3-Days Mount Nyiragongo hiking adventure


Hiking to the summit of an active Nyiragongo volcano is surely an outstanding experience that happens once in a lifetime. It’s a magical experience having a lifetime opportunity standing right at the edge of the gigantic crater staring at the red-hot bubbling lava lake roughly a hundred feet beneath you.
Mount Nyiragongo located within the heart of Virunga National Park hike is one of the popular places to hike in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is a bucket list for every tourist visiting DR Congo.

The hike to Nyiragongo hike is associated with sweating, panting, and altitude sickness, but it’s the most rewarding hike with breathtaking views of the summit of an active volcano that offers an incredible, remarkable, and once-in-lifetime experience.
The bubbling lava lake is seen at night as the sky glows red from the lava, which makes it more beautiful. The hike to the summit is roughly 11500 feet (8.5km) hence requiring travelers to be physically fit and highly committed.

3 Days

Min Pax: 2


Mount Nyiragongo


Hiking adventure

3-Days Mount Nyiragongo hiking adventure

Tour Summary

Day 1: Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Goma town.
Day 3: Full-day Hiking Nyiragongo
Day 4: Descend to the bottom of the volcano and depart back to Airport.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from hotel / Airport and transfer to Goma town.

The safari starts with pick-up from your hotel or Airport in Kigali. Thereafter you will have a short City in Kigali Rwanda where you will visit the Genocide Memorial Site, the presidential museum, craft shops, and the local market.

You will later embark on the Journey back to Congo through Gisenyi with an opportunity to sightsee Rwanda’s beautiful countryside (green tea plantations, green rolling hills local communities, and Lake Kivu) and crossover to Goma town via the Goma border of Rwanda – Congo.

The Estimated driving time from Kigali is 5-6 Hours. You will arrive on time for your dinner and overnight at
Luxury Accommodation: Mikeno lodge
Midrange Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel / Bukima tented camp.
Budget Accommodation: Kubumba Camp / Hotel Horizon
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: Hike to Mount Nyiragongo

Early in the morning after having breakfast, you will transfer to Kibatsi village at the Ranger Post at the base for Mt Nyiragongo for briefing and registration about Nyiragongo Hiking.

After, you will meet with your service rangers, Porters, and Food providers and then commence an adrenaline-pumping hike to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo in the heart of Virunga National Park.

You will have a nature walk through the lower slopes are full of lush green rainforests. These forests are a paradise for mammals, birds, small primates, and rare plants. Looking right to left, you get spectacular views of the chimpanzees, monkeys, and antelopes.

As you continue ascending, you will begin to notice that there is less vegetation as you head upwards. Much of the vegetation was destroyed by hot lava during the last eruption.

The lack of vegetation is a good thing because it allows you to the surrounding landscape including the Virunga National Park, the Rwenzori Mountains, other Virunga Volcanoes, Goma town, Kahuzi Biega National Park, and Lake Kivu.

Hiking Mount Nyiragongo takes between 4 – 5 hours depending on the overall fitness of the hiking group.
Mount Nyiragongo offers an adrenaline-pumping hike and the most rewarding experience of the Spectacle’s natural wonders.

Expect to reach the top when it is almost getting dark. the hike gives magical views of the red-hot bubbling of the lava lake underneath the earth’s crust and the gushing red smoke paints the sky a galaxy of colors.

Hiking Mount Nyiragongo is an outstanding, remarkable, extraordinary, and once-in-lifetime experience.

Enjoy your Dinner and Overnight at the Top of Mount Nyiragongo in the Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters.

Day 3: Return to Nyiragongo Base and Departure

After enjoying an early rise breakfast, you will Descend Nyiragongo to Meet up with your Driver Guide at the Base of the Mountain by around 11:00 am, taking you an average of about 4 hours to walk and Cross back into Rwanda in Gisenyi where you will have your Lunch before Connecting back to Kigali Town for a transfer to your hotel or Airport for your Flight.

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