Hiking Karisimbi is more strenuous compared to hiking any other mountain within the range. It is usually a 2/3 days activity and has to begin early in the morning and from the bottom, you will hike from the Eastern side of the mountain and then have a stopover when you get to about 3700 meters high. Here you will setup your camp, have dinner, spend the night and then continue to the top the next day. You will be able watch that morning sunlight if you start hiking early enough.
While at the top, you will be amazed by the beautiful views from both the Congo and Rwanda side. On a very clear day, you will also be able to see in a distance Congo’s Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira which are active volcanoes. When you are done enjoying the view, you can then start on your journey back to the bottom but you should always remember that descending is just as dangerous as ascending because the trails are usually slippery, so you are susceptible to falling and get injured. It will take you only 6 hours to get to the bottom and then drive back the hotels or to Kigali if you have to leave on that very days.
Hiking Karisimbi is very strenuous therefore it’s only the experienced hikers and the physically fit people that are encouraged to attempt hiking Karisimbi because the trails will be almost impassable especially during the rainy season. You will realize that this hike is not an ordinary hike because you will be able to see lots of wildlife more so the primates and different bird species as you hike to the summit. Different Monkey species and gorillas should be expected since the mountain is within Volcanoes national park which is a home to hundreds of primates and those that are interested in vegetation covers will be amazed the variety ranging from the dense forest the bottom of through the bamboo to the mountain to the top.
Items to carry with you during you mountain hike
While preparing for your Karismbi hike, there items that should not be forgotten otherwise the hike wont got well for you. Your back pack should include items like;
- the sleeping bag because you will not find beds at your stopover point
- warm cloths is a must carry as it will keep getting more cold as you go hiker
- Also carry food and drinking water because you will definitely need it
- You will need dress up appropriately for example trousers and long sleeved shirts to protect your legs and arms from the cold as you push through the creeping plants are recommended together with the jungle/hiking boots will make your trekking a bit easier.
You can always hire a porter to help you carry your luggage if you think you will need help with that. Porters are paid per day and they will walk along with you during the hike and often, it is the porters that help out in cases of accidents or any emergence that requires carrying back a hiker to the bottom.