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TREK SRI LANKA

Need to know

  • Best time to travel: Nov – April
  • Tour duration: 9 days (excluding travel time)
  • Group size: 10–20 travellers
  • Challenge grade: 3.5/5
  • Accommodation: Based on twin-share in 3 star hotels
  • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

Tour from AUD: Price available on request

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    Trip at a glance

    Explore Sri Lanka on foot on this nine-day adventure, be challenged yet rewarded by beautiful and rugged Sri Lankan landscapes. 

     

    Get a taste of enthralling culture and natural wonder in this diverse country. Stand inside one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world, trek in amazement through the Knuckles Mountain Ranges and meander through vibrant tea country. Visit UdaWalawe National Park in safari jeeps and encounter majestic elephants; a memory that stays with you forever. Upon arrival to departure, you’ll be nothing short of exhilarated! 

     

    You may have travelled to Sri Lanka before, you may not have. Either way, we guarantee you will see this country like never before. Join us as we travel with purpose on a unique nature and trekking adventure. 

     

    Give back

    We know travel is better when you can give back as much as you get. That’s why we have designed our trips around contributing, supporting and participating in local projects and community initiatives that have a positive social and environmental impact.

     

    Each of our tours provide a unique way to get up close and personal with the destination and incorporate a fundraising target or donation into the travel costs, which enables travellers to connect, give back, and travel with purpose.

     

    If you are a charity, corporate or a private group interested in Trek Sri Lanka, please get in touch with amanda@soulfulconcepts.com.

    Itinerary

    DAY 1: WELCOME TO SRI LANKA
    Welcome to Sri Lanka! Your touchdown marks the beginning of an unforgettable experience. 

    Upon arrival, our local, friendly guide will meet you and take you by private transfer to your central Negombo hotel. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of settling in; perhaps walk down to the beach or take a dip in the pool. Be sure not to miss the stunning sunset over the Laccadive Sea. 

    Come early evening, we will meet up as a group to enjoy some dinner and get to know one another.  Let the journey begin! 

    Overnight in Negombo.

    Accommodation: Camelot Beach

    Meals: D 



    DAY 2: KANDY – TEMPLE TIME
    After breakfast, it’s time to set off for Kandy, a scenic city set on a plateau surrounded by rolling mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest.  

    We’re headed to the Temple of Tooth. Sound familiar? It’s likely. To Buddhists, The Sacred Tooth Relic is an object of veneration, and the temple it is housed by, is said to be one of the most sacred places in the world. Oozing with rich and wonderful history, the Relic itself is said to have been treasured by generations of Kings as a symbol of power. It is a traditional belief that, whoever acquires the Tooth Relic, ruler or invader, possesses the might to rule. 

    After all that exploring, It’s time to sit down for some lunch at a local restaurant. Be sure to try something you’ve never had before, as the local cuisine here in Sri Lanka is amazing! 

    Overnight in Kandy. 

    Accommodation: HOTEL SUISSE 

    Meals: B,L,D



    DAY 3: KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN RANGE
    Today the trekking portion of our trip begins! After a fuelling breakfast, we set off to the breathtaking Knuckles Mountain Range, the most rugged and picturesque terrain in Sri Lanka. Today will wow you, we promise. 

    We will also visit the lush grasslands of Pitawala Pathana and Illukkumbura where the climate can dramatically change from wet montane to dry lowlands within just a short period of 2-3 hours. Here you will be shown just how diverse this country is. You will see sub-montane forests, cloud forests, wet grasslands, mid-elevation forests, dry zone forests to scrub jungle - just to name a few! 

    Throughout today’s 4-hour trek, don’t forget to stop, take a deep breath and revel in the adventure! 

    Overnight in Kandy. 

    Accommodation: HOTEL SUISSE 

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking Distance: 8km (4 hours)

    DAY 4: REMARKABLE ADAM’S PEAK SUNRISE CLIMB
    Delving deeper into our trek, tonight we will tackle the great Adam’s Peak. A guaranteed highlight of this journey, the next 24 hours will be the most physically challenging part of this trip, yet, rest assured that you will be tremendously rewarded. 

