Snowdonia Winter Fifteen Peaks Challenge
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Snowdonia Winter Fifteen Peaks Challenge

  • Hike
  • Hillwalking
  • Advanced


Are you up to it? The Fifteen Peaks is known as one of the UK’s toughest fitness challenges, and you’ll be taking it on in winter. If you’re looking for an event to train for, a team bonding experience, or simply a personal goal to achieve; the Fifteen Peaks is the one to sign up for.

Join us on this five-day guided traverse, attempting to take in all fifteen of Snowdonia's highest peaks. You’ll be blown away by the incredible scenery.

If you’re a seasoned summer hillwalker, and new to the winter experience, you’ll get some essential winter skills tuition. And if you’ve already tackled some winter terrain, you’ll be able to develop your capabilities further.

The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year, so we allow plenty of time to organise and take on each day’s activity with this in mind – aiming to conquer all fifteen peaks during your stay.

Kit: Don’t worry about having all the kit, as whilst you’ll need to bring your own personal essentials (like your toothbrush), you can arrange to hire more technical, specialist kit like an ice axe, crampons, winter mountaineering boots and a helmet, from the Plas y Brenin equipment store.
Kit hire is included in the price shown, subject to availability, and is sourced from leading manufacturers and checked to the latest safety requirements. You’ll find a comprehensive equipment list below.

Included in the price: Five nights’ accommodation on a bed, breakfast and evening meal* basis, plus packed lunches on course days. Expert instruction, kit hire, in-course transport, use of the on-site facilities and the all-important Wi-Fi password.

Provision of accommodation begins on the night prior to the start of the course and is not included on the final evening. *Dinner is not provided on the evening prior to the start of the course, nor on the final day of the course. Subject to availability and at an additional cost, extra meals and accommodation can be provide.

We are hugely experienced in preparing delicious meals for a wide range of requirements. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Age restrictions: The minimum participation age for this course is 14 years. Details about the required consents, permissions and the legal responsibilities of parent/guardian(s) can be found here:

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

- You’ll take on a personal winter challenge and attempt to summit all fifteen of Snowdonia’s highest peaks.
- You’ll take in incredible views as you take on a total of 14,000ft of elevation over 30 miles.
- You’ll gain winter mountaineering skills as you go, becoming more confident in your ability to stay safe in winter.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

The itinerary will depend upon the group and the conditions

We will attempt

1. Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa = 3559 ft (1,085 m)

2. Garnedd Ugain/Crib y Ddysgl = 3494 ft (1,065 m)

3. Crib Goch = 3028 ft (923 m)

4. Elidir Fawr = 3031 ft (924 m)

5. Y Garn = 3106 ft (947 m)

6. Glyder Fawr = 3284 ft (1,001 m)

7. Glyder Fach = 3261 ft (994 m)

8. Tryfan = 3011 ft (918 m)

9. Pen yr Ole Wen = 3208 ft (978 m)

10. Carnedd Dafydd = 3425 ft (1,044 m)

11. Carnedd Llewelyn = 3490 ft (1,064 m)

12. Yr Elen = 3156 ft (962 m)

13. Foel Grach = 3202 ft (976 m)

14. Carnedd Gwenllian = 3038 ft (926 m)

15. Foel-fras = 3090 ft (942 m)

Experience Required

Dependent on the conditions, and with fifteen peaks to conquer, you’ll be using a mix of the following techniques and skills. So, whilst having previous experience of each aspect is not compulsory, you’ll find it beneficial if you’ve had tuition or gained experience of these beforehand:

  • Route navigation and map reading.
  • Ropework techniques.
  • Technical skills for assessing, selecting, and placing suitable belays.
  • Selecting and using specialist winter/ice kit.
  • Skills for emergency situations.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

You’ll be supported by our friendly, qualified and exceptionally well-trained staff, who love sharing their knowledge and experience. You’ll have lots of fun, and be encouraged to challenge yourself, in line with your own personal skills and capabilities. Plus we’ll support you to formulate an action plan for your next stage development. Rise to your sense of adventure, in the great outdoors, knowing we have your absolute safety and wellbeing in mind.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
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14th February, 2022
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