General distance to walk: 53 km
Tour duration: 4 days
Start/finish: Bystrytsia village, Stara Huta village
Staying overnights: tents
Best season to make a trip: May – September
Starting dates to join a group tour: 29 June, 26 August 2013
Please inquire about other dates.
Gorgany Mountains is considered to be the wildest region in the Ukraine. Nature is enormously untouched. The environment here is almost the purest in the whole Carpathians. The mountains of this region are of rock, sandstone, what makes them rather interesting to trek. Simultaneously, Gorgany is the least accessible part of the Ukrainian Carpathians. It is hard to reach because of its very steep slopes and stony mountains strewn with boulders, called “gorgany” by local people. That is why this unique area forms the Gorgany Natural Reserve.This trek is focused on the highest ridge of Gorgany, including Syvulia Mountain (1818 m – the highest peak of this region). You will explore the wild pine forests and green valleys, rocky ridges and peaks; taste the purest water.
We will stay for the nights in tents, camping on the valleys with springs and enough wood to make a fire. In case, if the weather will be rainy and it will be difficult to make a fire from the wet wood, we will cook on gas stoves.
Going by mini-bus to Bystrytsia. Making a camp at the end of the village Bystrytsia. Cooking on fire.
Hiking via the Legions' Pass, Tavpishyrka ridge to the meadow Rushchyna (stay for a night).
It is an easy day to walk. We have to come nearer to the ascent on the highest mountain in Gorgany – Velyka Syvulia Mountain. We will hike to the meadow Rushchyna (a good place for making camp, as we will have water and plain locations to lay a tent)
via Legions' Pass and Tavpishyrka ridge. All the time we will walk by the well-marked dirt road and path. You will watch the picturesque views from the Tavpishyrka ridge on the whole Gorgany.
Distance to walk: 22 km.
Overfall of the height: 810 m.
Short characteristic of the day route: the well-marked dirt road and path
Approximate time of the walk: 9 hours
Hiking via Mala Syvulia Mountain (1818 m.), Velyka Syvulia mountain (1836 m.), Lopushna Mountain (1694 m.), Borevka Mountain (1596), pasture Pohar, Mala Borevka mountain, Ihrovets Mountain (1804 m.), Vysoka Mountain (1803 m.) and camping on meadow Serednya
We begin our ascent from the meadow Rushchyna via Mala Syvulia Mountain to Velyka Syvulia Mountain (the highest mountain in Gorgany). It will take us about two hours and a half. While walking along the ridge, we will watch the remains of trenches of the period of the First World. We will slope a little to the pasture Pohar and then again ascent via Mala Borevka Mountain on Ihrovets
Mountain. You will watch splendid views on the whole Gorgany. Today we will make our camp on the meadow Serednya (water and plain places for the tents).
Distance to walk: 19 km.
Overfall of the height: 2060 m.
Short characteristic of the day route: well-marked path from the meadow Rushchyna via the ridge to the Serednya meadow.
Approximate time of the walk: 8 hours
Sloping to Stara Huta village from the meadow Serednya. Departure to Lviv.
While camping on the Serednya meadow, you will watch the views on the whole ridge and peaks, we were hiking today. If the trip is made in July-August, You will have a chance to taste Carpathian bilberries when sloping via the meadow Serednya to the village Stara Huta.
Distance to walk: 12 km.
Overfall of the height: 641 m.
Short characteristic of the day route: sloping from Serednya to Stara Huta village by the dirt road along the river.
Approximate time of the walk: 5 hours
The tour price is 1950 UAH per person for group of three and more people. Solo tourists can either join the group or make their own tour.
The price includes:
- transportation from Lviv to the Carpathians and back by mini-bus;
- food during the trip;
- guide fee;
To reserve the tour please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying:
- your name and surname, country;
- how many people you are;
- contact phone number and e-mail;
- the name of the tour;
- starting date,
After the confirmation, we'll ask you to pay a deposit – 400 UAH per person. The rest you can pay upon the arrival.
Please, check what to take with you in a mountain trip.
The tour starts from Lviv, but alternative pick up places could be arranged.
We could offer you to stay a few days after the tour in Lviv. And here you can find information about the hotels, apartments and hostels.