Adam's Peak (Sri Pada)

Adam's Peak (Sri Pada)

Adam's Peak (also Adam's Mount; Sinhalese Samanalakanda, "butterfly mountain"  - is a 2,243 metres (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well-known for the Sri Pada "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m rock formation near the summit, in Buddhist tradition held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim tradition that of Adam.
The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, in the Ratnapura district of the Sabaragamuwa Province - lying about 40 km northeast of the city of Ratnapura. The surrounding region is largely forested hills, with no mountain of comparable size nearby. The region along the mountain is a wildlife reserve housing many species varying from elephants to leopards, and including many endemic species.
Access to the mountain is possible by 6 trails (Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte & Malimboda). Out of these the Nallathanni & Palabaddala routes are the most popular. Kuruwita-Erathna road is somewhat popular as well. The other 3 roads are almost obscure. It joins the Palabaddala road midway through the ascent. Buses connect the final nodes of Nallanthanni to Hatton, Palabaddala to Ratnapura & Erathna to Kuruwita. There after it's a difficult journey through the forest on foot. Most of the pilgrims use Hatton route as the journey on foot can be reduced by more than five kilometers even though the slope of this route is much greater than other routes.

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Recommended review time for sightseeing: 10 h

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Tourist reviews about Adam's Peak (Sri Pada)

VERY tiring climb but absolutely worth it.
YAther10 [TA], , Manchester, United Kingdom

I won't lie & say that this was a walk in the park. This was by far the hardest thing I've ever done physically! Myself & my Boyfriend climbed this in 2hrs 15min, making it to the top for around 4:30am. The climb was extremely tiring, but once you see 90 year old ladies being carried up by their loved ones, you complain a little less & get stuck in! There are tea shops literally every 100m up the mountain, so don't worry about not being able to take breaks. The last tea shop is around 300 steps from the top. When you actually get up there, it's absolutely freezing, so it's best to take up a blanket or a few layers of warm clothes for the wait! The sunrise is absolutely beautiful, although the donation buildings do ruin the view a little. Getting back down is a real test on the knees, but once you're at the bottom, turning around & seeing what you have just achieved it a feeling like no other!

not easy hike
KaterinaJ... [TA], , Prague

We started at 2:00 AM and took us 4 hours to get up. First hour the track is surrounded by different refreshment places, and then it is just steps and steps. No easy as the steps have different sizes. Also the way back is not so easy. Sun rice is OK, but honestly you can see sunset not just here….and budha footprint place is also OK, it is up to you if you really need to see it. For us it was something we could easily skip in our itinerary. Up the hill was not so cold, pullover and t-shirt was fine (climbed in middle March).

Reminder: 5500 steps
Michaela... [TA], , Stockholm, Sweden

This was some kind of "must do"-thing we decided to do; it took about 2 hours to get up so we got to the top 2 hours before sunrise; which was a bad decision. It was freeeeezing cold - so bring warm clothes to put on when you get up! The steps were uneven and at some places kind of scary: but it was an experience that we'll remember for the rest of our lives!
The view and the sunrise was amazing - and the "climb" down was easy and took about 1,5hours. Bring good shoes and comfy clothes!

Overall Good Experience
Marv E [TA], , Manila, Philippines

Adam's Peak is a must for hikers in Central Sri Lanka, however, while the mountain offers a good climb because of its towering size, the entire journey is really through a flight of stairs and that is really not what hikers like as it can really destroy your knees. And it did mine. Nevertheless, climbing an iconic mountain still offers the rewards at the top: seeing the footprint of Adam or Buddha or Shiva dependent on whose religion you're listening to, and the experience of climbing with the pilgrims is also quite nice as you feel you are one with the locals. Be warned though that the wait for the sunrise isn't the most comfortable and even finding a good vantage point to take photos would be difficult. The view going down is much more spectacular than the cramped summit. Plus points to the Sri Lankan police who gives a short orientation to tourists as you near the peak. There are also endless stalls for refreshments and resting stops along the way and climbing at 2am need not require a head lamp or flashlight as the entire route is lighted well. We also met a very nice Swedish couple going down the mountain and that is great because talking with them distracted us from our knees shaking and breaking every step.

What Paradise looks like
Mike Z [TA], , Sydney, Australia

THe views from Adam's Peak are what you imagine Paradise to look like. It was beautiful with the clouds and lakes, the sunrise was great. The ascent was a killer, I think it was more difficult than climbing to Everest Base Camp at 5300 metres. Also the descent was the worst though, you destroy the back of your legs, and ache for days after.

If you want to take a bus back to Colombo from Hospet I would advise against it, try and work your trip around another way by going somewhere else, because the Hospet to Colombo Bus is not fun, given its windy roads along steep mountainsides and relatively small seats for westerners.

Nearly killed my legs but the sunrise was amazing
12Tina15 [TA], , Townsville, Australia

Don't be fooled, this climb is all steps it's a hard core climb! The steps are proper steps though and the path is clear and there is a handrail all the way up.
I loved the sun rise though - just perfect.

Once in a lifetime experience
Kimber198... [TA], , Tilburg

The climb of Adams Peak was, for me, a once in a lifetime experience. It was hard and my muscles still hurted 5 days later but it was well worth it. I loved the climb more then I loved the view/being on the top. It's cold, crowded and you really have to fight for an okay-spot to see the sunrise. Other then that, the experience of climbing up a mountain in the middle of the night was magical.

Another must visited (only to worship and to feel the beauty of nature) site @ Sri Lanka
Malith D [TA], , Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Visited twice...its hard to say that it easy to climb such a mountain to reach to the top and worship the footage of Buddha..and as per my view it is easy to climb from hatton-nallathani road though there were more steps to climb in this path.

to start the journey the best time is to climb during night though it sooo coool....we just started at 9.30pm in local time and reached the top at 5.30 and almost real time to see the beauty of sun rise...

apart from the most sacred worship place can say this is the best place to see the sun rice and feel the beauty of nature...

It is not gud thing to carrying lots of items to the top. lots of local boutiques were available up to the top but more expensive in top since they too have to carry such thing s at a high cost.

One of the most beautiful places in the world.
Marisa H [TA], , New York City, New York

I climbed it three times in a month. It's so amazing. You start the hike around 2am, and it takes in between two and three hours, plus breaks if you need (plenty of tea and snacks shops along the way). As you climb you can look down and see the lights of the trail, or look all around and see the stars. The atmosphere is fantastic, since it's challenging, everyone supports everyone all the way, the energy is so good. Then you reach the top, with its beautiful temple and people, and wait for the sunrise. And what a sunrise. If the weather is good, it will leave you speechless. And you go down with this beautiful morning light surrounding everything. Truly magical experience.

Warning though, even if full moon (poya) is indeed even better to see, it gets absolutely crowded at this time of the month, which makes the climb not enjoyable at all, it can take up to ten hours to reach the top! Not worth it.

Fennie G [TA], ,

Reading the guide book before I came to Sri Lanka, I knew this was a complete must to do. And it was pilgrimage season, so to do at night they said would be best.
They were right. We started the climb from a little village called Dalhousie at 2am and made our way up the 7km route/5,300 steps to the top. The path was illuminated and there were regular stalls on the way selling food, tea (the nicest tea ever!) and bits and bobs.
The walk was tough. Very tough, but we made it to the top for 6am, as the sun was rising! It was unreal! So amazing! Spent some time at the top, in the temple grounds and then made our way back down.
This was a totally different experience again - we could see all the stunning scenery that we were unaware of in the dark! Hills, mountains, rivers, mini waterfalls, tea plantations, Monkeys!

Again - this walk was not the easiest, and as a person who suffers with knee problem, I was in pain for a couple of days after. But even knowing that I would 10000% do it for the amazing views and how it made you feel on top of the world!

One other point - I would highly recommend The White House accommodation in the village of Dalhousie. It is in both the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet travel guide books but I couldn't find it on here.
The accommodation was lovely, lovely grounds and river you chill by. Food - buffet dinner and lots for breakfast, was delicious! And super cheap too. Staff couldn't do enough for you. :)

Fantastic weekend! And great surrounding area - great for tea plantation/factory visits!

Avoid climbing at the weekend!
biglizard... [TA], ,

We just finished our trek up to Adams peak and absolutely loved it! Stunning views- even though we didn't make it quite to the top because it was so busy! If you can, try to avoid climbing at the weekend as it gets sooo busy and It made the experience a little uncomfortable towards the end. We queued for 3 hours to get to the top and got 5 meters from the temple and had to turn back as it was just gridlocked! We were told by two french girls on the way down that the view from where we were standing was actually better than from the peak anyway! It's a demanding climb but well worth it for the view! we started at 2am and without queues would have made it in plenty of time to the temple for sunrise - and I consider myself a v. slow walker! Bring good walking shoes and water/snacks. There are toilets but only use them if you are absolutely desperate...It took us 6 hours in total with queuing time! next time we will climb on a week day!

Adams Peak
Oliver J [TA], ,

Adams Peak is simple and stunning. Stay in a local hotel, climb the peak in the early hours and watch the sunrise over the mountains, it is peaceful and beautiful.

A few things to note:

You need not stay in the area more than one night, there is little else to do.

Also, bring warm clothing in a bag to put on at the top of the mountain, although it is hot walking up and down the mountain, once you stop walking it does get very cold whilst you await the sunrise.

You most definitely do not need a guide for this trip the route is very obvious.

It's takes around 2.5 hours at a normal walking pace and the sun rises between 5:45-6:15 so get up and go, there are plenty of little stalls selling snacks, hot meals, tea, coffee and water for the duration of the walk.

If you can fit this into your trip as a couple or a group of friends it is a lovely experience and shouldn't be missed.

Rewarding and Beautiful
Phillip K [TA], ,

Start your hike just after 2am or a bit later if you are confident that you are fit. The hike is 14km return and proved to be quite difficult to hike up and back down. You will no doubt feel the joints of your knee wobble as you make your way down.

The view of the sun rising behind mountains of the Sri Lanka is one of the most scenic things I've seen in my life. As you walk around the temple situated at the top, you will get different views of the sunrise.

Make sure you pack some snacks or buy them at the bottom. Once you're near the top, the local vendors hijacks the price i.e 150 rupees for one banana.

Worth it!
pin3appl3 [TA], , Brisbane, Australia

This climb was tough but totally worth it. We left the bottom at about 2am and got up there around 4:30am. The sunrise was one of the best I've seen! Certainly a must do, be prepared for lots of stairs though, take warm clothes for the top as it gets cold!

Do it, if your stay is long enough
Peter V [TA], ,

Only do it, if you have a long enough stay in Sri Lanka.

In mid-January my girlfriend and I climbed to the top a cold morning. The sunrise was beautiful, I'll give people that - but it wasn't worth the trip up and down the mountain.

We left our bungalow - which was situated about an hour's drive away - at 01 a.m. We arrived an hour later and reached the top around 04.45. It seemed a bit early, but at 05.25 the best seats were taken. The sun rose around 06 am. and we left the peak around half an hour later. The climb down took two hours.

The sunrise was beautiful, but the noise and setting during the sunrise ruined much of the experience. And due to the fact that we lost a great amount of sleep - affecting both the evening before and the day afterwards I'll recommend it, only if you have time enough.

/Peter (&Anne)

PS. Remember warm clothes for the waiting at the top - a blanket would also be a good idea - and toiletpaper.

A bucket list item for sure!
work2trav... [TA], , Minneapolis, Minnesota

After a long bumpy winding 4 hr drive to our hotel. Then a short night of sleep and another 1 hour drive at 1am we made it to Adams Peak. We are in our late thirties and in great shape and this was still a trek that made the legs sore!
The trek from the bottom starts out pretty mild but in the second half gets pretty Crazy hard with straight steps at a very steep pitch. Make sure to wear socks as you have to take your shoes off at the top and your feet get very cold. Also wear layers! We took everything off on the way up as we were pretty sweaty even at night temperatures, when you get to the top and have to wait an hour for the sun you will put them all back on. Women also must have their legs covered.
Once the sun came up it got fairly cloudy and we only got brief peaks at the sun but on the trek back down we were able to get beautiful pics. It feels like a great accomplishment when you finish and you won't regret it.
The only downside it getting there ( we came from Unawatuna) one of the worst drives ever - if you get car sick easy this is not a trip for you!)

5550 steps to wonderful scenery
Fredrik_H... [TA], , Gothenburg, Sweden

The climb starts at 2:30-3 am after a short nights sleep, and the first steps up the pilgrimage path begins easily for us. As we approach halfway and the steps gets steeper and steeper, the going is also slower and slower and the touts selling tea and a samosa or banana becomes a nice addition to the climb instead of a bother. The sunrise is totally worth the climb - but you actually see it better standing in the stairs just below the monastery than if you go to the obscured viewing platform. Enjoy!

A must-do
Maddison... [TA], ,

Having completed Adams Peak twice, I have yet to see the shadow of the mountains, despite this I have not regretted it once! The views from the top are breath-taking and it's probably the best achievement possible in Sri Lanka!! Please ignore the negative comments and make sure you do your research and follow these steps:
1) DONT LEAVE TOO EARLY! It's bloody freezing at the top and it takes an average person (I'm not an avid walker) about 3 hours to climb.
2) take toilet roll
3) take a thick blanket for the top if you do get there early
4) we bought ponchos at the bottom due to rain! Best decision EVER
5) take snacks, not only for your but for the cheeky Sri Lankan kids who have camped over night at the top
And most importantly DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ON POYA DAY!!
It is comical to read some of the negative reviews of ques and being very busy. To us it was almost common sense not to climb when every Buddhist in Sri lanka will be climbing too! Both times I have climbed we have had pretty much the whole climb to ourselves, only slight ques walking down! Lesson of the day is don't climb Adams peak on poya!!

Well worth doing even in the rain
Dom03 [TA], , Melbourne, Australia

Adam's Peak is a must do in Sri Lanka for those who are fit and enjoy hiking and the outdoors. The path is wide, well marked and well lit. The path is predominantly stairs and gets steep towards the top. There are stalls along the way but the path is not overcrowded with salespeople (like the Great Wall can be). The scenery is pleasant - there are many waterfalls in nearby mountains. The walk is difficult. It took us about two hours and twenty minutes. When we walked it drizzled or rained the whole way and there was low cloud. Hence there was no sunrise or view from the top. We knew the forecast so we began the walk at 530 am rather than the traditional 2 or 3 am start. This meant we had the path to ourselves and we weren't too tired later in the day. There is very little else to do in Dalhouise so don't bother spending much time there unless you want to stay a few days to wait for the perfect time/day to climb.

What an experience
Victoria... [TA], , Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

One of the highlights of our holidays. I was a bit unsure of doing this at first. The thought of 6000 steps, a 2am start and me not being all that fit (!) was not appealing. However I am sooooo glad I did it. Starting at 2am is really worthwhile. The climb is much cooler than during the day and the steps are well illuminated (but only during the pilgrimage season). There are plenty of tea houses along the way to stop and have refreshments and the paths are wide enough to stop regularly to catch your breathe and let others past you. I took my time and there was no pressure to speed up- in fact it was comforting to see everyone else around me trying to catch their breathe too! - so it took me 3 1/2 hrs, which got us there in plenty of time before the sunrise. It was cold up there though so definitely take extra clothes, gloves, hats, scarves (maybe even a blanket!) to put on. The sunrise, temple and views from the top are spectacular and our favourite photos from the holiday. On the way down enjoyed seeing the sites in the daylight and found the beautiful Japanese peace pagoda a great spot as well.

