Montane cloud forests and sambar deer…
Welcome to the awe-inspiring Horton Plains National Park (2139m), the most elevated tableland in Sri Lanka which is often covered in mist. The park contains two distinct habitat types: montane forest and montane grassland where large herds of sambar deer roam. You will walk on an unmarked 7 km footpath leading up to the second-highest peak (2,392m) on the island. The way back is on the same trail.

Location Horton Plains National Park
Distance from Nuwara Eliya 32 km

Trip type   Day hike
Trail route Out-and-back
Length 14 km
Trailhead elev. 2139 m
Trail-end elev.                 2392 m
Elev. gain/loss +353 m -131 m
Level Challenging
Group size 4 to 8
Pick-up point Nuwara Eliya town – 06:30
Drop-off point Nuwara Eliya town – 17:30
Inclusions Trek guide/support team/transport to and from Horton Plains/admission fee/lunch/water/trail snacks
Exclusions Breakfast/transport to pick-up point
When February to April(best) and July to September (reasonably dry)

What to wear

Walking shoes with a good grip and ankle support
Trekking trousers/long pants
Warm T-shirt or shirt
Fleece jacket or warm jumper

What to put in your daypack

Sunglasses & sun protection cream
Hand towel
Small trash bag
Light waterproof jacket (k-way) – depending on the weather
Plastic bags (to keep your phone/camera dry)
Emergency phone numbers
Copy of your ID or passport
Basic first aid kit


4-6 persons $ 90 pp
7-8 persons $ 85 pp

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