“It’s not only the sacred footprint that pilgrims seek. As the first rays of dawn light up the holy mountain you are treated to an extremely fine view – the Hill Country rises to the east, while to the west the land slopes away to the sea. Colombo, 65km away, is easily visible on a clear day. It’s little wonder that English author John Stills, in his book Jungle Tide, described the peak as “one of the vastest and most reverenced cathedrals of the human race”. Interesting as the ascent is, and beautiful as the dawn is, Adam’s Peak saves its pièce de rèsistance for a few minutes after dawn. The sun casts a perfect shadow of the peak onto the misty clouds down towards the coast. As the sun rises higher this eerie triangular shadow races back towards the peak, eventually disappearing into its base.”
The trail covers from Tropical rain forests to Pygmy mountainous forests gradually, The journey will open you to the best possible panoramic view of the plains below and unique collection of flora and fauna
The season is usually from Full moon day in May to Full moon day in December where the rain fall is lower. During this period, The path is illuminated to to the top from the beginning at night.
There is no restriction to visit out of the season yet, You will not find any small shops along the way. If you prefer the solitude and the silence, You might appreciate the climb in out of season.
JOURNEY FROM RATNAPURA SIDE
There are two routes from Ratnapura side, One from Palabaddala and one from Eratne. These rotes are bit longer but provide the best scenery along the way.
The recommended route is climb from the Palabaddala side and climb down to Eratne. Local bus services are available from Ratnapura town to Eratne and Palabaddala throughout the year. you can always hire took took for a budget price or hire a car or van for drop off and pick up. We can arrange the drop off and pick up if you wish.
Beware, The there are no rescue teams, Only the locals or Police will help in case of an emergency, The help can take long time to reach. The trek is relatively easy compared to via ferrata. Yet accidents can happen. Take extreme care to cross the streams when the water levels are high. Leeches can stick to you from tree branches, they are harmless, use a piece of soap to take them out.
Light weight rucksack
First aid kit
Towel and soap
Sweater or jacket
Biscuit, Cheese or any other dry rations. Bananas for energy
Light umbrella or a simple rain jacket.
Torch, match box.
Last but not least, a good Jersey or thermal jacket, Wind chill factor can be very high at the sumeet.
The journey can be accomplished in many ways
Day trip can be tiring and requires lot of stamina, Not advised to do alone as wild animals come out at night. Do this if you are short of time and experienced.
start the climb early in the morning. Reach the summit in the evening view the sunset and climb down at night
Start the ascend at night and reach the summit in one helm to see the sunrise, Take a rest, Then around 9:00am start to climb down. you are back in town for a good night’s sleep.
TWO DAY TRIP
If you really want to enjoy the trip, This is the right approach. Start in the morning leisurely and reach Andiyamalathanna (8km). From here you can continue to reach the summit (If you want to see the both sun set and sun rise, You can spend the night at the peak.) at one helm to see the sunset, or rest in Andiyamalathanna and climb the last part early in the morning to see the sunrise, Then around 9:00am start to climb down. At the hills temperatures can drop to 5 degrees Celsius. With the wind factor, it can be really chilly, Make sure you have proper clothing. During the peak season especially on weekends the paths can be crowded so it is always better to stay at Andiyamalathanna.