A Guide To Climbing Snowdon

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Snowdon is a hugely popular mountain to climb and can often be crowded in the summer months. Snowdon boasts a good mix of steady walking and small scrambles.

Key facts about Snowdon

  • Height: 1,085 m or 3,560 ft
  • Routes: Crib Goch, The Watkin Path, Snowdon South Ridge, Pyg track, Rhyd Ddu Path, Miners Track, Snowdon Ranger Path, Llanberis Track
  • Time: Approximately 3-4 hours along the Pyg Track
  • Difficulty: The easiest climb of the National 3 Peaks (along the Pyg Track)

Getting to Snowdon

With over 1/2 a million visitors per year, it is certainly worth planning your visit!

Where you will stay the night before and park when you get there ought to be a key part of your plan for climbing the highest peak in England and Wales.

There are a wealth of places to stay in the beautiful surrounding area, from a camping pod in castle grounds to a cottage in the foothills of Snowdon  to the vast amount of hotels across the region.

Naturally in the summer months the car parks are generally busier and can be full by 7am!

Where possible a week rather than a weekend will work best to avoid crowds and in particular late September and early October can be a lovely time to visit.

There are several car parks and when using the Pyg Track the best car park is located at Pen-y-pass – postcode LL55 4NY.

Routes up Snowdon

There are a variety of tracks available for climbing Snowdon, which helps to manage the crowds on this popular mountain.

There are multiple routes to the summit of Snowdon that vary in difficulty. These include Crib Goch, The Watkin Path, Snowdon South Ridge, Pyg track, Rhyd Ddu Path, Miners Track, Snowdon Ranger Path, Llanberis Track

For beginner trekkers, we recommend hiking up Snowdon using the Pyg Track or Miner’s Track. Both tracks begin and end at the Pen-y-pass Car Park.

During our National Three Peaks Challenge events, we use the Pyg track to climb to and return from the summit. The Pyg track offers some phenomenal views from down to the glistening lakes up to the stunning summit, it truly is a pleasurable experience.

Weather in Snowdonia

Always make sure you check the weather forecast before making the attempt to climb any mountain.

If the forecast isn’t great, contact the local tourist information office for advice on whether it is safe to climb or not.

Check the Met Office weather forecast for the Snowdonia Mountain Range here.


What is the route along the Pyg track like?

Involving the least amount of  ascent, the Pyg track offers the shortest and most ‘beginner’ like track – don’t be mistaken though this does not mean it is easy! It can be steep and rocky, but the paths tend to generally be good and reasonably straightforward to follow.

For the reasonably fit, it should take you between 3-4 hours, but of course you want to allow for breaks and to take in the breath-taking stunning views!

The views are great, but the Pyg does tend to get pretty busy, so setting off very early or mid-afternoon is advised to try and avoid the crowds. It is worth pointing out of course that depending on the time of year be mindful of when the sun will be setting so that you can be sure you will have enough daylight hours.

During the winter months conditions do become treacherous and like all routes should not be attempted unless you are properly equipped and experienced. Ideally using a very experienced leader is strongly advised.

Snowdon Route Map

Snowdon, Ben Nevis & Scafell Pike – Guided Treks

Mountaineerin can arrange professional, guided expeditions tailored to your needs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small group of friends or a fund-raiser for a worthy cause.

  • When you book with Mountaineerin you’re not just booking someone to walk up and down a mountain with. You are booking years of experience and knowledge of how to get the most of the environment, stay safe whilst there, look after it and most of all enjoy it!
  • You will need a minimum of 5 people for a bespoke trek
  • Cost per person £45
  • Treks available from April to October – date to suit you

Make an enquiry for a guided expedition

Tell us a bit about your group and what date you have in mind and I will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your guided trek! ENQUIRE TODAY

Best wishes,


Simon Ogunlana, Founder & Director

Join an organised trek or challenge

At Mountaineerin our qualified and first aid trained UK mountain leaders will guide you as you climb each mountain during the 3 Peaks Challenge, guaranteeing a safe, fun and fulfilling climb to each summit.

For our organised National 3 Peaks Challenge events we make use of the beautiful Pyg Track. We’ve helped corporate groups, scouts and guides, youth groups and independent trekkers conquer the 3 peaks. 

Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Happy Adventuring!


Simon Ogunlana – Founder & Director


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