Featured photo of Bisoke

Bisoke is one of the Virunga volcano chain, that includes Mounts Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura. ORTPN, the national Rwandan Tourism Office organises two-day tours to Mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi.

Bisoke is quite a steep ascent, best to manage during the short or long dry season. On top the biggest crater lake of the Virunga chain can be seen unless there is too much fog... Botanically the track leads through bamboo forest, the habitat of mountain gorillas, giant lobelia or hagenia and alpine meadows.

Elevation (feet): 12,175
Elevation (meters): 3,711
Continent: Africa
Country: Rwanda/Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Range/Region: Virunga Mountains
Latitude: -1.461219
Longitude: 29.485873
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Dormant
Most recent eruption: 1957
Nearest major airport: Kigali International Airport
Convenient Center: Ruhengeri town

Thanks to Gudrun Rieger-Ndakorerwa and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

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  • Log #18068 - by Gudrun Rieger-Ndakorerwa on Feb 03, 2003
    The Parc National des Volcans is not only home to the mountain gorillas but offers fantastic eco-tourism experiences for mountaineers climbing Bisoke or Karisimbi. It's actually a steep ascent to...