Don't miss it!
AChiara78 [TA], , Arezzo, Italy

Definitely the highlight of my holiday in Sri Lanka! Yes, it is a hard and long climb, especially if you are not fit, but it's worth every step. I started at 2 am and it took me a bit less than three hours, stopping every now and then to catch my breath. I went on season, so I didn't need to get a guide even if I was on my own. You'll find plenty of people on the way. The last hour of the climb was really tough, but I made it. I felt a great sense of achievement when I got to the top and the sunrise was stunning.

Stairway of Families, Smiles & Breath
VanessaDU... [TA], , Bozeman, Montana

Wake at 2 am and start your hike in the dark. I promised myself I would not write anything to ruin ones own experience. Yes, dress in layers and bring water and snacks. It is a long climb but very enjoyable. 3 hours up, perhaps.
We took our time to enjoy each moment and catch our breath.
For me, the best part was hearing the other languages on the way and watching families and seeing the young kids bound down the steps with ease. At one point we saw 2 young boys ( late teen age perhaps) helping -whom appeared to be their Grandfather-on the climb.They had apparently assisted him, practically carrying him, both up and down this mountain.
That, for me, was the most touching part of the trip.Famiy.
It is the journey, each step, each voice, each breath. For some it is about reaching the top, or being first, or wanting to say they did it. For others, it is a deep spiritual experience that they have waited years to earn. Each body handles it differently. Each precious soul that we passed was my joy in this trip. From silly boys starting up conversation to the very old man that makes this a special place.
I was amused that you could get soda, tea and cheeto puffs on the trail. The steps are wide until the end and then the rail helps assist you.
Go for your own experience. My daughter took a photo of 3 birds 1/2 way down that took the prize photo upon our return. Adams Peak birds, just like the 2 boys and their Grandfather. This is a magical and special place. Upon coming down we saw lots of monkeys and almost took the wrong turn and a little boy, about 4, told us with a bright smile, which was to go. He is etched into my heart. What a magical place. Go in good health. Enjoy! USA

Excellent Place
Ruwan_Rat... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

Nice nature walk via Ratnapura & Kuruwita. Lots of en route attractions. A walk to remember for the lifetime. The temple in the summit is a lovely place. I love to visit again.

A must do, if you come prepared.
Gilmore W [TA], , Chicago, Illinois

Climbing Adam's peak is certainly a challenge, but can be fun if you have good company. As other reviewers said, it's better not to go during rainy season. It can be too wet and slippery. There is a path to follow, so it's not too rough. Just bring good, waterproof hiking boots, maybe a walking stick, food and water. The view from the top is amazing. I'm really glad I did it! If you are adventurous and are happy to take your time climbing up, you'll like it.

Best experience in Sri Lanka
Alexander... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

I did this in the off season which was great as there were many less people but it did mean you couldn't go into the monastery at the top. This wasn't a problem as you get to the top anyway and you get to see all the views anyway. High season can be extremely busy with the steps becoming a bit like a long queue at the top.

There are steps all the way up so you don't need any experience just a relative fitness level. Going up is relatively easy but the decent is surprisingly hard, especially at the end.

We left at 5am so didn't see sunrise but that was fine as you then saw all the views on the way up which were stunning.

No need to get a guide as you can't get lost and there was no entry fee which was nice.

Challenge you should take
nashrulha... [TA], , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Please be prepare before you start. its quite challenging but worth to it. I would like to suggest not to go to here if you are in rushing because you will miss the feel of the mountain and forest here. the best about this place is Adam;s footprint it self which is only one in the world!!! and also the view from the top of it.

Thanks Adam for your glorious peaks ss
Joe T [TA], ,

Initially we were slightly anxious regarding the weather, having read several negative reviews of rain and fog. However we set off at 2.20am for the top spot in high spirits. We walked at a steady pace with many comfort breaks and I must say we made pretty good time arriving at the peak at 4:50am, I anything a little early in fact for the 6am sunrise. But let me just say what a magnificent view Adam bestowed upon us. We could see for miles and miles and treated ourselves to a cup of sweet tea to warm our weary bones. The only one negative was that it being low season the viewing platform was closed, however we knew this in advance. And this did at least mean that there were not very many people~30 at the top. Would thoroughly recommend this to fellow adventurers and sunrise seekers.

dont miss out
Katie P [TA], , Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

I recommend booking a guide for 2500 from a hotel near by and go out of season, the climb is amazing, such a nice challenge and it was exciting to do it in pitch black. Take a torch. It may be a bit rainy so take water proofs. At the top it is freezing, take warm clothing. Cover up skin as much as you can because leeches are about. Although I didn't get a single one. We set off at 2am and Made it up to the top in 2 hours, although I do a fair bit of walking and excessive already. My friend who is a heavy smoker and not a regular walker did it in 3 and a half. Check when sunrise is. Gets very cold waiting for the sunrise once you are at the top. The top of the mountain is built up as it is a temple and the foot print thing. But the view is breathtakingly beautiful. The climb down us difficult, takes less time the views make up for the joints giving way! Steps all the way. Right as the top there are railings to help if needs be. Food I recommend. You can buy black very sugary tea at the top for 150. Oh and only pay what you want if you choose to be blessed by the monk. We only gave them 500. Don't feel obliged to give any more than that. Enjoy!! Ps. I'm keen for nature and exercise. Oh and the stars you will see are vast and amazing. Just do it!

Thank go we did it out of season!! Was v.good :)
Suzie G [TA], , Plymouth

October 2014
Ok so after completing Adams Peak I thought I would look at reviews. /couldn't help but look at the 1 star reviews to see what the bad stories were. Basically after reading all I can say is thank god we did it out of season! Sounds absolutely horrible!! It took us 2.5 hours up (started at 3 AM) and pretty much the same on the way down (its pretty hard on the knees on the way down). Plenty of space on top at this time of year to walk around and take pics. Only tourists there too. Down point would be that there are buildings on top which let the view down..its hard to get even a clear 90 degree view without the buildings in it. However the views on the way down are incredible and I would still say it's definately worth it and very rewarding! JUST DONT DO IN HIGH SEASON OR HOLIDAYS!!!

Hard but worth everything
zkolex [TA], , Moscow, Russia

Mid-september 2014. Weather was rainy some days before and it was really hard to decide do the climb or not reading all those whining off-season reviews. But in the end we decided to go (no, srsly, to be in sri lanka and not to climb Adam's peak is like to be and sri lanka and not to buy some fine tea).

Looks like we got extremely lucky - sky was clear all night, bright stars, no rain, no fog, yes the wind is blowing - but it's a mountain, what do you expect, take some windproof jacket. You will be totally wet at the top too so take a spare dry t-shirt with you.

There were like 10 more guys with us - all tourists - so no crowd like there is in season.

Started at 2:20, finished at 5:10, sunrise was at 5:30 or something like that. Views are absolutely stunning and worth every step of that goddamn ladder (I hated all ladders for like 3 days after that climb). Sunrise is great but morning views when mist starts to go up are even better.

Go for it, and you will be rewarded.

Walk in the park
Freek M [TA], , The Hague, The Netherlands

We went up in early September so off season. After reading in books and online that it would take 4hours and when fit 3 hours we started at 2:30 to be on the top before sunrise. A dark and unfortunately rainy walk took us only 2hours to reach the top, so we had to wait 1,5 hours being wet/cold. But it was worth it! Nice view, great sunrise, too bad the actual top gate was kept closed in this off season. So depending on the season you go up and how fit you are (we run 2x a week and go the the gym, pretty standard and not ironman fit or whatever) don't start too early ;)

U must be ready!
RomanMasl... [TA], ,

1) We was climbed in augest, unseasson. No lighter, just 1 or 2 working caffe and rest point.
2) we start at 2'oclock am, but thats was our fault. In unseasson no reason to wake up so early. we was not ready with our equipments, so we was got all wet on the end of the way. During hole night was rain with the wind. On the top of the hill was not worked anything, but we must know that! thats why don't forget to take good rain protect close, good warm tee, some dry close.
3) soft of 2 hours we spend on the way. Yes our legs was ached terrible, and descent thought faster but more difficult.
4) if u will be lucky u will catch the sunrise. on the descent way u will see amazing waterfall.

