At around 9.30am we finally reached the summit of Karasimbi (4507m). It was a perfect day and with reasonably good visibility we got some great summit pics with our team.
Feeling the altitude we made slow progress to the summit. We finally emerged from the thick vegetation to a relatively straight forward final ascent to the summit, which was characterised by a lot of loose rock and fine volanic ash.
The summit does unfortunately have a huge Radio/TV antenna on top, but the views were amazing.
We had fantastic views of Muhabura, which is an extinct volcano on the border between Rwanda and Uganda.
At 4,127 m, Muhabura is the third highest of the eight major mountains of the mountain range, which is a part of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Muhabura lies partly in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and partly in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda.
We decided to have a proper breakfast and Michele our cook made us a great omelette with some toast and a cup of coffee (hot chocolate for Josh).
At around 6am we started our ascent towards the summit, which was about an hour later than planned. However, the weather looked perfect and we had plenty of time to get back down the mountain.
The ascent proved to be very steep and at times the trail went through very thick jungle. From around 4000m we started to feel the altitude and decided to pace our selves accordingly.
Update to follow.
After a late start around 11am we eventually reached the Karisimbi camp situated at 3659m. We covered the 8,8km and 1200m of ascent in around 4 and half hours with some long breaks along the way.
We trekked through some very thick jungle surrounded by stunning scenery. So far it has been a very good day and we are excited about our summit attempt tomorrow.
Josh and I are on our way to climb Rwanda’s highest volcano Karisimbi. We have a team made up of a park guide, cook and porters and have a 9km hike to our high camp at 3700m.
Updates to follow.
Today Josh and I climbed the Bisoke Volcano (3700m) which included a very direct route straight up the volcano with 1220m of ascent. We were rewarded with some spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes and country side.
We were escorted by park rangers armed with AK-47 rifles (supposedly to protect us against Buffalo and Elephant).
I have to say it was a lot more difficult than we expected, but the scenery was spectacular.
We are now on our way back to our lodge for a good shower and a rest.