Undertake the Welsh 3000s Challenge!

The Welsh 3000s is a tough mountain challenge that aims to complete all 15 peaks (over 3000ft) in Wales in under 24hrs! Geographically they fall within three ranges; The Snowdon Massif, The Glyders and Carneddau mountain ranges. If this sounds like your sort of thing then read on...

As you might imagine, this well-known challenge is not to be underestimated. Throughout the 24 hours you will be ascending and descending approximately 8,000m and walking 30 miles (50km) with a large part of this taking place in darkness and over rough terrain.

A very good level of fitness and determination is essential as you'll become quite physically and mentally drained. However, the sense of achievement and satisfaction you will take from this adventure is undeniable.

Your highly experienced and qualified guide will ensure your safety during the challenge and keep you on track throughout the challenge.

Please note: the Welsh 3000's Challenge can run whenever you decide to take the plunge. It is not a single event that runs on one particular date.

If you fancy a challenge but maybe something a bit less demanding, why not try the 3 Peaks Challenge?

During the challenge you will be provided with:

  • Experienced and qualified Mountain Leaders
  • Low Instructor to client ratios (1:5 / 1:10)
  • Transport from various locations in the South East
  • Accommodation Included
  • Catering Included
  • Eco-friendly travel (we're a carbon neutral company)
  • Fitness plan and information pack
  • Certificate of achievement
Information

Season

March - October

Duration

3 Days (24 hour challenge)

Group Size

8-12

Restrictions

Minimum age: 18 A high level of fitness required.

Welsh 3000 Stats

• Total Distance: 50km (30 miles)
• Ascent: 4155m (13,632 ft)
• Descent: 3997m (13,114 ft)
• Estimated Time: 20-24hours

This is a strenuous challenge and a high level of fitness is required to complete this challenge.

Mountain Leaders

You will be guided by an experienced instructor who holds a mountain leader qualification and has experience of the Welsh 3000 or another endurance challenge. All of our group leaders are wilderness first aid trained and will be in radio communication with the support team.

Support Team

The support team's job is to get you from peak to peak, provide moral support (don’t underestimate this!) and back up mountain safety to the mountain leaders if required.

Training for the Welsh 3000

We provide a full training package to ensure you are well prepared for your challenge. This includes a fitness training program put together by our very own fitness instructors and endurance specialists, plus important information on walking boots, clothing, equipment, and the best places to buy them from. You can also attend one of our Mountain Training Days, held in various beautiful locations across the UK, which will give you the opportunity to try out your equipment, break in your boots and test your fitness.

Challenge Teams

Depending on the size of the event we will divide you into groups of 10 for the duration of the Welsh 3000 challenge. You will be able to choose your group (depending on your fitness level and mountain walking experience) on the first evening but once in your group, you will not be able to change as the minibuses will not always be together.

Fundraising for Charity

If you are trying to raise money for a charity then we are more than happy to have you on the challenge, however, you will still need to pay the event fee in the normal way. If you are looking to organise a charity three peaks with a large group then please contact us for more information.

Conservation and Welsh 3000

Every year thousands of people attempt this challenge either in small unsupported groups or in large organised groups raising money for charity. At Hatt Adventures we are very aware of the environmental impact this is having, which is why we run our challenges in a responsible way. We plan our timings to ensure that we are not disturbing the local residents at unsocial hours of the night and we ensure that all our clients are fully briefed on the environmental impact the events can have on the mountains and how to minimise them. We also only run small events, thus reducing our impact on the mountain trails.

Groups

Group Price

£4,445 for up to 12 people

We can cater for larger private groups and can arrange various, transport, catering and accommodation options.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to North Wales from Brighton via London collecting participants as we go. This will take most of the day but it's a great chance to get to know the people you'll be completing the challenge with. The evening consists of a mountain safety briefing an early night to prepare for the challenge ahead.

Day 2

Up early and we'll make our way to the foot of Crib Goch - a knife-edge ridge with almost vertical drops on either side which leads us to Garnedd Ugain and then onto Mount Snowdon, the largest peak in Wales. From there, our route descends to the valley bottom allowing us to meet our support vehicle, have a short break and get some well-earned lunch. From here it's back uphill as we tackle another series of mountains including the Glyders and Tryfan which hosts the two distinctive standing stones Adam and Eve; dare you make the jump? At the foot of Tryfan we will have dinner before ascending for the final time.

Day 3

The final section will be almost entirely in darkness so plenty of head torch batteries are required. This will obviously make navigation harder but guiding you all the way will be one of our Mountain Leaders. The challenge is a difficult one but we descend to the valley floor 3 times to meet our support vehicle so don't worry if you really can't go on, you can always get in the wagon. With the challenge over, we will all journey home, tired but fully satisfied with the amazing achievement you just conquered!

Locations

North Wales

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All mountain safety equipment supplied.

Equipment needed

Walking boots / approach shoes, small rucksack (25 litres), waterproof top and trousers, fleece or warm top, hat and gloves, whistle, head torch, water bottles (min of 1.5lts). We will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Transport

Day 1

Pick up points: Brighton (Train Station), London (Heathrow Airport Terminal 5), Birmingham and Chester.

Day 2

Minibus support throughout challenge.

Day 3

Drop off points: Chester, Birmingham, London (Heathrow Airport Terminal 5), Brighton (Train Station).

Accommodation

Day 1

1 night bunkhouse accommodation.

Day 2

Accommodation not required.

Day 3

Accommodation not required.

Catering

Day 1

Lunch - (Self catered) at the services as we drive North.
Dinner - (Included) we usually stop at a pub on route or near the accommodation.

Day 2

Breakfast - (Included) continental breakfast.
Lunch - (Included) packed lunch.
Dinner - (Included) at one of the check points.

Day 3

Breakfast - (Included) continental breakfast.
Lunch - (Self catered) at the services as we drive South.