Climbing Adam's Peak

Trek of a lifetime

It is the dream of every boy who is from Ratnapura to climb this mountain one day. As soon as We finish our O/Ls at 16, we got together and planned our first trip to the peak, It was one of the best coming of age experience we've had and no doubt, You will also find it as enjoyable as we did. There is a saying, you are a fool if you have not climbed this once and you are a fool if you climb this more than once. I have done it five times and intend to do it many more times.

The view of the mountain from my bed room is always thought provoking and it is no wonder that it has been a source for so many legends and mysteries. The route is moderately hard and during the journey you will pass spectacular natural scenery from the foot to the peak.

Sri pada

"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."

Adam's peak at night
Adam's peak Shadow

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.

Carved steps to climb

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
  • Water Bottle
  • Pen knife
  • First aid kit
  • Mobile phone
  • Towel and soap
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Biscuit, Cheese or any other dry rations. Bananas for energy
  • Pen knife
  • 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

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 (First bus leaves Ratnapura town at 6:00 am). 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


Lihini Hela

Seetha Gangula

An echo point.

Seetha Gangula

Seetha Gangula

The good stream to have a dip if you dare the cold water.


Sinharaja Rain Forest

A point where Buddhist perform a ritualistic winding of yarn.


Sinharaja Rain Forest

Beginning of the last phase of the climb. There are small food stores and a police post located here.


Sinharaja Rain Forest

Another stop over to rest. From here it is steep climbing.


Sinharaja Rain Forest

Finally, the magnificent peak, A journey worth the effort.


Climb down to Haramitipahana,

Take the Kuruwita/Eratne road, Climb down to Eratna. Do not forget to have another dip in the Seetha Gangula in the Eratna side too.

Take a bus to Kuruwita or Ratnapura town from Eratna.

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