Mount Nyiragongo Hiking & Climbing in DRC Congo
Prior planning. Every trip becomes more fun with prior planning to avoid last minute disappointments and panicking. Planning a Congo safari to summit the Nyiragongo volcano can sometimes be daunting, choosing the accommodation, the best time to hike, finding the trusted tour operator to use, all need to be done in advance. Through a tour operator, ensure that you book the hiking permits and hotel bookings in advance. This gives you ample time to prepare and anticipate the whole trip.
Use a local guide and tour operator. For any trip in Africa to be more fun, use the affordable services of a local tour operator for planning, and hire services of a local guide. For they know all the corners, the equipment, the porters and almost all the information you would need. While hiking Nyiragongo, trust the people on ground, the tour operators, the guides and porters. They know all the safe and easy trails plus where you can sleep and have excellent food. Even using a local guide will reduce the resilience from the local community to tourists.
Have a packing list. The hike involves going through different vegetation types associated with varying weather conditions. The temperatures may change from hot at the mountain base to freezing cold at the peak. So it’s important to carry all the warm clothes that you can. Remember the rain can fall anytime in the Virunga ranges, so pack a rain coat. Pack a hat, scarves, proper hiking boots, stockings, gloves, insect repellants and any other important equipment. Don’t worry about the luggage, there is a big number of porters from whom you can hire to carry your luggage to and from the peak.
Be physically prepared. Hiking mountain Nyiragongo doesn’t only need athletes to trek to the top. The hike is just two days and anyone can summit its tops. All you need is to be in a good health condition the fact that the terrain is not even, the altitude is extreme and it might get real tired and dizzy. Standing at 11,400 feet high, hiking to the top will be hard work, nevertheless, don’t be discouraged, you can always hike at your pace. And anything that you would want to carry out, just give it to the porter, even a one-liter bottle of water may weigh heavier as you ascend.
Don’t forget your travel documents. Just like on any African safari, don’t forget all your travel documents. The passport, air tickets, yellow fever certificates and many others are all important travel documents that you will still need on a Congo safari that aims at hiking to the top of The Nyiragongo mountain. More of a simple tip, always mind your belongings. It’s not that Congo is not safe, but the fact that you will be walking through a thick tropical forest, anything can happen. Once some belongings get lost, they are gone forever, because probably the gorillas or porters will pick them for keeping. So it’s very vital to keep a keen eye on your staff. Otherwise, hiking to the top of Mountain Nyiragongo wouldn’t be a very difficult task if the above few tips are followed. They will enhance your Congo safari, leaving marks on your memories that will last for a lifetime.
Accommodation at Mount Nyiragongo Summit
Accommodation on Mount Nyiragongo is solely in the mountain huts. this is quite basic but will keep you dry and comfortable for a night. 12 tiny A-frame shelters clutch to the higher slopes of the crater edge. Each of the huts has two simple single beds with foam mattresses where you can put a sleeping bag. A shared ‘long drop’ lavatory is accessed by a safety rope (due to the steepness of the slope), situated a little further downhill, this turns trips to the washrooms quite a special experience! no showers, no flash and no electricity, therefore carry a torch, and warm clothes are a must. If you can cast your eyes away from the thrilling caldron of fire in the interior of the crater, your personal chef will prepare a hearty and delicious simple meal which you will enjoy on a campfire.
Joining a group tour to hike mount Nyiragongo
Group hiking expeditions to mount Nyiragongo are totally unique, and dream come true for the intrepid travelers. Experience sleeping on the edge of one of the world’s most active volcanoes while gazing down into the bubbling mosaic of molten magma in one of the largest lava lakes in Africa and world over. The mountain is situated on the edge of Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and it is an active volcano, but never let this put you off; its eruptions are almost 100% predictable, making it safe to hike. The absolute splendor of this adventure is nearly unbeatable in East Africa and elsewhere on earth.