Mount Karisimbi is a stratovolcano in the Virunga mountains on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is currently dormant. At 4,507meters (14,787ft), Karisimbi is the highest of the eight major mountains of the mountain range, which is part of Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African rift valley.
Karisimbi is flanked by Mikeno to the north, Bisoke to the east, and Nyiragongo to the west, on the other side of the Rift valley. Karisimbi is the 11th highest mountain in Africa.
The name Karisimbi comes from the word ‘Amasimbi’ in the local language, Kinyarwanda, which means snow. Snow can mostly be found during the dry season in June , July, and August on top of the volcano.
Between Karisimbi and Bisoke is the Karisoke research center, which was founded by Dian Fossey in order to observe the mountain gorillas living in this area.
A two days hike is a real adventure trekking through the tropical forest, camp on the slopes of an active volcano, and climbing to the summit for sunrise. Climbing Mt karisimbi is highly dependent on weather conditions. It should only be attempted in the dry season and inadvisable to climb in poor weather.