Virunga NP camps - Nyiragongo Shelters
Nyiragongo is a beautiful volcanic mountain that features the world’s largest lava lake - a mesmerising sight that largely defies being captured by camera.
The volcano’s slopes are surprisingly well-forested and not the dry, dusty lava field that you might expect. The climb is steady but never technical and takes between 4 to 6 hours - with the whole group moving together at the pace of the slowest participant. making it a surprisingly social and bonding experience. From the rim, you can peer down into a churning lava lake and see and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava.
Although predictable and therefore safe for tourists, Nyiragongo is greatly feared during eruptions. Because of the high silica content of its lava, Nyiragongo’s lava flows are extremely fluid. During the 2002 eruption, some of Nyiragongo’s lava flows were clocked at 100 km/hr (62 mph) and reached all the way to Lake Kivu.
Altitude sickness can be an issue for some because the climb begins at 1989m (6,525 ft) and ascends to 3470m (11,382ft) in a short time. Proper hydration is the best way to adapt to the change in altitude. People prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should speak to their physicians about taking preventative measures before making the climb. Trekkers are advised to bring raincoats and cold weather gear. Rain showers are a common occurrence on the climb up during the rainy season and temperatures at the summit can dip below 0°C/32°F. Also hihly recommended is the services of a porter who will gratefully carry your pack for you in exchange for a very civilized pre-arranged renumeration (currently US$24 for the overnight trip - maximum baggage weight 15kgs).
The shelters themselves are simple but functional - warm, dry, clean and equipped with a couple of foam matresses.
Start your journey...
Speak to one of our experts with extensive experience in travel, accommodation and culture.
Visit The Congo...
There's loads more to experience in The Congo
Sample Trips involving Nyiragongo Shelters
Our experienced travellers include:
It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary. All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.
Let us help you get started:
Ready to take the first step? Fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you.