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Mount Karisimbi Hike

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rising at an elevation of about 4507m above sea level is Mount Karisimbi is a stratovolcano which is the highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga field and the 5th highest in Africa. It strides along the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on the western branch of the Eat African Rift valley. Karisimbi lavas have been dated from 0.24 Ma to 0.010 Ma indicating that the volcano is very young.
Mount KarisimbiThe name Karisimbi is got from the word ‘amasimbi’ in Kinyarwanda which means “white shell”, referring to the white-capped summit which is often seen on top of this Karisimbi 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.
Climbing Mt Karisimbi is a strenuous yet very rewarding and it takes 2 days for one to hike to the summit of the Volcano. The climb begins 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 meters for overnight camping before finishing off the journey the next day.
A hike to Karisimbi’s summit is not an ordinary one, but also offers sights and views of several bird species, primates such as monkeys, Gorillas since the volcano lies in the primates’ park of Volcanoes national park. It is also known for its new species of plants in its four main belts of vegetation, from the dense forest at its base to the barren volcanic core at the summit.

Mount KarisimbiThe hike up the summit is characterized of muddy trails especially during rainy season, though due to the altitude, it can rain at any time of the day and hence tourists should be prepared.
For visitors interested in hiking the Karisimbi Mountain, they need to be relatively health and experts in hiking because the hike takes tourists 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. Hiking the mountain requires tourists to hire a porter ($20 per day) to help them carry the luggage.
Karisimbi is also near to the Karisoke research center where the prominent grave of the re-known mountain gorilla conservationist and American zoologist; Dian Fossey lies. This means that visitors have a chance to visit the grave as well as trek the golden monkeys in addition to the Mountain gorillas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs style=”modern” color=”black” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Rwanda Safari Tour Options” tab_id=”1552380454158-0cc09956-f054″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”avada-custom-sidebar-rwandasafaritourpackages”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Rwanda Safari Parks” tab_id=”1552380453960-f931154e-389c”][vc_wp_custommenu nav_menu=”62″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Rwanda Uganda Safari Tour Options” tab_id=”1552380452442-a58263d7-f11a”][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”avada-custom-sidebar-ugandarwandasafaritouroptions”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Uganda Safari Tour Options” tab_id=”1552380452468-73eecb6e-7337″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”avada-custom-sidebar-ugandasafaritourpackages”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ3d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbSUyRm1hcHMlMkZkJTJGZW1iZWQlM0ZtaWQlM0Qxb2p2VkhLNy1NYXRqWmRJdnp2Y0dtQjRiRzNIYUVrR1MlMjIlMjB3aWR0aCUzRCUyMjEwMCUyNSUyMiUyMGhlaWdodCUzRCUyMjQ4MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==”][vc_column_text][captainform id=”1266488″]
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