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The climb to Adam's peak

02/01/2018

After breakfast, we worked until it was time for us to go to the bus station. Once there, after seeing the most disgusting toilet in the world, we found out that they misunderstood us and there were no direct buses to Nallathanniya. We got a first bus to Hatton, and after avoiding tuktuk drivers, we found another one that is suuposed to be direct, where we got seats, unlike 5 not so lucky french girls. After 1000h of detouring around, in Maskeriya the bus driver told us "guys you have to change here", and he stopped and payed us another bus... There we spoke a bit with the french girls and with a 94 year old local woman, called Miss Brenda. She held our stuff while we were standing, told use she's done Adam's Peak 91 times and not to give money to the buddhist monks because they just drink arrack. After taking some pictures with her, we searched our guest house and ate something.

Then we took a small walk in the little village and went back to the hostel to work in the balcony while Adam's peak starts illuminating. We ate a rotti, and went to sleep a bit!

We woke up at 2 am and start around 2:20. The first 2km were uneven steps here and there, with no steps in the middle. The second 1.5km were trickier, as it started to go up all the time. Around the half of it, Alex's stomach didn't cooperate so we made a stop. I ate some cookies, which helped me, since I was slowly running out of power. While I was waiting for Alex, a guy came to me to asked me if I saw the little kid they were carrying on a chair, which I did when we passed him. He explained to me that was the son of the queen of Buthan, and that she was ahead of us. That explained the 2 chairs being prepared we saw in our small walk through the village!

The first second half was steeper and with constant steps. At the last portion, after we crossed some people that told us "just 1 km left", and after hearing the last part was the worst, we made a small stop to drink some tea. We kept going, and we were waiting all the time for the stairs to get taller and narrower, Thailand's Tiger temple style, but never happened! Suddenly we were at the top! Last final steps were a little crowded, but we made it inside the temple, changed to dry, warm clothes, and searched for a corner with less wind. We sat next to a really nice couple from the UK, with whom we shared cookies and snacks, and suddenly it was sunrise time. I could barely see it since there were people all around, and we were freezing, but it was stunning. When the sun was a bit up, we changed to the other part to see the mountain's shadow. While I was searching for it to be on the floor, a girl came next to us and pointed to a triangle in the middle of the sky. Thank you, stranger, we would have missed it!

Then the offering ceremony started and we went down, got a huuuuuuuuuuuuge breakfast, showered and prepared to leave.

Sleep: Paradise entrance

With Miss Brenda, who did Adam's peak 91 times
Magnificent sunrise on the top of Adam's peak
The shadow of the mountain, a perfect triangle
Published: 25 February 2018, by susana

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I travelled to Sri Lanka with Alex, and spent December 2017 and January 2018 there. We travelled with our laptops and worked in the afternoon and/or evening, so we had time to see a lot of places, but took it slow.

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