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Mount Karisimbi Hike

3 Days Mount Karisimbi Hike Safari

Before we discuss the actual 3 days Mount Karisimbi hike, allow you us to tell you more about Karisimbi Volcano. Mt Karisimbi is the tallest of all the 8 volcanoes-mountains. Of all the 8 volcanoes, experienced hikers will always choose to hike Karisimbi. This is because of the fact that it presents a real challenge.

First time hikers and start with Bisoke if you re in Rwanda or Muhavura if you are in Uganda.   Mt Karisimbi stands tall at 4,507 m above sea level, making it the 5th tallest Mountain in Africa. Karisimbi derives it names from “Amasimbi” to mean “white shell” to refer to the white -capped summit that is often seen at the top of Karismbi volcanoes.

Karisimbi Volcano
Mount Karisimbi

Mt Karismbi can be hiked any time of the year. However to organise this hike, you need to at-least book the hike a week in advance to allow for Rwanda Development Board to prepare for you.

Items to carry for a Karisimbi hiking trip.

  • Hiking boots should be the first in your bag
  • Rain jacket since it might rain any time and warm cloths, sleeping bag, lamp/ torch will be very useful since you will be camping for a night high up on the mountain and also since it’s a snowcapped mountain.
  • Insect repellents are also important.
  • Carry enough water and clothes that you will need to use on a 3 days trip.

Tour Highlights

  • Day 1; Drive to volcanoes.
  • Day 2; Hiking Karisimbi
  • Day 3; hike to the top and descend.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1; Drive to volcanoes.

Your driver will pick you up from Kigali in the morning and then drive to Ruhengeri. You will spend the night at the hotel in the area as you wait for the hike the next day.

Day 2; Hiking Karisimbi

Have breakfast really early, carry packed lunch for that day and then report for briefing at the park headquarters in Kinigi. At 8 am, you will start the hike along with your ranger and armed guard that will be allocated to your group and will follow the trail towards Mt.Bisoke.   You may need to hire a porter to carry your bags  and may also give you a push or pull up the mountain. You will go hike as 3700m high before you can end your day, at this point, you will have your dinner and spend the night.

Day 3; hike to the top and descend.

Early in the morning, you will continue to the top of the mountain. Once you get there, you can take a nature walk around the summit and take some pictures. It is a strenuous hike but it will be very rewarding at the end of the day.  The scenery from the top is very beautiful and since it’s the highest, you will be able to see the summits of other volcanoes like Bisoke, Nyiragongo in Congo, among others. There is also a chance of meeting some gorillas along your way as you hike.

Mt Karisimbi is cold up, therefore you should have some warm clothes with so you are warm enough. Later, you will walk back down the mountain and your driver will be there to drive you back to Kigali. This will mark the end of your hiking trip.

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