Rwanda is known as a country of a thousand hills and with 5 volcanoes.The highest mountain is called Karisimbi which 4507m above sea level.
Most of the volcanoes forming the manifest virunga mountain range chain are dormant, expect the Nyirangongo at 3, 462 and mount nyamuragira at 3063 m above sea level, in DRC . The most recent eruptions date was 2006 and January 2010. The highest mountain is called Karisimbi which 4507m above sea level, with the oldest volcano Sabyinyo at 3634m. Mount Bisoke at 3711m, Mgahinga, mikeno and muhabura volcanoes are other volcanoes within the park ranges.
CLIMBING BISOKE (3,711m )
Bisoke, like all of the peaks in the Virunga Mountain Range, is a volcano created by rift action on the forming divergent boundary of the East African Rift which is slowly bisecting the African plate. The mountain reached a height of 3,711 meters (12,175 ft) after its last eruption in 1957. Bisoke has the largest crater lake of the range.
Mt Bisoke stands at 3711m, it has the typical conic shape of a “perfect” volcano and in its crater lies a deep crater lake. The high elevation demands extra strength of climbers and the whole excursion can take between 5 hours and the whole day depending on the speed of the walk and the frequency of stops. The ascent typically takes around 3 hours.
During the climb, you will cross a series of different vegetation habitats starting with bamboo forests, then moving into Hagenia – Hypericum forest and finally moving through Senecio – Lobelia bush near the summit.
The trek starts at 07:00am from the Park’s headquarters in Kinigi from where you will be driven to the starting point of the trek. Porters can also be hired from the park headquarter at 10$ back to Kigali at around 5pm