Adam’s Peak – hill country
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) is also known as the “butterfly mountain”. At an elevation of 2,243 metres (7,359 ft) it is a stunning tall conical mountain. In Buddhist tradition it is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim and Christian tradition that of Adam. We will organize an experienced guide to walk up with you.
EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION: The climb to the summit of Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) is a physically exhilarating experience. We start climbing from the north side, from the town of Dalhouise. The ascent takes approximately 3.5 hours and is fairly rigorous consisting of steep and sometimes uneven steps. The climb is dotted with stalls selling hot drinks and snacks and at night the way up the path lit by oil lamps.
Includes: Water, a guide, and back-up vehicle
Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours up and 2.5 hours down. If you are coming from Nuwara Eliya or from Kotmale it will take you approximately 2 to 3 hours to get to the starting point for the climb. If you are coming from Tea Trails or the Hatton area it will take you 1 hour to get to the starting point of the climb.
Difficulty: Strenuous. We categorize this experience as strenuous as the last section of the summit is very steep.
Suitable for children: The climb is too strenuous for small children. It is suitable for children around the ages of 12.
Times: To be discussed with your guide.
What to wear or bring along: Light, comfortable clothing, a raincoat as it sometimes rains, a jumper as it can get cold at the summit, and a cap to keep your ears warm.
Important to Know: If you choose to climb during the day, the best time to start is around midday. Carry a picnic lunch with you. If it rains, there will be leeches. When climbing in the season, between the months of December to April, there are large crowds of pilgrims and the climb can sometimes be slow. There are restrooms at each Ambalama (every thousand steps or so) but they are very basic. On the summit drink a cup of hot tea admiring Buddha’s footprint and of course the spectacular views.
Private or not? The visit is private. That said, there may be other people around at the site.