    This morning, after breakfast, as a group we head off towards Adam’s Peak. A buzz of excitement is in the air as our evening climb approaches.  

    Stopping along the way for lunch at a local restaurant, don’t forget to keep up the hydration. You’ll need it! 

    After an early and nutritious dinner, it’s time to make some ground. We set off to climb Adam's Peak tonight, and we will reach the summit in time to take in a stunning sunrise together. Though not the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, the striking pyramid of Adam's Peak (2,243m) is certainly the most remarkable! An impression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, which has been looked upon as a sacred sight from remote antiquity. With magnificent views in every direction, tonight’s trek will not only be a workout for the legs, but come daybreak, for the eyes too! 

    Overnight at ‘Slightly Chilled Guest House’ at the foot of the mountain. 

    Accommodation: SLIGHTLY CHILLED 

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking Distance: 14Km, over 5500 steps (Approx. 8 hours)



    DAY 5: FLOURISHING ELLA
    You did it! You conquered Adam’s Peak! Be proud knowing you’ve reached new heights, literally, for a great cause. After your trek, we will head back to the hotel so that you can get some rest before pressing on to our next destination: the beautiful town of Ella that is set amongst vibrant rainforest. 

    After some breakfast, we make our departure, stopping along the way at a local restaurant for lunch. Be sure to take in the scenery as you travel today! 

    Overnight in Ella. 

    Accommodation: OAK RAY ELLA GAP HOTEL 

    Meals: B,L,D 

    Transfer time: Approx. 4.5 hours 



    DAY 6: DOUBLE THE FUN: ELLA ROCK & LITTLE ADAM’S PEAK
    Good Morning beautiful Ella. Have you ever seen such stunning greenery? You are certainly in for some spectacular scenery today. Be sure to have that camera charged! 

    First, we set off on a challenging trek to Ella Rock where we will be met with panoramic views of the surrounding and dramatic landscape. As you start to climb the mountain the vegetation will become more forest-like and the trail will begin to get steep. Half of the trail is relatively flat and half is a steep incline. Once at the summit, stop to take in the outlook of the nearby tea plantations and brilliant plains below. 

    Stopping for some well-earnt lunch at a nearby restaurant, enjoy this short break as the journey continues soon after. 

    After lunch, we continue our adventure and push on to Little Adam’s Peak. This eye catching and jaw-dropping peak is one not to missed.m Situated in Ella, it is a timeless attraction that draws in all walks of life who come to take in its impressive views. 

    Overnight in Ella. 

    Accommodation: OAK RAY ELLA GAP HOTEL 

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking Distance: 7km (5 hours)



    DAY 7: ELLA - UDAWALAWE VIA DIYALUMA WATERFALL
    After a hearty breakfast, via private transfer, it’s time to leave for Udawalawe via Kaduruketha.

    Stopping for lunch at Jetwing Kaduruketha Hotel, you and your fellow travellers will have the opportunity to reminisce on the past few days of exhilarating achievements you’ve made together. 

    During our trip today, we take a charming drive through the verdant green hills of the tea country to visit the Diyaluma Waterfall, the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Not just your casual drive ‘from A to B’, this journey is a visual feast. 

    Once we reach Diyaluma, we begin on foot and meander through a nearby trail that leads through the hills to the top of the falls*. Hold your breath in amazement as the waterfall cascades a shimmering 220 metres down a sheer, steep cliff. Cool off by taking a dip in one of the refreshing natural rock pools and gaze out to the scenic, rainforest below. This is a perfect vantage point to take in the beauty of the tea country. 

    Feeling invigorated after our waterfall adventure, it’s time to set off for Udawalawe. Here ends the trekking portion of our trip. 

    Overnight in Udawalawe. 

    *Depending on weather conditions today, we may take a tuk-tuk ride up to the summit of Diyaluma and trek down to the waterfall, or, we may be on foot upwards from the road below the waterfall, as mentioned above. 

     

    Accommodation: GRAND UDAWALAWE SAFARI RESORT 

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking distance: 5km (3 hours) 

    DAY 8: UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK SAFARI
    Quite possibly the day you have been looking forward to most throughout this Trek for Sight, the time has come to visit the Udawalawe National Park by Safari Jeeps to see the majestic elephant herds (and much more!). Get set for an experience of a lifetime. 

