Before leaving, its 5200 steps made us smile: it can't be that bad! After 2.5 hours of effort, we did not still have the same opinion! By way of comparison, the Eiffel Tower 'only' has 1665 steps. However, it's not just reserved for experienced athletes, we saw several families climbing with their children. Still be ready to have some aches the next day!
It's best to do the climbing at night which certainly prevents you from being too discouraged when faced with the endless steps. The sunrise is amazing, no doubt magnified by the perfect triangle that the shadow of Adam's Peak forms. Be warned however that the temple located at the summit and protecting the footprint of Adam, of Buddha or of Shiva (according to the different religions) is only open during the pilgrimage period which is between December and April.
Upon descending you can observe the several waterfalls that gush on neighbouring mountains and the luxurious valleys typical of this region of Sri Lanka. A psychologically and physically exhausting experience but nevertheless unforgettable!