Montane cloud forests and sambar deer

You will walk across the mountain grasslands interspersed with montane cloud forests within the Horton Plains National Park (2139m), the most elevated tableland in Sri Lanka and eventually hike up to the Kirigalpoththa — 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 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(best) and July to September (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 the 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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