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 distinctive 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 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 town – 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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