Explore Mount Bisoke Rwanda : Hiking to the Two Crater Lakes

Hike & Trek Mount Bisoke Volcano in Rwanda & learn about its 1891 & 1957 eruptions. Challenges await with a 7-8 hours round trip, a perfect conic summit & crater lake!

Mount Bisoke Volcano Hike and Visoke Volcano trek Rwanda costs 75USD a hiking permit. Trekking to crater lakes is 7 -8 hours round trip.

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What does the word “Bisoke” mean?
Relating to two crater lakes at the summit, Bisoke is Swahili name that means water.

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Mount Bisoke Volcano Hike

Mount Bisoke Volcano HikeFound in Rwanda, Bisoke is the easiest Volcanic Mountain to hike and Trek in the Virunga ranges.

Both registration and briefing for climbing begin at 7:30 am at RDB offices of Volcanoes park in Kinigi .

When did Mount Bisoke last erupt?

In Volcanoes National Park, Bisoke seats and stands at 3700m, with typical conic shape of a “perfect” volcano with a deep crater lake.

Two eruptions of Bisoke occurred in 1891 and 1957 concurrently

How long does a hike up Mount Bisoke take?
Hiking Bisoke is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for hikers who are physically fit. Bisoke Hike is simply a 6 hours hike including 2 hours descending down.

Experienced hikers get to the top of this mountain in 3 hours and descend to the base in 1 hour.

A long the way during Mount Visoke Volcano Hike, you will cross a series of different vegetation habitats.

Starting with bamboo forests, you will encounter Hagenia – Hypericum forest and finally Senecio – Lobelia bush near the summit with spectacular crater lake.

Hikers for Bisoke Volcano climbing adventure report at the park headquarters in Kinigi at 7:00 am for briefing and registration.

The park rangers are usually natives of the Volcanoes national park vicinity and thus very knowledgeable about the mountain adventures.

Mount Bisoke Volcano Hike Trails

On Mount Bisoke, there are two mountain climbing and trekking trails and which include the following:

Mount Bisoke Crater Lake trail

This train entails climbing to the volcano’s summit where you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the largest crater lake in the Virunga highlands and stunning surroundings.

This is undoubtedly Rwanda’s favourite and Volcanoes National Park’s most popular hiking trail.

How long is the hike to Crater Lake, and what can you anticipate seeing along the way?
The entire hike lasts roughly 6 hours, including the 4 hours of ascent to the summit and the 2 hours of descent.

Depending on fitness level, pace or day’s weather and prior hiking experience, it may be more or less.

With this trail, Mountain hikers and climbers in good physical condition can reach the top in two hours or less.

However, less seasoned and unfit hikers need up to six hours as Bisoke hike fitness is essential.

The climb is actually designed to be shorter to avoid the unpredictable weather.

How to get ready for the Bisoke Trek 

The hike’s greatest payoff is the breathtaking Crater Lake, the opportunity to see the stunning mountain fauna.

A long the way you will see numerous species of trees, plants and bushes specific to virunga Mountains

More so you will see volcanic cones such as Karisimbi, Nyiragongo and Mikeno (all in Congo) plus Gahinga not forgetting Sabyinyo and Muhavura.

The trip offers hikers breathtaking views of the Virunga mountain range as well and the greatest opportunity is the potential for gorilla sightings throughout the paths during the hike.

Hikers can catch a brief glimpse of gorillas for few minutes as this privilege belongs to gorilla trekking participants

Lake Ngezi Hiking Trail

It is 4 hours  hike overall depending on the hiking pace. Note that Lake Ngezi hiking trail is a more quicker adventure than the crater lake trail.

Around 11 kilometres from the top, Lake Ngezi is a result of an eruption in 1957 and has a view of Mt Gahinga.

Ngezi trail is also a birding watching and nature walk trail, where one spends an entire day documenting numerous bird species and other wildlife.

Unlike crater lake hike, you may move slowly along this track, giving you ample opportunity to see wildlife.

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At 8:00am the adventure begins with Porters carrying your baggage and you can hire these at the hike starting point.

Current the park entry fees for Mount Bisoke Hike is at USD$ 75 per person and this is inclusive of the Game ranger fees .

You can purchase the hiking permit with credit card on the day of the trek from the parks headquarters.

How to book Mount Bisoke Volcano Hike

Mount Bisoke Crater Lake HikeTo avoid any inconveniences and missing out on the slots, most trekkers book and purchase the trekking permits online in advance.

How much does a hike up Bisoke cost?
First, each hiker needs a $75 hiking Bisoke permit which is processed online by RDB on visit Rwanda website.

The 75 USD cover all the Volcanoes National Park entrance price or game ranger fees and the Mount Bisoke hiking permit it’ self.

But the fee excludes porter fees, tips or any form of gratuities to game rangers, guides and hiking sticks.

Booking of slots for the hike goes through fully registered Rwanda Tour operators such as katona tours and travel.

These are the only entities that purchase permit on behalf of the trekkers.

Let us help you to organise Mount Bisoke Volcano Hike Tour and Mount Visoke Crater Lake hike.

Visit our cheap 1 Day Mt. Bisoke Volcano hiking itinerary for guidance or booking. On the above Tour, we cater for transportation to and from the park plus a hiking permit.

We also give you bottled drinking water for the hike and a hot meal at the end of the hike.

Book this Tour at info@katonatours.com or jaquka@yahoo.com , otherwise send Whats app on+256774161700




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