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3 Days Mount Nyiragongo Hike

Mt. Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most powerful volcanoes, also a home to largest Lava Lake on earth. Located in the Virunga National Park, Congo, Mt. Nyiragongo offers a remarkable hiking experience and with our 3 days tour, you get a chance to be part of adventure of a lifetime. Hiking to the summits of Mount. Nyiragongo involves conquering 3470m altitude, about 6.5kms long trek translating into 4-6 hours.

Descending from Nyiragongo summits takes about 4 hours depending on your speed and all hikes are led by an experienced guide. Ascending to the summits starts at Kibati Ranger Post, located at elevation 1870m and you will have 15 minutes break on each of the 5 sections that the trek covers. The very 1st section of Nyiragongo hike leads you via the thick forest at the foothills and here some wildlife can be spotted such as bush bucks, monkeys. The second section leads you across the old lava flows and steaming volcanic fissures, then access the 4th section and finally the 5th at 300m altitude.

Mount Nyiragongo hike is mind-blowing especially when you finally get to the summits, observe the smokey lava lake – your breath will definitely be taken away. The hiking tour will begin and end in Kigali Rwanda.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kigali city tour Rwanda & border crossing to Congo

Wake up early, enjoy a hefty breakfast and after, you will be driven around Kigali with opportunity to visit iconic sites such as the Kigali genocide site, craft shops, the local markets and others. Have lunch afterwards, then you will be transferred to the Congo border where you will cross to check in at the accommodation for overnight stay. You will enjoy the scenic view of the Lake Kivu, a fresh water Lake shared between Congo and Rwanda.

Day 2: Ascending to the summits of Nyiragongo Volcano

Following an early breakfast, transfer for briefing at Kibati Ranger Post. Meet your guide and at 10:00am, start with your trek to conquer the summits of Nyiragongo Volcanoes (3470m). The overall time expected to take will be 6 hours although this varies depending on factors like trekkers speed. You will navigate via the lush forest at the base and once you reach at the summits, your mind will be blown away by the glowing Lava Lake.

Note; for those of you with heavy luggage, there are porters at the Kibati for hire and they will assist you carry your items. This will relieve you from the heavy load and you have full concentration on your adventure. You may consider carrying some higher energy giving snacks, bottled water to ensure you keep fit all through your trek to the summit.

Day 3: Descending back to Kibati

After taking breakfast, you will begin descending back to where your trek started the previous day. It is from this where you will be transferred back to Kigali for departure or drop off at your accommodation for a superb stay awaiting visiting the next destination.

Tour Overview

 3 Days



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What is Included

  • Accommodation (lodges, tents, or campsites)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Park and conservation fees
  • Guided game drives and walks
  • Transportation (to and from the airport, and between lodges/campsites)
  • Bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Some lodges/campsites may also include laundry services and Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visa and travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Optional activities (such as hot air balloon rides or cultural visits)
  • Tips for guides and staff
  • Personal expenses (e.g. souvenirs or spa treatments)

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