YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Pen-y-Pass, Nantgwynant, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4NY


This much-loved location sits at the foot of Mount Snowdon, giving school trips and adventure lovers a head start up the mountain.

What we lack in mobile signal and internet, we make up in fabulous décor and comfy places to relax. Groups can spread out in our stylish lounge and dining room, enjoy a drink from the licensed bar, and enjoy delicious group catering options including breakfast, a packed lunch and evening meal.

Obviously, we’re the go-to location for groups climbing Snowdon, and we’ll advise you on hiking routes like Crib Goch, the Miners Track and the Pyg. Keen climbers are also spoilt for choice with Cromlech Boulders and the Snowdon Horseshoe nearby. Or sign up for an amazing adventure with Plas-y-Brenin for a week of rock climbing, abseiling or thrilling watersports. Pretty epic we say.

Why Groups love YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Bolt-ons available here

Mount Snowdon base camp

"Excellent" - 94%

Customer satisfaction based on 286 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 113

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our youth hostels across England and Wales.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded


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Packages available at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Adventure bolt-on

Activities for outdoor adventurers

Packed with opportunities to try almost every outdoor activity you can think of, this bolt-on option is great for outdoor adventurers and adrenaline lovers.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Coasteering
  • Ghyll scramble
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk

Prices from


Per person (ex VAT)

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass does not currently offer bolt-ons.

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Games room
  • Lounge


  • Nearby parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • On-site café
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)

How to get here

Pen-y-Pass, Nantgwynant, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4NY

By car:
From the A55 coast road follow signs for Llanberis along the A4086 to YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass. From the A5 turn onto A4086 at Capel Curig. Turn right at Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel. YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass is on the right.

By bus:
Padam and Snowdon Sherpa Bus Service is suspended on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Parking is available in the SNPA car park across the road from the hostel as this hostel does not have its own car park. Parking in the SNPA Pen y Pass car park is only available if pre booked. Bookings can be made at justpark.com. Alternative pay and display parking is available 3.5 miles away in Nant Peris. The cost is £5 (payable by cash only), and your ticket will be valid for 24 hours. Tickets can be purchased for multiple days at the same time. You can get to the hostel via the Sherpa bus S1 or S2 until late evening or by pre-booked local taxis. Find out further information about parking in Snowdonia.

OS Map: 115
OS Grid Ref: SH647556
Latitude: 53.080876
Longitude: -4.020846
YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass