March 12, 2019 Catherine Mendoza 6Comment

5,500 steps? One way or back and forth? The answer is, one way! I know, right?!

 

Adam’s peak reaches an altitude of over 7,350ft above sea level.  Climbing up Adam’s peak was part of  Chris’s and my itinerary during our 25-day trip to Sri Lanka.

 

We took the train from Ella,  our previous destination, to Hatton for five5 hours at $4 each, and we were picked up at the Hatton train station by a driver we hired. Hiring a driver costs $40/day.

 

It was a two-hour drive from Hatton to Adam’s Peak and we had to stop at the supermarket to buy water and food like bread, cheese, fruits, and some candies. The road was apparently curvy but blessed with so much beauty of tea plantations and the abundant nature surrounding Sri Lanka, not to mention fresh air.

 

We booked a one-night accommodation at The Olive guesthouse, which was a relatively new set-up in the place that was close to Adam’s Peak entrance.

We arrived exceptionally exhausted from all day traveling on the train, but I was very lucky to have Chris around. He prepared and packed everything we needed like food, water, and headlight, as well the small dinner we had that night.

 

We slept early afterward and woke up at 01:30, grabbed our bag and embarked on our journey to Adam’s Peak, hiking at 2 am.

 

Two in the morning, as you can imagine, is still very very dark but if you have a good torch with you, there’s no problem at all. Although of course, you have to prepare your legs and I hope you take a pre-workout for that, as well as you need emotional focus.

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At the main entrance, some monks were waiting to welcome us, had us write our name including our nationality and asked for a donation. Yes, they ask for donations though I guess it’s voluntary.

 

On the way up, we passed through the biggest bell in Sri Lanka, Sama Viharaya, Seetha Gangula, and Mahagiri Imbaya.

 

We had to make lots of frequent stops and breaks because I was constantly exhausted climbing up through the stairs. While Chris had saved up much energy, he was very sympathetic to me. I started to feel grumpy but he was very patient.

 

I almost forgot about climbing up because my legs were somewhat cutting out on me, but Chris never did and tenderly pushed me until we both reached the top.

 

Some climbers carry out random pauses at small shops to have a snack, coffee or tea, or to just simply take a break from hiking.

 

The climb going up took us almost 5 hours it always depends on your walking pace or style. It was a difficult road to climb up.

 

 

Eventually,  after five bloody hours, we reached the top, and so did the others. It was too cold up there so be sure to have your body fully clothed and protected against the cold 7,000ft altitude.

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We patiently waited for the sun to rise as one of the main purposes of climbing Adam’s peak is because of its stunning sunrise. I even fell asleep while waiting for it.

 

Unfortunately, there’s copious cloud formation everywhere so we weren’t able to watch and see it.

 

Some went back down after feeling disappointed not witnessing a glorious sunrise from Adam’s Peak view. However, we didn’t depart yet. We came to catch sight of the main purpose of our adventure – to pay homage to Buddha’s footprint.

 

Legends say Buddha left footprints when he visited Sri Lanka and so that’s what we happily accomplished. Some believers offered flowers and prayers.

 

Next was we queued to ring the bell. According to Buddhists, ringing the bell will bring luck to you. We didn’t miss this chance!

 

After all the exceptional venture, Chris and I decided to go back down, dearie me, it was way more difficult!

 

But this time it’s already bright so we could watch our steps easier! Nevertheless, it was nothing short of an incredible journey. There’s something fascinating in taking 5,500 steps to reach the top. It was just so priceless.

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I almost hated Chris for making me hike it, to be honest, I’m not really a big fan of hikes or mountain climb or anything related to walking pretty much because I easily get tired. 5,500 steps was a no joke! Plus waking up at 2am is not my thing! But in the end, upon finishing and hiking back down, I realised that it was an achievement. True, it was more than exhausting, plus my legs throbbing but the thought that I actually made it was rewarding. I thank Chris for not giving up on me at this relatively one of the toughest challenges ( for me) in our travels. It always feels good to have some who never gives up on you. 💞 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ah, don’t mind my face, I didn’t have sleep yet that time 🤣😅 . . . . . . . . @resiak_c @escapesanddiaries #travelgram #couplegoals #travel #travelers #couple #instagood #instadaily #photooftheday #globetrotters #asiandestination #relationshipgoals #buddhapark #worldtravels #escape #worldtravel #worldtravelers #escapesanddiaries #rx0 #adamspeak #adamspeakphotos #love #worldcouple

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Thanks to my partner Chris for helping me achieve it! Adam’s Peak journey was exceptional! 

 

What else to know about Adam’s Peak?

 

  • It’s free of charge, you just have to give some small donation
  • Bring basic necessities such as headlight/torch, water, and snacks
  • In December, (the month we were there) the temperature drops down to 12 degrees or lower especially when you reach the top so dress according to the season
  • December, based on experience, is probably is one of the best seasons to climb Adam’s Peak as the crowd isn’t that many yet. Do keep in mind the local events. On the day after our climb, there was an event by locals so some of them already were at the top to prepare
  • A local gathering at Adam’s Peak is held sometime in December by locals so expect the crowd to not be very inviting. make sure you know that date to avoid chaos and be able to climb to the top
  • It is highly recommended to start hiking at daybreak to avoid the chaos of the crowd also making their way to the top

 

 

Have you been to Adam’s Peak? How was your experience? Got any other questions that I missed to mention? Ask me in the comment below!