Virunga is one of every travelers dream and one of the things that make it worth visiting is the active volcano in Nyiragongo. The mere thinking of a hike and in the end you are rewarded with scenery of the world’s largest Lava Lake.
The way to this summit is crowded with lots of wildlife including the chimpanzees and lots of monkey species. The Nyiragongo summit has less vegetation and has more of snow. Visitors can peer down into a churning lava lake and see and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava
Trekking to the summit of Nyiragongo begins at Kibati which is less than an hour from Goma by road and almost the same distance from Mikeno Lodge.
The treks are led by the park rangers and there are always porters to hire that can help you carry yor lagguage. It can take about 4 to 6 hours to reach the summit depending on the fitness of the group.
For people that are very fit physically it is very possible to climb and descend in one day but its not so common and therefore most groups spend a night in the shelters at the top.
The shelters are essentially two-person tents inside small wooden structures; this is not a luxury overnight!
It is important that you carry rain gear as the weather can tend to be cold and there are high chances of rain. Temperatures are usually below 0 degrees.
If you are staying at Mikeno lodge, the lodge can arrange to have your lunch packed for the trek and they have warm rain gear and other necessary equipment for hire.
The other lodges around the mountain include: Bukima Tented camp, Kibumba Tented Camp Tchegera Island tented Camp and may be Lake Kivu hotel in Goma.