In this adventure, Ubuntu Voyages brings you to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a mysterious land full of wonders which make it the ultimate African adventure. Climbing the Nyiragongo Volcano you’ll not only enjoy watching the active lava but you’ll enjoy a colorful flora when ascending and descending. So, don’t forget your camera!
After breakfast at your hotel in Gisenyi, ensure crossing the border at 07:00 am and check-in with Virunga tourism office by 08:00 am which is located in the Grande Barrière border post building, opposite passport control. Once check-in is complete, be transported to the Kibati Ranger Post at 8:15am, where treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin. On arrival to Kibati, guests will receive a briefing. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire at Kibati ranger station. The ascent up the volcano starts around 10:00am with most climbing groups reaching the summit by 5:00pm. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours. It is possible for fitter people to climb up and descend in one day, but the vast majority chooses to overnight in the basic accommodations available at the top (included in the permit fee) because the best time to view the lava lake is at night. Sunset at the summit of Nyiragongo. Enjoy watching, in the night, the world’s largest lava lake. Dinner and overnight at the summit of Nyiragongo Volcano in the shelter.
Trekkers are strongly advised to bring full rain and cold weather gear (moisture-wicking base layer, sweater or fleece, jacket, rain resistant pants, long underwear, warm socks, hat, and a 0°C/32° – rated sleeping bag), good walking shoes, sun cream, etc.
After a very early morning visit to the lava lake, have your breakfast around 7:00 am. After breakfast, start descending the volcano and arrive back at Kibati station. Average descent time is four hours. Drive back to Goma town. Be transferred back to the border and return to Rwanda, to Kigali International Airport for departure.