3 Days Karisimbi Hiking Rwanda

3 Days Karisimbi Hiking Rwanda

Hiking Karisimbi Volcano in Rwanda is quite an adventure! It’s the highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga Mountain range, standing at 4,507 meters (14,787 ft) above sea level. The hike usually takes two days, with an overnight camp halfway up the mountain. The trek offers breathtaking views of Rwanda and the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The journey is challenging but incredibly rewarding, passing through various ecosystems like bamboo forests and alpine meadows. Along the way, and although not guaranteed, hikers might encounter unique wildlife, including mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and various bird species.

Before embarking on this adventure, it’s essential to be well-prepared with proper gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, and plenty of water and snacks. Hiring a local guide is highly recommended for safety and navigation purposes, as well as to enhance the experience with insights into the local flora, fauna, and culture.

We will put everything together and set you up for a memorable Hiking adventure and we are happy to work with you and fine tune the itinerary to your specific needs.

Karisimbi Hiking Detailed Itinerary;

Day 1: Transfer to Musanze / Ruhengeri

Following your arrival, you will be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Kigali and transfer to Musanze where you may embark on an optional community tour or rest at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at Muhabura Hotel (budget) or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (mid-range)

Day 2: Karisimbi Hiking

Have breakfast, go for briefing at the park headquarters and drive to the starting point where you will begin the hike. You will trek through Bisoke and navigate your way up to Karisimbi. During the wet season, the hike will be more challenging. On a lucky day, you might even encounter the Gorillas on your hike but that’s nothing to consider at all because it is a very rare occurrence. You will overnight on the mountain close to the peak.

Day 3: Descend and Transfer to Kigali

On this day, you will ascent to the top of Karisimbi 4,705m and descend back to the starting point where you will find your driver / guide waiting and transfer back to Kigali airport for your onward flight.

What to carry;A sleeping bag, worm clothes, gloves and water proof pants and coats, Water proof hiking shoes, a walking stick, Heavy jackets, sweaters, hats.

There are a variety of accommodation options ranging from budget to top-end. Just let us know how comfortable you wish your Mt. Karisimbi hiking experience to be.

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