Do you want to test your physical fitness by mountaineering? Rwanda is a good place to carry out your mountaineering adventures from. Volcanoes National Park has 5 of the 8 Virunga Volcano Mountains. This 3 days Karisimbi and Bisoke hike package will let you climb two of the mountains.
3 Days Karisimbi and Bisoke Hike Overview
This is one of the best Rwanda safari packages for mountaineers. Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke are very nice mountains to climb. They are the most climbed apparently and offer the some of the best views of the rest of the Virunga Massif.
Right below is how your safari will take place. Please note that you reserve the right to request for any modifications on this package. We are always open to your suggestions.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park and Ascend Mount Karisimbi
This day you have to be at the park headquarters by 7:30 am to catch up with then morning meeting implicating you have to depart Kigali at least 2 hours earlier. It is better to spend a night in Musanze or in Volcanoes National Park if possible.
Immediately after the meeting, you will transfer to the starting point of your hike. You will find several porters around who can help carry your luggage at a small fee. The start of the hike is an easy walk but gets a bit challenging as you move on. You will camp at a camp situated at an altitude of 3600m after a whooping 6 hours of climbing. From here, you will have a view of the summit.
Dinner and Overnight at a Camp on Mount Karisimbi
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Driving Time: 2 Hours
Day 2: Reach the Summit and Descend
After having your morning breakfast, you will then climax your hike to the summit, spend 30 – 40 minutes there and descend to the starting point after. You will find your tour guide already waiting for you at the starting point. From there, he will transfer you to your lodge to relax.
Overnight at Bisoke Eco Lodge for Luxury, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for moderate stay or Kinigi Guest House for budget stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Ascend and Descend Mount Bisoke
Wake up to a heavy breakfast meal and head to the park headquarters for another briefing meeting and hike Mount Bisoke after. Mount Bisoke is not hard to ascend. You will need roughly 4 hours to reach the crater lake summit and 2 hours to descend. The views of the crater are very beautiful and you will enjoy it. You will spend roughly 30 – 40 minutes there before returning to your starting point to catch your ride back to Kigali for departure.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Driving Time: 2 Hours