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The 4 Days Congo Gorilla Trek and Nyiragongo Volcano Hike - 4 Days

The 4 Days Congo Gorilla Trek and Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

The 4 Days Congo Gorilla trek and Nyiragongo Volcano hike takes you to Virunga National park and Nyiragongo Volcano. It will begin and conclude in Kigali. This is one of the extremely gratifying brief tours that provide you that special chance to have that memorable gorilla tracking experience in Africa’s most grand National Park, Virunga which is advantageously situated in the North-Eastern fraction of DRC. This safari will present you with a life change experience. Nyiragongo Volcano is a stunning strato volcano that has the worlds prime lava lake.

Tour highlights:

Day1: Arrival at the International Airport in Kigali and head to the Mikeno Lodge at Rumangabo

Day2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park

Day 3: Hike the Nyiragongo Volcano

Day 4: Descend from the Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Kigali

Day 1
Arrival at the International Airport in Kigali and head to the Mikeno Lodge at Rumangabo.

Our professional driver guide who will pick you up will take you to Mikeno Lodge at Rumangabo in DRC after you arrive at the Kigali International Airport. The drive journey of about 3-4 hours minus stopovers to Mikeno lodge in Virunga will take you through magnificent landscape sceneries venerated with unique natural setting and local populations. Upon arrival, you will proceed to the hotel so that you check-in, have a meal and spend a night.

Accommodation Options; Mikeno Lodge (Up market), Bukima Tented Camp (Moderate) Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters (Basic)

Day 2
Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park

After having a peaceful breakfast, you will be driven to the Bukima park station in the Virunga National Park, where trekkers gather by 7:00 am to be given a gorilla group to trek with, and then you will be briefed about how to conduct yourself while with the gorilla families. After briefing, you will continue to start the trek to face up to the gorilla group you are to trek. The distance of the trek changes basing on whereabouts of these gorillas and also the weather conditions. Seeing these mild giants in their natural environment is an exclusive and incredible experience. After, you can then return back to your lodge for the late meal and leisure.

Accommodation Options; Mikeno Lodge (Up market), Bukima Tented Camp (Moderate) Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters (Basic)

Day 3
Hike the Nyiragongo Volcano

After breakfast, take on a 30 km drive from Mikeno lodge to Kibat Patrol station in Nyiragongo Volcano. From there the park rangers will guide you and your porters on a hike to the top of the Nyiragongo Volcano. Hiking this volcano will take one about 4-6 hours till you reach the peak of the worlds most lively volcano. The way to the summit is somewhat easy although a bit tiring, often hot and in an uncomfortable state. Along the journey, you will enjoy amazing sights and views of rare birds and undersized mammal groups. On reaching the peak, you will enjoy the view of the lakes of boiling lava and get to relax at the peak of this volcano. You will spend the night in the tents on the edge of the huge crater, elevated above the dynamic lava lake.

Day 4
Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Kigali

After you are through with your untimely breakfast, you then at 7:00am begin descending from the peak of Nyiragongo to Kibat Patrol Post. Arrival at the track head is before lunch and then the head back to the lodge to have a meal and also to relax. After lunch, embark on journey from the Mikeno lodge to Kigali City. In Kigali, the driver will take you to your Kigali lodge or drop you to Kanombe Airport for your scheduled flight back home which marks the end of your safari.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Gorilla Trekking Permits
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Transport
  • Drinking bottled Water during safari
  • All included tour activities in the above itinerary

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hotel fees while in Kigali
  • International Flights and Visas
  • Kampala accomodation fees(the night after and the eve of the safari)
  • Personal expenses like Cigars, beers, tips, souvenirs, laundry services among others
  • Other extra activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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