3 Days Mount Nyiragongo Hike

3 Days Mount Nyiragongo Hike is one of the most adventurous safari that attract several travelers from all over globe to Hike up one of the most active Volcano with in Virunga massif which harbours 8 volcanoes shared with in 3 beautiful countries in East Africa including Uganda with in Mgahinga gorilla national park, Rwanda with in Volcanoes national park and Democratic Republic of Congo in Virunga national park. These Volcanoes include, Mount Nyiragongo which is situated in Virunga national park and the most hiked of all to summit the top and view the glowing Crater Lake. Mount Nyiragongo last erupted in the 2002 and its eruptions was total destruction claiming several lives of human beings, animals, and property. Other 7 volcanoes include Mount Bisoke, Mount Karisimbi, Mount Mgahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Nyamulagira, Mount Muhabura and Mount Mikeno. All these volcanoes can be hiked where some takes a few hours to make around trip, others a full day, while the rest take more than 1 day up to 3 days. Some of these volcanoes are hiked from Ugandan side, others in Rwanda side and the rest in Democratic Republic of Congo. This 3 day mount Nyiragongo Hike includes 3 days and 2 nights starting from Kigali Rwanda to Goma Congo and back to Kigali Rwanda for departure. 

Highlights of 3 day mount Nyiragongo Hike 

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Gisenyi
  • Day 2: Transfer from Gisenyi to Grande Barriere and Hike mount Nyiragongo (ascend)
  • Day 3: Descend mount Nyiragongo and transfer back to Kigali for departures


Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Gisenyi

Transfer from Kigali to Gisenyi: On day 1 of 3 day mount Nyiragongo Hike, you will be picked by our company representative from Kigali Rwanda direct from your hotel where you spent an overnight or from Kigali international airport upon landing and start the road drive direct to Gisenyi city where you will check in a lodge for a late lunch and if time allows, spend the remaining hours of the day exploring the beautiful Lake Kivu where you will take part in boat cruise, walking safari and other sport activities along the shores of lake Kivu. There is yet an option of exploring Gisenyi city that will act as the gate pass to your 3 day Hike. There are lots of tourist attractions in Gisenyi including Genocide memorial sites, craft shops, waterbodies and many more that are worth a tour while on a Rwanda safari. Later in the evening, you will be driven back to your lodge to freshen up, have dinner and overnight rest in preparation for the next day’s adventurous activity.

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Transfer from Gisenyi to Grande Barriere and Hike mount Nyiragongo (ascend)

Hike Mount Nyiragongo (Ascend): On day 2 of 3 day mount Nyiragongo Hike, arise as early as possible for breakfast, check out of the lodge with packed lunch box and meet your Rwanda safari driver for a transfer from Gisenyi direct to Goma, a Rwanda Congo border where you will visit the office at Grande barrier for clearances and proceed to obtain your mount Nyiragongo Volcano hiking permit and meet the Convoy to transfer you to Kibati ranger post where all Mount Nyiragongo hikers meet for a briefing. During briefing, you will obtain all the information about mount Nyiragongo, when it last erupted, the dos and don’ts while hiking and the possible encounters along the hike. Hire a porter to assist in carrying your extra luggage, also hire a sleeping bag in case you dint carry your plus a cook to prepare your dinner while at the summit. By 10:00am, start the hike together with armed rangers and guide first through the montane forest at the base of the mountain where you will spot lots of wildlife including primates, mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and many more. Along the hike, you will be rewarded with stunning view of Virunga national park and the neighbouring volcanoes with in the park. you will stop along the way to enjoy your packed lunch and proceed to ascend up to the summit which is the most rewarding thing you will live to remember as you watch the glowing Lava Lake and view the neighbouring parks including Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda with all the volcanoes that thrill with in. you have an overnight at the summit watching the Lake and taking those memorable photographs.

3 Days Mount Nyiragongo Hike
3 Days Mount Nyiragongo Hike

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Descend Mount Nyiragongo and transfer back to Kigali for departures

Descend mount Nyiragongo: wake up amidst coldness at the summit of Mount Nyiragongo on day 3 of 3 day mount Nyiragongo Hike, have your breakfast and prepare to start descending with the rest of the hiker. Descending starts at around 6:30am and it’s so rewarding and easier than ascending and even takes less time. By 10:00am, you will be back at Kibati where a convoy will be waiting to drive you back to Goma to meet your Rwanda safari driver for a pick up. Upon meeting your Rwanda driver, you will embark on a journey to Kigali for lunch, have a city tour in case you have a night flight and finally be dropped off at Kigali international airport for departures.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch


Inclusive in 3 day mount Nyiragongo Hike

  • Pick up and drop off
  • Mount Nyiragongo hiking permit
  • An English / French speaking tour guide/ driver
  • Congo visa
  • A 4×4 safari vehicle for ground transportation
  • Enough bottled drinking water throughout the safari
  • Ranger fees and convoy 
  • All meals as per Itinerary
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Gisenyi as per Itinerary

Exclusive in 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali;

  • International travel expenses including Visa and Flight Air ticket 
  • Nyiragongo back pack
  • Porter fees
  • Tips to the porter and driver 
  • Alcoholic drinks, juices and other drinks apart from water
  • Life insurance
  • Laundry
  • Additional accommodation
  • Other expenses of personal nature
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