Welsh 3000 Challenge (14 Peaks)

Next event 19-20th July 2025


Welsh 3000 Challenge, 14 Peaks – The best mountain running / walking challenge in the UK.

The Welsh 3000 Challenge (14 Peaks) climbs all the 3000ft peaks in Snowdonia in a continuous journey. Highlights along the way include summiting Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England. The knife edged ridge traverse of Crib Goch*, scrambling over the incredible Glyders and Tryfan before taking on the stunning and remote Carneddau range.

Our next open events are on:

  • Saturday 19 July 2025 (20hr challenge) £245
  • Saturday 19 July 2025 – Sunday 20 July 2025 (2 day challenge) £299
  • Paddy Buckley Round 16-18 July 2024 (3 days) £520
  • Other dates available for groups, please ask.
  • For booking enquiries, please contact info@climbsouthwest.com

We have been guiding the Welsh 3000 challenge regularly for over 20 years, with a range of client groups from large charity events over three days, through to groups of fit runners, aiming to complete all peaks within 12 hours. The record, (from 1st to last peak) stands at an almost unbelievable time of 4hrs 10 minutes. This doesn’t however, include the time taken to climb the first peak nor descend the last. Most people will aim to complete this challenge over 2-3 days. We offer the Welsh 3000s as a 20hr guided challenge or spread over 2/3 days.

So what’s involved?

Total distance is about 50km with a height gain close to 4000m, the Welsh 3000s completed inside 24hrs is brutally tough, but a fantastic challenge. To complete the challenge over 2 days is still very difficult. Not one to be underestimated but achievable by anyone with a good level of fitness. There are however, some sections of exposed scrambling. The most famous being Crib Goch. Previous hill walking experience would be highly recommended.

You’ll climb all 14 peaks officially recognised as being over 3000ft but we may also include some others that fall directly alongside our intended route. You are welcome to join us as an individual, part of a group, or representing a charity of your choice.

We will have two pace options:

Run: Join us for a guided run over this beautiful mountain range. It isn’t a race but we will move at a steady jog on the easy sections and walk the rest. There will be plenty of time to learn a few navigational skills or sharpen up existing ones. This would perfect preparation for anyone thinking about entering the V3K, Welsh 1000m or Dragon’s Back races in the future.

Walk: We will take it steady, with a focus on completing the whole journey inside 20hrs (or 2 days). Navigation will be covered by our guides. If you want to develop your own skills in this area then we will be happy to share our expertise with you during the day. We also offer navigation workshops throughout the year, please ask.

What’s included?

  • Low ratio guiding and supervision by our highly experienced and qualified leaders. We are fully insured to deliver this type of event.
  • Refuelling opportunities and support along the way. Food and drinks in 3 key locations.

Places are limited for this event, due to the nature of the terrain and supervision required. For further information, or if booking for more than 6 people, please contact info@climbsouthwest.com.

Welsh 3000s Information Pack 2024

Welsh 3000s leg 1 on Outdoor Active

Welsh 3000s leg 2 on Outdoor Active

Crib Goch

Adam and Eve, Tryfan summit

Cantilever on Glyder Fach

Approaching the summit of Crib Goch

Approaching the summit of Crib Goch

Cwm Idwal, Ogwen Valley and Pen yr Ole Wen

Tryfan and the Glyders from Pen yr Ole Wen

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Call: 07966 654867
Email: info@climbsouthwest.com 

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