Luka3335 [TA], , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It was tough but a good experience. Unfortunately weather wasn't great. If you decide to go there prepare for about 3 hours climbing up on stairs. going back there is a nice waterfall. I think it's a must do thing for those who like adventures.

Do it to say you did it
Rediff L [TA], , Washington DC, District of Columbia

We went off season, we went on our honeymoon, no we are not extreme hikers, but you only live once. It was cold, it was misty, it was middle of July. Just me, my newlywed wife and our guide provided by Slightly Chilled guesthouse in Nalatthaniya, and we went up the stairs like crazy people on a mission. The view up top can be good, but it was too misty to see anything. Also the guy who lives up at the top didn't let us use the restroom, not sure why. The way down sucks cause your thighs are trembling by now. Bring sweaters. We live in Washington DC, so we know cold weather, and this mountain is cold.

A must when in Sri Lanka
Justyna J [TA], , Warsaw, Poland

This is one of the best things one can do in Sri Lanka. As the common Sri Lankan saying says: "If you are in Sri Lanka and you don't climb Adam's Peak you are a fool, if you do it twice, you are a bigger fool" :)

Out of season, seriously consider to pass on it
Nokipa [TA], , Haifa, Israel

Just came back from Adam's peak (July 22), ~6000 steps each way to reach the top and see nothing but clouds and mist. It did get us a good laugh at ourselves and all the other "crazy" tourists that went up :) My personal recommendation is to pass on it if it's not a high chance of sunshine at the top... your knees will thank you.

nice walk, not great out of season
Campbell... [TA], ,

5200 stairs, if you are not used to walking you are definitely going to feel this one. Out of season did this in June, was raining most of the way. No other people on the route, just me and my friend. Got to the top, gate was locked, no foot print, rain so cloudy no view at all. We still enjoyed the walk, about three and a half hours up and down, we were told very slow with lot of rest should take about 6 hours.

Cassandra... [TA], ,

Exhausting, tiring, painful, but and absolute must do. You cannot go to Sri Lanka without hiking Adams Peak. Just make sure you don't go during pilmgramage season like we did!!

So exhausting! :)
ANNEKAHRI... [TA], , Oslo, Norway

Okay, so we were told that we should start walking at 2 am to get to the top in time for sunrise. So with no sleep, and no breakfast, we started this climb - and halfway up I told my boyfriend I had never been so exhausted in my life. And I actually think that was true.

It is a really nice walk, and doing in at night is sort of an adventure (but bring a flaslight, or forget about it!), but if I were ever to do it again, I would not start at night. The sunrise people were talking so much about was nothing much. It gradually stopped being dark. That was it. But the view is great, and we looked down at the clouds, which was beautiful. So if you're in okay shape I would recommend the climb for sure.

A magnificent experience
Anna D [TA], , Swansea, United Kingdom

We climbed Sri Pada in December 2013 on a poya day (religious festival) which means the experience was extra special as we climbed along with thousands of religious revellers singing and chanting religious songs which was such an inspiring experience. We were staying in Nuwara Eliya and a driver was organised for us by the guest house we were staying in which meant we had transport right to the bottom of the mountain and waiting for us at the end. There were 4 of us in the group, all in our 20s but of mixed ability - 2 very fit people, one smoker and one very unfit person (me). We started our climb at 2am at a nice, steady pace. The 2 fit people soon went ahead as they found the climb easier and the other two of us found it better to keep to our own steady pace without the pressure of keeping up with the others! We took plenty of water and energy bars with us but the monks serving free sweet tea and crackers along the climb were lovely and a welcome help in the chill of the evening. The steps to begin with are gentle but gradually become steeper and more frequent until the top where there's a railing to help pull yourself up. We were taking a breather every 20 steps by the end but were encouraged along by everyone around us and even the monks on their pilgrimmage were egging us on. Seeing the euphoric state people were in, singing and dancing as they got closer to the top, was truly amazing. Our friends made it to the top but felt uncomfortable squeezing for space amongst people praying so came down a few steps to a ledge where many tourists seemed to be settling. This is where we met them and watched the sun rise and it proved to be a beautiful spot. My partner proposed at this spot and it couldn't have been more perfect. After the sun rose, we could see the breathtaking views and appreciate the great climb we had managed. The climb down is very difficult, taking its toll on the knees and ankles but we came down a little faster than we climbed up. The festival vibe at the bottom of the mountain was brilliant and although going up stairs for the next three days was very painful, it was totally worth it. Take advantage of the toilets at the start of the climb as they aren't the best on the way up and there are none at the top and stick to your own pace. My legs were less painful the day after than my fit friend- she pushed her pace a bit too much and suffered for it the next day! I recommend this climb to everyone who's going to Sri Lanka. Magical.

Step by step to the sky taking the long way
Joelle A [TA], , Geneva, Switzerland

We (my fiance and me) took a bus to Ratnapura and sleep their since we where too late to take the last bus to Siripagama. We were bagpacking so we wanted to take different way to go up and to go down. We had to carry all our stuff but it was alright (probably more pleasant without our bags). We begun our ascension around 3 pm in Siripagama, this is early but we wanted to see the jungle and landscapes before night. We saw many monks and monkeys on the way up. This hike has the particularity of being stairs all the way up. It does not mean it is easier, I found it quite tough and some parts are hard if you have vertigo (I have it, and I did it :)). I think it is better to have a good condition to do this trail. You can find snacks and water all the way up but not in the top. On the middle of the trek their is a cascade where you can take a shower (for men only and with your underwear). It is nice to change your clothe if you are sweating because when the night comes it is rapidly cold and you do not want to be wet. When you arrive at the top by this way, the first thing you see is the "police of Adam's peak". Some people had bad experience, in our case it was more like "do not leave your stuff without surveillance". We arrived in the top around 10 pm. We stayed and tried to sleep in the "cave", we were the only tourist and the locals were very friendly (sharing food and clothes). If you spend the night in the top, it is VERY COLD, even for a Swiss woman (bring a wind coat is a really good idea). It is true that you share the top with hundreds of other people, the toilets are smelling bad and you may not have the best view to see the sunset but it is an amazing experience and the landscape is great. The way down to Dalhousie was the most difficult thing in this trek: our legs were shaking and we felt like we were not going to make it. In Dalhousie we took a bus to Hatton and then to Kandy and went directly to bed. We had aches for 2-3 days after it, so do not plan to do the Knuckles directly after Adam's peak.

Hard but worth!
antc777 [TA], , Melbourne, Australia

Did the climb on Sunday 27th with a fit son, daughter and son's fiance. Used the easiest path from Nallathanniya on both ways. Started at 11:15PM and reached the peak at 4:15AM with the whole party slowed down by myself. This is the hardest I have done but the whole experience was awesome. With good pacing, this is possible even for a moderately fit person. There were lots of people climbing but not large enough to slow us.

First 2-3km is a gentle walk uphill. Then the hard part starts with a fairly steep climb of big steps. This goes for a while and then reaches the steep climb to the peak. Last part in fact is relatively easy since there are railings that you can hang onto and push yourself. There are many rest areas along the way that you can buy food and drinks. There are basic toilet facilities as well along the way where you pay Rs.20 to use.

You can see the lit path to the top while climbing and this is a very pretty sight. Views from the top are amazing. There is a platform to view the sunrise outside of the temple area. We started the descent at 6AM and the views again were amazing. Stopped along the way for a roti breakfast.

