Mount Karisimbi


Mount Karisimbi


Mount Karisimbi situated in Rwanda in Volcanoes park at the border of Congo and Rwanda is among the renowned Virunga volcanic ranges standing on an elevation of 4,507 meters above water level making it among the African mountain ranges with very best of the eight Virunga massif volcanoes and therefore the 11th highest among Africa mountains.

Mount Karisimbi

Mount Karisimbi
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

The name Karasimbi was derived from an area Kinyarwanda word for Amasimbi to mean “snow” the locals named it that way due to the snow which will be seen at its top even during the dry months of the year, mount Karasimbi is additionally one among the 2 mountains the famous American primatologist derived the name of her institute from called Karisoke research institute.

Mount Karasimbi provides stunning views of most of the opposite Virunga ranges, the highest possesses a crater referred to as “Mutango” which has over 100 cones connected to Kivu . The Karasimbi lavas are said to be dating from 0.24Ma to 0.010 meaning the volcano is extremely young. Mount Karasimbi is characterized by dense forests, exotic plants and volcanic cores at the summit,

Hiking mount Karasimbi takes two days, the first-day tourists will ascend to a few ,700 meters above water level and camp then continuing hiking subsequent day to the summit and descend that very day. In 1908 an expedition led by Von Egon Krischkstein led to the death of 20 porters as they were coming down from Branca crater thanks to a hail and snow storm. While climbing mount Karasimbi, tourists can spot golden monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, and blue monkeys among other primates or can even be lucky to ascertain a Gorilla gorilla beringei though likelihood is that less.

when to visit

The best time of visiting mount Karasimbi is during the season from June to September and February to December, during this point tourists can have excellent views and also not get disrupted by rain, within the wet season is tough because the rocks become slippery. When visiting mount Karasimbi, tourists will got to wear warm clothing’s as temperatures can reach 0° at the summit early mornings, good hiking boots, insect repellents, jackets, energy snacks, socks and gloves among others.

African Mountain ranges

Tourist hiking mount Karasimbi also can include gorilla trekking together of their activities, trekking mountain gorillas is one among the foremost sought activities in gorilla permits cost $1500 in Rwanda per person. As soon as tourists find a Gorilla gorilla beringei family they’re always given a period of 1 hour to watch the gorillas. Volcanoes park where mount Karasimbi is found boasts with over 100 species of birds a number of which are endemic to the Albertine region a number of the birds you’ll see are; spur winged lapwing, Grey-backed fiscal, African osprey and lots of more.

Tourists who need porters to assist carry their luggage pays an additional cost of $20 per person to assist them, mount Karisimbi are often climbed from Volcanoes National park in Rwanda or Virunga park in Congo, with a lot of accommodation lapalme, Muhabural hotel, five volcanoes hotel, Sabinyo Silverback hotel


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