Climbing Adam’s Peak, Hatton

At over 7000 feet above sea level, the striking pyramid shaped Adam's Peak is probably the island’s most remarkable mountain. A depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, which has been venerated as a sacred sigh from remote antiquity; identified by Buddhists as the Buddha's footprint, by Hindus as that of Shiva, and by Muslims and Christians, as Adam's. Climbers taking the Hatton route, which is approximately the halfway point of the mountain, usually start the climb between 1 and 2 am to reach the summit just before sunrise, depending on your fitness level you may like to start a little earlier or later. The climb consists of steep steps, and can be quite strenuous in some parts towards the summit. Hundreds of pilgrims’ flock here in the season between December to April, so the last part of the climb tends to be slow and crowded. Take a jumper as it gets chilly, you can buy small bottles of water at rest stops located every 1000 steps or so. Bathroom facilities on the mountain are very basic. Leave any valuable belongings either back at the hotel or in the safety of your vehicle.

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