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Adam’s Peak is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maskeliya, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from January until May.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 3,166 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

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Forest

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This route is from Nallathanniya to Adam's Peak.

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Reviews (26)
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Sam Simmonds
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Great trail avoid weekends as it’s busy for the locals

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Matt Rodda
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Many Sri Lankan's hike this paved path with about 5000 steps to reach the top where there is a shrine which is said to contain Buddha's footprint. It is customary to climb in in the dark to reach the top for sunrise. We left our hotel about 2:15am and could have completed the climb in under 2.5hrs but stopped near the top at a tea house for a warm drink out of the cold wind because there was a long time until sunrise. At the top there were many locals - quite a few of whom looked like they spent the night up there huddled under blankets. About an hour before sunrise the jockeying for position began to get a good place to see sunrise. Close to sunrise some musicians started - it was a magical experience. After sunrise go to the other side of the peak to see the amazing conical shadow the mountain casts. About 1.5hrs to get down. We did it with kids aged 10 and 12 and we do a bit of hiking so are reasonably fit. Highly recommended.

Dilshan Weerakoon
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Started around 2.30am from Nallathanniya (Hatton side) and reached to the top in 2 hrs and 35 mins. Trail was very clean and plenty of shops to buy water, food etc. the view from the top is amazing. Coming down was much quicker

Alex C
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Mark Rigg
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Hiking

For starters, I have to say that Sri Lanka in general blew my mind, it is such an incredible country. Adam’s Peak was hard, we left at 2am and arrived around 6am, it is very hard, but once you get to the top and you witness the sunrise coming out over that view, it will blow your mind. I will never forget it and the view coming down is breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone!!

Indira V.
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Hiking

For starters, it is 5.61 miles one way. The elevation gain is 3,798ft per Strava. We left at 1:30am and it took us 4 hours to the top and 2 hours down. Climb down is also challenging due to uneven steps. There are 6000 uneven stair steps so be prepared for this. No need to carry water as there are ample vendors on the way. I took my hiking poles which made it a bit easier. Although there are several toilets, I did not use any and wouldn’t recommend it. I hired a guide but this is completely optional as the path is very clear.

Robyn Tolhurst
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The trail consists of 5,000 uneven stairs. It takes around 6 hours for the round trip. Leave at 2am highly recommended to see the sunrise.

Olivia George
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Hiking

Really hard hike but absolutely beautiful all the way up and amazing views from the top.

Yann Écureuil
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pretty cool view at the top but way too much people to give it 5 stars

Spencer Harper
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Hiking

Started climbing at night since that's when my bus got there and I didn't want to pay for a guest house. 100s of Pilgrims sing their way to the top even after dark. I slept in the temple at the top so I could catch the sunrise with the pilgrims. It was shoulder to shoulder with others in a room on a concrete floor, (bring your own sleeping bag!) but everyone was very friendly. There is pretty much no room when it comes time for the sunrise because of all the tourists trying to get pictures.

Meetul Shah
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Jonathan Darby
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Inga Fors
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Marcell Bendik
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Matt Nemes
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Sam Dremin
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Rose Boissonneault
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Luke Arthurton
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Nick Ballard
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Harald Riessner
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Danielle T.
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Chase Blakeley
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Patrick Rooney
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Nan Partha
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Nick von
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Danielle T.
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