Nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Welsh landscape, our hostel provides an ideal haven for adventurers undertaking the Welsh 3000s Challenge.
After a day of conquering rugged peaks, you can look forward to the comforts awaiting you at the hostel. Indulge in rejuvenating hot showers, washing away the fatigue and allowing for a well-deserved moment of relaxation. Our cosy and comfortable beds invite weary hikers to a peaceful night’s sleep, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready for the next day’s adventure.
Dig in with our homecooked dinners, a nourishing reward for the day’s efforts, and wake up to a hearty breakfast that fuels you for the challenges ahead.
For those hitting the trails early, our perfect packed lunches guarantee you’ll have sustenance that not only tastes great but also provides the energy needed to conquer the Welsh 3000s.
At our hostel, we understand that the journey doesn’t end on the mountain; it continues in the warmth and comfort of a welcoming home away from home.
The Mountains of the Welsh 3000s Challenge
The Welsh 3000s Challenge takes participants on a journey to summit each of the following 15 mountains:
- Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa): 3,560 ft
- Crib y Ddysgl: 3,494 ft
- Crib Goch: 3,020 ft
- Elidir Fawr: 3,031 ft
- Y Garn: 3,107 ft
- Glyder Fawr: 3,284 ft
- Glyder Fach: 3,274 ft
- Tryfan: 3,010 ft
- Pen Yr Ole Wen: 3,210 ft
- Carnedd Dafydd: 3,425 ft
- Carnedd Llewelyn: 3,491 ft
- Yr Elen: 3,156 ft
- Foel Grach: 3,196 ft
- Carnedd Gwenllian: 3,048 ft
- Foel Fras: 3,225 ft
Each of these mountains offers a unique and challenging experience, from the iconic peaks like Snowdon to the quieter and more remote summits like Yr Elen.
Records and Achievements
In the annals of Welsh mountaineering, the record for the fastest known time (FKT) in the Welsh 3000s Challenge stands as a testament to exceptional athleticism and endurance.
In 2019, Finlay Wild etched his name into the history books by achieving the fastest known time, conquering the 35-kilometer route that encompasses all 15 peaks in just over four hours. This remarkable feat showcased not only Wild’s physical prowess but also his mastery of the challenging terrain.
Building on this legacy, the year 2023 witnessed another extraordinary achievement, this time in the realm of self-supported efforts. Gavin Dale and Daniel Weller tackled the Welsh 3000s Challenge, navigating the peaks and valleys with unyielding determination. Their self-supported FKT, completed in just over 8.5 hours, exemplifies the enduring allure of this formidable mountainous quest and the continuous pursuit of excellence within the Welsh 3000s community.
Also in 2023, George Bath set an impressive record for an unsupported effort, completing the challenge in just over 9 hours.
Embracing the Journey - A three day challenge
Taking it slow isn’t just a philosophy, it’s a gateway to a more profound connection with the landscape and a chance to create lasting memories.
The hostel becomes a haven, a place to share stories with fellow adventurers, and a hub for recharging weary bodies. The Welsh 3000s Challenge, when savored over three days, transforms from a race against time into a celebration of nature’s grandeur and personal triumphs.
So, lace up your boots, embrace the pace, and embark on a journey that transcends summits — a journey that encapsulates the spirit of the Welsh 3000s.
Day 1: Setting the Tone
Embarking on the Welsh 3000s Challenge with a mindset of taking it slow opens the door to a richer appreciation of the rugged beauty that surrounds each step. Begin the journey with the ascent of iconic peaks like Snowdon, Crib y Ddysgl, and Crib Goch. As the sun dips below the horizon, return to the hostel for a well-deserved rest. Our hostel offers hot showers, comfortable beds and a homecooked dinner, providing the perfect sanctuary to recharge for the days ahead.
Day 2: The Heart of the Challenge
Dividing the route allows for a more profound connection with the diverse terrain of Wales. Day two unfolds with the exploration of Glyder Fawr, Tryfan, and the Carneddau range. Pause at each summit to absorb the unique features and relish the serenity that comes from immersing oneself in the rhythm of the landscape. Upon returning to the hostel in the evening and a goods night sleep, a hearty breakfast awaits, setting the stage for the final leg of the adventure.
Day 3: Summiting Triumph
On the third day, the challenge crescendos with the ascent of remaining peaks like Yr Elen, Foel Grach, and Foel Fras. The deliberate pace allows for unhurried moments, capturing the essence of each summit and celebrating the journey as much as the destination.
As the adventure concludes, return to the hostel, basking in the accomplishment of completing the Welsh 3000s Challenge.
A Challenge for the Brave
Completing the Welsh 3000s Challenge is more than a physical accomplishment; it’s a journey through the heart of Wales’ stunning landscapes and a test of mental resilience. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer aiming for a record or a first-time challenger seeking a personal triumph, the Welsh 3000s Challenge beckons with its majestic summits and awe-inspiring panoramas.
Lace up your boots, pack your essentials, and embrace the challenge of a lifetime among the peaks of Wales.