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YHA Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass
    14/09/2015 10:13

Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass is one of our most popular hostels - what IS its secret? It could be the misty mountains on its doorstep, lively social areas full of excited adventurers or last year's swanky £1.3 million refurbishment. This iconic hostel has the perfect mix of old and new, boasting a place in mountaineering history and top notch Snowdonia National Park accommodation. At over 1000ft above sea level, climbing Snowdon has never seemed closer.

Walking & Climbing

Not many things beat that feeling of "I just climbed a mountain". Getting to the top of Snowdon is within your grasp and our staff will do everything they can to help. Three spectacular routes to the mountain summit go from our door - choose depending on how brave you're feeling and your mountaineering experience. The Pyg Track is an 'easy' way up but still a hard and rocky challenge; it'll take you about 6 hours there and back but the view will take your breath away. The Miners' Track is good for history-lovers as you can see the ruins of an old copper mine below. Crib Goch is a knife edge ridge (not suitable for youngsters) and you'll need a strong stomach and climbing knowledge for its heights. If you fancy tackling some awesome crags, there are grade 1 scrambling opportunities just across from us. There are plenty of gentler paths through the Snowdonia National Park too. We love this area and there's a real atmosphere of excitement at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass, so ask us for advice about our fave treks. We've even helped out with the odd climbing injury!

The Hostel

Magnificently perched on the apex of the Llanberis pass, YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass sits at the foot of Snowdon - one of the world's favourite climbs. Last year we made this famous Youth Hostel even better with a huge makeover and you'll find excellent facilities during your stay. Our comfy bunks have individual plugs and reading lights to make you feel at home, plus we've got "the swankiest self-catering kitchen you've ever seen a hostel"! Day walkers can pop in to use our showers and toilets and have a rest in our cosy bar, making us a hub for anyone on their way up Snowdon. Hungry for mountain food? Join us for a delicious home-cooked meal in Mallory's and get to know our staff over a bottle of ale. With warm social areas and homely decor, you won't mind the lack of signal with our pool table, board games galore and mountain outside the window. We're not just for rugged mountaineers either - families can stay snug in private en-suite rooms and we've got a high tech meeting room perfect for schools and business. From hill newbies to experienced climbers, you'll find a welcoming base here and it's a leg-up to the summit too.

Family Attractions

We'll be honest, there's nothing super near to YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass but nature and 3000ft of mountain! Our hostel has a lively family-friendly feel and we're all about sharing this amazing place with the next generation. But venture a little further out and you'll find breathtaking Snowdonia attractions to thrill adults and kids alike. Zip World is just 6 miles away and is a hub of adrenaline-fuelled fun - how can you resist zooming through the air at more than 100mph on the fastest zip line in the world? Or have a day out at Tree Top Adventure and experience a challenging obstacle course, up high in the branches. If you want to see the peaks in style, the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway lets you relax in the comfortable carriage of a steam train. Bach Ventures in Betws Garmon will keep your heart rate up with rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and more awesome outdoor activities in stunning surroundings. Got the bouldering bug? The Beacon Climbing Centre has over 1,000sqm of climbing, leading and bouldering walls to tackle in a controlled indoor setting.

Mountaineering History

With Mallory's bar named in honour of mountaineering legend George Mallory, our busy Youth Hostel is proud of its past. You'll find lots of murals and info about George and how he stayed here while training for his ill-fated Everest expedition. Before becoming YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass in the 1970s, the Gorphwysfa Hotel was a handy base for keen walkers and climbers since the early 1900s. Be part of nearly 150 years of Snowdon adventuring and walk in the footsteps of poet and climber Geoffrey Winthrop Young; a regular here from 1903 until 1941. We've moved with the times with our makeover, but we're still crazy about celebrating the traditional British climbing holiday.

So what are you waiting for? Be your own mountaineering legend with a stay at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass!

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