Karisimbi Volcano is the toughest Volcano to hike in the Virungas and requires fitness of the climber. Other Volcanoes in the Virunga include; Mt. Bisoke, Mt. Mikeno and Nyiragongo active Volcano are some of the most hiked Volcanoes in the Virunga massif or Virunga Volcano ranges.
It’s name is derived from the word “amasimbi which means snow since it can quoted by snow on its top during the dry season of June, July and August. The famous Karisoke research Centre which was founded by Dian Fossey is located between Karisoke and Bisoke volcanic mountains. This research Centre was built mainly to care and protect the mountain gorillas found in Volcanoes National park.
About Mt. Karisimbi Volcano
Mt. Karisimbi Volcano is named after a local name AMASIMBI that refers to snow that is sighted on top during the dry months of the year including January, February, June, July , August, September, October and December.
It produces lava flow of 12kms long covering 23km on the Easter side of the volcano. Mt. Karisimbi has got a pit crater on the southern side of the summit cone and it is covered by blocks and has a flat crater, the summit cone which is steeper than the volcano with slopes of a 25 to 30 degrees and has a regular shape of a strato volcano, the lava plain of this volcano also covers an area of 400 km and does not contain water courses since most of the lava is erupted from the pit crater and caldera.
3 Days Mt. Karisimbi Volcano Tour
Day 1 – Kigali City Tour -Kigali Genocide Memorial and Transfer to Kinigi or Ruhengeri
Dinner and overnight at Kinigi Guest/Muhabura Hotel (Budget)
Day 2 – Hike Mt. Karisimbi Volcano
The Karisimbi Hike starts as early as 8: am with briefing at the Kinigi volcanoes national park headquarters. After briefing, drive to the hiking head trail where you begin your hike to the white-capped summit.Mt. Karisimbi, the fifth highest snowcapped mountain of Africa. You will have dinner and overnight, half way Mt Karisimbi.
Day 3 – Hike and Reach Summit – Descend the Mountain and transfer back to Kigali
Morning after breakfast, you will ascend to the summit then climb down. Our safari guide will be waiting for you at the foot of the mount.
You will have lunch and then drive back to Kigali to your Hotel or to the Airport for your late Departure
The safari includes;
– Transportation with a 4 x 4 wheel drive
– Hiking permit
– Camping fee (please come with a sleeping bag)
– Park entrance fees
– An English speaking Safari Guide.
– Game ranger fee
– Porter fee
But excludes International Airfare, porters, visas (where applicable), laundry, beverages, tips and other personal expenses.
What to carry for the trek
A sleeping bag, worm clothes, gloves and water proof pants and coats, Water proof hiking shoes, a walking stick, Heavy jackets, sweaters, hats
Along the hiking trail, you might encounter the Gorillas if you are lucky.
For more details about Mt. Karisimbi Volcano Hike, email us at Katona Tours and Travel
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