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Rules for Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park

Rules for Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park, Gorilla Trekking Safari in Virunga Park Congo, Regulations for Gorilla Trekking in Virunga. All climbs begin promptly at 10:00 am. Late arrivals will not be allowed to climb and permits are non-refundable. For security reasons, there will be no exceptions. The Kibati ranger station, which is the trailhead for Nyiragongo, is approximately 30 minutes from Goma by car.

Kibati is roughly 45 minutes from Bukima Tented Camp and Mikeno Lodge by car. All climbers must check in at the Kibati station by no later than 9:15 am on the day of their climb. Climbers normally descend the volcano at between 6:30 – 7:00 am the next morning and arrive back at Kibati station by 11:30 am. If one intends to fly out of Kigali on the same day, please make sure not to schedule your departure flight before 6 pm.

Trekkers are strongly recommended to bring full rain and cold weather gear (moisture-wicking base layer, sweater or fleece, jacket, rain resistant pants, long underwear, warm socks, hat, and a 0°C/32° – rated sleeping bag).

Temperatures at the summit are regularly below freezing. Although most people reach at the summit sweating from the steep climb, this sense of warmth quickly gives way to cold. A complete alteration of base layers is a must. Failure to carry proper gear will lead to hypothermia. Please do not risk yourself and others by coming unprepared for these conditions.

All guests can organize packed meal service and gear rental for the trip at an additional charge at checkout. Packed meal service includes snacks, lunch, and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast and snacks on Day 2. Water is also included for both days. The gear set includes a sleeping bag, jacket, fleece top, hat and rain poncho.

Porters can be employed at the base of the climb to carry loads for $24 round trip (gratuity not included). The maximum weight that porters are authorized to carry is 15 kg. Porters can be arranged by speaking with a Virunga National Park ranger at the Kibati station. Nyiragongo volcano trekking permit and overnight in summit shelter goes for $ 300 for adult internationals.