About This Accommodation
Nyiragongo is just one of the reasons that Virunga is an active travelers dream. Imagine hiking up and then overnight next to the world’s largest lava lake. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bushbuck. Nyiragongo’s summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is frequently dusted with snow. From the rim, visitors can peer down into a churning lava lake and see and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava. Nyiragongo’s eruptions are predictable making it safe for tourists and a once in a lifetime opportunity for active travelers.
Treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin at the Kibati patrol post, which is 30 minutes by car from Goma and less than a one hour from Mikeno Lodge. Park rangers lead all treks and porters are available for hire. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours.
It is possible for fitter people to climb up and descend in one day, but most groups choose to overnight in basic accommodation available at the top. The shelters are essentially two-person tents inside small wooden structures, this is not a luxury overnight!
Trekkers are advised to bring raincoats and cold weather gear. Rain showers are a common occurrence on the climb up during the rainy season and temperatures at the summit can dip below 0°C/32°F.
Guests staying at the Mikeno Lodge can arrange packed meal service for the trip, and can rent warm weather gear, packs and sleeping bags if needed.