This 3 Days Hike to Mount Nyiragongo in Congo takes you to the summit of the Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an active volcano hosting the world’s largest lava lake. A hike to the volcano summit will provide you with clear views of the entire Virunga national park and the adjacent communities and rewarding Magnificent Sparkling Lava as Watched at a Safe Distance.
A hike to the summit of an active Nyiragongo volcano is surely an outstanding experience that happens once in a lifetime. It’s a magical experience having a life time opportunity standing right at the edge of the gigantic crater staring at the red-hot bubbling lava lake roughly hundred feet beneath you. Situated within the heart of Virunga national park, Nyiragongo hike is a must do for every traveler to the democratic republic of Congo if the experience is to be memorable. Though accompanied with sweating, panting, and altitude sickness, the hike to the summit of an active volcano is surely a stunning and humbling experience. The bubbling lava lake is clearly seen at night as the sky glows red from the lava, which makes it more beautiful. The hike to summit is roughly 11500 feet (8.5km) hence requiring travelers to be physically fit and highly committed.
This 3 Days Hike to Mount Nyiragongo in Congo safari begins with a pick up from Kigali at your Hotel or at the Airport followed with a transfer to Goma driving through Gisenyi Town.
DAY 1: Pick up from Kigali and transfer to Goma town
Our Safari Guide will pick you up from your Hotel or at the Airport in Kigali depending on the time you will engage in a City tour of Kigali to the Genocide memorial site, craft shops and local market, we later depart by Road for Congo through Gisenyi and crossover to Goma town via the Goma Rwanda-Congo border.
The Estimated driving time from Kigali is 5-6 Hours. You will arrive on time for your Dinner and Overnight.
Luxury Accommodation: Mikeno lodge
Midrange Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel / Bukima tented camp
Budget Accommodation: Kubumba Camp / Hotel Horizon
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 2: Mount Nyiragongo hiking
After breakfast, we transfer to Kibatsi village at the Ranger Post at the base for Mt Nyiragongo. Attend morning briefing and registration and along with your service rangers, Porters and Food providers, we start our hike to Mount Nyiragongo to the summit of an active volcano in the heart of Virunga national park. Congo’s volcano hike starts at 6,510 feet at an Altitude of 1870m and ends when you reach the summit at 11,400 feet high, so it’s approximately 10 miles and 6.5Km of walking up the mountain. You only get four stops of 20 minutes to rest, but not to worry if you are a slow hiker, the whole group has to stick together and take the pace of the slowest member. During this Adventure you will have four armed Guards, two of these hike first and the remaining two follow the group from the back and make sure no one is left behind. The average Hike of Nyiragongo May take you roughly 6 hours hike each depending on the group’s physical Fitness. The Lava is Best view in the Night so you will spend the Night at the Summit for Best rewarding Views of the Lava Lake. Enjoy your Dinner and Overnight at the Top of Mount Nyiragongo in the Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters.
Meal Plan: FB
DAY 3: Descend from Mount Nyiragongo back to Mount Nyiragongo Base and transfer back to Kigali
An early Rise, enjoy breakfast and Descend Nyiragongo to Meet up with your Driver Guide at the Base of the Mountain by around 11:00 am, taking you an average of about 4 Hours walk and Cross back into Rwanda in Gisenyi where you will have your Lunch before Connecting back to Kigali Town for a transfer to your Hotel or Airport for your Flight.
END OF TOUR!
This 3 Days Hike to Mount Nyiragongo in Congo safari is inclusive of:
Accommodation and Meals as Per Itinerary
All Ground Transportation and Fuel
English or French Speaking Professional Guide
Bottled drinking Water in the Vehicle
Nyiragongo Hiking Permit
Items of Personal Expenses Such as Air Tickets, Personal Travel Insurance, Visas to Rwanda and Congo, Tipping, Laundry, Beverages / Drinks, Souvenir and any other Items of Person Nature.
This Tour can Depart from any Close Location and at any Day
Solo Travelers Can Join a Group on this Tour
Age Limit: 12 Years and above for the Nyiragongo Hike
Your Rwanda Visa Expires immediately you cross into Congo so you will have to reapply for another Visa while at the border and find it ready after the Tour.
WHAT TO CARRY FOR YOUR 3 DAYS HIKE TO MOUNT NYIRAGONGO IN CONGO
Water Proofed Rain Coat
Head lump / Light
Rubber Hiking Boots
Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate buy some Diamox
Mosquito Repellent cream
Have a Change of Clothes just incase as there is a lot of rain during the wet seasons (between March and May, and again in November).
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