Mountain Gorilla Trek

About this Trek

High on the bucket list of many travelers is a visit to Virunga’s endangered mountain gorillas. Around one third of the world’s population of mountain gorillas live in the lush volcanic forests of Virunga’s gorilla sector and it is here that guests can come face to face with these magnificent creatures.

Practical Information

All treks are led by Virunga Rangers and local pisteurs who are responsible for the daily monitoring of Virunga’s ten habituated gorilla groups. Treks usually require 1-2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain.

To safeguard the health of Virunga’s gorillas, visitors will be provided with surgical masks to wear when in the presence of the gorillas. As mountain gorillas are susceptible to human illness, we do ask that if guests are feeling unwell at the time of the scheduled trek that they cancel and/or rebook. The age restriction for visiting mountain gorillas is 15 years and older.


During the day the temperature averages 75 degrees F / 24 degrees C.

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • T-shirt
  • Long pants
  • Walking/hiking boots
  • Long socks
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera