Where is it? Who is it suitable for? What do I need?
The Cnicht is located in the Western hills of the Molewynion, not far from Porthmadog and Beddgelert. It is also known as the ‘Welsh Matterhorn’ due to its shape, but it’s nowhere near as high or hard! It’s name comes from the ancient English word for ‘knight’, some think that it’s shape is like a knights helmet, but we think it might be named Cnicht because it’s the first big hill that guards the entrance to the Western Moelwynion mountain range.
We start our walk from the meeting point in the beautiful village of Croesor.
Meeting Point Google Map
Who is this guided hike for?
Perhaps you have enjoyed some familiar local hikes on lowland hill or mountains, and now want to explore some wilder mountain areas. You have good hiking fitness and would like a gentle day out, but don’t have the confidence to go on unmarked rough tracks in an unfamiliar mountain area.
That’s where our expertise works for you. We do the work so you can enjoy your guided mountain hike. No need for you to plan routes, no need for expert navigation in poor visibility, leave that to your qualified Mountain Leader.
You do need a good general level of fitness and depending on the time of year, be ready for very mixed ground conditions, everything from wet and boggy ground to heath, heather and rocky summits.
Mountain leaders and Ratios
All of guided mountain hikes and scrambles are led by fully qualified Mountain Leaders with excellent local area knowledge as they work and live full time in the mountains of Snowdonia.
Maximum ratio’s on our guided hikes on the Cnicht are 12 clients to 1 Mountain Leader.
What kit do I need?
You will need good sturdy mountain boots to give your feet the best support and ankle protection for rocky ground. Clothing to match the forecasted weather and the time of year. Lighter weight clothing for summer and heavier weight in winter – generic type hiking trousers, base layer, fleece and waterproof shell layer, waterproof over trousers. Boot gaiters can be a fantastic idea for the wetter months and winter.
You should have a small rucksack to carry your food, water, warm hat, gloves and other personal items during the day.
We can advise you of clothing and footwear for a guided day or course with us once you have booked.
How long is this guided hike?
This lovely mountain can be done with a leisurely start, time for your breakfast to be enjoyed before burning some calories, the fit and fast hiker it can be done in around 3hrs, otherwise allow 5 and half hours round trip. If time and fitness is on our side we can easily extend this to a longer hill day.