3 Days Nyiragongo Climbing Tour
Kahuzi Biega national park lists some of the Trusted Tour operators that offer exciting Nyiragongo Climbing /Hiking tour to mount Nyiragongo Volcano in the Democratic republic of Congo. For a long time it was not possible to climb the volcano due to the unrest in the country and the inaccessibility of the roads to the starting point of Kibati. Democratic republic of Congo is the last frontier of Africa and waiting for adventurers to come and explore.
The 3 Days Climbing Mount Nyiragongo Volcano is a private tour, departure can be organized for anytime throughout the year subject to the availability of nyiragongo Hiking Permit.
Mount Nyiragongo Volcano.
Mount Nyiragongo is an active strato volcano with an elevation of 3,470 metres (11,380 ft) in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It is located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, about 20 km (12 mi) north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu and just west of the border with Rwanda. The main crater is about two kilometres wide and usually contains a lava lake. The crater presently has two distinct cooled lava benches within the crater walls – one at about 3,175 m (10,417 ft) and a lower one at about 2,975 m (9,760 ft).
The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption – a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft). A recent very low elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 2,700 m (8,900 ft). Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are together responsible for 40% of Africa’s historical volcanic eruptions
On this Nyiragongo tour, we believe that the tour will start from Kigali international airport due to the fact that most of the safaris to congo start from Kigali which is enable by the international flights that land in kigali, the traveler will seek an overnight stay in Kigali best hotels & accommodations and start from the drive to gisenyi the next morning passing through the rolling hills of Rwanda. In the morning your cross the border at Goma and start climbing the Volcano. You will spend the night on the crater rim and descend the next day. Your driver/guide will take you back to Kigali
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali airport, transfer to Gisenyi, relaxing at the Lake
Day 2: Climbing the Nyiragongo volcano
Day 3: Descend, transfer back to Kigali airport, end of tour or extension.
Detailed Travel Plan for the 3 Days Nyiragongo Hiking adventure
Day 1: Drive from Kigali To Gisenyi
Upon arrival at Kigali international airport your driver/guide will take you to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.In the afternoon you have time to explore Gisenyi town. A perfect night’s sleep awaits you as you fall asleep to the sounds of Lake Kivu floating into the shore. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Water front breach Hotel.
Day 2: Climb Nyiragongo Volcano
The Nyiragongo Volcano is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has the world’s largest lava lake. This strato volcano recently erupted in 2002 but is predictable and therefore safe to climb. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including monkeys and bush bucks, its ranged among the medium hiking adventure volcanoes with the last peak as the challenging on after reaching at the rangers posters.
In the morning hours at 6:00am in the morning and you will cross to goma and jump into another car from the congo side and You will drive to the Kibati patrol post on the foot of the Nyiragongo volcano. You will start hiking at 10 AM in the morning. You will have your own porter to carry your backpack and your personal cook will prepare your meal on top of the crater rim. Trusted tour operators always provide you with an overnight backpack which a sleeping bag and warm fleece shirt( Mikeno package as its costing USD 100).
In the late afternoon you will reach the top with an extraordinary view of the crater filled with sea of lava. You are one of the few persons to admire this spectacle. After a nice hot meal, prepared by your personal cook, you have some time to relax and enjoy the view.
The Speed of the group is determined by the Speed of the last person to move , this journey takes around 6 hours to get to the top of the volcano as it involves various stop overs for water and lunch.
Day 3: Descend and Return to Kigali
In the morning at around 6;00am after the simple breakfast, you will descend and have a picnic lunch in either goma or gisenyi depending on your interest and after the driver/guide drive you you back to kigali.
End of the 3 Days Nyiragongo Hiking adventure to Congo
The Price offered by these tour operators should include
- Nyiragongo Hiking permit
- Congo Tourists Visa @ USD 105
- Mikeno package as the temperature at the top can be below 0
- English speaking guide
Safety Note for Hikers
- People with asthma and other respiratory diseases should not travel to areas with high gas emissions due to the potentially harmful effects of volcanic gases found in Nyiragongo Volcano. Participants travel at their own risk and are advised to take Travel insurance .
- All reasonable care is taken on nyiragongo hiking safari once booked through a trusted tour operator.
- Make sure you carry rain courts and extra clothes for the coldness at the top of the nyiragongo Volcano.
Prices and Quotes from Congo Gorilla Safaris .
1 Pax costs USD 1100
2 pax costs 1000
3 paxs costs 990