Karisimbi hike gives one a simple challenge but with great experience, Karisimbi hike can take few hours depending on the fitness of the guest. One donot need to prepare much for the Karisimbi hike but need some level of preperation and fitness for you to successfully hike Karisimbi
Itinerary of 3 days Karisimbi Hike
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes national park
Upon arrival/Depending on your location in Kigali city, your tour guide/driver pick you up and will transfer you to Volcanoes National park – home to some of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Estimated distance is 2-3 hours drive through fascinating views of rolling hills. Arrive in Ruhengeri and connect to your lodge to rest and prepare for the next day.
Accommodation and Meals: Sabyinyo silverback lodge/ Le Bambou Gorilla lodge/ Hotel Muhabura
Day 2: Hike up to Mount Karisimbi
Wake early, have breakfast and drive to Kinigi for a briefing about the activity as early as 7am along with your packed food snacks and drinking water. Karisimbi volcano is the highest of the 8 mount peaks of Virunga conservation region. The hike to the summit offers spectacular and magnificent views of different volcanoes including Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes. The hike is strenuous and challenging so you need to be physically fit to do this hike. This is a 6 hours hike with great views different bird species and primates. On reaching at an altitude of about 3700m, you will stop at the first camping site where you will spend a night.
Day 3: Reach the summit, descend and return to Kigali
After early morning cup of coffee, embark on an hour’s hike to the summit. At this level the hike is very steep going through trials of thick jungles surrounded by stunning scenery. On reaching at the summit, enjoy amazing views of the surrounding areas like mount Muhabura. After enjoying your time at the summit descent to the starting point where you will meet your driver readily waiting to receive you and connect for late lunch. Later embark on your journey back to Kigali city at your hotel or late night departure flight.
End of tour