Thinking of Rwanda mountaineering safaris? Rwanda is home to five of the eight Virunga Volcanoes. These mountains include Mount Karisimbi, Mount Muhabura, Mount Bisoke, Mount Sabyinyo and Mount Gahinga. All of them are found in Volcanoes National Park Musanze in the northern province of the country. Volcanoes National Park is a great place to carry out your mountain climbing adventures from. Mount Karisimbi is the highest mountain in Rwanda with an elevation of 4,507 meters. It is also apparently the hardest to climb. The second is Mount Muhabura with an elevation of 4,127 meters. Mount Bisoke comes in third standing at an elevation of 3,711 meters, Mount Sabyinyo fourth with an elevation of 3674 meters and finally Mount Gahinga at 3,474 meters. We can arrange for you to see all these attractions during your Rwandan adventures. Climbing Karisimbi will give you an opportunity to visit Dian Fossey’s grave, a lady who is remembered for her dedication in the conservation of Mountain Gorillas. Bisoke has a very beautiful crater which you will see when you climax to its peak. These Rwanda mountains are very safe to climb and you are likely to encounter mountain gorillas on your way up. The views from the top are remarkable. You get to see most of the other Virunga Volcano Mountains. See some of our Rwanda mountain climbing trips below.
Hiking in Volcanoes National Park has always been a major activity. These mountains might not be the best African mountains to climb but they do offer equally good physical challenges. They are quite easy to climb and you will hardly suffer from any altitude sickness. Besides, there are five volcano mountains around the park and you have a broad array to choose from. To climb all these mountains, you will only need a few days – approximately one week. Experiencing such Rwanda adventures is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Best time to go mountain climbing in Rwanda
Climbing mountains becomes much easier during dry seasons. The best months for mountain climbing in Rwanda are June to July and December to February. Any months besides those are tricky and you can hardly tell when rain is going to fall on you whilst you trek. To highly rule out any slight chances of such uncertainties, schedule your hike for the months mentioned above.
What to expect
All these mountains are situated in Volcanoes National Park – the same safari park that shelters some of the last few remaining endangered mountain gorillas. As you hike, you might bump into surprises when these primates cross your way. Unfortunately, you will not be allowed to spend time around these gorillas because you haven’t paid for the activity. You can just stare and proceed with your adventure.
How difficult is the hike
Unlike other mountains where you spend days climaxing and descending, the maximum number of days you can spend hiking a mountain in Rwanda is 2 days. Some of the mountains can be ascended and descended on the same day irrespective of your age. Book one of the Rwanda mountaineering tours above to get started.