon or the glittery canopy of stars.

Snowdon Sunrise

After 3-4 hours walking and with light creeping in you’ll be able to make out the beautiful views as the day unfolds. Once at Snowdon’s summit, we allow ample time for people to simply sit and enjoy the moment, as most will be transfixed by the sight of the sunrise which magically seems to make most people forget the fact that they’ve got up at ‘silly o-clock’ to get there!

We begin to wind our way down and head back to the guesthouse for a quick, well-earned brunch before checking out at 10am.

Rest assured the magic of the sunrise experience will stay with you for the remainder of the day as you leave the weekend buzzing in the knowledge you’ve climbed the highest peak in Wales at a time when most people are still in the land of nod.

Starlit Snowdon

About the Area

Snowdonia National Park

Encompassing the mountains of North Wales, including the iconic highest peak Snowdon, the National Park is a hugely popular area for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. With miles of coastline, trails through forests, and valleys full of meandering paths, historical sites and excellent cafes, there’s a huge range of activities to get involved in. Besides Snowdon, the area contains several other mountain ranges, including the Glyderau and Carneddau, and stretches south to the mountain of Cadair Idris. The area’s slate mining history is evident in the old quarries, some of which you can explore, and the narrow-gauge railways which snake their way through the valleys. For walkers, Snowdonia is unparalleled for its perfect mix of wilderness and accessibility.

Good to know:

We’ll be staying in Dol Peris in Llanberis, the village that lies right at the foot of Snowdon. The guesthouse has a selection of shared, twin, double and single rooms; it has excellent views and a comfy lounge.

Venue Address: 

Dol Peris,
High Street,
Llanberis,
Gwynedd,
LL55 4HA

Using Public Transport

The easiest way to get here by public transport is to get the train to Bangor and there is a direct bus that will stop outside the venue.

Dol Peris

Dol Peris

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 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.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

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.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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  • Dietary Needs:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.

    Diets

    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket / room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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What our members have to say...

  • 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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  • 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!
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  • “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.
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