Welsh 3000 Challenge

Welsh 3000 Challenge

So what is the Welsh 3000 challenge? In a word, tough. Seriously tough. This challenge is in a different league to other common mountain challenges such as the 3 Peaks and is most certainly not for the faint-hearted. To complete the Welsh 3000 challenge, you’ll need to summit the 15 highest mountains in Wales in just 24 hours using nothing other than your own legs, grit and determination.

Completing this challenge is truly a great lifetime achievement and something to remember for the rest of your life. The route involves over 4100 metres of ascent as well as some pretty technical sections, including the infamous Crib Goch & Tryfan.

The record for this event is an incredible 4 hours 19 minutes (set by Colin Donnelly in 1988). If you’re quick (jogging on the flats and downhill sections) you can complete this challenge in less than 12 hours. However, if you walk, you can expect to complete the challenge in somewhere between 15 and 24 hours – a long time to be on your feet.

Alternatively if you still want to see all the beautiful scenery but without the mad rush, we offer the Welsh 3000 challenge in 3 days, still a worthy challenge but not quite as frantic.

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“I cannot praise Fitways Adventure enough for their efforts with our challenge, the guides were AMAZING. Nick, Simon and Roger are legends”

“The Welsh 3000 is a challenge that should not be underestimated. It takes a great deal of physical and mental endurance, emotional stamina and perseverance, all of which are seriously tested. However, with a 100% success rate, Nick, Simon and Roger have the skills, knowledge and most importantly, sense of humour, to support you on this journey of a lifetime. The challenge was extremely well managed and the navigational skills by all the guides were very impressive”.

“Nick, Simon and Roger are amazing and everything around you just happens, food, drink, navigation so all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other (quite a few times actually and for a very long time)…without a shadow of a doubt without them this challenge would not have been possible and their support enable us to push ourselves to the limit and beyond in a few cases, you really leave it all out there…no blood but lots of sweat and even a few tears!!!”


3 days – options to finish in 24 hours or over 3 days
Daily walking time:
15 to 24 hrs
Very Hard
Max team size:
7 per Instructor
Available dates Training:
Available dates: (Challenge)
18 & 19 April 2020
12 to 14 June 2020 


Note – Max. client/leader ratio: 7:1 (max. team size of 14)

The challenge in 24 hours

To achieve the challenge in 24 hours you’ll need a high level of fitness and some scrambling experience. It’s a long 24 hours, but is certainly worth all the hard work.

The challenge in 3 days

Completing the Welsh 3000 challenge over 3 days is still a tough challenge, even with the extra time. You’ll need a high level of fitness and some scrambling experience.

The Mountains We Will Climb:

Snowdon Region:

  • Snowdon (we will walk up Snowdon in the dark, ready to start the Challenge at first light)
  • Garnedd Ugain
  • Crib Goch

Your support team will then meet you at Nant Peris, equipped with hot drinks & bacon sandwiches

Glyder section:

  • Elidir Fawr
  • Y Garn
  • Glyder Fawr
  • Glyder Fach
  • Tryfan

Your support team will again meet you at Llyn Ogwen with more hot drinks and warming food.

Carneddau Section:

  • Pen yr Ole Wen
  • Carnedd Dafydd
  • Yr Elen
  • Carnedd Llewelyn
  • Foel Grach
  • Garnedd Uchaf
  • Foel-fras

Having walked down from Foel-fras, you have one final hurdle to overcome – the walk down to Bwlch-y-Ddeufaen, where you’ll once again be reunited with your support team.

The Welsh 3000 Challenge in 24 Hours

Included in the price:

  • 2 nights accommodation (Private room)
  • All food while on the challenge
  • Highly experienced Mountain Leaders who will guide you over the course
  • All logistics – including roadside rescue if you can’t complete the course.
  • A support team who will meet you after each location with a smile and much needed food and drink.
  • Team breakfast after the challenge has been completed – you’ll need it!
  • Training advice from a qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist prior to and while on the challenge
  • Vegan menu
  • Transport back to Maidenhead at the end of the Challenge

Optional extras

  • Pick up from an alternative location to those specified – contact us for prices.

The Welsh 3000 Over 3 Days

Note: The route is identical to the 24hr challenge. However, at the end of the Snowden and the Glyders sections, we’ll pick you up and take you to your B&B to recuperate and prepare for the following day.

Included in the price:

  • 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Packed Lunch & snacks while on the route
  • Experienced Mountain Leaders (1st aid qualified) to guide you
  • All logistics provided throughout the event

Not Included:

  • Alcoholic Drinks in the B&B

Optional extras

  • Pick up from an alternative location to those specified – contact us for prices.

The Welsh 3000 in 24 Hours – Travel & Logistics

Our Welsh 3000s package starts in Snowdonia (Bangor University).  The Fitways Adventures team will hold a briefing at 19.00pm on the Friday before an early night.  If you need collecting from an alternative location, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements

During the challenge, your support crew will be working hard in the background to ensure you are greeted after each section with hot food and drinks.

At the end of the challenge (on the Sunday) we will enjoy a hearty breakfast before you depart.  

The Welsh 3000 in 3 Days – Travel & Logistics

Our Welsh 3000 challenge package starts in Snowdonia.  The Fitways Adventures team hold a briefing at 19.00pm on the Friday evening.

We will aim to complete the challenge in Snowdonia by 3.00pm. 

Training & Preparation

Given that the best training to climb a mountain is to climb a mountain, Fitways Adventures also offer Mountain Training days and weekends. These offer the perfect opportunity for you to meet your Mountain Leaders and to get yourself in shape in preparation for the Welsh 3000s Challenge. All bookings for the Welsh 3000s Challenge with us entitle you to a 10% discount on our Training Days.

If you don’t feel quite ready for the Welsh 3000s Challenge, how about trying The 3 Peaks Challenge?

Equipment List

  • Gloves
  • Trail shoes (You might be able to use on some sections if it’s dry)
  • Warm Hat (covering ears)
  • Warm top (2nd fleece would be ideal)
  • Quality Waterproofs (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Lightweight Backpack (25 – 35 Litres) Do ensure your equipment is in a waterproof bag
  • Mobile phone (in waterproof case)
  • Blister plasters (suggest Compeed)
  • Personal First Aid kit (Your Leader will carry a Master First Aid kit)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle (2 Litres minimum split across 2 bottles)
  • Optional: Camera
  • Optional: GPS (great for tracking progress)
  • Optional: Walking poles (Useful for final section)
  • Head Torch & Spare Batteries (Essential) 

Clothing to be worn on the hill

  • Walking boots & socks
  • Walking trousers – no jeans
  • Base Layer (T-shirt or long-sleeved top – not cotton)
  • Sports top or fleece (not cotton)
  • Windproof jacket

Stuff to leave in the support vehicle

  • Change of clothes (3 x base layer and socks)
  • Overnight bag 


  • Snacks you’ve enjoyed during training

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