Without doubt the most awesome route to the top of Snowdon has to be via Crib Goch. With grade one scrambles and a knife-edged arête, it’s the ultimate Snowdon challenge.
It starts with a gentle hike from Pen-y-Pass along the Pyg Track before veering off to climb up to the imposing ridge of Crib Goch. The bravest will march confidently along the top while the more nervous will be on all fours with most people managing a bit of both! The pinnacles give you a bit of easy vertical scrambling before continuing to Snowdon’s summit via Garnedd Ugain/Crib y Ddysgl. Your return journey will be along the Miners’ Track where you’ll have amazing views back up to Crib Goch.
Client satisfaction is our top priority. Our Snowdon via Crib Goch experiences are recommended by 100% of previous customers. We’re the number one outdoor adventure provider in the area and two-time recipient of the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award.
We operate our Snowdon via Crib Goch group hikes between Easter and October half term or, if you want to make a private booking, we’ll also offer alternate dates and start times. We’ll chat to you in advance and ensure you’ve got the right gear for an enjoyable day out.
Whether you’re doing it for charity, with a group of friends, as a family outing or just for your own pleasure, MountainXperience will take the hassle out of planning your adventure and keep you safe on the day. You’ll only meet qualified and experienced mountain guides who are fully insured and hold up-to-date first aid certificates to ensure your safety.
If you’re ready to book your Snowdon via Crib Goch adventure with MountainXperience, simply choose your preferred date from our live availability calendar and our booking partners FareHarbor will arrange everything for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Of course! Around half our clients come on their own. It’s a great way to meet other like-minded adventurers.
Children aged 12+ are very welcome but must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times. If you’re unsure about your child’s suitability please get in touch and we can have a chat.
That all depends on how quick you walk! If walking in a group then we’ll always aim to stay together and will go at the pace of the slowest person. You should treat it as a day out and expect it to take six to eight hours to get to the top and back down again. We never treat these days as races or endurance tests – the idea is to enjoy yourself.
Absolutely not. As with many outdoor activities you can easily spend a fortune on the latest top-end clothing but there’s really no need. Hiking boots are better than walking shoes and walking shoes are better than trainers but if all you have is a pair of firm, comfy trainers then they’ll be fine.
Starting from the bottom up, you’ll need something comfy to walk in. If you’ve bought new footwear try to wear them a few times before you climb Snowdon to make sure they’re a good fit. An extra pair of socks can also be a good idea. Walking trousers are great particularly the ones you can zip the bottoms off to make shorts. Jeans are really bad as if they get wet they become very heavy and are difficult to dry. The key to your top half is layers. Don’t wear a t-shirt then a big heavy coat – better to wear a t-shirt, a fleece of some sort and a jacket – that way you can easily add/remove layers as the conditions change. If you have a hat and gloves then pack them. Remember the temperature on the summit will always be considerably less than at sea level so be prepared. Finally you’ll need a rucksack to carry everything. No need for a huge expedition backpack – just something big enough to carry your lunch and spare bits. If you have any questions about what you need on the day, get in touch.
It can be, yes. You might have seen photos of crowds queuing at the summit for their photo opportunity however this is really only an issue on summer weekends and sunny bank holidays. To help mitigate this we always recommend an early start.
Yes there is. But it only opens from around the end of Spring until late October and then only on good weather days so it’s always best to be self-sufficient and bring your own snacks and drinks.
There are public toilets at the start of each route and when the Summit Visitor Centre is open there are also facilities at the top.
Yes! If you’re travelling locally from Betws-y-Coed or Caernarfon you can catch the S1 Snowdon Sherpa bus. If you’re coming from Bangor you’ll need the S2 Snowdon Sherpa service. From Llanberis or Nant Peris (Park & Ride) use the S1, S2 or S5 buses or from Porthmadog take the S4.
Get off at Pen-y-Pass and your guide will be waiting for you there.
Find out more about the Snowdon Sherpa (Sherpa’r Wyddfa) service at www.sherparwyddfa.wales
Due to the nature of this activity it’s not really suitable for pets – even adventurous ones. Sorry.
In 2022, more than 95% of our clients successfully reached the summit of Snowdon. Our guides will always aim to get you and the group there however sometimes it might not be possible for safety reasons.
If it’s too windy or there’s too much snow or ice on the path then our guides will turn the group around at the point where it’s no longer safe to continue. On the rare occasion this does happen, it’s typically after the three-quarter way mark so hopefully you’ll have still had a good day out.
Sometimes the general fitness or walking speed of a member of the group might mean turning back those who are struggling to avoid causing issues for the rest of the group although our guides are usually able to recognise this very early on in the day.
Safety will always be our guide’s main priority.