The Kirigalpoththa Mountain Hike gives you a chance to climb up Kirigalpoththa, the second tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, starting from Horton Plains National Park. Feel the exhilaration of hiking up the mountain by a single overgrown trail with several difficult hiking and mountaineering sections ... More info ›
The Kirigalpoththa Mountain Hike gives you a chance to climb up Kirigalpoththa, the second tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, starting from Horton Plains National Park. Feel the exhilaration of hiking up the mountain by a single overgrown trail with several difficult hiking and mountaineering sections. Pass through scenic grass plains, cloud forests, bogs and steep rocky surfaces. Discover the exceedingly beautiful nature and varied wildlife in Horton Plains and Kirigalpoththa. Enjoy lunch surrounded by the mountains. Take photographs of the best views.
A 7km hike that is so difficult and treacherous that one in nine hikers are not able to finish the trek to the peak. Best attempted by the toughest and most experienced hikers. This hike is recommended from January to March but is also available from June to August.
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Kirigalpoththa Hike, Ohiya Sri Lanka
You will be meeting up at the visitor center of the Horton Plains National Park at 6:30am. You will get a presentation with the necessary route and safety information. You will be starting your hike at 6:45am.
You’ll be passing through Horton Plains National Park, a protected area in Pattipola which is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Sri Lanka. The park’s entrance fee is included in your hiking package. The Horton Plains National Park has a variety of mammals such as sambar, chevrotain, wild boar, fishing cat, purple-faced langurs and many others. As one of the Important Bird Areas of Sri Lanka it also has a large numbers of bird species, including some rare and endemic. If you are quiet enough you might get to see some of them. You will also pass through a section of the park with many springs, which mark the birth of some of the largest rivers of the country.
After some time on the trail you will find yourself climbing up Kirigalpoththa. Standing at 2388m tall, it is the second tallest mountain in the country. It is also the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, which the public are allowed to climb. The entire trek is approximately 7km long and takes about five to six hours to hike. The terrain and weather can be treacherous and cause difficulties, causing one in nine hiker fail in reaching the summit. You will have to pass through bogs, swamps and high undergrowth, and ford over rivers or cross slippery rock surfaces. Do not stray from the trail that your hiking guide leads you on.
You will have a qualified first aid officer accompanying you. There will also be a backup vehicle for emergency transport following you as far as possible.
You will have breaks every 1.5 km, allowing you to refresh yourself with an energy bar and water. You will be reaching the summit by 12:15pm to enjoy the panoramic views spread out like a feast for your eyes. After a photograph session you will be having a picnic lunch. The meal is part of your hiking package and will include a pasta such as spaghetti or macaroni, a boiled egg, fried sausages and tropical fruits.
Once lunch is completed, you will be returning using the same trail that you used earlier. You will be leaving at 1:15pm. You will be able to return to the trail head by 5:30 pm, completing your hike.
Duration: 11 hours