Top 15 tips for climbing Snowdon at sunset

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Top 15 tips for climbing Snowdon at sunset

Climbing Snowdon is always an incredible experience. But climbing Snowdon at sunset is absolutely magical! There’s nothing quite like watching the sunset over the highest peak in Wales and it’s not too difficult with the right planning and kit. Here are my top 15 tips for climbing Snowdon at sunset, which will help you successfully reach the top!


1) Book a ‘climbing Snowdon at sunset’ guided hike

If this is your first time climbing Snowdon at sunset (or your first time climbing Snowdon altogether), I’d highly recommend going via a guided hike. Especially as it’s so affordable!

Going with a guide takes the pressure off timekeeping and gives you that added comfort of being in safe hands.

However, after climbing Snowdon twice in the dark both guided and unguided, I can say that if you follow all the tips below, it’ll give you everything you need to successfully summit.

And even if you go unguided, you’ll see other climbers along the way who will also be climbing for sunset so you won’t ever be alone!

Mel looking back from over her shoulder sat in front of lakes a mountain peeks at the top of Snowdon in Wales

2) Stay in Llanberis the night of the hike

It may be tempting to head straight home after your hike, especially if you only live a couple of hours away. However, I would highly recommend staying in Llanberis the night of your hike as you may be too tired to drive after your climb.

The Dol Peris Guesthouse is walking distance from the Llanberis Path, which makes it so much easier when starting the hike!

If you go via the guided hike route, this is where you’ll meet your fellow hikers.

Climbing Snowdon aside, there is lots of fun things to do in lovely Llanberis. Including, an ancient castle, watersports and a slate museum!

So if you’re planning to climb Snowdon at sunset, I’d recommend making the trip a nice weekend break!

Mel taking a selfie in front of Dolbadarn Castle, 13th century ruins based in Llanberis
Llanberis Castle

3) make sure to start on time

If you’re climbing Snowdon via a guided hike, you’ll be asked to meet your fellow hikers in the centre of Llanberis.

You’ll then walk up to the start of the Llanberis Path and officially start your hike between 3pm and 4pm depending on what time sun down is.

If you’re hiking unguided, I’d follow this same advice and ensure you start hiking the path between 3pm and 4pm during the summer months.

But double check the time of sunset the day before you leave just in case. You don’t want to travel all the way up to Snowdon and end up missing it!

Also, you need to make sure you get an early night the night before so you’re rested and ready on the day.

End of the Llanberis Path coming back from the summit with Llanberis village in the background

4) Have a leisurely morning

Have a lie in, eat a hearty breakfast and chill because you’re about to climb a mountain!

Give yourself some time to relax before the hike and make sure you leave plenty of time to pack your bag. This will give you chance to nip to the shop in case you’ve forgotten to pack something before your climb.

Llanberis Path in the dark with a torch light on the ground and hikers in the background

5) take the Llanberis route

The Llanberis Path is by far the best route to take when climbing Snowdon at sunset.

It may be a slightly longer route, but it’s the easiest to navigate in the dark. You’re pretty much hiking up one straight, level path at a steady incline – which makes it the safest too.

On the way up from Llanberis, the view is spectacular! With the town, peaks and beautiful lake in the background.

It’s not as scenic as the Pyg Track and Miners Track. However, it’ll be dark when you’re on your way down, so you won’t be able to see anything anyway!

View of the Llanberis Path on the way back from the summit with a group of hikers in front and mountains in the background

6) Download the Snowdon Walks app

Snowdon is surprisingly easy to navigate as all the routes have markers to ensure you stay on the designated paths.

However, as you’re planning on climbing Snowdon at sunset, it’s a good idea to download a GPS-enabled app that works offline, just in case.

The Snowdon Walks App has been designed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority and their ground management. It covers six main paths to the summit with detailed route maps that track your progress.

And with little to no phone signal on the way up to the summit, this handy app will ensure you feel safe at all times on the mountain. Especially when you’re climbing down from the summit in the dark!

Screenshots of the Snowdon Walks App


A proper pair of hiking boots are essential for climbing Snowdon at sunset.

I would say they’re not necessarily a pre-requisite if you’re climbing Snowdon during the day and you can see where you’re going.

But it does make the climb a hell of a lot easier when wearing shoes specifically designed for the occasion! You’re also less likely to get blisters or slip and hurt yourself.

You don’t even need an expensive pair. I got mine from Decathlon for only £44.99 and they’ve lasted me years and years with barely a scratch!

They don’t sell my specific hiking boots anymore but this pair have all the same features and are similarly priced.

They’re super comfy, waterproof and most importantly have good grip for scrambling over rocks. They also have great ankle support which prevents against injury.

View of Mel and Joe's hiking boots in front of a lake at Snowdonia National Park


The British weather is unpredictable at the best of times. But you can times that unpredictability factor by 10 when you’re climbing Snowdon!

The mountain even seems to create its own weather and this is likely to change very quickly.

When I hike Snowdon during the summer/ early autumn months, I wear water-resistant sports leggings and a nylon t-shirt that won’t rub on me as I begin to sweat.

I also take a simple lightweight, waterproof jacket that can easily be rolled up into my backpack. As well as a spare pair of waterproof over-trousers for when the wind picks up and/ or it starts to rain.

You’ll also need to take some extra warm layers (e.g. a jumper or mid-layer fleece jacket) in case you get a little a cold or the weather turns.

However, no matter the weather (even in the summer), it gets colder the higher the altitude, so make sure to pack layers.