Descent is in fact harder than the climb and by the end I could hardly feel my legs. Maintaining balance is another challenge. Overall, this is an awesome experience and I am glad I did it before it is too late :-)

Wouahhh !!!
MOPSA1969 [TA], , Paris, France

Incredible moment. Adam's peak is not only that climbing of 5200 stairs , it's much more than that.Iwas staying at the nice White house with 3 other guys ( swiss and estonian ). We began at 2.30. Funny at the beginning and become quiet. It really has somathing to see with the religious thing. At the top , waiting in a common room with families , pilgrims , tourists and out at the temple waiting for the su to rise and the peole singing. WOUAHHH !!! that's a moment and the way down , not the easiest but with the sun and smiling and a bit of time. One of my best moment for sure in the loving Sri Lanka.

Do not go on a holiday or weekend
MikeB3401 [TA], , Boston, Massachusetts

Do not try and climb Adam's peak if it is around a holiday or weekend. The guide books mention that there is a que near the top, but they fail to explain that the que is hundreds of people crammed together on a staircase that does not move. After waking up at 2am to climb, there was no chance that we would even make it to the top due to the heavy crowds.

Not worth the trip all the way out to Dalhoiuse...

Fabulous view, amazing sunrise but better be in shape
Todovika [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

Climbed up the peak but as not in great shape as I thought I was took me 3.5 hours. Crowded as did it during pilgrimage but once on the top it was all worth it. The view, the spirituality and the history of the Buddha reportedly being there made everything worthwhile! Totally recommend it but be ready fir sore legs for a week after.

A Rewarding Experience
georgegri... [TA], , London

A general level of fitness is needed for this climb up steep and sometimes high steps. We left at 22.00 and the assent was relatively quiet as we passed Sri Lankan families pushing and pulling their elderly matriarchs up the mountainside. They would have spent all day for the climb up and another day for the climb down. The summit is somewhat haphazard, but what do you expect on top of a mountain in a limited space. We congregated in a room where you can lay down and sleep, so take a plastic sheet for the floor and a thin blanket or large towel. I helped the temple serve coffee and candy to the Sri Lankan pilgrims as a way of keeping warm. Sunrise was like watching a photographic print being developed in a bath of chemicals. Take a change of attire for the summit as you become sodden with perspiration and you need a jacket to keep warm. Wear good shoes and NOT flip flops. I saw one girl loose her control and she began involuntarily running down the uneven and steep steps only to end up in a heap concussed and a couple of teeth knocked out. I am happy to say her flip flops survived intact.

Epic, so I did it twice, but beware human traffic jam at top
Paul K [TA], , wellington

My first climb was on a Buddhist holiday in Feb 2014, and even though I left very early, by the time i got near the top there was a queue that was hardly moving. That's because there was several hundred people on the top waiting for sunrise and several hundred on the steps below trying to get up. Somehow I managed to get up just after sunrise and overall it was a great trek, amazing views and good experience. On the way down my legs were turning to jelly but I found a place that was giving free herbal tea and free calf muscle massages which was bliss.

My leg muscles then ached for a week. I then returned to Maskeliya and decided I wanted to climb it again at a quieter time so I could get to the top with the hassle of so many people. (The problem is near the top the steep step path is divided into two by a handrail. Those going up must be on the right hand side and the path is narrow. Because people of all ages and physical states do this trek since many of them are pilgrims, there can be people holding up others at this part of the trek - The last few hundred metres to the top is slow going in pilgrim season.) So on my second time I thought I'd be sweet since I left an hour earlier and it was a normal weekday albeit Friday. However near the top I once again met traffic, which was nowhere near as bad as the previous time but still takes a bit of getting past without bumping people. I got to the top well before sunrise and take warm clothes because you stop trekking it quickly get's cold.

Amazing views, and I think the trek is quite tough and a very long walk. Second time around my legs didn't ache in the days afterwards and coming down was easier but going up will always be tough. That's why climbing in the night is good because it's cool and you don't really know what you're in for.

If you go in Buddhist pilgrim season do it on a normal weekday but not a Friday. Leave earlier than you'd think depending on your fitness it can take anywhere from 2 hours to 5 with an average of 3 to 4.

One of the best things I've done in Sri Lanka in three trips covering several thousand K on a scooter. Must do!

And it's free unlike some of the rip-off archeology sites further north.

Made it up on a Sunday, but wouldn't advise!
anna l [TA], , sydney

The climb itself isn't as gruelling as I expected. Tough, but manageable if you are fit.
However, we did the climb on a Sunday and I would advise against anyone doing the same unless well prepared. We left at 1:30am and reached the summit at around 5:30am. The crowds were in their thousands. The only reason we reached the top is because we followed some Sri Lankans down an unlit back pathway which then linked onto a quieter staircase. This happened around two-thirds of the way up. We saw other Westerners who had not taken this route when we were coming back down later on. They had around 4-6 hours of queuing ahead of them to reach the summit. We were very lucky and the top was full of people. The actual summit is small and so space to watch the sunrise is restricted too. Again, we were lucky to get a fairly decent spot.
In hindsight, our experience was much more authentic and memorable to see the Sri Lankans on pilgrimage, but it was not an easy day.
Coming down was ok, we arrived back by 8:30ish.

Spectacular Views...... worth the effort
saxena_aj... [TA], , Hyderabad, India

I climbed from Dalhouise/Nalathaniya side which is the shortest route. Its a painful and never ending climb. You should set 3-4 hours for climb, if you want to experience the sunrise. The views from dawn to sunrise and afterwards are awesome and should not be missed.
It gets really cold in the night and after hot after sunrise, so pack accordingly but keep the weight light. 2 layers should be enough for the cold.

Along the climb you'll find all services like food, water, bath, toilet and even place to sleep, but these might not be as per everyone's standards. Advice: Don't expect too much re these services and prices of all items increas as you climb up.

Did not make it!!! BAD SIGNING!!!
Clauserik... [TA], , Give, Denmark

Startet 01.00 am, was the almost the only one at the buttom, but Got the Wrong Way up, when my Gps Said 5 km, the Path suddenly ended.
When i came down i talked to locals, they Said i was not the first to take the Wrong rute, the rute i took was for local The farmers... I was really really really mad, Can almost laugh of it today, almost!
I even afsked the reception before going, if it was easy to find, "yes yes, go to start and up, can't go Wrong" CHECK IT IS THE RIGHT WAY UP, THERE ARE NO SIGNS!!!

A Place where you need to be to Feel the Sunrise
thusithbc [TA], , Gampaha, Sri Lanka

Its my Experience I wanna share with u all...
Once in a lifetime u gotta go there and see the Sunrise.
There is actually 3 main ways to reach the Top of SRIPADA(Adams Peak).
1.most famous,through Nallathanniya,from Hatton stn.(Always Crowded,but closest)
2.From Rathnapura Palabaddala (Moderate Distance about 12kms,but Continuous Steps)
3.From Kuruwita, Erathna where we chose to hike up the hill.(Longest Route around 20kms,but filled with nature,less tiring places to rest and to have a Bath)TIME: 08hrs if continous,14-20hrs if rested.
**Take a Torch
**some water bottles+light food
**Wear Hiking shoes and preferably gears

when u reach the Summit then u ll feel 'the great achievement' u made
Watch this,I took it by myself the video of Sunrise(0630HRS)

An experience to never forget and a great achievement
Emily B [TA], , Chelmsford, United Kingdom

We climbed at 1.15am and took just 2.40hrs to get up, with two short breaks, and then 2.10hrs down. I wouldn't consider myself fit although young and fairly active. It was tough in parts, with the steps very variable and sometimes broken. And the old and young being carried cause delays. We went on a Tuesday and made it up with no queues. DO NOT GO ON A WEEKEND. You cannot get to the top due to the queues as this is when most locals do the pilgrimage. Take a torch, and if you wana watch the sunset from the top be prepared for how busy it gets, the pick pockets and the 'sleeping rough'. We made it to the top around 4am, and went back down to watch the sunset from towards the bottom. We still got great views and missed all queues and crowds. There is food and drink at regular intervals so don't carry too much on you to slow you down. And be prepared for the days to come, the pain kicks in the following two days. But a feeling of great achievement.

