The summit of Snowdon (note that it's "Snowdon" or in Welsh "Yr Wyddfa", never "Mount Snowdon"!) stands at 1,085m (3,560ft) above sea level. This doesn't sound too high, but it's worth remembering that Snowdon is a coastal mountain, and sea level is only a few miles away!
Absolutely not, and thousands of people climb to the summit of Snowdon and other mountains of Snowdonia every year without a guide or any professional assistance. Snowdon is possiblythe busiest mountain in the U.K. and the summit can be as busy as any other attraction in the height of the summer.
Now, obviously we think that hiring a private guide is a great idea - but there are some rather good reasons why you might want to consider it:
If you're not sure if you need a guide or not for your mountain adventure then please get in touch.
This is a common question, and the answer is - maybe, but possibly not.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway runs trains to the summit during the late Spring, Summer and early Autumn. As it is a 'closed' line (only running from one terminus to another) almost every person who gets on at the station in Llanberis is going to the summit AND back.
It's a very popular North Wales attraction and in the Summer pretty much every seat on the trains in the middle of the day is taken - so if you plan to buy a ticket at the summit and get the train down then you will have to wait at the summit station on the chance that there is a free space.
If there are no more free spaces then there is a very good chance that you will have to walk back down at the end of the day anyway!
So, we don't recommend that you plan on getting the train down from the summit - it's possible, but definitely not guaranteed.
We run guided walks for clients on Snowdon and the other mountains in Snowdonia and North Wales all year round.
The limiting factors are weather and daylight - short days and the increased chances of poor weather make an attempt to climb to the summit of Snowdon a little trickier, but we do work with clients all year round!
We tend to work to the following ratios:
So if your group is larger than the ratio for one guide on that route you will need to pay for a second guide.
Yes you can! We do this fairly often for people who want to hire a guide for a private walking holiday.
Please get in touch so we can discuss your requirements.
We also offer discounts for multiple consecutive days booked.
We run guided walks pretty much everywhere in North Wales and Snowdonia, and beyond. If you have a particular mountain, route or area in mind then we can supply a local and experienced guide to suit your requirements.
You will need to bring some basic equipment for your own safety and comfort. This includes, but is not limited to:
A full equipment list is available here, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have about equipment.
Yes we do!
We can run bespoke privately guided wild camping and backpacking trips in Snowdonia for small groups. Please get in touch for information and prices.
There are a number of car parks around the foot of Snowdon, and we strongly encourage everybody reading this to park in on of the official car parks and to pay for their parking. The local councils will quite happily issue parking fines for improperly and illegally parked vehicles, and it's quite common to see a long line of vehicles with parking enforcement notices on their windscreens near Pen y Pass.
We have created a dedicated page for Snowdon car parks here, complete with postcodes.