Hello, yes Im going on the Feb trip to Sri Lanka. I'm really looking forward to it, what an adventure! I have also been to Kenya (not with Exodus but had an amazing time) this time I thought I'd try Asian jungles and Budhist temples! I loved the elephants in Kenya, but riding one will be something I will never forget!
Oh, the elephants also stole my heart and I am particularly looking forward to the elephant orphanage and the elephant ride! Do you (or anyone else going and perhaps reading this) think you will want to climb Adam's Peak? I trekked to 3000m on Kilimanjaro during my trip to Africa and really want to go up this one, too!
What sort of luggage will you be taking? I'm not sure whether to take a suitcase or to get myself a big bag. And not terribly sure what sort of clothing to opt for... lots to think about!
6 1/2 weeks to go!!
I'm not too sure about the climb up Adam's Peak, 5000 steps taking 4 hours and it will leave you feeling absolutely knackered for a couple of days. I saw a programme on travel channel where they did the climb and they considered themselves quite fit, as do I, but the question is are you willing to miss out on other stuff coz you're so exhausted!? I reckon if everyone else is doing it I will go with the flow, but I'd rather save myself for the white water rafting which is the same day I believe. That's gonna be awesome!
I will be taking a big bag, my usual ski bag, which will have plenty of space to take souvenirs back home in. I made the mistake when I went to Kenya of taking a small bag tightly packed but had no space in it on my return journey. As for clothing, lots of cool cottons, long sleeve shirts, combat trousers, shorts and a big floppy sun hat as I'm a burner. Don't forget the mossie spray!
Fellow travellers, join our chat, what are you looking forward to the most?
Hello, I'll be joining youon this trip. I've only done one trip before on my own with Exodus before and that was to Syria and Jordan (which I fell in love with!). I'm hoping to do Adams Peak as from my previous experience in Jordan inparticular Petra, I was so full of energy from exploring, I hardly got tired because of the thrill and excitement of seeing new things, I'm hoping I will still have the adrenaline to take part in the White Water Rafting later that day. I've never been to this part of the world before, and although I am aware of dressing conservatively, I've no idea about tropical weather clothing i.e. water proofs. Can you guys recommend anything? Anyway, really excited about the trip, I cannot wait, just hoping the monsoon floods dont cause anymore deaths r damage to this beautiful island after the latest floods that have just occurred. Look forward to seein you all there on the trip!
Hi Gill, good to hear from you. Yeah blimey the floods have been really bad, 5 weeks till we go so hopefully the waters will receed and they make a swift recovery. I'm taking a light waterproof (packamac) waterproof trousers maybe (just in case) and also a fleece for cool evenings. If the majority of you guys are doing Adams's peak then I will defo join, I dont wanna miss a thing!
I went on this trip 13 months ago. Our guide was Roshan who is great and has been doing leading in Sri Lanka for years, link to picture of him, don't know it if will embed correctly
The order of certain items is flexible. We arrived in enough time for those that wanted to do the white water rafting to do it the afternoon before Adam's Peak. Five of us did Adam's Peak (leave at midnight from Hotel, two hour drive, start the massive stair walk at 2am and some of us got to the top early so dropped down to a tea shop for half an hour. What you missed on our trip was the walk that Roshan did that morning, as it was around 11am that we got back to the hotel, just as the others returned from their walk. I think about six did the white water rafting. I passed on that, I've rafted the Zambezi (Zambia), the White Nile (Uganda), in Ecuador and Costa Rica and wanted to have a lazy afternoon. It turned out that the rafting wasn't that long or tiring so I could have done it as well.
I'd personally avoid combat trousers if they look military in anyway e.g. DPM / camouflaged in virtually all countries. If they are plain then that's okay. I tend to take a couple of pairs of zip offs so I can add or remove the legs during the day depending on circumstances. I prefer to wear long trousers when in temples. When there in December we didn't have a problem with mossies and the trip doesn't visit malarial regions so I didn't take anti-malarials, I don't think anyone on our trip did.
I don't own a suitcase, don't like them, but for this trip you will be okay. The tour leader organises the hotel porters to even take your bags to your room. I tended to take my own as I haven't lost the ability to throw a ruck sack over my shoulder yet, plus it met I didn't have to wait for it to turn up at the room. Yes, take some sort of waterproof or poncho, we had some massive down pours!
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