How Long Will It Take to Climb Mount Snowdon?

How Long Will It Take to Climb Mount Snowdon?

Snowdon is one of the most famous and recognisable sights in the UK – an awe-inspiring mountain and the highest peak in England and Wales at 1085m! Located in North Wales, Snowdon is a hugely popular peak; over 400,000 walkers flock to the mountain every year and are rewarded with views that stretch for miles! The views of the surrounding peaks, jagged ridges, stunning valleys and glistening lakes really are breathtaking. On a clear day it is possible to see as far as Ireland and even the Isle of Man!

The name ‘Snowdon’ means ‘Snow Hill’ and snow can often be seen covering parts of the mountain. Whilst the Welsh name ‘Yr Wyddfa’ translates to ‘Burial Place’, which may refer to the fact that Snowdon is said to be the mythical resting place of Rhitta Gawr – the giant killed by King Arthur.

So, how long does it take to climb to the summit of Mount Snowdon? It all depends which route you take but should take somewhere between 5-7 hours to reach the summit and walk back down (or just 1 hour if you take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the top!). Check out the below routes to see how long each one will take and what distance you will be covering.


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Snowdon at Night Trek






There are six routes up to the summit of Snowdon; varying in difficulty, distance and duration – they are all fantastic routes in their own right and all demonstrate the stunning views of Snowdonia National Park!


The Llanberis Path

The Llanberis Path is the longest and most gradual path to the summit and offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. This easy to follow path is the route we take up and down on our Snowdon at Night challenge, where we witness the beautiful sunrise across Snowdonia National Park.

Distance (there and back): 9 miles

Time (there and back): 5-7 Hours approx.

Starting Point: Snowdon Mountain Railway

Total Ascent: 975m


The Pyg Track

This route offers a range of fantastic views; down the Llanberis Path, up to Crib Goch, the shimmering lakes and of course stunning views of the summit. The Pyg Track is used to ascend Snowdon on our Three Peaks Challenge.

Distance (there and back): 7 miles

Time (there and back): 5-7 hours approx.

Starting Point: Pen y Pass Car Park

Total Ascent: 723m


The Miners Path

The Miners Path also starts at the Pen y Pass Car Park, and starts gradually with stunning views of the lakes, before a steep ascent up to the summit.

Distance (there and back): 8 miles

Time (there and back): 5-7 Hours approx.

Starting Point: Pen y Pass Car Park

Total Ascent: 723m


Rhyd Ddu Path

This is the quietest route up to the summit and was used as the first official ascent of Snowdon in 1639. Despite this route being lesser used, it is just as scenic as the other routes; the views over the Nantlle Ridge are incredible.

Distance (there and back): 8.5 miles

Time (there and back): 6-7 Hours (approx.)

Starting Point: Rhyd Ddu Car Park

Total Ascent: 895m


The Watkin Path

The Watkin Path, named after Sir Edward Watkin, is probably the toughest of the six routes to the summit, with the largest vertical ascent. Sections of this route are very steep with loose scree – but the views are well worth it!

Distance (there and back): 8 miles

Time (there and back): 5-7 Hours (approx.)

Starting Point: Pont Bethania Bridge Car Park

Total Ascent: 1015m


Snowdon Ranger Path

This route is one of the quieter routes on Snowdon, following a rocky track before joining the Llanberis Path, prior to reaching the summit - with great views of the surrounding valleys, lakes and ridges.

Distance (there and back): 8 miles

Time (there and back): 5-7 Hours (approx.)

Starting Point: Llyn Cwellyn Car Park

Total Ascent: 936m




Our Top 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Snowdon Adventure!

  1. Plan your route – make sure you choose a route that suits your fitness level and then make sure you keep to your planned route. The biggest cause of mountain rescue incidents on Snowdon is due to people getting lost. So, make sure you follow your map or join us on our Snowdon at Night Trek, where you will be supported by excellent mountain leaders.
  2. Wear comfortable walking boots and suitable clothing – This is so important! The terrain can be extremely varied and rough underfoot, and therefore walking boots that support your ankles are a must. Also, the weather can be highly unpredictable, therefore it is important to be prepared for all conditions – come rain and shine!
  3. Check the weather forecast – Make sure you check the local weather forecast before starting your trek, you don’t want to be caught out in a sudden change of conditions! If the weather does deteriorate during your walk then turn back. You can always return another day to summit this beautiful mountain.
  4. Start your trek early – the car parks fill up extremely quickly, with spaces sometimes filling up by 9am on busy summer days!
  5. Carry a rucksack with all your important supplies – Make sure you carry plenty of water and snacks for your journey, in order to keep hydrated and to keep your energy levels high! Emergency equipment such as a compass, torch, map, whistle and first aid kit should also be carried with you at all times.


Take on the Challenge!

Are you feeling inspired to take on the challenge and trek to the summit of Snowdon? Why don’t you join us on our Snowdon at Night Trek - ideal for those new to charity events! Or are you looking for that extra challenge? Then our National Three Peaks Challenge is for you – a fast paced trekking challenge, summiting the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales straight after each other!


Snowdon at Night Trek




“The Best Views Often Come After the Hardest Climb”


Snowdon Climb


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