Explorers Connect

Welsh 3000s Challenge Weekend
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st July 2019

Our Welsh 3000s Challenge Weekend will have you summitting all 15 peaks over 3000ft in Wales over 2 days. It’s one for the daring and determined - a big step up from the National 3 Peaks. If you’re looking for something to push yourself then this is it.



Over 2 days you’ll traverse some of the most spectacular and toughest mountain walks and take in the finest scenery in Snowdonia.

You will be accompanied by Pete and Lou - two experienced and friendly mountain leaders (see below) - who will do everything to help you succeed on this challenge.

The route is around 48km (but the walks up to the start point and down from the finish point takes it to about 56km in total) and your total elevation gain will be more than 5,000m. On the way you'll summit well known peaks such as Snowdon, Crib Goch, Glyders, Tryfan, and the Carneddau. Staying in comfortable group accommodation at the foot of Snowdon.



Day 1 (Friday): Arrive at our bunkhouse from 6pm and meet your challenge-mates and mountain leaders for a brief.

Day 2 (Saturday): We’ll be up early for and to get started with the day’s hiking. Taxi transfer or public bus to Pen Y Pass carpark, and begin the hike from around 7:30am. We will scramble over Crib Goch, hike over Snowdon, the Glyderau and Tryfan sections and will be transferred back our bunkhouse after around 12 hrs of hiking, for a well-earned, hearty dinner in the nearby pub.

Day 3 (Sunday): Another early start after breakfast, and transport to Ogwen. The hike will take us over the Carneddau section, estimated to be finished for the day at approx 7.30pm.

Timings and routes are subject to weather conditions and group progress. This is a tough challenge, we will do everything we can to get everyone to summit the 15 peaks. Group safety is paramount and our experienced mountain guides reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary to keep everyone safe. This is a 2-day challenge, not a 24hr challenge. Hike finish times each day are approximate. You will be tired afterwards, and may want to consider staying another night locally on Sunday.



Your hosts for this adventure are the incredibly lovely and experienced husband and wife team Pete & Lou, who are passionate about enabling people to enjoy the outdoors.

Pete and Lou’s greatest joy is to enable people to take part in outdoor activities at whatever level suits them, enabling them to achieve their goals in a safe and controlled way whilst maintaining a sense of achievement and challenge. Both Pete and Lou are highly experienced and qualified mountain leaders, and know the Welsh mountains like the backs of their hands.

They perfectly represent the Explorers Connect ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends. You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here.


You don't have to be a technical climber or a fell runner to do this challenge. However, due to its highly physical nature you need good fitness, a head for heights and experience of walking in the mountains. If your fitness is not quite at its peak or if it’s been a while since you did your last mountain hike, if you can commit to a training plan and get mountain fit by July then this challenge is not out of your reach.

What we expect of you:

You need to have walked in the mountains before and be physically and mentally prepared for hiking at heights and up steep ground for extended periods. There will also be scrambling up more technical routes like Crib Goch and Tryfan - check out the video above to get an idea of what to expect for those ascents. You’ll be walking for around 12 hours on both days, which is why we are emphasising the importance of good fitness – we want you to enjoy the weekend and get to those summits!



Our group will have exclusive use of a comfortable bunkhouse. Bedrooms are dormitory style single-sex rooms with shared bathroom facilities. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel.

A self-service breakfast hamper will be provided for the group.

You will need to bring your own food provisions for the rest of the trip, something filling for packed lunches on both hiking days and plenty of snacks to keep you going, you’ll need it!

Dinner is not provided on Friday evening as people tend to arrive at different times. Saturday dinner will be in the nearby pub (not included).


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  • 2 full days guided mountain hiking with experienced and friendly guides

  • 2 night’s accommodation in a cosy, comfortable bunkhouse, right at the foot of Snowdon

  • Group reservation for dinner on Saturday evening

  • Taxi transfers from hiking end point on Saturday, and to the start point on Sunday.
    Saturday morning we will take the short ride on the public bus to Pen-y Pass car park.

  • Camaraderie of a fun and supportive Explorers Connect group to tackle this challenge with


  • Dates: This adventure runs from 6pm on Friday 19th July to approx 8pm Sunday 21st July 2019.

  • Prices: £245 (members price: £230)

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