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Mountain Nyiragongo Volcano

Mountain Climbing Safaris in DR Congo, Climbing Mountain Nyiragongo Volcano in DR Congo

Located in Virunga National park at the border of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley close to the magnificent Lake kivu and the Congolese Rwandan border, Mountain Nyiragongo Volcano is an active strato volcano with a 1.2 km diameter summit caldera that includes a very vigorous vast lava lake at about 60 feet high in a lengthy sharp edged cinder cone along the crater floor.

The lava lake usually reacts pushing the lava downwards in liquid state which consists melilite, Nephelinite. There have been eruptions on this volcano for example, on 17th January 2002 the lava lake busted through various cracks along the western side which led to uncertain deaths of many people as well as destruction of property hence leading to massive displacements i.e about 200,000 people left Goma town.

Two other candid cinder cones i.e Shaheru and Baratu also erupt in case of any occurrence of an eruption. The lave that flows from these is not harmful to humans due to its low silica content.  On the inclines of the volcano is thick green forest vegetation that acts as a home to various wildlife animals for example chimpanzee, monkeys and bush bucks etc. When at the top of the volcano you will spot the magnificent vigorous lava lake with hot gases spewing out of the rupturing molten lava.

Mountain Nyiragongo in Congo

How to Get to the Top of Mountain Nyiragongo Volcano in Virunga National Park Congo

The more physically fit the group is the faster it is to hike and reach the top of volcano and the whole process of hiking begins at the famous Kibati Patrol post which requires an hour’s drive from Mikeno Lodge in Rumangabo and 30 minutes from the populated town of Goma.

This takes 4-6 hours and we recommend every one to pack enough bottled drinking water and if you have acute mountain sickness please inform your physician who will give you preventive measures to help you out. The following gear should be carried while preparing to go hiking the mt Nyirgongo Volcano.

  • Rain jacket
  • Sweater
  • Long pants (not jeans)
  • Warm socks
  • A 0°C/32°- rated sleeping bag
  • Cap/hat

here are 12 summit shelters with two single beds for laying on sleeping bags for resting after a long day of hiking and trailing through thick forest vegetation, rocks and the accommodation is cleared when paying for the hiking permits.

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