A safari to Rwanda is considered epic if the tourist reaches the glorious Virungas as the
parent range with all the other 8 peaks with the highest being Karisimbi. The mountain
obtains its name from a Kinyarwanda word called ‘Amasimbi’ which means snow.
The summit of Karisimbi volcano is usually topped with snow especially in the dry
seasons of June, July and august. Tourists can land to cloud nine after sighting the
slushy snow that angles down on the mountain like a white blanket but it’s not only the
dazzling sight that tourists will enjoy and other safari activities with some explained
below.
Hiking Mount. Karisimbi.
Unlike a one-day hike to Bisoke, a trail to Karisimbi forces tourists to have a sleep over
in the middle of the mountain since the hike is a two-day safari to the summit. So, while
tourists get an adrenaline rush due to the hike, they will rest it off for the night and pick
up the momentum while they aim for the peak. The starting point of this hike is at the
bottom of mountain Bisoke. After 7 hours of galloping on the hard ground of the
mountain tourists will have achieved the middle of the journey and they will organize for
a rest over night at this point which is estimated to be at an altitude of about 3700m.
A new day finds the tourists at the center of the mountain to get done with their
ascension with a well deserving breakfast that will give them more energy to face their
final challenge. Time for tourists to face their fears comes in when they encounter fog,
muddy trails, strong winds whose hindrances just keep the tourists exploring to the top.
While at the top, they will enjoy the panoramic views of their neighborhood the
Volcanoes national park and later disembark down to the starting point for
approximately 6 hours of trail.
Night at middle of the mountain
A night away in the middle of a mountain is worth a try for hike addicts, while the place
is cold enough to turn water into ice, campers shouldn’t be shaken by this ambience

because while the cold moves around to feed your flesh, the warmest clothes and the
camp fire are eager to turn from master to servant.
A better place for socializing and getting to know your fellow campers is just what a
night out in Karisimbi provides, while there is no wi-fi and telephone networks, social
media gadgets are rendered useless hence all the tourists have the time to themselves
to find out about each other and the culture about Rwanda before they set off for
sleeping in their tents. While the night tries to freeze the tourists to ice, the mornings are
so loving as they are sunny and adorable. Watching the sun rise while on a mountain
will make tourists be happy as Larry because the sun rises as though its destination is
the mountain.
A memorable adventure with a night that can’t be forgotten by most tourists is the
experience gotten from mountain Karisimbi because besides dining with fellow campers
in the middle of the mountain, tourists also get panoramic views of craters of Bisoke,
Volcanoes national park, Gahinga and Mount. Muhabura.
Mount. Karisimbi hiking permits.
A passport only cannot get a tourist anywhere close to the summit of Mount Karisimbi
that’s where a hiking permit steps in. Early booking of the permits provides confidence
to the hikers that nothing can stop them from trekking on the booked day however
permits can also be accessed directly from the volcanoes national park headquarters on
the hiking date during low seasons. Tourists should note that the permits costs exclude
all the other expenses like tents, cooks who will prepare food in the mountain, porters,
accommodation, etc.
A hiking trail generally has a lot to offer ranging from the rich and beautiful green
scenery of dense forests and challenging but trekkable landscape of the mountain but a
trail into the Virungas of the cleanest country in Africa will take tourists to the moon and
make them story tellers after hiking experiences on Bisoke and Karisimbi which are part
of the Virungas. View of the magnificent mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, birds from
Hagenia forest and other wildlife species cannot miss out during this trail. And a

surprise above all surprises is that the Dian Fossey tomb is found between these two
mountains therefore tourists can complement their safaris by finding out more about this
famous gorilla shelter.
While wet seasons are for working hard, dry seasons are for traveling and hiking would
trigger a tourist and impact them greatly if it’s done between January to March and July
to October because while it’s hard to gallop on mountain slopes, it gets harder with the
presence of muddy walkways.