Hike to Mount Nyiragongo

Hike to Mount Nyiragongo: Located in Virunga national park, the oldest park in Africa, Mount Nyiragongo is one of the most sought after attractions that tourists from a number of countries come to see. Mount Nyiragongo is part of the eight virunga mountains that make up the virunga massif where you can find the endangered mountain gorillas and the endangered golden monkey species in Mgahinga national park, Volcanoes national park and virunga national park. The mountain has gained popularity over the years in Africa given the fact it harbours the world’s largest which has attracted a number of nature lovers to participate in the mount Nyiragongo hike. During mount Nyiragongo hike you will have a chance to understand more about the active mountain with the world’s largest lake among other interesting features that will make your hike quite memorable.

Mount Nyiragongo eruption


 Mount Nyiragongo hike is such a rewarding hike that will offer a number of memorable experiences but done at the wrong time, it can be strenuous and disastrous therefore for any traveller interested in hiking the mountain, you should taking part in the activity in the dry months of June – October and December which will make the activity quite easy to hike along the steep slopes because you will hike the mountain without slipping   at the steep slopes of the mountains and the worst months of march-may and November which are characterised with rains can cause a number of accidents during the hike like slipping. 


Follow the lead of the guide as you hike to the summit of mount Nyiragongo in order to get to the lava lake you should always follow the lead of the guide to take you along the safest routes in the park in order to avoid any accidents while you take part in the hike

You should always follow the rules and regulations to have a safe activity within the park while hiking in order for a safe activity because the reason for the Once you get to the summit of mount Nyiragongo, it is advisable that you maintain a distance from the lava lake by keeping at the view point. You should not go beyond the advised you maintain a safe distance to avoid falling into the boiling lava.

What to consider while taking part in the hike

  • Proper hydration, while hiking is necessary therefore you should carry a water bottle to help you catch your breath as you hike to the summit. It should be noted that the mountain stands at an elevation of 11000 ft which takes a lot of time to get to the summit making it quite exhausting for hikers to climb and because of the decreased in the oxygen amounts which increases the level of dehydration therefore it is necessary to stay hydrated in order to gain momentum during the hike.
  • Any tourist with underlying Health conditions should avoid taking part in the strenuous activity to avoid fatal accidents. Tourists with blood pressure, lung complications, heart diseases among other diseases should not take part in the activities.
  • The right hiking gear will make your mount Nyiragongo hike quite memorable because of the right hiking gear that will ensure you have a comfortable activity. Therefore you should carry the right hiking boots, heavy clothes that will provide warmth at the high elevations of the mountain to avoid catching pneumonia among other diseases during your hike.


Lava lake viewing at the summit of mount Nyiragongo, you will get to see the largest lava lake in the world where you will get to see the lava boiling underneath the earth’s crust and what’s memorable about the lake is the fact that you will get to take pictures of the lake at a safe distance .

While hiking mount Nyiragongo, you will get the chance to see a number of bird species like Ruwenzori turaco, grey throated barbet, narrow tailed sterling Doherty’s Bush-shrikes, Chubb’s Cisticola, African Goshawk, African Blue Flycatcher, handsome Francolin, Dusky turtle love, Ruwenzori turaco, Ruwenzori night jar, the dusky crimson wing African fish Eagle among other bird species which will make mount Nyiragongo hike quite memorable.

Hiking Mount Nyiragongo will give you the chance to see a number of primate species like the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees a number of monkey species like the golden monkeys, dent’s monkey, and vervet monkey among other primate species that will make your activity quite memorable.

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