Nyiragongo Volcano climbing and Hiking Guide in Democratic Republic of  Congo.

Welcome to Nyiragongo Volcano climbing and hiking guide in Democratic Republic of Congo, which features updated info about, getting to Nyiragongo, Nyiragongo permit, Accommodation at the Nyiragongo summit, getting around, best time to visit ,when to go for trekking tour,  Visiting Virunga National park Congo.

Gorilla trek and hiking adventure-nyiragongNyiragongo Volcano  in Democratic Republic of Congo, is the most active Strato volcano in the Virunga mountains in Virunga national park. The Volcano at an elevation of 3470m(11,380 ft) is associated with the Albertine Rift, located about 20km North of Goma, and Lake Kivu, as well as Rwanda to the East.

Mount Nyiragongo Volcano’s  main crater which currently contains the main lava lake, stretches about 2 kilometers wide and contains two distinct cooled lava benches within the crater walls, with the highest  at about 3,175m(10,417 ft) and a lower one at 2975m(9760 ft) respectively.

The lava lake has for a number of times been known for its voluminous lava lake in the present history. Due to the varying  depth of the larva lake, a maximum elevation of approximately 3,250m(10,660 ft) was recorded prior to the eruption occurrence  in January, 1977 with a lake depth of 2700m(8900 ft). Mount Nyiragongo Volcano alongside Nyamuragira have been responsible for 40% of Africa’s Volcanic eruptions.

Less is Known about how long  Nyiragongo has been erupting, but  according to the current history, at least 34 eruptions have been recorded since 1882, including various periods where activity was continuous for years at a time, often in the form of a churning lava lake in the crater. Although the existence of the lava lake had been suspected for a certain period of time, it was not scientifically proved in 1948. Subsequent expeditions showed that the lake fluctuated in size, depth, and temperature over time. Successive expeditions showed that the lava lake fluctuated in  size, depth and temperature.

The unpredictable nature of the the mount Nyiragongo eruptions has led to the close monitor by a team of scientists at the Goma volcanic Observatory. And this is still the main reason and it is still monitored 24/7 365 days a year with seismic data produced every four minutes and temperature data produced every ten minutes.

Mount Nyiragongo Volcano is one of the great Virunga Massif and is attached to the great East African Rift Valley.  It lies in in the Eastern part of Congo next to the border of Rwanda, that is the Goma Gisenyi- border.

Best time to Climb or Hike Mount Nyiragongo Volcano/ When to Visit nyiragongo.

Mount Nyiragongo can be visited and hiked year-round. For the hike, definitely June to October are  the best months to visit Mount Nyiragongo Volcano with pleasant temperatures and without the extreme march to May tourist crowds are: December and late January– February.

Since the  opening of Virunga National park in January, 2019 , Climbing  and hiking Nyiragongo  has now become one of the top tourists safari activity enjoyed by travelers visiting Democratic Republic of Congo ,  Read More.

Getting around Nyiragongo Volcano or Kibati Station

Near by Attractions

mount nyiragongo hikeThere is plenty to do when visiting Africa’s oldest and largest National Park of Virunga where Nyiragongo volcano is found in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga park accounts for approximately 89% of the virunga mountains Eco  system  which mountains are shared between Uganda , Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo with Virunga is a wilderness area which remains mostly underdeveloped for tourism activities.

As you can expect with a park of this magnitude, there are several options during your visit or stay. You will find these various options offered by Congo tour operators including Mountain gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking , Nature walks, Wildlife in lulimbi sector & Birding tour.

Nyiragongo Volcano  is an official guide  that welcomes you to the world’s largest lava lake located in the great Virunga National Park in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Recommended number of days for Nyiragongo Hiking Tour

Due to the amount of attractions to be seen in the great virunga national park while on a Congo safari tour? The Shortest number of days for hiking mount nyiragongo congo is 3 Days Climbing Nyiragongo tour which is offered by reliable tour operators and travelers starting their Nyiragongo hiking tour from Rwanda are recommended to consider 3 Day Nyiragongo Hiking tour.

We are here  to offer a complete destination guide to climb / hike nyiragongo, as well as safari advise including; Getting there, adventures,  trip planner, when to visit, travel info,  what to pack , mikeno package, climbing tours & Safaris,  Hiking permits,  hiking tips, fitness for climbers, shelters to the summit among others

Being the World’s number one active volcano, Excursions to the summit  lava  lake is the top reason for hiking  in Democratic Republic of Congo, not forgetting the beauty of the spectacular bubbling lava and the stunning landscapes of Virunga ranges forming  the most striking features which makes it outstanding leaving hikers completely without breath. This memory will never be erased.

