Tips for hiking Nyiragongo volcano

Hiking to the summit of the most active volcano is a worthwhile experience you’ll have in your entire life. Anyone would watch the red glow of the volcano from as far as Gisenyi town but hiking and viewing it from the summit is more thrilling. The trail from the starting point to the summit is about 8.5km.

You are required to prepare for the hike early with a booking of US$300, strong hiking boots, thick rain jacket, water, warm clothes and a torch if you plan to spend the night at the summit in Nyiragongo shelters.

Be at Kibati patrol post at 9:00am. This is the starting point for the hike where you’ll get guideline for the hike and set off for the hike at 10:00am. After starting the hike, it will take you about 5-6 hours to arrive at the summit and there you’ll view the magical red glow from the boiling magma. It is possible to hike to the top and descend in one day.

Porters are available at the starting point and these are used at your own expense. Utilize them if you have a lot of luggage.

The minimum age for hiking to Mount Nyiragongo is 12years. Anyone below the age 12 is not allowed to hike. You are required to be physically fit and well hydrated.