Dont go during weekend and March
Tsntai [TA], ,

We went to Adams peak Saturday 1st March and wanted to climb Sunday morning. We heard there would ve many locals so we desided to start early. 00.30 am we got a good start noted every 50 steps we took. There were many people but we had a nice pace. After 3000 steps still more than 2000 to the top or 500 meters height (1km distance) we were not able to continue as the steps werw packed with people with NO movement. We were able to more one step every 10 min. Calculating we had to accept the hard truth, we were not able to make it to the top before sunrise. And we were pm thw west side. Not able to see anthing from where we were standing. So we gave up and started the hard climb down. It was a big Challenge to go there both up and down and we were sad not to get to the top. So we have to come back some other time. Bit next time on a week day.

I used a wood stick as walking stick which I can recommend.

During poja is not possible to reach the peak
Katchik20... [TA], , Prague, Czech Republic

We arrived to Dalhousie on 14th February. There was full mion and long weekend, so everybody want go to summit.
It was also very difficult to get to Dalhousie. We were driving about 6 hours from Kandy. We were allowed to go to Dalhousie only because we have reserved hotel with parking.
Every where was lot of people. We still hear the pray.
After short sleep, we start our descent at 11 p.m.. At the beginning it was easy. In 1 am we were in 2/3 of the descent and the way starts to be very crowded. After 1,5 hour, we have moved only about 500 metres.
We were between hundred of local peoples. Some people were pushing up, some people were nice and help you if you are falling. At 3 we decided not to continue and return back to hotel. The way back was same as the way up. Very,very crowded. It took us 3 hours to get to the hotel. Interesting experience, but we do not see the sunrise.

Must do in Sri Lanka
Frille [TA], , Basel, Switzerland

I started at 2:30am and it took me 2hrs to reach the top. It wasn't as difficult as I had expected. I'm 30 and athletic. It was a great hike and the sunrise was amazing. If you have time, you must do it. I stayed at the slightly chilled hotel in Dalhousie, which is on the way to the top.
I was told to take a torch with me. I bought one BUT there is no need for a torch. 99% of the way is illuminated, so there is no need for a torch...

Worth it
krys_k [TA], , London, United Kingdom

I love to climb hills and trek so this was a great walk. The added fun was that you have start at 2am to get to the top for the sunrise, so the walk is in darkness. As I was on holiday and not doing my regular level of exercise, I powered up to the top and got there a few minutes over two hours (I think that others do it around 3 hours). So I had a workout rolled into the journey too. It's steps all the way, at times quite steep, and not an easy walk at all, but people of all ages are making their way up, so it's possible to do even of you are the wrong side of young. The sunrise was pretty cool, with visible rays a la Caravaggio. Also, being so high and clouds so low, meant that the tops of the hills were poking out through the mist creating islands in the clouds (which actually I thought was more visually stunning that the sunrise). The only shame is that you have to share this Shangri La with many others at the top (cramped Into a small space). But I guess that they're thinking the same about me. Liked it and would do it again.

Best experience in Sri Lanka
Dennis C [TA], , New York, New York, United States

By far the best experience I had in Sri Lanka. If you are able, start hiking between midnight and 2 AM to make the top by sunrise around 5 AMish. It is a spiritual, stunning moment to see the sun peak through and illuminate Sri Lanka's landscapes. Be sure to bring big bottles of water, sunblock, and some snacks on the way. Oh, and don't forget your flashlights.

It was a difficult climb, esp in the end when you are faced with just stairs. And it gets chilly so make sure you are layering. Be sure to check the weather before you climb and hope for sunshine. Rain would probably sour the entire experience.

Really, just do it. You won't regret it.

RockYu [TA], , Hong Kong, China

My wife and I climbed Adams Peak earlier this year and it was truly a life changing experience! We started the climb far too early at 10pm and reached the summit at 1am. Whilst we had packed jackets and some warm clothing, we weren't prepared for the 5hr wait sitting on cold concrete! Pack gloves, socks, beanies and something dry to change in to. It was all worth it though. The climb is exhausting but also meditative and spiritual, even though this wasn't something we were expecting! The locals are so friendly and have such a great spirit when climbing that it's infectious. At the top of the mountain, we met many other tourists and shared stories whilst waiting for the beautiful sunrise. This was one of the best travel experiences of our lives and a highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka.

A very wet climb!
Kate W [TA], , Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I climbed out of season so I knew I wouldn't get the best views from the top with the cloud. Left at 0230am and got to the submit at 0510 with heavy rain all the way. At the top is some big concrete buildings, one we waited in for sunrise and a small temple to see. All the way up is concrete steps and on the way down was some nice views of the waterfalls. I'm glad I did it but wouldn't do it again.

Amazing view... If the weather permits it !
palmiersp... [TA], , Paris, France

We climbed top of adam's peak at the beginning of september, the very low season.
Only few people climbed (about 20 people).
We began at 2.15 am, and took 2h40min to reach the top, with a lot of stops, but at a quite normal pace. Going down took 2hours or so.
We met some people who did it in less than 2 hours, but it's quite useless, as everybody start at 2am, and that the sunrise in september is at 5.30 or so.
The view was incredible, with clouds moving very fast, and it was totally cloudy 1h after.
We met a lot of people who didn't even see the sun because of the thickness of the cloud.

Climbing Adam's peak is nice to do (night hiking, more than 5000 stairs, that brings a lot of memories, and your legs won't forget easily), of course it is incredible with the view.
But I think i'd do it even if the sky is not clear.
No need of a guide, but better not go alone (walking in the night solo can be scary), and bring a good flashlight (can be find in any supermarket Kandy if you forgot it).
A lot of people decide not to go because there is a risk of not having a view, and i think that is a shame if you have a not too bad stamina and if you like hiking.

Hard climb in an amazing scenario
ruims [TA], , Lisbon, Portugal

Out of the pilgrimage period, the 3-hour climb is usually done during the night, in order to reach the top at time for sunrise. However, that is only a good idea if the weather so permits. If not, a climb during the day is the best choice, in order to take a look at the beautiful forest surroundings.

Fantastic view from the top
Kanalen18 [TA], ,

We spend 3 hours walking from the bottom to the top. We started at 2.30 am, The walk has app. 5200 steps, so it is a hard walk for your knees ( and remember when you walk up, you also has to walk down - it takes 2-3 hours to get down) but if you are in this area, then Adam's Peak is a must. The view is fantastic, we loved it, and when you walk you have the most fantastic view ever.

Manageable climb even in the rain!
attituden... [TA], , singapore

Ok climb for beginners even though it rained throughout out whole 4 hours climb to the top! We even saw some guides and tourist wearing flip flops and shorts up! But personally, I would recommend against that and wear proper pants and shoes!

A great hiking...not so difficult
adilabdul... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

A great place for first time hiker....usually takes around 5 hours to reach the top..and the view is so awesome :)

An unforgettable experience
Claus_Chr... [TA], , Lystrup, Denmark

We started at 1:00 am. Walked slowly up through the night to end up on top in time for sunrise.
It was a meditative walk in the night, and an awesome experience as the sun rose above the the surrounding mountain peaks.
Absolutely surreal, it was because the mountain's shadow formed a pyraide figure in the mist on the shady side!

