How to summit Snowdon: the best routes, how to avoid the crowds and the kit you need

The best time to summit Snowdon is between March and November, when the daylight window is larger, and you are less likely to encounter icy conditions. (image credit: Josh Kirk/Unsplash)
Popular routes are the Llanberis Path, the Pyg Track and the Miners’ Track. But the Rhyd Ddu Path, the South Ridge and the Watkin Path are quiet options. (image credit: Alex Foxfield/The Gear Loop)
Crib Goch is rated as a Grade I scramble, but what makes it so challenging is the sheer exposure and the potentially nasty consequences of a fall. (image credit: Alex Foxfield/The Gear Loop)
Sharp or Striding Edge in the Lake District are wonderful objectives and, although slightly easier than Crib, are good preparation. (image credit: Keen)
Water and food are essential: don't rely on the cafe being open. Rain jackets and layers are good, as it can be cold at the summit. We also suggest paper maps. (image credit: Nathan J/Unsplash)
Llanberis is a good base, with gear shops and eateries, while the picturesque village of Beddgelert is ideal for approaches from the south. (image credit: Neil Mark Thomas/Unsplash)
A good pair of hiking boots, water-proof trousers, a waterproof jacket and a good head torch will stand you in good stead. (image credit: John French/Unsplash)