2 Days Mount Karisimbi Trekking

Daily Tour 2 days
Kigali, Rwanda Kigali City, Rwanda

2 Days Mount Karisimbi Trekking will in introduce you to Karisimbi mountain.

At 4,507m above sea level, Mt Karisimbi is the highest peak in the Virunga Mountains, and the 11th highest mountain in Africa. This two-day hike is a real adventure trekking through tropical forest, camp on the slopes of an active volcano and climbing to the summit for sunrise.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Kigali International Airport (Google Map)

DEPARTURE TIME
You will meet your guide at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters at 9.00am, before driving to the start point for your trek.

DURATION OF EXCURSION
This is a two-day excursion, with an overnight camp on the slopes of Mt Karisimbi.

GUIDE
You will be joined by an experienced guide from the Volcanoes National Park, along with a team of porters.

END LOCATION
After summiting Mt Karisimbi, you will head back down the volcano and re-join your vehicle and guide at the car park.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS
This trek can be quite strenuous, and while it does not require mountaineering skills, you do need a high level of physical fitness. You will be trekking at altitude up steep slopes and over rough terrain.

WHAT TO TAKE
As well as walking boots, do bring walking poles if required. It’s advisable to carry a small day sack with water for your trek and a warm jacket or similar for the upper slopes, where temperatures can drop well below freezing at night. Any other personal kit will be carried by the porters, along with camping equipment, sleeping bags, food and drink.

INCLUDED IN THE TRIP
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)

NOT INCLUDED
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

 

What to Expect

At 4,507m above sea level, Mt Karisimbi is the highest peak in the Virunga Mountains, and the 11th highest mountain in Africa. This two-day hike is a real adventure trekking through tropical forest, camp on the slopes of an active volcano and climbing to the summit for sunrise.

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Optional Golden monkey trekking, visit to musanze caves, dian fossey hike, visit to the twin lakes
  • Kigali city tour
Day 1: Wake up early morning to meet your guide at the Volcanoes park headquarters

You’ll head out in the morning from your accommodation near the Volcanoes National Park to meet your guide at the park headquarters. From here it’s a drive of an hour or so to the start of the trail, at around 2,600m above sea level, where you will join your porters, and begin the trek.

Over the course of the day, you will hike through a number of different vegetation zones, starting with the bamboo forest on the lower slopes, where you can visit Dian Fossey’s tomb for an additional fee. On the higher slopes you will find hagania-hypericum forest, then higher still the open hillside is dotted with giant lobelia and senecio. The Virunga Mountains are home to a wide array of wildlife and birds, and keep an eye out for birds as you go.

Your camp for the night will be at 3,700m: a basic mountain camp with small, backpacking-style tents. Here you can enjoy a well-earned rest and a hearty meal before settling into your sleeping bag for the night.

Day 2: Wake up early, around 5.30am, in order to make the push for the summit

The following morning you will be up early, around 5.30am, in order to make the push for the summit. Although no climbing skills are required, the final ascent is physically demanding as you will be hiking up steep slopes at high altitude. After around two hours you should reach the top, from where you can peer down into the steaming crater below. You will be on the edge of the Congolese border, and on a clear day, the views from the top are beautiful.

Rwanda is a small, landlocked country in eastern/central Africa of approximately 26,340 sq km. It has five prominent volcanoes and 23 lakes as well as several rivers. A large part of the country has an elevation of between 1,500 and 2,500 meters AMSL.

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