Aim for the peak of Wales' highest mountain in its snowy winter coat
Difficulty Level4 Four
If you’re keen to experience winter walking in the mountains, while taking a trip up the very highest peak in Wales, this this trip is just right! With an experienced Winter Mountain Leader and a friendly group of fellow walkers we’re off for the weekend to summit Snowdon (1085m), and have another full day out up another mountain in the area on the Sunday.
Winter walking requires a whole new set of skills, needed to negotiate the ice, snow, and cold winter can bring. But in return you’re rewarded with crystal clear air, incredible views over the peaks transformed by the snow, and an experience only few people have shared. If you haven’t been up Snowdon before, expect incredible views over the whole of North Wales and over the Irish Sea. Together we’ll share a hot drink on the summit before returning down to a great celebratory meal.
The route we’ll take up Snowdon will be decided by the conditions at the time, but the Sunday walk will most likely be in the Glyderau. These peaks lie across the Llanberis Pass from Snowdon, and aside from being excellent walking peaks in themselves provide a great view back at Snowdon!
This trip is fine for winter beginners, as your leader will be able to provide instruction when needed on how to use any different equipment, or how to handle the snow. However, we do advise you to have at least average fitness to get the most out of the day.
Check in at our accommodation is from 5pm, where you’ll be welcomed by a Large Outdoors host and meet your walking companions. There are several options for a drink nearby or you can relax in the lounge with a hot drink, which are provided through the weekend. Dinner is served at 8pm.
Your leader will consider the weather and snow conditions and choose a route suitable for the group. If the weather on Saturday is worse than Sunday we may well decide to save Snowdon for Sunday and choose a different route for today, perhaps heading somewhere where you can practice using crampons, or a more sheltered mountain.
After returning to the accommodation, there’ll be time to relax before we head out to dinner in a local pub.
After checking out of the accommodation, we’ll head out for another day in the winter mountains. If we have saved Snowdon for today then that’s where we’ll head! If we tackled Snowdon on Saturday then your leader will choose a different peak for you to aim for, showing you a different part of the National Park. Wherever you end up, it’ll be another great day out in the mountains.
We aim for the day to finish at around 4pm.
Alongside our usual kit list for our weekends, you’ll also need warmer clothes, such as a thick fleece or down jacket. To tackle the ice and snow (we’ll show you how to do this if needed), you’ll need to have mountaineering boots (B1 or B2 rated boots), an ice axe and crampons. The full winter walking kit list can be found here.
Boots must be mountaineering boots as your usual summer boots will not be stiff enough to be able to hold crampons, and as they are thicker they’ll also keep your feet warmer. There are lots of winter boots out there, and any good outdoor shop will be able to show you a selection. Please ensure they are ‘B-rated’ and if in any doubt contact us. You can read a blog about B-rated boots with examples here.
Ice axes and crampons are possible to hire if you do not want to buy your own. We can hire these out to you for the weekend at £40 for the weekend. Please contact us if you would like to do this in advance of the trip.
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
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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