"A true vintage classic
- one of Britain's treasures."

Welcome to the Pen-Y-Gwryd Hotel, a long established and traditional British mountaineer's hotel in Snowdonia, North Wales

Our historic hotel at the foot of Snowdon is where Hillary and Tenzing trained for the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, and where today's visitors can get a real taste of adventure in the beautiful wilderness of Snowdonia National Park.

Tales from the Smoke Room - new book launched at the PyG


When Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first stood on the top of Mount Everest, only a handful of people knew the debt of gratitude they owed not only to the mountains of North Wales but also to a little hotel in the lee of Snowdon.

It was at the Pen y Gwryd Hotel (or 'PyG') that members of the 1953 Everest Expedition stayed during their training for that historic adventure, and it subsequently became - and remains - a place of pilgrimage for mountaineers the world over.

With an introduction by Jan Morris, the Times reporter who accompanied that first successful expedition and broke the story to the world, The Pen y Gwryd Hotel: Tales from the Smoke Room tells the story of 'one of the great climbing inns of Europe' through series of anecdotes, reminiscences and tributes, including contributions by a veritable who's who of walkers, climbers and writers.

Available for sale at the Pen y Gwryd Hotel.

Read Jan Morris’ article about Everest and the PYG 60 years later »

See our special rates for winter 2017/18 »

Taxi Services

Snowdonia Tacsi Arfon provide transport services for the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel at a reasonable price: Snowdonia National Park, Bangor (Gwynedd) Railway Station, The Welsh 3000’s Challenge, Welsh Three Peaks Challenge. We can take you to the top 10 walks in Snowdonia. Weddings - airport transfer and executive service etc. Call 01286 479621 or 07733 188997, or visit www.snowdonia-taxiarfon.co.uk.

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