3 Days Climbing Nyiragongo Volcano hiking – Nyiragongo Climbing tour
Nyiragongo is just one of the reasons that Virunga is an active travelers dream. Imagine hiking up and then overnight next to the world’s largest lava lake. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bush buck. Nyiragongo’s summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is frequently dusted with snow.
Climbing to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin at the Kibati patrol post, which is less than a one hour from Mikeno Lodge. Park rangers lead all treks and porters are available for hire. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours.
The climb is split into 5 sections with 15 minutes stop at each section. The slowest person on the trek sets the pace. The first part of the trek will take you into the verdant forests at the base of Nyiragongo.
This ascends to the next level of lava balls that demand sure footedness. The third section takes you across old lava flows and fissures from the 2002 eruption. After delving back into the forest the last section of the climb is an energetic scramble up the last 225m. Once at the top, you are rewarded with an exhilarating view of the lava lake churning away with the hot gasses exploding up through a mosaic of molten lava.
The most breathtaking spectacle is saved for last, when the sun goes down and Nyirangongo begins to glow. The shelters are essentially two-person tents inside small wooden structures, this is not a luxury overnight!
Trekkers are advised to bring raincoats and cold weather gear. Rain showers are a common occurrence on the climb up during the rainy season and temperatures at the summit can dip below 0°C/32°F.
Day 1: Pick up from Kigali to Goma
After your breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked and transferred to Gisenyi which is the largest port on L. Kivu. A boat cruise of Africa’s highest lake will reward you with captivating views of islands and far sights of the Nyiragongo volcano. Have lunch there and proceed to cross the border with Congo to the town of Goma which is the capital of the North Kivu province. Overnight in Goma.
Day 2: Nyiragongo Hike
In the morning, you will pack your bags and get ready to hike one of the most active and violent volcanoes on the Continent with the world’s most fluid and largest lava lake. Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of DRC, around 19 km from Goma, and is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of very liquid lava broke out from cracks in the volcanic slopes as lava flowed at a terrific speed killing scores of people and displacing hundreds of thousands in the town of Goma. The 4-5 hour hike through lush rainforest will climax with a fascinating view of this lava lake as you chill out for a night at the crater rim. Overnight in tents at the top of the volcano.
Day 3: Descend the Volcano and transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, start your descent for a transfer back to Gisenyi where you will later transfer to Kigali for an overnight or a late flight back home.
End of Tour