Adams PeakFull moon pilgrimage up the sacred mountain – Adam’s Peak

Climb with pilgrims in the light of the full moon and chase a mystical sunrise, or journey up during the day with an overnight stay at the top for a spectacular dawn at Adam’s Peak.



Why should you book this trip?

  • Watch the spectacular sunrise from the peak of Butterfly Mountain. In the early hours of the morning you will witness not only a spectacular sunrise but also a glimpse of a mysterious triangular shadow cast by the peak.

  • Climb the island’s fourth highest peak.

  • In the pilgrimage season (December to May), you are in the company of pilgrims of diverse faiths, who each claim that the mountain’s sacred footprint or Sri Pada was created by one of their own faith. You will experience a peaceful congregation driven by one belief.

  • Legend has it that the footprint indented in the rock at the summit of this verdant conical mountain was made by the Buddha, on his third and final visit to the island. Muslims believe it is the spot where Adam first set foot on earth after being banished from the Garden of Eden. Christians believe it belongs to St. Thomas the Apostle, whilst to the Hindus, the footprint belongs to Lord Shiva.

  • An experienced naturalist guide will keep you company on this trek to Adam’s Peak.


Two climbing seasons




December Full Moon Day to May Full Moon Day -

Pilgrimage Season

Crowded with pilgrims;

It is possible to do a night climb as the path is illuminated. Hence you could be at the peak for the sunrise;

Less rain is experienced.

We start the climb at midnight or a little after, depending on the number of pilgrims on that day.

We will be at the top for the sunrise and be at the bottom around 9 a.m.

Day after Full Moon day in May to Day prior to December Full Moon Day –

Considered as “off season”

Very few people;

Not possible to do a night climb as the path is not illuminated. Hence you may not be able to be at the peak for the sunrise;
A very high probability to observe the diversity of flora and fauna on the world heritage peak.
Rain is to be anticipated.

We start the climb around 4 or 5 a.m. with the aid of our torches until the early rays of sunlight set.

We are expected to be back at the foothill around noon.



16 USD

1 PERSON   - 38 USD                         


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Quick Facts

  • Availability: all year round.

  • However, please note that there are TWO seasons to climb and what you experience and see during each of the seasons, is unique.

  • Transfer arrangements to be picked up and dropped off to any preferred destination could be provided on request, for an additional fee.

  • Meeting point: Dollhouse (Nallathanniya)

  • Children 8 to 12 years of age will be charged 50% 

    Please Note:

  • Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.

  • It is possible to extend the Adam’s Peak hike with accommodation.

You will meet

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Kithmini: a young, hands-on naturalist whose passion and enthusiasm drives her work. In her teenage years, Kithmini took to volunteering and in university found herself driven to areas like biodiversity, conservation and environmental degradation. Armed with an impressive portfolio of qualifications and field work, Kithmini embarked on her professional career. She is a dedicated animal handler, having worked closely with animals from her formative years, while she also participates and contributes to several research projects focussed on the environment.



Included in the price

  • Experienced local guide

  • Coffee & snacks for the ascending climb

  • Picnic breakfast


  • Transportation to and from location

  • Any extra beverages or food/snacks consumed

  • Optional activity costs

  • Any personal effects not mentioned in this description

  • Tips for the staff



Tour in brief 

Please get in touch with your sales consultant as soon as the booking is confirmed, who will provide logistical details.

Your naturalist with her guide team will greet you at the meeting point and after a briefing on the trek and safety precautions, we start our exciting climb.

Scaling the dizzying heights of this 2,240 metre high mountain –  Adam’s Peak is the island’s fourth highest mountain – in the early hours of the morning, is to witness not only a spectacular sunrise but also a glimpse of a mysterious triangular shadow cast by the peak against the light of the rising sun. In the company of pilgrims of different faiths who each claim that the mountain’s sacred footprint or Sri Pada was created by one of their own faith, you will experience a peaceful assembly of pilgrims motivated by one belief.

This excursion to Adam’s Peak will be conducted as a day climb from May to December (full moon days) with a stay overnight at the top to witness the sunrise.

From the full moon day in December to May, we will do this as a night climb, beginning a few hours before dawn so that you witness the sunrise at the zenith of Adam’s Peak and descend on the same day.


  • Suitable clothing, caps, hats and footwear for climbing in windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered. 
  • Insect repellents and sun-protection creams are recommended items to carry. 
  • All personal effect and electronic devices should be securely carried.


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