Pekoe Trail: Stage 1

The Pekoe Trail is a newly created hiking route in Sri Lanka. There are 22 stages on the trail. The Pekoe Trail Stage 1 starts near the historic town of Kandy at Hanthana and ends at Galaha.

The Pekoe Trail is a 300-kilometre long distance walking trail through the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.

The 22 stage walking trail takes you through some of the finest ecology and mountain terrain in the South of Asia.

The journey starts in Kandy and passes near to to Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Hatton & Ella.

How long is Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail?

Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail is a distance of 12.8 kilometres.

What will I see on Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail?

The highlights of Stage 1 of the Pekoe Trail is the historic town of Kandy. In Kandy you can explore the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya and the important Buddhist Temple of the Tooth.

How long will it take me to hike this Stage?

According to All Trails the hike takes an average of 3 hours and 52 minutes.

It is  generally considered an easy route  to complete. 

What Hiking Apps are recommended for the Pekoe Trail

All Trails, Wikiloc and Outdooractive are the recommended Apps to hike the Pekoe Trail.

More about the Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail is funded by the European Union (EU) with additional support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It has been implemented by IESC on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism.

The route will take you through a diversity in elevation, terrain, and environment.

It winds around tea estates, nature reserves, and a range of villages where you will get closer to local Sri Lankan life.

HyunChang Chung, an international Ultramarathon Trail Runner completes the first Ultra Marathon on the Pekoe Trail,

Some more videos about the Pekoe Trail.

Where should I stay on the Pekoe Trail?

Recently a recommended list of places to stay has been published.

Please click on the following link.

We would also recommend looking at the usual accommodation websites such as, Airbnb etc. 

As the trails become more established we are sure that a recommended list will be available.

Stage 12.13 + 14 - GlenMyu Estate

If you are tackling Stages 12, 13 or 14 of the Pekoe Trail we would encourage you to consider staying with us at GlenMyu Estate

We have 3 bedrooms and think that it is a perfect place to refresh yourself and recuperate in between hikes.

Please have a look at our guest reviews to see what they think of a Stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

GlenMyu Estate is listed on and Airbnb. You can also visit our website and contact us directly for rates and availability via WhatsApp or email.

We plan to tackle Stage 1 soon.

As the Pekoe Trail is new we at GlenMyu Estate plan to systematically complete each stage of the hikes and provide valuable information, videos and photos so you are best prepared for the experience.

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