Mountains are beginning and the end of all natural scenery,” say’s the John Ruskin.
Rwanda is known as a country of a thousand hills and with 5 volcanoes.! The highest mountain is called Karisimbi which 4507m above sea level. And karisimbi name in kinyarwnda means” white shell “which refers to the white –capped summit which is often seen .
Most of the volcanoes forming the manifest virunga mountain range chain are dormant, expect the Nyirangongo at 3, 462 and mount nyamuragira at 3063 m above sea level, in DRC . The most recent eruptions date was 2006 and January 2010. The highest mountain is called Karisimbi which 4507m above sea level, with the oldest volcano Sabyinyo at 3634m. Mount Bisoke at 3711m, Mgahinga, mikeno and muhabura volcanoes are other volcanoes within the park ranges.
CLIMBING BISOKE ( 3,711m )
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.
Mt Bisoke stands at 3700m, it has the typical conic shape of a “perfect” volcano and in its crater lies a deep crater lake. For those interested in climbing Mt Bisoke the volcano does not present an exceptionally demanding climb but it is nevertheless still a tough hike. The high elevation demands extra strength of climbers and the whole excursion can take between 5 hours and the whole day depending on the speed of the walk and the frequency of stops. The ascent typically takes around 3 hours.
During the climb, you will cross a series of different vegetation habitats starting with bamboo forests, then moving into Hagenia – Hypericum forest and finally moving through Senecio – Lobelia bush near the summit
The trek starts at 07:00am from the Park’s headquarters in Kinigi from where you will be driven to the starting point of the trek. Porters can also be hired from the park headquarter at 10$
The group is departing at 4am to volcanoes National park to hike one of the volcanoes. Join us by contacting +250788838109 or Email us: [email protected]
The package includes:
– Transport on 4WD
– All park entrance fees to include government taxes.
– Service of an English/French -speaking professional driver/guide.
-. Mountain climbing
– Complimentary return airport transfers in case you desire after the trip
– Bottled water whilst on the journey
– Start and end in Kigali.
Tour Cost excludes:
– International flights and visas.
– Items of a personal nature.