Climb in the afternoon... Way better experience
CanadaPol... [TA], , Canada

We also started the climb at 3 pm and it made for a great experience. There is still lots of large family groups doing the pilgramage and the majority of shops are closed so no one hassles you. It is gruling, harder then you would expect, but the people made it one of our best experiences in Sri Lanka. They offered us tea, biscuits, sugar packets, grapefruit, etc when they seen we were so tired. It touched us deeply because they were just as tired, some never had shoes, and some were 30 plus our senior! It took us 2 hrs up and 2 1/2 hrs down. We found coming down was harder then going up. Glad to do the majority of it in the light, the steps are kinda scary in some parts and the overhead light are burnt out in parts so it gets very dark. 3 police stations and maybe 4 bathrooms all spread out.

Arvo climb - avoid the crowds
bronnie43 [TA], , Perth, Australia

My husband and I climbed Adams peak in the late arvo, starting around 3:30pm and reached the top by 5:30pm, hoping to see sunset but it was a white out. We enjoyed the climb, but it is difficult. It is true that you see local elderly and children doing the pilgrimage, so it is possible for the unfit, but I imagine very slow going and not very enjoyable! If you don't mind missing the sunrise, I would definitely recommend climbing in the arvo to avoid the crowds, cold and sleep disruption... Also recommend taking wet weather gear, the weather changed quickly on us and we got drenched on the way down.

Tough but worth it
steve k [TA], , Zhengzhou, China

Adam's Peak is a tough climb, me and my partner are 23 years old and we struggled the odd time. Not for children or the elderly! We started the climb around 2am in order to arrive at the peak for sunrise, which we did easily. It can be quite crowded, especially at the peak. Also it is very cold at the top, make sure you bring a jacket, although it was very hot on the climb down! The sunrise was beautiful and you feel a greaet sense of accomplishment after climbing this peak. I enjoy climbing so i had a nice time. If you dont like climbing you will probably not enjoy this very much! Expect your legs to be very painful the next couple of days!

Try at your own peril
HarisAlav... [TA], ,

Me and my wife climbed to adams peak in April 2013 (new year festival season) and by half way up we knew it was a bad decision. The climb is difficult to say the least and even being young 26 year old, didn't help a bit. We started at 1:30AM and managed to reach to the top by 9:00AM. Due to the new year season, it took us 2 hours to cover the last kilometer with queues as long as we could see ahead. What was worse was that the views were good but weren't worth the hardship and there wasn't any Adam's foot to be seen as it was coverved with a golden cloth. I would recommend that tourists should avoid this place and rather trek Horton's Plains. The return trip was even worse for the legs and the next two days of our tour we could only spend nursing them. I you are entirely bent upon going, avoid the festival season, and be prepared well in advance for climbing.

Sue123Wal... [TA], , Wales, UK

Omg, this was the most ridiculous thing I have ever done in my life! My friend and I began climbing Adams Peak at 3am and were nearly at the top by dawn (5:40) at which point we had had enough and were not going to climb another step. But if the climb was not challenging enough, the walk down was even harder. Our legs were like jelly all the way down and it took us about 2 1/2 hours to return. The climb is not for the faint hearted and you do have to be at least reasonably fit. Be warned, it can take you up to 4 days to recover. If you do intend to do this climb, get as much rest as possible beforehand (and not have a party the night before like we did) and allow yourself a beach day following the climb to allow yourself time to recover a little. Anyone considering this climb should think very carefully before doing it and follow the advice provided in other reviews! Good luck

A tough challenge, especially under the sun
behuman [TA], , Bern, Switzerland

It was my second time to climb and I didi it at the end of the rainy season during daytime. Practically no people around which was enjoyable to watch the nature.

The climb is strenuous under the heath, but with good training, excellent shoes and enough water it is a rewarding experience.

Tiring but well worthit!
VishV249 [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Truly unique experience. Reading all the trip advisor reviews convinced me to go, and I'm very happy I did. Started at 02.30, got to top at 05.30 (with several stops). Then took 2.5 hours to descend. It is the most beautiful setting for a temple I have seen in my life, and it is worth watching at least some prayer that lasts from 6am to 7am - the devotion amongst the local people is fascinating to witness.

Hard and long walk - but a beautiful sunrise...
HenrikKCl [TA], ,

Up at 2am in the morning and 3½ hours on the stairmaster - then you are there. Phew..!
But the view is spectacular and a bit spiritiual eventhough I tend to be a practical person :-)

Prepare for two days of sore legs...

Done it 3 times...each time it was wonderful!
Hannakris... [TA], , Niceville, Florida

I have visited Sri Lanka 3 times, in 1999, 2001 and latest 2005 (so it's been a while...but I plan to go back within a few years!). Each time, I climbed Adam's Peak and each time was a great experience I will never forget! For the first time and the second as well, I stayed at Green House Guesthouse, very close on the start of the climb. The guesthouse owners were super nice and on my 2nd trip, gave me a walking stick and their dog to accompany us. On my 3rd trip, we stayed in another guesthouse that wasn't as nice as Green House (can't remember the name) and we had a good guide with us. All of the climbs were in off-season.

I was able to see the triangle on my 1999 trip--the weather was dry and perfect, despite it was in October (I think). Yes, it was cold over there, so warm clothes are a must! The second and third time it was rainy--very rainy--and it was really cloudy on the top. Still it was an amazing experience, despite of me having a stomach bug on my 3rd trip (talk about it being a pain in the butt...literally...being ill in the dark, wet mountain..ughhh! I don't know how I did it!). My legs were always super stiff and sore for days after each walk. Each time it took me about 3 hrs to 3,5 to get on top.

I wanna go back someday, and want to go in off-season since the walk to me is more magical when it's dark and silent and there is no crowds, noise and lights around. If you go off-season, take some water, snacks and warm clothes!! A guide is a good idea for first-timers, but not necessary. Oh, and a good torch is a must as well! I will take rain gear too next time, and good hiking shoes. There are leeches, so I will definitely wear long pants and check for them frequently.

Have fun if you go, it's unforgettable!
PS: the review requires you to check the time when you visited...there were no options earlier than 2012 so I chose Dec 2012 but in reality I was there in 1999, 2001 and 2005 as I wrote:)

Amazing Painful and worth it xx
Rogs [TA], , Devon ENGLAND

If you've done this trek then you will know its worth every minute of the discomfort you will feel for 2 days afterwards. We took all our children - an experience they will never forget. Climbed twice now - just once more and I will be happy . If you visit Sri Lanka it's an absolute must x tough going but worth the magical experience - Sri Lankans run up and I huffed and puffed - but it's fantastic

Amazing Views and Unforgettable Experience
sltravel [TA], , san francisco

We did the climb during off-season (actually the day before the season started in December 2012). I have done this twice before during the season but this was by far the best experience. We were told that you can't do it during off-season and were nervous until we went there. We were told they don't light the path before the season so we bought few flash lights. It was pitch dark most of the path but we had an amazing experience. There were lots of tourist who climbed with us at 2:30 am. It took us 3.5 hours to climb up and lot more time climbing down since we spent time specially taking pictures, talking to locals climbing and carrying heavy sacks for the temple and just people watching.
Next night, we were able to experience the carnival like atmosphere in the town on the first day of the season and was able to worship the relic that was going to be carried up to the temple. It was a amazing.

Extraordinary experience
Christian... [TA], , Brisbane, Australia

We started 2am and it took us a little less than 3 hours to reach the top, another 2 hours to get down. It is something special walking up the illuminated stairs in the middle of the night reaching the summit and observe a spectacular sunrise. We got caught in the middle of some local showers, but it felt rather refreshing during the climb.

Some people, mostly locals as I understood decided to camp overnight at the temple, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's freezing cold and very cramped up.
The local village does not really have much to offer besides Adam's Peak but I'm glad we decided to stay an extra night following the climb to rest out.

We stayed at Hotel White Elephant, big, clean rooms, hot water, tasty dinner, wi fi and a very friendly manager. Hotel next door did seem like a better option but it was fully booked.

