Nyiragongo Volcano -Ultimate  Trekking Guide to Climbing World’s largest lava Lake Congo.

Welcome to Nyiragongo Volcano , an ultimate trekking guide to climbing Mount Nyiragongo in democratic republic of congo , find all the latest news and updated info about how to book nyiragongo hiking tour, getting to nyiragongo, Nyiragongo permit, Accommodation at the nyiragongo summit, getting around, best time to visit ,when to go for trekking tour,  Visit Virunga National park congo.

Best time to trek Nyiragongo / When go for Nyiragongo

Since the re opening of virunga national park in 2019 , Climbing Nyiragongo is among the top tourists safari activities enjoyed by travelers visiting DR Congo , its an all year hiking tour to explore the world’s largest lava lake with the best months being from June to October Read More.

Nyiragongo Volcano Facts & Information.

Nyiragongo volcano-Nyiragong permitMount Nyiragongo Volcano is an active stratovolcano with an elevation of 3,470 m (11,380 ft) in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. Nyiragongo Volcano located inside Virunga National Park  in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 20 km northwards of Goma Town.

The main crater is about two kilometres wide ( known as the world’s largest lava lake). The crater presently has two distinct cooled lava benches within the crater walls – one at about 3,175 m (10,417 ft) and a lower one at about 2,975 m (9,760 ft). Nyiragongo’s lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history.

Depth of the Lava Lake of Mount Nyiragongo

The depth of the lava lake varies considerably with maximum elevation of the lake being recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption – a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft). A recent very low elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 2,700 m (8,900 ft).
Mount Nyiragongo is nearby Mount Nyamuragira and are together responsible for 40% of Africa’s historical volcanic eruptions. Although one can be visited for tourism activities.

Geology of Nyiragongo Volcano.

mount nyiragongo hikeNyiragongo volcano partly overlaps with two oldest volcanoes in the world of Baratu and Shaheru with clear record of being surrounded by hundreds of small Volcanic Cones developed from Eruptions.

The lava emitted in eruptions at Mount Nyiragongo is often unusually fluid as it was evidenced in the 1977 eruption that destroyed the biggest part of Goma Town,The Mountain’s lavas are made of melilite nephelinite, an alkali-rich type of volcanic rock whose unusual chemical composition may be a factor in the unusual fluidity of the lavas there. Nyiragongo’s lava flows may race downhill at up to 100 km/h (60 mph). This is because of the extremely low silica content (the lava is mafic).

Nyiragongo Volcanic Eruptions Historical Facts.

Mount Nyiragongo has been erupting since 1977 and there have been over 34 eruptions some being internal eruption which is not visible but the notable eruptions was in 1977, 2002 .
The lava lake is some 250 m below the level of the 1994 lava lake. One of the ongoing problems is localized CO2 toxic gas releases. The deadly releases are locally referred to as “mazuku.” The gas seeps from fumaroles and cracks in the flanks of the volcano. A new vent opened on the flank in March 2016. It was accompanied with reports of rumbling leading to fears of an impending flank eruption.

The most recent large eruption was in 2002. It killed 147 people. Lava flows traveled through the neighboring city of Goma, destroying 13% of it. The eruption displaced 12 – 15,000 homes and hundreds of thousands of people. The lava flows entered the lake, and posed a threat to release CO2 and methane gas stored in the lake. Lava from the 2002 eruption is thought to be residual lava from the lava lake activity in the mid-1990s. It was followed by a fresh batch erupted from fissure vents. The eruption was followed by unusual tectonic activity with over 100 earthquakes greater than 3.5 Richter during the 5 days following the eruption. There was also land subsidence at Goma and up to 10 km south along the northern lake shore.

Best time to Climb Nyiragongo Volcano or visit Virunga in  Congo.

Among the Top Safari activities enjoyed by travelers that have selected to visit eastern democratic republic of congo throughout the year is the nyiragongo volcanic hike . Most travelers be asking FAQ at the planning level is when is the best time to visit Nyiragongo , or when to go to Virunga National Park .  Nyiragongo Volcano is a safe place in Congo to be visited by travelers throughout the year as most tour operators run trips from Jan- Dec for climbing and seeing the gorillas in Africa.

Getting around Nyiragongo Volcano or Kibati Station

Near by Attractions

There 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 to include 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 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 2 Days Climbing nyiragongo tour which is offered by reliable tour operators Although 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.  so , if you have settled for nyiragongo as your African safari holidy, then you will not be dissapointed

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 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.

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