Nyiragongo could re-open soon
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2011 5:58 AM Last Post By: christophinoz
Aug 5, 2009 6:58 AM
Nyiragongo could re-open soonI wanted to say that yesterday I got an update from Kennedy, who leads treks up Nyiragongo, with an update on the situation. He says that the ICCN is expected to re-open the volcano for trekking shortly--precisely when, he doesn't know. But apparently they opened gorilla trekking again last month.
Kennedy can be reached at +256757154243.
I'm going to be in Kisoro on Aug. 18, after a gorilla trek, and am keeping my fingers crossed. Anyone who's going to be in the area around that time and is interested in trekking the volcano, respond here or PM me.
Aug 11, 2009 9:41 AM
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Sep 19, 2009 10:15 AM
3Kennedy's company is awesome, I used him last year when I climbed Nyiragongo. Check the following video, a little taste of what to expect when u get to the top ;-) Nyuragongo Video
Sep 20, 2009 11:40 PM
Sep 24, 2009 6:40 AM
Sorry don't check this too often, I posted this last year when I was over there and I'm not sure if Kennedy still charges the same $$. Anyway here is the info I posted before, hope it helps u out!:
All up it cost me $250, $200 if you are in a group 3 or more, the following is what is included:
-All transport from your guest house
-Tent, sleeping bag and mattress
-ICCN national park fee ($100)
-Guide that takes u through all check points and borders.
What is not included:
-Porters and rangers tips
It is expensive however I found that it was well worth it, I stayed in Ginsenyi and Emmaunel (guide) picked me up from my guest house @ 0900 (you have the option of staying in Goma however be warned accommodation and food is pretty expensive on that side). @ 0910 he took me through all border check points and went into Goma to collect tent and equipment and food. @1030 arrived at ICCN HQ organised for 2 x porters and 2 x armed rangers and began our trek up the mountain. @1600 arrived at the top. Stayed the night and commenced down the mountain @0600, got down to HQ by 0800.
Just bewarned that if you go around this time your bound to experience short rains, bring good shoes because the loose shale and volcanic rock is very slippery. Also bring a first aid kit, I slipped and cut my hand badly, rangers ended up using grounded leafs to seal my wound and tied it off with a strip of rags. Bring warm clothes as it gets pretty cold at the top, and your own sleeping bag (no offence to Kennedy but his sleeping bag wasn't the best for freezing temps).
You have the option of organizing all this yourself, u can bring all your own equipment from Ginsenyi, go through border checks and pick up a taxi from the Congo side into Goma.
At Goma you can organize for a Taxi to take you through check points and to ICCN HQ where u pay $100 for the park fees and try to haggle with how many porters and rangers to take. You will also need to organize with the driver to pick u up the next morning to take u back to Goma or the Rwandan border.
You may save some $$ organizing this yourself however I was glad that I had one of the guys from Hakunnamatata to guide me through everything.
Sep 24, 2009 7:30 AM
6Thanks for the info, IslandTrekker; it's really helpful. I'm planning to go sometime next year, when the volcano will hopefully be re-opened, and will definitely bring a first-aid kit and my own sleeping bag!
When I was in Uganda to Rwanda a few weeks ago, I met a guy named Arthur who works with Kennedy and also leads tours in Congo and up Nyiragongo. If you have trouble getting email response from Kennedy / Hakuna Matata (I don't know how often he has access to the Internet), try Arthur:
For a small fee, Arthur took me from Kisoro, Uganda (where I'd trekked gorillas) to Ruhengeri, Rwanda, where I could catch a bus onward to Kigali. He is fantastic: great English (he's Ugandan), really seems to know the area and knows how to organize transport, hotels, buses, etc.
I'm going to contact him about climbing the volcano when I go back.
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