Your 4 days Mount Karisimbi hiking is one of the most done activities in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Mountain karisimbi is known as the highest volcano among the eight most known volcanoes in the Virunga region and perhaps the 5th highest in Africa with an elevation of about 4507m above sea level. The Karisimbi Mountain is situated along the border with the Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda which is situated on the western part of the east African rift valley like the mount Bisoke. There are a number of beautiful flora and fauna to site along the way as you hike to the summit. On your hiking vacation in the region, you will learn that the peak takes its name from the Kinyarwanda word “amasimbi,” meaning “white shell.” This is because the summit often sports a white cap of sleet and hail, thanks to frequent storms.
Detailed itinerary for 4 days Mount Karisimbi Hiking
Day 1: Transfer to Musanze
You will be picked upon arrival at the airport or at the hotel in Kigali and transferred to Musanze by your driver guide, the drive can last for 2 to 3 hours. You will have a lot of stopovers along the way as you travel. Morning flight is advised. Dinner and overnight at Five Volcanoes Boutique lodge (High end) or Classic Lodge Musanze. Meal Plan: Dinner
Day 2: Hiking Mount Karisimbi
Today, you will be driven to the park headquarter at Kinigi at 7:00 am upon having your breakfast for briefing and you will later head off for hiking. The hike will typically take a full 2 days and having a night of camping on the summit. Climbing Mt Karisimbi is a strenuous yet very rewarding hike which is normally done as a complement to gorilla trekking, and all done within Volcanoes National Park. The climb starts early in the morning taking 6 – 8 hours and involves navigating through the Bisoke side before reaching the first stopping place at an altitude of 3,700 meters for overnight camping before finishing off the journey the next day.
Day 3: Descend volcano.
Today, you will hike unto the summit rewarding you with great views of the created lake at the top of the volcano and sights of other volcanoes of the Virunga conservation region. Later descent the volcano and find your guide waiting for you drive to your hotel for lunch after which, in the afternoon you will spend the evening at your leisure at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at Five Volcanoes Boutique lodge (High end) or Classic Lodge Musanze. Meal Plan: Dinner
Day 4: Transfer to Kigali
You will have a morning breakfast before transferring back to Kigali, where you will have lunch before visiting the Kigali Memorial ground where over 250000 bodies of victims of genocide of 1994 were buried. You will later be transferred to airport to catch up with your flight.
This 4 Days Mount Karisimbi Hiking includes.
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
- En-route lunches
- Ranger fees
- Park fees
- Camping gears
- Services of English-speaking driver/guide
- 1 liter bottle of mineral water per day per person during safari
The 4 days Mount Karisimbi Hiking excludes.
expenses of personal nature like: Air fare, Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and cigars.