Mount Nyiragongo (Best Guide) Nyiragongo Hiking & Climbing
Meet Mount Nyiragongo, a beautiful stratovolcano with one of the world’s largest lava lakes. Hiking to see it is an experience that is highly recommendable to anyone adventurous who wants to feel the serenity that an active volcano provides.
Treks to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo volcano takes 4-6 hours and begins at the Kibati patrol post. Here, you can hire some porters to carry your luggage up the mountain. Among the things to pack when coming here include a sleeping bag, raincoats and some food, plus of course your your camera.
The lava lake is spectacular and beautifully lights up the sky with its orange glow at night. There is a basic wooden cabin/hut above cloud level where you can stay as you marvel at the waves of lava and listen to its roars. The view, the smell and the sound of the lava boiling down in the lake is a real treat for the senses.
The hike starts in the morning with a hike of about one hour a forest. During the second part of the hike, you will walk on loose volcanic rocks. This is considered the most tiring phase as there are no trees to provide shade. You are directly exposed to the suns rays, so carry sunscreen. During the third leg, the incline starts to increase but luckily, the volcanic rocks are not really that slippery to walk on. The final lap is a steep hike up to the summit which can be seen from the rest stop.
The top offers sensational views of the valley below and the chain of other active and dormant volcanoes at along the border of Uganda, Rwanda and Uganda. It gets quite windy and cold up here, so don’t forget that warm jacket and sleeping bag. Ironically, you might not feel the chilly state of the mountain as you ascend or descend. You body will heat up very first as you hike.
Some stretches of the hike are steep and quite a work out. Our guides will ensure you take lots of breaks to allow your body as climatize and regain more strength. As you climb, you will find some groups within a larger group. If you love company, you can join them especially if they can go your speed.
It’s good to be in shape, but it is more important to have a positive attitude as you climb.
The weather is usually beautiful for photography and the guides are great, patient and knowledgeable about first aid.
What to know
It is better to purchase your trekking permits in advance because they sell out especially in high season.
Wear gators to prevent irritation caused by stinging nettles. The forest has lots of them.
Our driver guide will pick you up from the airport. He is always on time, very organized and super knowledgeable about Congo‘s history and way of life. You will enjoyed many hours of conversation with him.
Mount Nyiragongo: Best time to visit
June-September to February. Being dry months, the conditions in these months is cooler and the terrain drier.