Hiking at mount Karasimbi is a rewarding and an amazing hike along an elevation of about 4507 m above sea level. The hike takes two days on highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga field and the 5th highest in Africa.
is located along the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on the western branch of the African Rift valley. It derived its name word ‘amasimbi’ in Kinyarwanda which means “white shell”, referring to the white-capped summit which is often seen on top of this volcano. It is flanked by Mikeno to the north, Bisoke to the east and Nyiragongo to the west, on the other side of the Rift Valley. The mountain is situated in Volcanoes national park popularly known for the mountain gorillas.
Hiking at mountain Karasimbi is strenuous and very rewarding hike, it is normally done as a complement to gorilla trekking and all done within Volcanoes National Park. 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.
Hiking at mountain Karasimbi is made impressive by the 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.
For a relatively good hike a health body 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.
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