Off to climb a mountain
Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
79Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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Where I stayed
The White House
What I did
Arrive at Hatton and hop onto a bus headed for Dalhousie which is the traditional starting point for the climb. Dalhousie is a really scruffy little village with one main street which is lined with shops selling food and snacks, plastic and toys and stuffed furry animals and sweet shops that sell a soft jelly like sweet made from rice flour
I guess this is the best time to give you the facts about the climb. Adam's Peak is the second highest peak in Sri Lanka rising to 2435 meters above sea level. The starting point is at about 1425 meters so we climb about 1000 meters. The path up the peak is 7 km. Let me re phrase that - the path consists of 5200 steps up the side of the mountain. The aim is to leave early in the morning so as to arrive in time to watch the sunset - if you are lucky to have a clear morning. And then you descend 5200 steps down again. Oh yes I nearly forgot... once you reach the top you can ring a bell, once for each time you have successfully climbed the peak.
I walked through the village to get an idea of where I need to go later as it will be dark. It is about 1.5 km to the start so that means tomorrows hike will be about 17 km.
So it is an early night as I must be on my way at about 2 am.