    Udawalawe presents you with Sri Lanka’s first ever Safari experience, created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir. The Udawalawe National Park covers almost 31,000 hectares of land area and is home to over 5000 elephants, hundreds of bird species, monkeys, leopards, buffalo and other fascinating wildlife species. In a visit to Udawalawe National Park, close to 50-60 Elephants can be seen and the nursery herd comprises of many adorable baby Elephants.

    Afterwards, it’s time for lunch at a local restaurant. Have you ordered something out of your comfort zone yet? If not, now’s your chance!

    It’s time now to return to Negombo. Once there, you are welcome to spend the afternoon at your leisure. After a busy week of trekking and travelling, you will no doubt relish in the comforts of this beachside hotel. Reflect on your amazing time here in Sri Lanka as you watch your last glorious sunset over the Indian Ocean.

    Overnight in Negombo. 

    Accommodation: JETWING SEA

    Meals: B,L,D

    Transfer Distance: 3 hours 



    DAY 9: HOMEWARD BOUND
    Take your final morning in Sri Lanka for independent leisure time. Soak up the last moments in this beautiful country. Throughout your time here you have accomplished some incredibly amazing things, be sure to recognise that and set some healthy intentions for when you return home. 

    Today, we bid Sri Lanka farewell as we say goodbye to our extraordinary soulful journey. 

    From your hotel, a private transfer greets you and takes you to the airport for your flight home. 


    Meals: B

    • What's included:
    • Group airport transfers
    • Twin-share accommodation
    • All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
    • English speaking trekking guide throughout
    • Water and Refreshments
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Luggage transfer during the trek
    • Entrance fees and tickets
    • What's not included:
    • Single supplement
    • Private airport transfers
    • Sri Lankan visa
    • Optional tours and excursions
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Personal travel insurance and vaccinations
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks or beverages beyond water
    • Other services not listed in the inclusions column

    * Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip

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    Need to know

    • Best time to travel: Nov – April
    • Tour duration: 9 days (excluding travel time)
    • Group size: 10–20 travellers
    • Challenge grade: 3.5/5
    • Accommodation: Based on twin-share in 3 star hotels
    • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

    Tour from AUD: Price available on request

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      4 Comments
      • Nicky Carr

        It was a life changing experience. After the eye testing day I will never again complain about my privileged life. The hikes were not easy due to the heat and hills, but with training you will be fine and the elevation means that you get the most incredible views! Besides, we needed to work off the huge amounts of delicious food we were fed every day! – Trek for Sight 2020

        January 11, 2023
      • Diane Conness

        “Travel with a Purpose” is not just a slogan w/ Soulful Concepts and the Brien Holden Trek-for-Sight group. My recent trip to Sri Lanka was the experience of a lifetime. I felt truly needed & helpful at the remote clinic exams, working with the professionals of the Warakapola Brien Holden Vision Center. The following tour of Sri Lanka introduced me to the beautiful country, rich history & culture, and amazing FOOD! Visits to temples, challenging treks like the climb of Adam’s Peak through the night to see the sunrise, and hotels that pampered us w/ extensive buffets and delicious massages. I’m ready to return!
        Not an opportunity to miss! – Diane Conness. Trek for Sight, 2020

        January 11, 2023
      • Robyn Main

        The trio of fundraising, aid work and trekking with a great bunch from across the world created magic moments and lifelong friends. – Robyn Main, Trek for Sight, 2020

        January 11, 2023
      • Marilyn Tucker

        Trek for sight was a very rewarding experience on many levels. Meeting the people that work in the field of Eyecare over there and their very limited resources was a humbling experience. The people of Sri-Lanka were so welcoming everywhere we went. The mis was not a thing that resembled a relaxing holiday. We were on the move constantly and the trekking was definitely challenging. But it was all worth it. Having a local guide in countries such as this made the whole experience rise to another level. Learning so much about their culture and way of life , religion, food. And the food was amazing. Feel this experience should be renamed. “ trekking and eating for sight” – Marilyn Tucker, Trek for Sight 2020

        January 11, 2023

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