Welcome the new day from the summit of the highest mountain in Wales
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Difficulty Level3 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.
Day Walk Option:
We also offer this trip as just a day walk experience, you can view dates and further details here…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
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
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
“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
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