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3 Days Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

3 Days
  • Camping on the Mount on day 2
  • The hike is uphill most of the way and quite challenging due to steepness and altitude. The summit is at 3,470m/10,410ft, and some people may experience altitude sickness near the top. In addition the terrain is unstable lava, making it challenging to walk.
  • 15
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Overview

The largest lava lake in the world is contained under the stunning stratovolcano NYIRAGONGO.

There are many different animals living in the lower, forested slopes of the volcano, including chimpanzees, blue and colobus monkeys, bushboas, three-horned chameleons, and several bird species, among others, are present.

Top Highlight

  • Hike to the top of Mount Nyiragongo

Itinerary

Today, you will be picked up from your residence in Kigali (Rwanda) or Kisoro ( Uganda) and transfer to the Rwanda/Congo boarder in Goma. You will transfer to your accommodation for the night.

The journey to the summit much more rewarding.
The hike is broken up into five segments, with a 15-minute break at each location. The anticipated climbing time ranges between 4 and 6 hours, and the time down is roughly 4 hours; the speed is controlled by the slowest hiker.

You'll spend some time on the hike through the lush woodlands at Nyiragongo's foot. This rises to the following level made out of lava balls that are rough and slippery. The best view is at sunset, as the sun goes down and the Nyiragongo starts to glow.

Today, you will descend the Nyiragongo Volcano and drive to depart.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • A cook with all meals on the hike
  • 1 luggage porter for the hike ( 15kgs backpack)
  • Hiking fees
  • All that is required out of inclusions.

Before You Go

What to Carry

• Food and water
• Rainwear
• Waterproof backpack
• Good hiking boots
• Warm clothes (it can reach 5°Celsius/41° Fahrenheit
at the summit)
• A change of clothes (you can get very wet going
through the forest at the beginning of the trail)
• Toilet paper
• First Aid kit
• Correct change if you wish to hire and tip porters

For camping overnight:
• Tent
• Warm sleeping bag
• Torch
• Sleeping mat (you will be sleeping on rough lava)

A guide on what to wear

Clothing (essential)

  • Summer shirt/s and shorts – for walking in the heat at the start of the trek
  • Warm long-sleeved shirt – for when it gets cold
  • Warm long walking trousers (not jeans!)
  • Fleece jacket (one or more, and/or a down jacket) – for additional warmth; or a warm anorak/jacket which should not be too heavy
  • Thermal underwear
  • Good quality waterproof and windproof outer shell (Jacket & trousers)
  • Cheap plastic poncho
  • Hat – a warm hat and a sun hat (that has both a peak and shades the back of your neck)
  • Wool Hat/Balaclava
  • Gloves – 2 pairs; one pair of thin liners and another of warmer, waterproof outer gloves are more practical than mittens.

    Footwear

  • Mountain boots – essential (good quality well- worn in)
  • Walking Shoes (another pair of lighter weight walking shoes / trainers for the start of the climb)
  • Several pairs of warm, cushioned socks (so you always have a dry pair to change into)
  • have a limited but useful role in preventing scree, snow and mud (at the start of the climb) from getting into your boots. Rubber boots can work out more.

Hiking Equipment and Tools

  • Good quality Sleeping bag
  • Soft Bag / Hold all or Rucksack (framed or unframed) – large enough to hold your personal gear (limit 25Kg) on the mountain; this will be carried by a porter.
  • Daysac – minimum capacity 20kg – that you will carry. Big enough for you to carry your daily water (3litres), lunch box, camera, wet weather clothing and fleece jacket.
  • External protective cover for rucksack & daysac (or pack all contents in plastic bags for water-proofing)
  • Polarized snow glasses or goggles – to protect your eyes from sun glare and snow. At the very least good quality sunglasses (models with side-shields are preferable).
  • High factor sun block (minimum factor + 15)
  • Lip salve
  • Head Torch and a set of spare batteries (special batteries are not always available locally)
  • 2nd / Back up torch and spare batteries
  • Water bottle(s) (strong) to hold 3 liters – which you will carry with you, daily)
  • Water treatment tablets / iodine or quality filter (although water gets boiled for you by our staff and served as tea or coffee)
  • Spare plastic bags (to keep things as dry as possible)
  • Wash kit plus a small towel
  • Basic First Aid kit (for personal use) including paracetamol & dehydration sachets
  • A few of your favorite sweets/’chewies’/dried fruit
  • We provide: harnesses, crampons, ropes, caribinas, helmets and ice axes

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

3 Days Nyiragongo Volcano Hike
  • Camping on the Mount on day 2
  • The hike is uphill most of the way and quite challenging due to steepness and altitude. The summit is at 3,470m/10,410ft, and some people may experience altitude sickness near the top. In addition the terrain is unstable lava, making it challenging to walk.
  • 15
  • 75
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