Hiking to Kirigalpotta Mountain via Horton Plains National Park

Kirigalpoththa is the 2nd highest Mountain of Sri Lanka after Pidurutalagala with a peak elevation of 2,388 meters above sea level. Also it is the highest point in the Horton Plains National Park and also the highest peak accessible to the public and tourists without prior approvals.

Trail to summit of this Kirigalpoththa is a good reflection of the raw natural beauty of Horton Plains. This 14 km trail (both ways) will take around 5 1/2 hours of trekking, hiking & mountaineering challenges. Attempting Kirigalpoththa is for the daring adventurers only as the conditions can be treacherous due to the difficulty of the terrain and weather. A single & a slightly over grown path through grassy plains, cloud forest, swamp & finally steep rocky surface which lay at a 30 degree angle dropping into a boundless gap. Once you reached the top it gives you a picturesque site of the mountain ranges of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Leopard & Sambur are the bigger wild animals you may sometimes come across; if you are lucky, you may even encounter a few endemic bird species such as Yellow eared bulbul, Ceylon white eye, Dull blue flycatcher, Ceylon scimitar babbler etc.

Elevation gain of Kirigalpoththa is 290 meters. The best hiking season runs through December to April months. July and August also recommended.