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The Welsh 3000s

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To conquer the Welsh 3000s challenge, you must complete the 15 highest mountains in Wales (all over 3000ft) in just one weekend.

The route is approximately 24 miles, but including walking to the start point and down from the finish, the total distance covered reaches more than 30 miles.

To keep in with our ethos of mass participation and our priority to complete the challenge rather than break any records or bones, we have purposely split the challenge into two days rather than 24 hours. This allows participants to have a night’s rest and sleep in between. People who still wish to complete the challenge in 24 hours can simply combine their own mountain times to achieve the mighty target.

This is the toughest trekking challenge we organise and therefore highly recommend completing one of our other mountain challenges before attempting the mighty 3000s.

Snowdon Range

Crib Goch 923M (3028FT)

Garnedd Ugain 1065M (3494FT)

Snowdon 1085M (3559FT)

Glyder (Glyderau) Range

Elidir Fawr 924M (3031FT)

Y Garn 947M (3106FT)

Glyder Fawr 1001M (3284FT)

Glyder Fach 994M (3261FT)

Tryfan 918M (3011FT)

Carnedds (Carneddau) Range  

Pen yr Ole Wen 978M (3208FT)

Carnedd Dafydd 1044M (3425FT)

Carnedd Llewelyn 1064M (3490FT)

Yr Elen 962M (3156FT)

Foel Grach 976M (3202FT)

Carnedd Gwenllian 926M (3038FT)

Foel-fras 942M (3090FT)


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We also have a Welsh 3000s Photo Gallery with action snaps from the trekking challenge.  


Day 1

We will meet all challengers at the accommodation in Snowdonia for 6:00pm where we will have a meal together and spend the night in order to prepare for the trek ahead.


Day 2

The Welsh 3000s challenge begins early at 5:30am with the first set of mountains, the Snowdon Range.

The second section is known as the Glyders, which presents the toughest ascents of the whole challenge.

From here, we will head back to our accommodation for a well-deserved night’s sleep before we complete the challenge the following day.


Day 3

We will begin at 8:00am and commence the final set of mountains. The Carnedds range will push the boundaries of both physical and mental limits. This section is tough but if you have made it this far, then you must finish what you started.

After completing the last mountain, your muscles will be tested just a little more with another 4 miles back to the support vehicle.

From here, we will transport you back to the accommodation for you to collect your vehicles and make your onward journey.


Welsh 3000s Challenge

What’s included:

>> Mountain Guides

>> Shuttle Transport (Shuttle bus service to and from the accommodation each day of the challenge to the mountain range)

>> Accommodation (Friday & Saturday evening)

>> The Welsh 3000s Finisher Medal

>> Light Refreshments & Fluids


What's not included:

>> Transport to and from Wales

>> Equipment

>> Personal Insurance

>> Food


Welsh 3000s Challenge


>> Walking Socks

>> Waterproof Socks

>> Walking Boots

>> Base Layers – Shorts, Tights, Upper Body

>> Walking Trousers

>> Walking / Wind Proof Jacket

>> Rain Jacket

>> Fleece or Warm Jumper

>> Hat, Gloves, Balaclava

>> Spare Walking Clothes


Other Clothing

>> Casual Clothing (for when not trekking)

>> Shoes / Trainers / Flip Flops (for when not trekking)

>> Bath Towel

>> Light Blanket / Sleeping Bag (at the accommodation)


Luggage / Packing Equipment:

>> Day Back Pack (to take on the mountains)

>> Packing Sacks and Dry Sack Plastic Bag (for wet clothes)

>> Camelbak / Water Bottle


Walking Equipment:

>> Head Torch & Spare Batteries

>> Mini First Aid Kit, Pain Killers, Blister Plasters and Vaseline

>> Insect Repellent, Sun Cream, Sunglasses

>> Whistle, Compass

>> Mobile Phone


Hygiene & Health:

>> Toiletries

>> Baby Wipes (or similar)

>> Toilet Roll

>> Prescribed Medication

>> Anti Nausea Tablets/Bands (for the shuttle bus service)


Nutrition (suggestions only):

Mountain Nutrition:

>> Energy Bars, Nuts, Seeds, Dry Fruit

>> Malt Loaf, Banana Cake, Jelly Babies, Trex Bars


Post Mountain Nutrition:

>> Protein Shake

>> Protein / Recovery Bars

>> **Soup, Porridge, Pot Noodles, Quick Sport Meals, Oats So Simple

**You will have access to hot water at the accommodation before and after walking each day.


Other Optional Equipment:

>> Walking Poles

>> Camera

>> **Maps

>> **Emergency Equipment – Silver Blanket, Survival Bag

**All of our guides will have Emergency Equipment and spare Maps on them.

We are pleased to provide all trekking participants with a special discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor Ltd which is available to use both in their stores and online through their website.  *Terms & Conditions apply.


