Mount Karisimbi Hike – Permit Cost, Best Time & What to Pack

Mount Karisimbi Volcano is located within the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda offering amazing hiking adventures in Rwanda to all travelers that visit the country on holiday.

This hike takes you toward the summit of Mount Karisimbi Volcano and en route, you watch the great terrain, volcanic formation, dense forest and vegetation, steep slopes, and muddy trails on rainy days.

This Mount Karisimbi Hike can be organized by an authentic Tour Operator Agency that helps you book these on your behalf, and arrange tents, and meals as the itinerary say. Porters are available for hire at a cost of about US $20 to help you carry cameras, tents, and other hiking equipment as you ascend to the top.

Hiking Mount Karisimbi Volcano

Hiking Mount Karisimbi Volcano

Mountain Karisimbi Hiking Process

Hiking to the top of this Mountain Volcano takes a period of 2 Days. You transfer to the headquarters for registration, briefing then later you transfer to the starting point situated at the base of Mount Bisoke Volcano. Here you are distributed into groups with a park ranger then embark on a hike for 7 hours then briefly stop mid-way at an altitude of 3,700 meters for the night.

Here a camp is set up for dinner then rest in preparation for the final climb the next Day. After going through the cold night and having a delicious breakfast embark on a challenging 1-hour hike to the summit along steep slopes, stronger winds, and fog.

When you reach the summit, the scenery is beautiful watching other Mountain Volcanoes at a distance i.e Mount Muhabura volcano, Nyamulagira volcano, and Nyiragongo. After enjoying the stunning views, embark on a 6-hour descent to the starting point then to the park office where you leave from to the hotel/ lodge.

Hiking Mount Karisimbi

Hiking Mount Karisimbi

Best time to Hike Mount Karisimbi Volcano

Mount Karisimbi can be visited anytime around the year although the Best time to hike the Mountain Volcano is during the drier periods between December to March and June to early October.

What to Pack for your Mount Karisimbi Hike

  • Good hiking shoes, a sweater/warm clothing, a waterproof heavy jacket, a hat, and a walking stick
  • A tent for camping. This can be hired or provided by an authentic tour operator agency.
  • A sleeping bag
  • Packed food for the overnight stay.
  • Porters to help carry your backpack, tents, cameras, and other equipment.

Mount Karisimbi Hiking Permit

Mount Karisimbi Hiking Permits cost US $400 per person interested in hiking the Mountain volcano in Rwanda after or before Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park Rwanda.