The ultimate Snowdonia adventure
The north ridge of Tryfan is one of our best known and most loved mountain routes and whichever way you choose to go up you'll need to use your hands to reach the top. That's scrambling and it marks the line between hiking and mountaineering. This grade one scramble is a great way to step up from your typical hill-walking day but without the need for ropes and other technical equipment. With scrambling there'll often be more exposure and things can go wrong easily by going off-route and entering real climbing territory but that's where MountainXperience come in. We'll guide you safely on a day out you won't forget picking the best route to the top for your ability.
Whether you're doing it for charity, with a group of friends, as a family outing or just for your own pleasure MountainXperience can take the hassle out of planning your adventure and keep you safe on the day. We only work with qualified and experienced mountain guides who are fully insured and hold up-to-date first aid certificates to ensure your safety. We've been exploring Snowdonia's mountains for over a decade and we love nothing more than sharing them with you.
We operate nearly every day of the year between March and October. We'll chat to you in advance and ensure you've got the right gear for an enjoyable day out. On the day we'll meet you at the start point and guide you safely to the summit (and back again!) and supply you with entertaining facts and bad jokes along the way.
If you're ready to book your mountain day with MountainXperience, simply choose your preferred date from our live availability calendar and our booking partners FareHarbor will arrange everything for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people can be in our group?
We'd recommend no more than four people but we can be flexible and always have access to more guides for larger groups. Get in touch and give us a bit more information about the make up of your party and we'll be able help.
Is Tryfan suitable for children?
Children are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times and we'd recommend a ratio of one adult to one child excluding our guide. We suggest that children should have some hiking experience and not be afraid of heights! If you're unsure about your child's suitability please get in touch and we can have a chat.
How long will it take?
Whilst there's only really one way up there are a few different options for descending so you can be up and down in as little as a few hours however if you want a bit more excitement you should allow 6-8 hours. As with all our events we never treat them as races or endurance tests - the idea is to enjoy yourself.
Do I need to go shopping for lots of expensive new gear?
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.
So what exactly to I need to bring with me?
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.
What facilities are there on and around Tryfan?
There are public toilets and a small snack bar just up the road at the Ogwen Centre close to where we end the walk but nothing else throughout the day so be sure to bring everything with you.
The MountainXperience COVID-19 Guarantee
If you're unable to take part in any MountainXperience activity because you're exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you've been asked to self-isolate or you're at risk of passing on COVID-19 to others or if Government advice changes and your planned activity can no longer go ahead, you'll be offered the chance to rebook, receive a gift card to book another activity or accept a full refund.
If you'd like to have a chat about any of the services we offer please get in touch. Simon can usually be contacted on 01248 614120 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org