Gradient Adventure can provide a full guiding service to help you reach the summit whether summer or winter. We only use local and knowledgeable qualified mountain leaders and mountain instructors. We can cater for individuals and groups alike and have organised charity events for up to 150 people.
Our main aim is to provide a safe enjoyable and informative day in the mountains.
Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is the highest mountain south of the Scottish highlands. It stands 1085m or 3560ft above sea level.
Snowdon is the base of an ancient volcano and has been sculpted by glaciers into the impressive pyramidal peak you see today.
Although popular, an ascent should not be underestimated. As with any mountain, conditions can change rapidly, temperatures can drop below -10 and winds can be in excess of 100mph. It can be a real challenge, Sir Edmond Hilary even used it to train for the 1953 ascent of Everest!
The six ‘classic’ routes to the summit of Snowdon:
Popular Paths Up Snowdon:
Llanberis Path – 14.5 km (9 miles), +970m ascent, minimum 5 hours.
Pyg Track – 11.7 km (7.3 miles), +750m ascent, minimum 5 hours.
Snowdon Ranger Path – 13 km (8 miles), +937m ascent, minimum 5.5 hours.
Rhyd Ddu Path – 14.5 km (7.5 miles), +890m ascent, minimum 6 hours.
Watkin Path – 13 km (8 miles), +1015m ascent, minimum 5.5 hours
It is the main tourist path up Snowdon and in the summer months is extremely busy as a result. It is a easy to follow path and in the high season has a cafe the Half Way House, that is actually only a third of a way up the mountain in real terms. As such it is a great way for those with only a little hillwalking experience to ascend Snowdon. However in heavy rain, strong winds, poor visibility and certainly winter conditions the route can be difficult.
Pyg & Miners Track
The PYG and Miner's tracks make a good almost circular walk for more experienced hillwalkers. It is best to ascend the PYG track, named after the Pen y Gwyryd Hotel below Pen y Pass and descend the Miner's Track. This means that you will ascend the harder sections of the path in ascent and take the easier option down.
The terrain is much more serious and requires a reasonable head for heights and some experience of walking over bedrock. The views of the summit of Snowdon from the PYG track are also stunning. The path is easy to follow on the way up although you need to note where the miner's track joins the PYG track on the way up as it can be difficult to find on the way down. If the weather closes in when you are on the summit consider descending down the Llanberis path and using the Sherpa Bus to collect your car if you managed to park at Pen y Pass. Much better is to park and ride from Llanberis or Nant Peris.
One of the easiest routes to the summit of Snowdon but still offers a tough and rewarding challenge.The Snowdon Ranger Path is one of the quieter routes on Snowdon which follows a rocky path up the eastern slopes before joining the shoulder over Clogwyn Du’r Arddu and finally merges with the Llanberis Path for the final stretch to the summit. The Ranger Path offers stunning views over vast valleys, mountain lakes and steep rocky ridges.
Snowdonia, North Wales.
£140 up to 6 people, then for each additional person £12 each (max group size of 10).
Discounts available for larger groups.
Crib Goch (923m – 3,028ft) and the traverse of Crib Goch’s arête, the thin, almost knife-like, ridge of rock, has become one of the most well-known hillwalking challenges in the UK. Climbed by thousands every year, Crib Goch is a classic scramble, offering an exhilarating challenge to the summit of Snowdon.
Snowdonia, North Wales.
£150.00 for up to 3.
Discounts are available between October - March.
Scrambling or a head for heights!
Snowdon Winter Ascent
Although impressive in summer winter brings with it a new beauty and grandeur with Snowdon resembling more of an alpine mountain.
Any time between November and April Snowdon can be in winter conditions, even the easy summer routes can be impassable due to snow and ice with the risk of avalanches.
Winter brings its own challenges making an ascent even more special. A winter ascent is quite often only safely possible using crampons and ice axe. We have crampons, axes and mountain boots available for hire. On a typical winter ascent we usually walk to the snowline where we can practice winter movement skills.
A typical progression would be:
- Step kicking.
- Using an ice axe.
- Using crampons.
Once practiced we then carry on to the summit putting our new found skills to the test.
Snowdonia, North Wales.
£60 per person.
Group discounts available.
Summer hill walking experience.