So you are planning to hike Nyiragongo volcano! A volcano with a breath taking adventure in Congo also known as Africa’s paradise. That’s pretty good that you are about to hike the world’s most active volcano with the largest larva lake at the summit. It is important to purchase good quality and reliable gear and foot wear since you will be facing very cold conditions during the hike, yet you will still have to deal with the high altitude, high and low temperatures and different weather conditions.
You should have it at the back of the mind that at high altitude, you will be going uphill hence you will have to pack light. Here is a quick list of the gear that you need to pack for your Nyiragongo hike.
Day pack; Alight weight day pack, that is comfortable with proper fit on shoulders and the waist to carry the clothings and the rest of the gear comfortable
Footware. Don’t underestimate the importance of the foot wear regardless of the trails because you need to have a good pair of hiking shoes. You don’t have to make your trek miserable by having a twisted ankle at the end of your marvelous trek. You need something with lots of grip, water proof and with adequate ankle support since the trails are steep. All you need to do, is to buy good fitting shoes that you can fully break in before you go. Just like a couple, the shoes as well goes handy with socks, and you will have to pack more than a pair of socks and above all, your shoes should have room for your feet
Clothings; The key to clothing is to wear warm layers. Dressing in windproof and waterproof layer outer shell provides the flexibility to deal with most conditions. Since you don’t want to pack heavy on a one day hike, then you will have to carry breathable hiking pants, fleece long under wear top, and a long sleeve quick dry shirt which works well for for dramatic temperature on mount Nyiragongo. These also act as sweat proof gears since sweat quickly evaporates from it so you won’t be trekking in a soggy shirt when you reach certain regions of temperature drops near the summit. Cotton material is not recommended as it lacks a proper insulating ability.
Headwear; You will need a good wide brim trekking that offers protection from the sun heat and rain drops. Best options are ones with light fleece,are waterproof, easy to pack and cover your neck.
Gloves; you will need warm pair of gloves for the colder segments of the trek, as well as protecting your hands from sharp stones
Gaiters; Gaiters help cover the ankle high up and are designed to prevent water, mud, dust small rocks from reaching them. From a lot of experience, gaiters are not an absolute necessity for hiking during peak season when it is warmer,
Water; Stay hydrated at all times to help with the altitude such that once you reach the summit you will be sure real experience for overcoming the whole day pressure.
Trekking sticks; most trekkers think they are too young or too strong to hold walking sticks which is really not true. Walking sticks are for every mountaineer who wishes to stay on their feet while negotiating steeps, uneven terrains. You will also appreciate the use of the walking sticks during your descent to the base when you face extra challenges of gravity and fatigue.
Sunglasses; it is advisable to come handy with sunglasses to protect your eyes from extra dust and wind.
Head lamp; Since there are no lights at the top, It is recommended that you carry a headlamp for enough provision of light in your cabins, to the cooking hut to the lake
Other extras include;
- A camera with a long lasting battery to capture brilliant moments and scenery
- A treated mosquito net to keep you away from mosquito bites
- Extra clothes, since with hiking , three many chances that you will over sweat or even rain may wet your clothes which means that you will have carry to extra clothes for changing.