Explorers Connect

Packraft Snowdonia
Future dates TBC

We are in the process of finalising dates of this excellent trip for 2020.
Register your interest via the button at the bottom of the page to be one of the first to know when it launches…

Enjoy this picturesque packraft journey from mountain to coast in some of North Wales’ most stunning landscape. Begin with a short hike before paddling north to camp overnight in a secluded woodland. Your paddle adventure continues the following day, when you’ll go with the flow all the way to the coast.


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What better way to explore Snowdonia than from the water. Spend a weekend with Explorers Connect testing the expedition industry’s most exciting new bit of kit: The Packraft, an inflatable, extra tough, raft-for-one. Begin your journey in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, spend 2 days paddling along some of North Wales’ most beautiful river scenery, idylic woodland and across an upland lake, finishing in World Heritage Site Conwy Town, with its 13th Century Castle and historical suspension bridge

You’ll spend a night under the stars with expert guidance on how to wild camp comfortably for an enjoyable and hassle-free experience, learn new skills on responsible fire-making, using tarps and importantly, how to ‘leave no trace’ when on adventures.


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  • Day 1 (Saturday): 9am meet your guide in Betws-Y-Coed for a kit check and brief. Your group will then hike to the start point at Capel Curig where the packrafting adventure begins. That evening set up a wild camp and learn the skills for a comfortable night outside, cook up your dinner and share stories around the fire.

  • Day 2 (Sunday): Continue paddling down the valley to Conwy Town where you’ll finish mid-afternoon and can enjoy fish and chips or spend time exploring. Take the public bus back to Betws-Y-Coed or stay the night and explore some more.



Please travel by train if you can! Parking in Betws-Y-Coed is very limited, especially in Summer.

You will need to meet your packraft guide at 9am on Sat 1st June in Betws-Y-Coed. There are lots of accommodation options if you want to travel up on the Friday and stay over the night before.

Your journey will end around 3/4pm in Conwy, where you can hop on the bus back to Betws-Y-Coed or stay a while, and grab some well earned fish and chips and explore the town. Trains from Conwy link to Cardiff, London Euston and Birmingham lines.

You’ll need to arrive on Saturday morning having eaten a hearty breakfast, and will need to bring all of your food and snacks to sustain you until around 3/4pm on Sunday when you arrive in Conwy.


Suitable for those with little or no paddle experience, the route is not difficult but does cover a long distance, around 20km (12.5 miles) each day (with the flow of the water). You will carry your personal kit, camping kit, food and paddling equipment. To enjoy this adventure you will need at least an average level of fitness.

All safety and packrafting equipment is provided, you’ll need to bring a large 40-50Li rucksack and waterproof liner/drybag (can be borrowed/hired if pre-arranged) a sleeping bag suitable for the season, and a form of shelter for wild camping, (tarp and groundsheet, tent, or tarp and hammock), food, cooking stove and fuel, and lightweight or neoprene shoes to get wet in. Full kit list will be sent in advance of the trip.


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  • 2 days guided packrafting through Snowdonia National Park with two experienced and qualified paddlesport experts

  • 2 days use of packraft and paddling equipment

  • All safety equipment needed throughout the expedition

  • A nights supervised wild camping in a stunning woodland location

  • Collection of the packrafts at the end of the journey


  • Dates: Future dates are TBC

  • Price: Prices are currently TBC, but will be around £250 per person

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If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.