Bisoke volcano is sometimes identified as Visoke stands with a height of 3700m in the Parc De Volcanoes and one of the “a thousand hills”. Hiking the upland is an adventurous and most popular activity after the
gorillas and golden monkeys owing to the moderate height of daily challenge ranging from 5-6hours depending on the pace. Hiking here is worthwhile engagement as it offers the distinctive conic shape of a
“perfect” volcano with a deep Crater Lake in its crater, beautiful scenery with views of the lavish Virungas and surrounding undulating backdrops. While at the top of the volcano, you experience a fog experience marvel at one of the beautiful crater and lake of the Virunga ranges (Bisoke) with an estimated 400 meters of diameter 100 meters depth well placed at the summit.
Despite the fact that hiking is only for hours- day depanding on the pace and frequency of sojourns, the elevation is deemed demanding extra strength of climbers due to a tough hike and a challenge for the
amateur, non-experienced and first-timers, therefore endurance and steady fitness is relied on to conquer the muddy trials till the climax of the strenuous encounter. On the other had the proficient hikers may
find it an easy feat using between 2-3 hours to reach the summit.
Hiking trail starts at about 2700m meters above sea level, moving for about 15 minutes through the local farmlands communities residing at the fringes later into the different vegetation zones along the volcano
ranging from a bantam bamboo stretching up to 2800m where you traverse the Hagenia Hypericum and Sub-alpine of Senecio – Lobelia up to 3200m before hitting the bare rock and crater at the summit. Each vegetation zonation shall be identified with clear disparity from the proceeding or former as the lower vegetation is thick abundance of stinging nettles that evident clearing occurs as you ascend up with sparse distribution with rocky outcrops easing hike.
The lower zones possess thick vegetation and softer grounds which pose the bigger challenge due to the mud with lots of itchy vicious riles from minor contact with your skin. This calls for occasional halts to
rest and refresh with magnificent scenery all around, unique mountain wildlife as forest Elephants, Buffaloes and lucky encounter gorillas and golden monkeys where glimpse of less than 03 minutes is allowed with no acts of photograph, what magical experience and booster. After the recaps the adventure continues getting to flat topped summit with a big Crater of Bisoke.
The Activity starts very early with fresh minds and energetic bodies but as the day goes exhaustion and dehydration sets in thus one is advised to always seek services of the porter in the expedition as the light
back parks may tend to become heavier and heavier for every step restraining your zeal to climb fast with minimum oxygen supply. Therefore out any load you get extra support of the porters dragging uphill or supporting you from the back past the lianas and muddy ways till you attain climax where you are soaked into fog above the clouds.