Wild Carpathians: to Kukul Meadows

Why this tour?

Middle-height, easily accessible and open meadows of the Kukul Ridge are very attractive for many hillwalkers, as they offer impressive panoramas of Chornohora, the highest mountain range of the Ukrainian Carpathians. From Hryhorivka Meadow and on, to Serednya, Ozirna, and Kukul Meadows, hikers enjoy the views of Hoverla and Petros mountains, and of the most part of Chornohora Range.

2 days

95 € per person

all inclusive
on request

Tour description

day 1

On the first day, we will ascend the meadows of the Kukul Ridge (10-11 km)
  • departure from Lviv (7:00)
  • transfer to Voronenka village, a starting point of the walk
  • snack break
  • ascent to Hryhorivka or Ozirna meadows
  • tent camp set up and campfire dinner

day 2

Walk across the meadows of Kukul Ridge (8-9 km)
  • breakfast
  • ascent to the summit of Kukul Mountain
  • descent through the Zakukul Meadow
  • dinner
  • return to Lviv (appr.23:00)

Price includes:

  • bus transportation
  • meals during the hike
  • guiding services

Price does not include:

  • equipment rent
  • 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 average distance of the daily walks is 8-12 km. Sections of rocky terrain may increase the complexity of the path. This tour is of moderate complexity and recommended to those who have the experience of day-long mountain walks. 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

  • Backpack for hiking (40-50L for women, 50-70L for men) with a rain cover
  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rating 0..+5 Cº)
  • Light trekking shoes and a spare pair (sandals or sneakers)
  • Socks (1 pair per day, 1 spare pair)
  • Thermal underwear (top, for spring or autumn season also bottom)
  • Light pants (long, not shorts!), for spring or autumn season wind stop pants
  • Fleece jacket or sweater, two for spring or autumn season (1 light and 1 warm)
  • Light hat (cap, buff or bucket hat); warm hat for spring or autumn season
  • Light wind stop gloves (for spring/autumn)
  • Waterproof and wind stop jacket
  • Raincoat (poncho)
  • Sitting mat with a fixing belt
  • Plastic bottle of water (1,5 L or more); a thermos for spring or autumn season
  • Individual dinner set (spoon or spork, mug, pot, knife)
  • Headlamp
  • Cellphone
  • Trekking poles
  • Personal portable first-aid kit and toiletry
  • Sunglasses
  • 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

Highlights

Vorokhta is a high altitude climatic and ski resort in the upstream Prut river. In the Vorokhta vicinity there’s Zaroslyak tourist camp, which is the usual starting point of the ascents to the highest Ukrainian peak Hoverla. Apart from the nice rural views, Vorokhta sightseeing includes an ancient Church of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin (one of the oldest Hutsul wooden churches) and XIX-century viaducts, built in the times of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
A range of the Carpathian meadows, stretching from the Voronenka passage to the Kukul Mountain: Lamparivka, Bukovyna, Hryhorivka, Serednya (Middle Meadow), Labyeska, Ozirna (Lake Meadow), Kukul, Zakukul. Most of them are used as communal grazing lands, mostly for sheep; you can see summer sheds for the shepherds and cattle. From the Hryhorivka Meadow and on, hikers enjoy the views of Chornohora and Svydovets ranges.
Kukul is the highest peak in the ridge of the same name (1540 m asl) and a popular touristic destination. During the WWI, it was the place of the intense battles; a cemetery of German soldiers and the remains of the concrete fortifications remind of these turbulent events.
Chornohora Range is the highest mountain range of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The main range stretches approximately 40 km between the rivers Chorna Tysa (Black Tysa) in the west and Chorny Cheremosh (Black Cheremosh) in the east. Chornohora possesses all the highest mountains in Ukraine, so-called «two-thousanders» (the mountains above 2000 meters asl). The Ukrainian «two-thousanders» include 6 peaks, namely Hoverla (2061 m), Brebeneskul (2036 m), Pip Ivan (2028 m), Petros (2020 m), Gutyn Tomnatyk (2016), and Rebra (2002 m). In the mid-war period, Chornohora was a state border between Czechoslovakia and Poland, who gained independence after the disintegration of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. You can still find the trenches of WWI and the burial places of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, operating on these territories during and after WWII. Now Chornohora serves as an administrative boundary between Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattya regions of Ukraine.

Accommodation

Tents (rent available).

Meals

1 day: breakfast in the restaurant, snacks for lunch, cooked camp food for dinner
2 day: cooked camp food for breakfast, snacks for lunch, dinner in the restaurant

Rules

  • 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 years should be accompanied by adults

Language

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
  • any advice regarding your stay and leisure time in Lviv — don’t hesitate to ask!

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