Below is a list of clothing you’ll need for your hike. However, if you’d like a more detailed kit list, check out my climbing Snowdon kit list post.

all the clothes you’ll need:

Mel and Joe smiling at the summit of Snowdon wearing waterproof jackets, backpacks and bobble hats


I can’t tell you how handy it has been having a waterproof backpack for hiking!

With the weather being so unpredictable here in the UK, it just makes sense to pay a little extra to ensure all your valuables stay dry.  

But don’t worry – you don’t need to spend a fortune. I have the older version of this Osprey Waterproof Hikelite Backpack and it’s lasted me over 10 years!

It has an integrated rain cover and internal hydration sleeve which accommodates up to three litres of water. It also has a trekking pole attachment and smaller, scratch resistant pockets for smaller items.

But what I love most about this backpack is how comfortable and cool it is (literally!).

It has a ventilated Airspeed back panel and straps so it prevents you from getting the dreaded backpack sweat that we all know and hate after wearing a backpack for several hours!

Mel sitting on a rock looking back at the camera wearing a pink waterproof jacket, blue bobble hat and green backpack with foggy hills in the background at the end of the Miners' Track at Snowdon.

10) pack a first aid kit

It might seem a little much to take a first aid kit on a hike but by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail, so make sure you carry one just in case!

Anything could happen whilst you’re climbing Snowdon, she’s a wee beast!

You don’t need to take a big hefty first aid box in your backpack by any stretch. But taking a little first aid pouch with essential items like: paracetamol, blister plasters, bug spray and a couple of antiseptic wipe sachets will give you some peace of mind in case anything were to happen.  

I bought this £3 first aid pouch to go backpacking with and I still take it on every hike.

I also SWEAR by these Compeed blister plasters. Unlike regular plasters, they are made from a special skin-like material and they just don’t move once you’ve put them over your blisters. It’s like you don’t have a blister at all!

I’ve finished marathons with a tonne of blisters using these plasters and they’re lifesavers for hiking!

Climbing Snowdon at sunrise looking out from the summit marker over Snowdon with an orange sky

11) Wear a head torch

Wearing a head torch to climb Snowdon at sunset is essential as you’ll need to light the path as you’re hiking down.

It’s better to have a rechargeable head torch rather than a battery operated handheld torch. This will enable you to have your hands free for hiking poles, checking navigation tools or sipping from your water bottle as you hike.

Mel stood next to the Llanberis path stone marker in the dark on the sunrise Snowdon walk
The start of the Llanberis Path to the summit!

12) DRINK PLENTY OF WATER and pack a flask

This seems like a no-brainer! But it’s so easy to get dehydrated when you’re hiking. Especially if you’re hiking in the cold and not sweating a lot.

It’s estimated that we lose around 25% of our strength when we lose a pint of water in our systems. And friends, you need to keep that strength up to make sure you get to the top of Snowdon for sunset!

Be sure to carry enough water and drink slowly and consistently throughout the afternoon and evening.

I have one of these bottles as they’re lightweight, leak-proof and BPA-free, which are perfect for hiking!

I also use it at home to make sure I’m drinking enough water. The bottles have handy time markings on them to show you how much water you should be drinking by which time.

These hydration bladders are also great for hiking. They’re BPA-free, leak-proof and compact with an on/ off valve that makes drinking on the go really easy.

In addition to your water, I would recommend a flask filled with some hot tea or coffee for the way down as it may get a little chilly once the sun goes down.

Having a hot flask of tea on the way down from the summit will help keep your spirits up too if you’re starting to get tired.

I have one of these Contigo ones and I swear by them! They’re 100% leak-proof and automatically seal between sips to prevent spills. They’re also BPA-free and keep liquids hot for up to 12 hours…

…I promise it’ll take you less than half that time to finish climbing Snowdon though! 😂

View from Snowdon's summit as the sun comes up red over the mountains


This is always one of the biggest conundrums when hiking – how many breaks do you take?

You don’t want to have so many that it feels like it’s taking hours to get to the top. But you don’t want to take so few breaks that you’re struggling to keep momentum because you’re getting tired.

As a general rule I would suggest taking breaks little and often. It’s far better than taking a long lunch break which makes the latter half of the climb feel like it’s dragging. You’ll be full of food and will get comfy being sat down for too long.  

Spreading out your water and food breaks throughout the afternoon and evening will also help keep your energy levels steady.  

Snowdon summit in the dark as the sun starts to come over the rolling clouds

14) Pack a HIGH-CARB dinner AND SNACKS

It’ll take you a few hours to climb Snowdon, so make sure to pack a carb-rich dinner such as pasta/ rice, fruit and some energy bars. My favourite vegan protein bars are by Graze and Deliciously Ella, but any are fine!

Also make sure to eat a slow-energy release breakfast like porridge with oat milk, banana and some nut butter for protein the morning of your hike to carb-load before you go!

Mel sat on a grassy mound eating breakfast looking out over the sunrise at Snowdon's summit

15) don’t give up and have fun!

The last and final thing you will need for climbing Snowdon at sunset is a positive mindset! 

Yes, it’s challenging, yes, it’s tiring…yes you may think you can’t do it at several points during the climb. But embrace all those highs and lows because it’s all about the journey (don’t vom it’s true!).

And there is no greater feeling than sitting your knackered bum on the edge of that peak and watching the sunset over Snowdonia’s beautiful peaks.

It’s an unforgettable experience!

Mel reaching her arms up wearing a pink waterproof jacket at the summit of Snowdon at sunrise


Best of luck climbing Snowdon at sunset my loves! Don’t forget to come back and share your experience in the comments below! 😄

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