The Ascent to the Crater Lake of Bisoke Volcano
Begin your day with an early morning transfer to the park headquarters for a 7:00 am briefing. The trek starts from the RDB offices in Kinigi and your driver-guide will take you to the starting point. At the park headquarters, you will receive a briefing about the expectations for the hike and what to be aware of. After the briefing, you’ll be taken to the trailhead where your hiking guide will lead the way.
The hike to Mt Bisoke, which stands at 3711m above sea level, is steep and challenging at some points, so porters are available to help carry your daypack and support you on the descent. You’ll be joined by a group of hikers and escorted by armed soldiers as a precaution against encountering dangerous wildlife. The ascent is not too steep at first, but the vegetation is thick. Take your time and pace yourself, keeping in mind the beautiful crater lake that awaits you at the summit.
The hike to the crater lake takes anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on your fitness level. Once you reach the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of the crater lake and the border with DR Congo. Take in the breathtaking views and enjoy a snack before beginning your descent, which is typically faster but can be slippery. The porters will assist you on the way down to make sure you make it safely.