Hiking Mount Karisimbi in Rwanda

Exploring the Magnificent Mount Karisimbi, in Rwanda

Situated in the heart of Africa Rwanda boasts an abundance of wonders and captivating landscapes that allure souls. Among these awe inspiring attractions stands Mount Karisimbi, which is recognized as the peak among the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains and holds the fifth highest position in Africa.

About Mount Karisimbi

Mount Karisimbi, found along the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo reaches an elevation of 4,507 meters. The name ‘Karisimbi’ derives from the Kinyarwanda term ‘kora’ meaning ‘to weave’ referring to its snow covered slopes that exhibit an appearance. Although classified as a volcano this majestic mountain possesses volcanic soil that sustains flourishing montane ecosystems. The higher altitudes of Karisimbi provide a nurturing habitat for a range of plant and animal species including primates such, as Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys. On its slopes thrive montane forests while its upper regions are adorned with towering senecio plants and lobelia flowers.

Requirements For Hiking Mount Karisimbi

begining on a tour to conquer Karisimbis summit requires a two day hike characterized by altitude and steep gradients. Nonetheless gazing upon panoramas, encountering biodiversity and experiencing an overwhelming sense of achievement upon reaching the pinnacle make this adventure truly unforgettable.Requirements, for Hiking Mount Karisimbi

Hiking Mount Karisimbi requires a level of fitness especially considering the demanding nature of the trek. It is highly beneficial to have hiking experience at higher altitudes. It’s important to be aware of altitude sickness and its symptoms and to acclimatize properly.

To climb Mount Karisimbi it is mandatory to obtain a hiking permit from the Rwanda Development Board. Due to availability it is recommended to book the permit in advance.

When begining on this hike hikers must be accompanied by a guide provided by the Rwanda Development Board. These guides are. Familiar with the terrain offering support throughout the tour. Additionally porters can be hired to assist with carrying camping equipment and supplies.

Mount Karisimbi Costs

As of the information 2021) obtaining a permit for hiking Mount Karisimbi costs 400 USD. This fee covers guide services as rangers assistance. If hiring porters there will be charges amounting to 20 USD per day per porter.

It’s important to note that accommodation expenses, meals and transportation to and from Volcanoes National Park are not included in the permit fee. There are accommodation options in Kigali or, near the park catering to different travel preferences ranging from budget friendly choices to luxurious ones.
The optimal time to hike Mount Karisimbi is, during the season, which spans from June to September and December to February. During these months the trails are less muddy and the overall hiking conditions are more enjoyable.

However it’s worth noting that the rainy season from March to May and October to November also has its allure. The landscape is greener and more vibrant. You can expect crowds on the trails creating a more intimate experience. Just be prepared for rainfall and slippery paths during this period.

Mt. Karisimbi Hiking Package

Day 1; Arrival in Kigali

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, a knowledgeable tour guide will be there to greet you and assist with your transfer to your hotel. Take some time to relax recuperate from your tour and get ready for the climb.

Day 2; Transfer to Volcanoes National Park – Hike to Karisimbi Camp

After an early morning meal your guide will transport you to Volcanoes National Park. At the park headquarters you’ll attend a briefing where essential information, about the trek will be shared along with an opportunity to meet your ranger guides.
The hike will commence from the park boundaries going uphill through fields and entering the Hagenia woodland before reaching altitude vegetation zones. It’s a trek. You’ll be rewarded with captivating views and the chance to spot various bird species, primates and even buffalo or elephants.

On the day of hiking you’ll reach Karisimbi Camp (located at an altitude of 3,800m). This camp is nestled between Karisimbi and Bisoke volcanoes. You’ll set up camp here for the night.

Day three is summit day! You’ll start early in the morning to make your way, towards Mount Karisimbis summit. Once you reach the top prepare to be amazed, by views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Take your time to soak in these vistas before beginning your descent.

When you return to the base camp your driver will be waiting to transport you to Kigali. Depending on your flight schedule you can. Choose to spend the night in Kigali or head to the airport for departure.
Included in the package;

A guide who speaks English
One night of accommodation, in Kigali
One night of camping on Karisimbi volcano
All the necessary camping equipment provided
Transportation to and from Volcanoes National Park from Kigali
Hiking permit for Mount Karisimbi
All meals during the hike will be provided
Drinking water will also be available throughout the hike
All taxes and fees are included

Not included in the package;

Flights to and from Kigali are not covered
Personal expenses such as souvenirs or additional drinks are not included
Optional activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary are at your expense
Travel insurance is not provided so its recommended to have your own coverage
Tips, for the guide are not included