Breathtaking even in clouds
KamDoh [TA], , Prague, Czech Republic

We climbed Sri Pada in complete off-season (August, 4th) and yet enjoyed it a lot! Manager of White House in Dalhousie (where we stayed overnight) who had been on the peak more than 60 times (one can never know, but he seemed trustworthy) told us that in this period of the year there is no point to start the ascent around 3 a.m. (to watch the sunrise) because the sunrise will not be visible due to the clouds if we are not able to see the peak's top light at 1 a.m. (the peak is in clouds). On the contrary there might be short period of cleared up sky around 9 a.m. As we hadn't saw the light we decided to wait till 5.30 a.m. and than started the climbing with the day light. Tens of people we met on their way down near Dalhousie just confirm the prediction - they went for the sunrise and yet saw "just" gradually enlighten clouds and fog. We take an advantage of quite solo ascent - apart form several groups near Dalhousie we have met really few people on the way up and down as well. All the way up without seeing anybody was stunning experience - there weren't any shops, and the last part beneath the peak and the temple on the top itself was more like a ghost town. On the peak we got also very much cloudy view but the feeling was great anyway. On the descent the sky was quite clear so we can enjoy the beautiful view of the valley below us.
Expect a Buddhist monk at the begging of the path who is expecting donation from the pilgrims. On the top of the mountain there is a group of men living there for the whole year and they are ready to offer you tea. Anyway - as there are no stalls during the off-season, be extra ready concerning the water and sweets or any other energy-suppliers!
And if you are worry about the difficulty of the terrain - we made in even in trekking sandals :)

Night experience
Artur2006 [TA], , Poznan, Poland

If you start climbing at night, you pass by beautiful countryside, you do not realize, until you climb down. Water cascades, mountain view... 5200 stairs are tiring, but worth it:) Unfortunately the weather was not nice, and we saw sunrise behind the clouds. A man, who is living upstairs said that they show Buddha's/Adam's/Shiva's feet in December:)

joias [TA], , Foz do Iguacu, PR

It was off the season and no shops along the way. We started at 3h in the morning and get in time at the top. Unfortunately, it was cloudy so nothing abut the special effect in the sky and the temple was closed as well...
then we decided to get down by the other side..15.000 steps and 15km versus 5.000 and a few km for the other path. We arrived 6h later and exhausted. We took a 30 min. tuktuk to Ratnapura.
The whole experience was spectacular. I'll do it again.

Hash K [TA], , Manchester, United Kingdom

it's a wonderful sight when u r at the top .. but lots and lots of walk !!! u need to constantly climb for 3 or 3.5 hours .. but the temple at the top and the sunrise view can actually worth out your effort .. We found a nice place just near to the start of our climb named Punsisi Rest Inn with great service and wonderful view of Sri Prada !!!

spiritual & scenic
nagindth [TA], , London, United Kingdom

we climbed the peak with a guide (though you dont need one) as he was part of the package we paid for already. we were told that it was arduous and recommended different clothing. But i guess things have moved on. Now there is a tea shop with blaring music every 10 minutes - good distraction during the climb. the toilets were average (better than wat we expected from similar journeys). most of the way has railings to hold on to and you just climb stairs which were not steep. We did it at night, which i would recommend, so that you are there for the sunrise, we did it in May and it was still very cold at the top at 4 am. Please time it correctly, we did not adn ended up at 4 am with no place to stay, the 2 "rooms" were full of people and we soon joined the masses. all the effort is worth with the sun rise, the sounds of the early morning pooja preparations and you can see more things as you climb down. difficult to say whether we will do it again, but worth it for this time

Sunrise is worth every painful step
SuttonHil... [TA], , Hereford, United Kingdom

We are not fit and still managed the climb. Yes it's arduous, but it is absolutely worth it to see the sunrise and the mysterious shadow. We started at 2.15 am (later than planned) and it took us three hours at a steady pace, arriving at 5.30 am. We had one stop for tea. It is imperitive if you are doing this in pilgirmage season to stay in Dalhousie and start early - you cannot over estimate the number of people. The last 45 minutes was basically a queue of locals - and therein lies another beauty of the climb,

_tolu123 [TA], , Warsaw, Poland

After reading so many positive reviews on the web and in guidebooks we were expecting something spectacular. What we found was a huge crowd of people walking up the stairs that look like a marketplace for the most part. Maybe it just is not the kind of 'spiritual experience' we thought it would be. [I cannot imagine how the climb looks when it is full moon and gets really crowded]

Tough climb but worth it.
Yusuf S [TA], , London, United Kingdom

I climbed it with my 9 year old son in 3 and a half hours and it took us 3 hours to descend. It's very atmospheric on the way up with all the Buddhist shrines and the tea shops, even if you climb at night. At first my son outpaced me but as the steps got steeper he started to flag and I started to get worried. We decided to give ourselves small targets, like 300 steps before resting, and this is a good way of motivating yourself to continue. By the end of the climb the 300 steps became 50 steps! Also, thinking about all the obese or old people who make it up there is a good way of motivating yourself. Take warm clothing and good footwear and take it easy. Leave at least 4 hours to make it up. When we got to the top it was misty and we could hardly see anything. So this was a great disappointment after all that effort. But on the way down the views were amazing although it did rain constantly. When you descend the pressure on your knees and feet is incredible and I am still limping several days after the climb. In conclusion, I would say that you feel a great sense of achievement after having done the climb and it's a must-do experience in Sri Lanka. But it's damn hard.

get a good guide
cottie11 [TA], , Stockport, United Kingdom

Just back from Adams Peak and highly recommend the guide
Anil Vithanage
Good compnay, well informed and very personable

Rise early and see the sunset

My legs were stiff for more than a week!
shanti_Tr... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

I have previously climbed Adam's peak from the easier route which from Hatton and told myself that's it never again. However this year I had the opportunity to join a group of interns to climb it from Ratnapura side. Which is the longer and the harder route. In comparison with the Hatton route there are lesser number of shops and pit stops along the way, there were stretches of the pathway which had no lights. Unless you are a pro in climbing and you have a very very fit body my advice is DON'T do it. Especially if you have only 2 weeks to spend on holiday in Sri Lanka I'm sure you will not want to spend more than 5 days limping around!!

Exausting and wet
Nicoleri [TA], , Switzerland

We walked the Adam’s Peak in January. It was a great experience but really wet and really cold. If you want to do that trek make sure you have proper clothes and prober shoes. We had good rain jackets, proper shoes and even an umbrella, but still we were soaked wet because it was raining the whole night. We started around 2.00am and finished around 7.00 am. In the travel guide is written that you have to walk up four hours and down 3 hours. For sure it depends how fast you walk, but if there are a lot of people who are walking up or down, then it can take you even longer because mostly you can’t pass them. It was a really good experience, but on the other hand if it’s already raining when you want to start, then I probably would think about if you really want to do it or not. We have been to the very top and if it’s bad weather you can see nothing at all. There is no view and no sunrise, you are probably better off if you go on daytime.

Top location!
SuSuSt [TA], , Wien

On out 12day trip around the island we tried to hike a bit.
Adam's Peak was the top location on our list.

We stayed at Upper Glen Bungalows and at on Feb 18 1am we started our drive to Dalhousie.
Dalhousie was almost empty when we arrived. Our driver stayed at the car (and had a good sleep) but our guide also wanted to climb Sri Pada.
Termperature was OK and up we went. Somewhere on the way we lost our guide. His endurance was not as good as ours but we met him again at the top.
Up there a very cold and strong wind was blowing and everyone was trying to hide and get a bit of sleep while waiting for the sunrise.
And then the light came. It was a wonderful experience seeing the sunrise with all the pilgrims giving their prayers.

Looking to the other side of the mountain we also could see the shadow of the peak of Sri Pada on the clouds.
A truly unique experience

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