Adam's Peak

Elevation (feet): 7,359
Elevation (meters): 2,243
Continent: Asia
Country: Sri Lanka
Range/Region: Sri Lanka
Latitude: 6.81139
Longitude: 80.4997
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
Nearest major airport: Columbo, Sri Lanka
Convenient Center: Ratnapurna, Sri Lanka

Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) is an isolated peak in the forested Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. The mountain has religious significance for several religions, owing in part to a rock indentation on the summit that is shaped like a large human foot. This was said by early Christians to be the footprint of Adam, a belief inherited by Moslems when they assumed rule of the island. Later, Buddhists said the indentation was the footprint of the Buddha, and Hindus said it was the footprint of Siva. With all these traditions finding religious reason to respect this mountain, it is not surprising that it is visited by thousands of pilgrims each week, and has been for over two thousand years. There are 3,306 steps leading to the summit from the town of Dalhouse, and vendors sell refreshments and other goods along the trail. The trail from the southeast has no steps, but it too has trail vendors, and both trails have streetlights all the way to the top for those seeking a night hike in comfortable temperatures. The summit footprint is now enclosed by a shrine that is inhabited by Buddhist monks.

Best climbing months are December through May, with April being the peak month for religious pilgrimage.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 8 trip reports for Adam's Peak.

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  • Log #21262 - by Francis Laleman on Apr 22, 2008
    Adam's Peak, with all its religious, folkloristic, and historical connotations, is truly an inspirational place to be. Add to this the breathtaking landscape, providing the best ever views on Sri...
  • Log #14695 - by Graham Rawlinson, Vincent Doherty on Mar 03, 2004
    After an ardous climb of a few hours and a 45 minute FREEZING wait at the summit, we were rewarded with the most spiritual experience yet encountered by either of us. We really had no idea that there...
  • Log #14696 - by Nyle K Walton on Sep 26, 2003
    Ascending to the templed top of Sri Pada (local name) was a lark that began on the beach of Mount Livinia. An attraactive Swedish woman, an English school boy and I crowded into Baja scotter taxi and...
  • Log #14697 - by Jacob Morgan on Feb 12, 2003
    Climbed from the Ratnapura side, with a group of guys from Mt Lavinia (Colombo). they were great company as we slowly killed ourselves going the tough way up the peak, starting at 7pm it just over 7...
  • Log #14698 - by Sue & John on Feb 11, 2003
    Left at 3 am, climbed to the top to view the sunrise and didn't see a soul ! Most fantastic without anyone else around, not until we arrived at the top and found 19 dutch girls on a student holiday...
  • Log #14701 - by Matt and Rebecca Baker on Oct 03, 1999
    My wife and I spent a year in Sri Lanka teaching English at the Worldwide Educational Institute in Nuwara Eliya. Climbing Adam's Peak was one of the highlights of our year. We started the climb at...
  • Log #14702 - by John McLane on July 25, 1999
    So cold at the summit. The sun rose. Warmth. The most sublime moment of my life.
  • Log #14703 - by mike sharpe on June 03, 1999
    The plan was to walk Sri Pada by the light of the full moon and be welcomed at the summit by a magical sunrise. Started the ascent at 3am, after a 2am false start, in torrential rain. 3 hours...