Private Guided Hike to Kirigalpoththa Mountain via Horton Plains

Ohiya, Sri Lanka

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11 hours (Approx.)
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Take your Sri Lanka trip to new heights during this full-day private guided group hike to the summit of Kirigalpotta Mountain. Challenge yourself on this difficult climb for experienced hikers, ascending to the peak of the country’s second-tallest spire at 7,800 feet (2,300 meters) tall. As you climb, scout for endangered wildlife in Horton Plains National Park.
  • Attempt a challenging but fun ascent of Sri Lanka's Kirigalpotta Mountain with a private guide
  • Challenging hike to the summit of Sri Lanka's tallest peak that's open to the public
  • Search for endangered wildlife and rare birds in Horton Plains National Park
  • Includes park entrance fees, water and energy 'slabs,' picnic lunch, and support staff included first aid officer
  • Available on a seasonal basis from January to March and June to August
  • Private guide ensures a more personalized experience
  • Trip is recommended for experienced hikers

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Lunch
  • Refreshments with energy slabs
  • First aid
  • Back up vehicle for emergency transport
  • Support staff fee for guide, helper(s), driver and qualified first aid officer
  • Entry/Admission - Horton Plains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kirigalpoththa Hike


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Any transportation up to the trail head at Horton Plains National Park
  • Any additional beverages or food
  • Gratuities for staff (optional)
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Park Entrance of Horton Plains National Park

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Park Entrance of Horton Plains National Park
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What To Expect

Meet your guide at the entrance of Horton Plains National Park in the early morning. Before setting off for your mountain adventure you’ll get a briefing of the trip’s route, along with necessary safety information. A qualified first aid officer will also accompany your trip as an added precaution.
Start your trek inside this protected natural area, known to be one of the most famous sites in Sri Lanka for viewing endangered wildlife. Among the creatures you might spot during your walk are the wild boar, fishing cat, sambar, chevrotain, and purple-faced langur. There’s also a wide variety of birds that call Horton Plains home, covering a number of rare and endemic species. As you walk through this area, you’ll also spot a number of springs, which serve as the origin for many of Sri Lanka’s rivers.
After passing through Horton Plains National Park you’ll begin your ascent of Kirigalpotta Mountain. Celebrated as the tallest peak in Sri Lanka open to the public, you’ll pass amidst a series of bogs, high undergrowth, swamps, slippery rocks, and fast-flowing rivers. The walk will last for 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) and will take approximately five to six hours to complete. You’ll stop every mile (1.5 kilometer) for a break and an included energy bar and water. The hike is considered to be treacherous and it best left for more experienced hikers. One out of every nine participants does not reach the summit as a result.
You’ll eventually reach the peak of this challenging summit by around noon, pausing to enjoy the panoramic views of the island below. You’ll also take this time to enjoy an included picnic lunch, featuring pasta, boiled eggs, fried sausages, and tropical fruit. After a break, return by the same trail, reaching the trail head in early evening.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • A minimum of 02 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Difficulty Level: Medium - High
  • Personal effects for warm/windy/rainy conditions should be carried by the customer
  • The experienced and well-trained guide would take every precaution to ensure the safety and well being of all guests on tour as your safety is our prime concern.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions.
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Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785
Product code: 16052P192

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