Off to climb a mountain

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2014

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The White House

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Central,
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Caught the train from Kandy to Hatton. A very modern clean train that chugs along at a gentle pace as it meanders through the Central Hills. Some spectacular scenery as we climb higher and higher and pass through wetlands and coconut groves. These give way to jungle and forests and as the elevation increase we travel through rice paddies and tea estates. The train passes through stone cut tunnels, over simple bridges with jaw dropping vertical abysses below. Sometimes the rain clouds roll in and we are above them and when we emerge from a tunnel they have disappeared and we are bathed in warm sunshine. We pass through many little villages and stations each with a musical sounding but unpronounceable name. 

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. There are a number of guest houses along the road. I have found one called the White House and it is secluded in a beautiful garden with a lovely river. Each room has its own balcony with a hammock that I can see myself recovering in.

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.
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simon storey on

Nice one Guss,

went to Splashy, very wet. but good, just to make you heart sore.

enjoy your comments . keep them coming



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