Montane cloud forests and sambar deer

Kirigalpoththa is the second highest peak (2,392m) in Sri Lanka, located within the Horton Plains National Park (2139m), the most elevated tableland Sri Lanka. The trail goes through mountain grassland interspersed with montane cloud forest and streams.

Location: Horton Plains National Park
Distance from Nuwara Eliya: 32 km

Trip type Day hike
Trail route type Out-and-back
Length 14km
Elevation at trailhead 2139m
Elevation at trail-end 2,392m
Cumulative elevation gain 415m
Level Challenging
Group size 4 to 8
Pick-up point Post Office, Nuwara Eliya – 05:30
Drop-off point Nuwara Eliya town – 17:00
When February to April and July to September is also reasonably dry.
Inclusions Trek guide and support team/transport to and from Horton Plains/admission fee/lunch/water/trail snacks
Exclusions Breakfast/transport to the pick up point

What to wear

Walking shoes with a good grip and ankle support
Trekking trousers
Warm t-shirt or shirt
Fleece jacket or warm jumper

What to put in your daypack

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


N° of persons 4-6 7-8
Per person $90 $85

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