Snowdon – Via the Pyg Track and Llanberis Path
Climb to the top of Snowdon via our favourite route: The Pyg Track.
We ascend via the Pyg Track to the majestic summit of Snowdon which stands proud at 1085 meters.The pyramidal lines make Snowdon look like a mountain that a child would draw. From above the mountain is said to look like a starfish, having five ridges and five cwms. However, on closer inspection you will see that there is a lot more going on here; the mountain has been shaped by its glacial past, making it very complex.
It is unclear why the path is called the Pyg Track. The Snowdonia National Park website suggests that it was named after a pass on the track called Bwlch y Moch, which translates as the ‘Pig’s Pass’. Another theory is because it was used to carry ‘pyg’ (black tar) to the copper mines.
Whatever its nomenclature, the Pyg Track is one of our favourite paths to reach the summit. We will ascend about 785m (having started at over 300m), skirting the slopes of Crib Goch and passing above Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn. The path, whilst the shortest to the top, is steep and rocky in places.
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Departure TimeDeparture time Please arrive at 8.30 for a briefing and prompt departure at 09.00
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