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6 Hours Bisoke and 2 Days for Mt Karisimbi

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After  the gorillas tracking  at Volcanoes National Park, there is other adventure like  hiking the Karisimbi and  the Bisoke mountains! The Virunga volcanoes are a range of six extinct volcanoes and two active volcanoes (Congo). The Virunga volcanoes, with their altitudinal vegetation zones are probably one of the most beautiful mountains of the world. They are a paradise for hikers.

Rwanda has 5 volcanoes, and the Bisoke (3.711 m) is an extict volcano, with a beautiful crater lake. Fantastic views in all directions!Hiking to the top of Mt Karismbi is one of the key tourism activities you should not miss on your Rwanda safari to Volcanoes National Park. Rising at an elevation of about 4507m above sea level is MT. Karisimbi, a stratovolcano which is the highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga field and the 5th highest in Africa. It strides along the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on the western branch of the African Rift valley.

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  • The climb starts early in the morning taking 6 hours and involves navigating through the Bisoke side before reaching the first stopping place at an altitude of 3,700 metres for overnight camping before finishing off the journey the next day for Mt Karisimbi and Bisoke takes only 6 hours .
  • A hike to Bisoke or Karisimbi’s summit is not an ordinary one, but also affords sights of several bird varieties, primates like monkeys and Gorillas since the volcano lies in the primates’ park of Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes national park). It is also known for its exotic plants in its four belts of vegetation, from the dense forest at its base to the barren volcanic core at the summit.
  • The hike up the summit is characterized of muddy trails especially during rainy season, though due to the altitude, it can rain at any time of the day.
  • *You need relatively good health and stamina to hike through the slippery slopes to reach the summit which is white capped as a result of hail and sleet which accumulate in the higher elevations from its frequent storms. This implies that one may have to incur an extra cost of hiring a porter ($20 per day) to help in carrying your luggage and hiking equipment.

What you will do

07:00 AM
Time to start hiking one of mountains Bisoke or Karisimbi after getting briefing from the park ranger on the reception.
End of Bisoke hiking as it takes 6 hours.
Time to go to the camp site near top of Mt Karisimbi (3000 miters from the top) and stay for a night waiting next day to descend/ get down on the reception as the end of 2 day trip of hiking Karisimbi.


  • Entrance fees
  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Free coffee before tracking
  • Transport
  • Additional Services
  • Food & Drink

Activity's Location

Created with Sketch. Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Rwanda


When and where does the tour start?
Hiking is starting from the reception after assigned a ranger and getting a briefing.
When and where does the tour end?
the tour ends on the reception of the park after 6 hours for these who have done Bisoke and next day to these who have done Karisimbi at the same place.
Do you arrange Hotel/ airport transfers?
YES! But Airport and Hotel transfers are not included in the price of this Activity, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case Green Zest Travels representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
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