The Mysteries of Skolivski Beskydy: the ridge of Kliuch Mountain

Why this tour?

The ridge of Kliuch mountain is not as high as the other mountain ranges in Skolivski Beskydy, and for that reason it is sometimes considered as not a too attractive destination for the experienced hillwalkers. Which might be true if you don’t know what to look for: the place is full of exciting geological sites. The lengthy but easy walk will lead you to Polyanytske Lake, the picturesque tectonic canyon-like rift, and rocky groups nicknamed Stonehenge and Easter Island. The ridge is also known as a WWI battle place.

1 day

39 € per person

all inclusive

Tour description

  • departure from Lviv (7:00)
  • transfer to Trukhaniv village
  • ascent to Kliuch Mountain ridge
  • Polyanytske Lake
  • Stonehedge rocky group
  • canyon at the Upper Kamyanka river
  • The Memorial to the Legion Ukrainian Sich Riflemen
  • snack break
  • ascent to the summit of Klyuch Mountain (927 m asl)
  • Easter Island rocky group
  • descent to the valley of the Kamyanka river (optionally, a visit to the waterfall and Polyanytske Lake)
  • return to Lviv (appr. 21:00)

Price includes:

  • bus transportation
  • meals during the hike
  • guiding services

Price does not include:

  • extra drinks and meals
  • travel insurance

Special terms

The program of the tour is designed for physically healthy people who are interested in outdoor activities. The length of the route is 18 km, which in combination with snow will increase the difficulty of the path. This tour is of moderate complexity. During the tour, everybody carries his/her own backpack with personal equipment and a share of food supply for the group.

Higher in the mountains, the temperature may be significantly lower than that at the foothills, and strong winds may occur. Unpredictable weather changes are possible, too.

The guide reserves the right to make changes in the program depending on the weather or the condition of the participants.

Recommended Equipment

  • Light backpack for hiking (daypack) with a rain cover
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Warm socks (and a spare pair)
  • Thermal underwear (both top and bottom)
  • Wind stop and waterproof pants and jacket
  • 2 Fleece jackets or sweaters (1 light and 1 warm)
  • Warm hat and buff
  • 2 pairs of gloves, a light and a warm pair (waterproof and wind stop)
  • Sitting mat with a fixing belt
  • Thermos with hot tea
  • Headlamp
  • Cellphone
  • Trekking poles
  • Personal portable first-aid kit
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Set of clothes for transfers during the tour (shoes, socks, underwear, outerwear): please mind that the clothes after hiking may be wet or dirty


The Kliuch ridge — is not very high (927 m), but is well-known as a WWI battle place. There are also many interesting geological sites, such as picturesque rock groups and outcrops.
Polyanytske Lake — is a picturesque and easily accessible, but not a very well-known lake. It is a local hydrological site of interest, located in the Polyanytsky Regional Landscape Park.
A tectonic canyon-like fault — is an interesting geological site near the top of Kliuch Mountain. It does not have a river flowing in the bottom and therefore can be easily accessed and viewed. The fault sometimes reaches 5-7 meters deep and has a form of the Latin letter Y.
The Memorial to the Legion Ukrainian Sich Riflemen — was erected on the burial place of the Ukrainian soldiers who fought in WWI on the side of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and were killed in the battle in November 1914. The community of Trukhaniv village takes care of the Memorial.
Picturesque rock outcrops cover the slopes of the Kliuch ridge. The most famous rock groups were nicknamed Stonehenge and Easter Island by tourists. There also a few small grottos among the rocks.


Snack breaks.


  • No alcohol during the active walking part of the tour
  • Please stick to the tour schedule and do keep up with the group
  • Do not litter and take your waste with you
  • Children under 16 should be accompanied by adults


English / German / Polish, and Ukrainian with consecutive interpretation to the aforementioned languages.

Additional information:

If you want to spend some time in Lviv and arrive before the tour, we are glad to offer the following services:
  • transfer from the railway station or airport
  • booking accommodation in hotels
  • guided tours
  • advice regarding your stay and leisure time in Lviv — don’t hesitate to ask!

Video from the previous walk:

2 April 2016