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The Sinhalese greeting
The hiking trails through the damp evergreen jungle offer an exciting contrast to the traditional routes found in temperate climates. Hiking isn’t yet a widely practiced sport here, and the animals aren’t used to the constant flow of people we consider normal in our natural parks. Compared to the shy fauna and relative stillness of the domesticated forests of Europe, the jungle here feels vibrant, awake, and very loud! We are very excited to explore these fascinating and rarely visited routes.
As a highlight of the trip we will climb the Kirigalpotta, the second tallest mountain of the island, which with its 2388 meters is in fact the highest summit of Sri Lanka open to the public. Before that, we will hike a couple of days through the Knuckles Mountain Range, following routes at the same time challenging and memorable, making for an unforgettable experience. Between the Knuckles and the Kirigalpotta are several more beautiful walks planned. In any case, this is not a tour that will give you time to get bored. 😉
Before all that, of course, we’ll visit a few cultural highlights such as the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, and after the (hopefully) successful ascent to Kirigalpotta we will end the tour with – of course! – some well deserved days relaxing at the beach.
Afterwards, it’s a 40 minute drive to the impressive Dambulla cave temple, a World Heritage Site with sculptures and ceiling paintings over 2,000 year old. And then still a bit more to go: after approximately 2 hours we arrive at our accommodation at the edge of the Knuckles Mountain Range. BF,-,D
Probability of rain – lowest: June-September; low: March-May, moderate: December-February, high: September-November.
The wilderness of the Knuckles Mountain Range includes semi- to evergreen forests in the lowlands and over 34 peaks with altitudes between 900 and 1900 meters. We start early in the morning, walking through, over or by rivers, mountains, waterfalls, caves, rock formations, big roots, bushes and very steep slopes, sometimes surrounded by sudden and dense mountain mist. We have to remain flexible and adapt to the terrain and the weather conditions, and set camp spontaneously if necessary. But you get a more “pure” adventure experience, a lost-in-the-jungle feeling. This is not a tour for risk averse people, but for those who have the courage or even the need to feel challenged. When you are open and ready for everything, and learn to accept and adapt to what gets in your way, you can enjoy a much richer and fuller experience.
You should expect temperatures between 5,5 and 35 degrees Celsius, high wind speeds in exposed locations and a humidity between 50 and 90%. Sounds tough, but an incredible variety of animals and plants thrives under these conditions, and this should inspire you. Now attention! In case of unpredictable weather, very unfavorable or uncontrollable conditions, the hike may need to be extended to 3 days instead of 2! In such a case, the program for day 7 or 8 will be canceled!
On day 6 we finally reach a remote village located under one of the most beautiful mountains in Sri Lanka, in the middle of a 30,000-hectares-wide range. We stay with a local family under very basic conditions, and spend the night on the ground in a shared room. BF,L,D
We start from the village and after a short while we enter the forest, where we walk on rough trails over hills and down valleys, following or crossing streams and rivers. We pass through areas virtually untouched, home to a large and varied population of wild elephants, sambar deer and eagles. At noon we have a picnic on the bank of a river or on a rock in the middle of the jungle. Once we arrive at our destination it’s time to get again into the vehicle. We drive about 20 km to a national park and enjoy an elephant safari. Overnight stay in the guesthouse. BF,L,D
In the morning we relax. We start the hike after lunch, making our way over flat terrain and rice fields to a village inhabited by the indigenous peoples of Sri Lanka. At night we sleep in a tree hut next to one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, which we also cross in a boat. Blankets, pillows and a mosquito net are provided. BF,L,D
But if you can’t stand inactivity even for one day, you have the option for an extra charge (for the guide) to go on a good 2-3 hours, 4-5 km hike to the highest waterfall on the island. BF,-,D
We start at the hotel early in the morning and walk through a dramatic scenery of remote villages, green tea gardens, small streams, fern groves and rhododendron forests. At the end of the hike, we drive for 30 minutes and walk for another 15 minutes to our accommodation, a very simple one where we share a multi-bed hall and sleep on the ground. BF,L,D
We are now in the Horton Plains National Park, located in the central highlands and known for its mountainous grasslands and cloud forests. We must pay careful attention to the terrain and its many slippery passages, but the stunning nature makes it all worth it. Around noon we reach the summit, and we can stop for a few moments to breathe deeply and admire the view. After returning to the entrance of the National Park, we get in our vehicle and drive Nuwara Eliya where we spend the night in a hotel. BF,L,D
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