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.
- Friday 24th – Sunday 26th January 2020
- Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2020
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.
As part of this weekend we will provide ice axe, crampons and helmets. But you will need to provide crampon suitable boots.
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. These can also be hired locally from third party supplies such as Plas-y-Brenin, but you will need to arrange this.
The full winter walking kit list can be found here.
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.
- 2 nights guest house accommodation, please note bedding and a towel is supplied.
- 2 days of guided winter walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Ice axe, crampons, helmet and goggles. Boots are NOT included.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
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.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. 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.
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.
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.
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
“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