Welsh 3000s Challenge

Physical fitness and walking experience are both very important however the ethos of Challenge Central is to take on a challenge, not to be the quickest.

That said, The Welsh 3000s is the toughest challenge we provide. We seriously recommend taking on the Yorkshire and National 3 Peaks challenges before the mighty 3000s.

This challenge pushes the mental and physical limits over the 30 mile course of constant ups and downs. If you are keen trekker and looking for something to really push your limits, then look no further.

We strongly recommend anyone who has a medical condition should seek approval from their GP / Consultant before signing up to a challenge. When registering for the event, you are agreeing to be fit and healthy enough to take part.

The Health and safety of all participants and members of staff are paramount to us. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, we may require a letter from a medical professional stating that you are fit enough to undergo the activity. Please refer to 6.6 in our Terms & Conditions.

The best and most relevant training you can do would be to walk up and down mountains or hills. We appreciate that this is not always possible due to location but anything more vertical than flat will help prepare you for the real thing.

If you don’t have access to any hills then you can create your own in the gym. Walk up hill on the treadmill, climb on the climber or get up and down stairs. Any movement that involves stepping up is good.

Failing the first two training options, the next best thing would be to improve the strength of muscles required in the challenge. Performing exercises such as squats, lunges and step ups will help increase the strength of your leg muscles. You can progress by holding weights to increase intensity. Best to speak to your gym instructor if you are unsure.

Yes you can. We can tailor the event fully to your needs and pick your team up from a location of your choosing. The group booking will be exclusive for your challengers only, you will not be mixed with any other groups. Please contact us for more information.

Friday and Saturday night is spent in a local lodge which has both self catering facilities and a well priced bar with a range of hot meals.

We will be away from the accommodation for many hours over the two days and therefore challengers should have enough calories to keep them going throughout the challenge. We recommend you bring food that is energy dense, light to carry and easy to eat on the mountains.

We are big fans of Beyond The Beaten Track Meals which are well balance nutritional meals that heat themselves!

Of course not! As parts of the route are off track, it is important that everyone stays close together in this challenge. There will be Challenge Central leader at the front and a guide at the back of the group which will be regularly regrouping.

Yes, we are proud to be partnered with a company who provides us with a first class transport solution. Their drivers are fully qualified, DBS checked and genuine bus drivers who are regulated by DVSA. Their vehicles are maintained to a high standard and issued with a Certificate Of Initial Fitness (COIF).

Working within the legal framework of the DVSA Tachograph Rules, the driving team will maximise their driving allowance to provide a smooth running of our challenges. Partnering with a professional minibus company ensures that our transport is safe, legal and fully insured.

We will provide enough water for the entire weekend but feel free to bring your own sources of hydration.

Keeping yourself hydrated is very important, before, during and after each mountain.

All challengers must be over the age of 18 (or 15 if accompanied by an adult taking part who will have full responsibility of the child during the trip). As this challenge is very tough, it is important that the child has experience of walking mountains for long periods of time.

The accommodation is usually a self contained (just for Challenge Central) bunkhouse with dorm style rooms and shared bathrooms. We will always split the group by male / female ratio according to the size of the rooms / bathrooms available.

Challenge Central would hope the whole team stays together for one night after the challenge in male/female split rooms however we do understand participants may not wish to. If you are taking part in the challenge as a couple or you would prefer to stay in a room on your own, there may be an opportunity to upgrade yourselves at an extra cost to you. If you would like to have the opportunity to upgrade, please contact us and we can check availability.

Please note our choice of accommodation could vary as it is subject to availability.

All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable. If you have already paid your remaining balance when you need to cancel your place, the following policies will apply:

If you cancel within 3 calendar months of the challenge commencing, you will not be entitled to any refund however your remaining balance payment can be transferred to another CC event within 18 months. Your deposit will need to be paid again no later than 3 months before the start of the new challenge event.

If you cancel before 3 months, you will be entitled to a 50% refund of your remaining balance fee or you can transfer the remaining balance amount towards another challenge within 18 months minus the non-refundable/transferrable deposit. The deposit will need to be paid again no later than 3 months before the start of the new challenge event.

If you have someone who would like to take over your challenge place, this is possible subject to them having the correct level of fitness to undertake the challenge. Any monies already paid will be assigned to your replacement booking and they will be required to pay any remaining balance that is due.

Please refer to 9.1 and 9.2 in our Terms & Conditions.

Any lost property can be collected from our HQ in Letchworth, Hertfordshire or we can post the belongings out to you. If posted, please note you will be charged P&P plus a £15 admin fee in advance of the items being delivered. Please refer to 6.5 in our Terms & Conditions.

Yes, Challenge Central have both public and employer liability cover from our Tour Operator insurance. This covers us for the costs of legal fees resulting from claims of negligence against Challenge Central. If you would like to view a copy, please get in contact.

Our insurance does not cover participants personally if Challenge Central is not at fault.