Snowdon at Night
Summer dates: 7th – 8th August
Autumn dates: 16th – 17th October
Join GAC as we explore the highest mountain in Wales and England by moonlight! Following the Llanberis track to the summit using torches to light our way, trekking by night will bring a fresh twist to this classic charity challenge. Upon reaching the mountain summit we’ll be rewarded with unforgettable views of the sun rising across the Snowdonia National Park, and as we descend breathtaking sights of the mountain range will uncover before us. Once we reach the finish line in Llanberis we’ll celebrate our achievement with a well-earned breakfast!
Overnight Challenge – miss one night of sleeping in a bed!
We leave the start venue in the evening and head to the start of the Llanberis Path. Also known as the Tourist Path, this is one of the longer and more gradual ascents up Snowdon. The first part of the route is along a road towards the Penceunant Tea House, a traditional 18th century cottage.
Shortly after the Tea House we leave the road and join the section leading to the Halfway House Café. This is a steady and easy to navigate path shadowing the railway line. Once we reach the Café the path will get noticeably steeper and rockier underfoot with a steep push on to Clogwyn Station, the stretch under the railway bridge providing us with a moment’s respite.
The next stretch rises quite steeply and we’ll soon notice the ground dropping away on either side of our path. The steep gradient finally eases off as we approach the Bwlch Glad standing stone, and from this point the path to the summit follows the railway lines all the way up to the final few steps to the summit cairn at 3,560 ft. Once we reach the summit we’ll celebrate our achievement – although we may not want to spend too much time up there due to the cold! Our descent will take around 2 – 3 hours, and when we reach the finish line we’ll complete our adventure with a delicious breakfast.
Trekking distance – approx. 9.5 miles
(Please note, this is a complex itinerary and is subject to change. The health and safety of participants is our number one priority so mountain weather conditions and group ability can impact on the event timings and schedule.)
Option A – Minimum Sponsorship
Registration Fee £49 + Min Sponsorship £290*
Option B – Self-funding
Registration Fee £49 + Self Funding £145*
See below FAQs for more information about costs.
How your fundraising helps
We have kindly asked you raise as much as you can as it will all go towards the £9.3m required this year to help us continue to provide the free services to those who need it. To give you some inspiration:
- £15.63 could pay for a specialist Living Well Centre Nurse (formally Day Hospice) for an hour
- £90.26 could pay for a Hospice at Home Healthcare Assistant for a day
- £121.53 could pay for a Staff Nurse in the In-patient Unit for a day
- £486 could pay for a patient to receive specialist care in our In-patient Unit for one day
(using 2018/19 audited account costs)
Want some fundraising ideas – take a look at our Fundraising Guide here
- Option A - Minimum Sponsorship
- Option B - Self-funding
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Registration Fee £49 + Min Sponsorship £290
This option means the challenge balance of your event cost is met through raising a minimum sponsorship for a charity of your choice. Most people sign up a year in advance when selecting this option, giving you time to prepare and organise your fundraising. This is not gospel though – some sign up sooner, some later – it really depends on how quickly you think you can fundraise the required amount.
Step 1 – To join the challenge you pay the non-refundable registration fee directly to us and commit to raising the minimum sponsorship shown on the challenge page.
Step 2 – Start fundraising and send your sponsorship money to your chosen charity as you raise it. Your charity will most likely keep a log of monies you are sending in.
Step 3 – 80% of your minimum sponsorship must be received by your charity no later than 10 weeks before departure. If you have raised the required amount, your charity would then be in a position to pay the challenge balance, which is never more than 50% of the minimum sponsorship figure.
Step 4 – The remaining 20% of your minimum sponsorship should be sent to your charity no later than 4 weeks following your return after the challenge. Some charities may request you send this 20% to them before the challenge takes place – your charity will guide you further on this.
Registration Fee £49 + Self Funding £145
This option enables you to fund the entire challenge yourself, which means you do not have to commit to raising a set sponsorship. Although no fundraising is required, we do strongly encourage you to support a charity of your choice and raise as much as you possibly can.
Step 1 – You pay the non-refundable registration fee to us, in order to join the challenge.
Step 2 – 10 weeks before departure, you will receive an invoice to pay the challenge balance as shown on the respective challenge page.
Step 3 – The challenge balance invoice is to be paid no later than 8 weeks before departure.