To The Volcanoes’ Top On 28th January 2018

“I’ve climbed with some of the best climbers in the world, more importantly, to me, they are some of the best people in the world. That’s another reason why I climb”.- Jim Wickwire

OPTION 1: CLIMBING KARISIMBI ( 4,507m ) 3 days

Karisimbi is rising at an elevation of about 4,507m above sea level is a beautiful, majestic mount Karisimbi. Karisimbi is a stratovolcano which is the highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga massif and the 5th highest mountain in Africa.

The name Karisimbi is derived from the word ‘Karisimbi’ in Kinyarwanda which means “white shell”, referring to the white-capped summit which is often seen on top of this volcano.

Climbing Mt Karisimbi is a strenuous yet very rewarding 2 days hike. It is known for its exotic plants in its four belts of vegetation, from the dense forest at its base to the barren volcanic core at the summit. A hike to Karisimbi’s summit is not an ordinary one, but also affords sights of several bird varieties, primates like monkeys and maybe Gorillas since the volcano lies in the volcanoes national park

OPTION : 2 CLIMBING BISOKE ( 3,711m ) 2Days

Bisoke, like all of the peaks in the Virunga Mountain Range, is a volcano created by rift action on the forming divergent boundary of the East African Rift which is slowly bisecting the African plate. The mountain reached a height of 3,711 meters (12,175 ft) after its last eruption in 1957. Bisoke has the largest crater lake of the range.

Day1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

We will meet at UTC at 2 Pm and drive to musanze to head to Red rocks for overnight camping.

Camp Site
Camp Site
Camp Fire
Camp Fire

Day2: Karisimbi climbing

The climb starts early in the morning taking 6 hours and involves navigating through the Bisoke side before reaching the first stopping place at an altitude of 3,700 meters for overnight camping.

Hiking Karisimbi
Hiking Karisimbi
Camping Site On Karisimbi
Camping Site On Karisimbi

Day3: Hike to the Summit and Descend down

After an early morning breakfast, you will hike to the summit of Mountain Karisimbi and this will take 3 to 4 hours. During the hike up the mountain you need to be prepared for the trail being muddy in places but at the end of your highland travel, you will be surely overwhelmed by a transcendent view, with Nyiragongo to the west, Bisoke to the east, and Mikeno to the north.

After enjoying your time on the summit, we will descend back to the camp at 3700m then headed back down to the park gate – this decent takes about 6 hours. On arrival to the trail head, we will go for lunch and later drive back to KigalI.

Hike To The Summit
Hike To The Summit

CLIMBING KARISIMBI ( 4507m )

VISITOR COST/PRICE DAYS OF STAY ACCOMODATION MEALS
INTERNATIONAL 400$ 3 CAMPING CARRY YOUR SNACK
RESIDENT 300$ 3 CAMPING CARRY YOUR SNACK
EAC 200$ 3 CAMPING CARRY YOUR SNACK
RWANDAN 50,000FW 3 CAMPING CARRY YOUR SNACK

CLIMBING BISOKE  ( 3,711m )

VISITOR COST/PRICE DAYS OF STAY ACCOMODATION MEALS
INTERNATIONAL 200$ 2 CAMPING CARRY YOUR SNACK
RESIDENT 185$ 3 CAMPING CARRY YOUR SNACK
RRWANDAN/EAC 30,000FW 2 CAMPING CARRY YOUR SNACK