Popular Packages With Nyiragongo

Curiosity about the world’s most active volcano drives our desire to create new and unique experiences to get you off the well-trodden hiking trail. Enhancing your journey with authentic experiences, genuine cultural exchange and real exploration are the focal points on all of our packages.

Nyiragongo and Gorilla trekking safaris

virunga gorilla trekking

For a full time adventure traveler wanting to experience the essence of  mountain gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo climbing/hiking tours, this collection of Nyiragongo volcano climbing and hiking tours offers you a choice of your package

Evocative Chimpanzee habituation experience

Congo Chimp Habituation Experience

Just be glad that you have added this fabulous habituating experience to your Nyiragongo bucket list adventure. It’s absolutely magical and the hour spent enables you to be up close with Chimpanzees of, and on any day the hidden treasure will be revealed

Nyiragongo  and Kahuzi nature walks

nature walks in Congo

Enjoy the ultimate nyiragongo experience of nature walks through the dense tropical rainforest and enjoy the magnificient scenery. This  trip is ahogly recommended safari, so , if you have settled for Nyiragongo as your African safari holiday…

Nyiragongo  and Bird Watching Experience

bird watching experirnce

Another rewarding experience in Congo is Birdwatching. Nyiragongo is also fantastic destination for a Birdwatching break, this is because the environment has diversity of birdlife,  geographical range and the  added bonus of the Rainy  months

Over the recent years, Nyiragongo volcano has become one of the bucket list safari options for most African adventure junkies towards the East and Central Africa, especially Goma and Virunga National park in Particular. Arrangements of the trips are organized according to the number of days one has to spend whereby the shortest will be atleast three days hiking tour and the longest is determined by the various destinations and adventures attached to the hiking tour including; gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, golden mokeys, mount kahuzi hike,Congo River boat cruise, wildlife watching , cultural experiences among others.

Highlighted Nyiragongo Excursions

Over the recent years, Nyiragongo volcano has become one of the bucket list safari options for most African adventure junkies towards the East and Central Africa, especially the integration of both Kahuzi Biega national park and Virunga National park in Particular. Arrangements of the trips are organized according to the number of days one has to spend whereby the shortest will be at least three days hiking tour and the longest is determined by the various destinations and adventures attached to the hiking tours including; gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, golden monkeys, mount kahuzi hike,Congo River boat cruise, wildlife watching , cultural experiences among others.

Traveler taking the Nyiragongo excursion get a thrilling once in a lifetime experience, although  it may seem to be a short safari. However, the one night hiking safari to the summit, provides an awe inspirational moments, as the hikers clearly observe the red hot bubbling of the lava lake underneath the crust and the and the gushing red smoke covers the sky with a cluster of colors. The hikers with Nyiragongo hiking permit, gather at the Kibati Ranger post, situated about 30 minutes from Goma town.Upon Reaching, The rangers will brief the entire group about the Nyiragongo Hiking rules and regulations,  before setting off for the hiking excursion.

Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking and Trekking FaQs

Getting a CONGO tourist visa is not so  complicated  as most travelers think. All   That is required for a visa purchase is a valid reason for your need of the visa as it is in any other country, as well as proof of other documents including;

  • Purchase of either Gorilla or Nyiragongo Hiking Permit
  • Payment of Accommodation Facility
  • payment of any related tourism event
    However, you can also book online through visitvirunga.org. as long as you have one of the above proof of Payment. The Visa processing will take only 14 days to youyr date of arrival and will be valid for only 14 days….Read More

It is not an easy question to answer, because it depends on ones experience, ability, fitness, and  strength.  Those who are used to hiking and multi-day trekking adventures might find Nyiragongo an easy challenge. Most people who attempt Nyiragongo Volcano have never  failed to to reach the summit. which makes a difference.

Nyiragongo Volcano Like any other volcano requires a special permit which identifies each climber/hiker before.  Obtaining a nyiragongo permit is a must have to start the hike.  To obtain a Nyiragongo Hiking permit requires early booking  since it will be a document that will help you obtain your Congo Tourist visa  before your travel date to Congo.

The permit among all other adventure permits, is the most affordable and cheapest for it goes for only $300 per head. However it is advisable to make bookings through a trusted tour operator or do it by yourself  online by visiting the Virunga National Park website. Read More

The Nyiragongo Volcano Hike is a two day adventure with an overnight spent at the top of the volcano. At the peak, a total of 12 cabins, each accommodating  2 persons, thus a maximum number of 24 hikers are required to Hike each day