Incredible Borzhava: Stiy — Velykyy Verkh

Why this tour?

Borzhava Range is regarded as the most picturesque destination in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It is also one of the easiest terrains for hill walking. During a two-day tour to Borzhava, you’ll also discover fascinating objects of historical heritage: the remains of the former Soviet military base and the radiolocation station at the Stiy Mountain are the attractions of this route. In the last decades of USSR, the radar station controlled the airspace over Eastern Europe. The final stop of the walk is by the beautiful Shypit Waterfall. Total route length is 30 km.

2 days

98 € per person

all inclusive
 20-21.06.20
 05-06.09.20

Tour description

day 1

On the first day, we leisurely ascend to camp for the night at the foot of Stiy Mountain (14 km)
  • departure from Lviv (7:00)
  • transfer to Vovchyy village
  • trout farm visit
  • snack break
  • ascent to the foot of Stiy Mountain
  • tent camp set up and campfire dinner

day 2

Ascent to the summits of Stiy and Velykyy Verkh mountains and the following descent to the Shypit Waterfall (16 km)
  • breakfast
  • ascent to the summit of Stiy Mountain
  • ascent to the summit of Velykyy Verkh Mountain
  • snack break
  • descent to the Shypit Waterfall
  • return to Lviv (appr. 21:00)

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 total length of the route is 30 km; sections of rocky terrain will increase the complexity 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 common 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

Polonyna Borzhava is a mountain range in the Ukrainian Carpathians, which lies between the rivers of Vicha, Borzhava, Ripynka and Rika in the Transcarpathian region. It has the longest woodless mountain meadows in Transcarpathia, stretching for about 50 km. Borzhava is mostly covered with grass and bilberry bushes, which creates the characteristic velvety appearance of its slopes and makes it a favourite destination for berry foraging from July till September.
Stiy is the highest mountain of the Borzhava Range on its southwest, part of its territory belongs to a protected wildlife sanctuary (1681 m asl). On the northern slopes you can see a big post-glacial cirque. During Soviet times, there was a military radiolocation station on the summit, which was later demolished.
Velykyy Verkh (in Ukrainian, the Big Peak) is one of the mountains of the Borzhava Range (1598 m asl). The summit is a great viewpoint with the panorama of the whole range stretching from southeast to northwest in the form of a huge bow. Velyky Verkh, together with a nearby Hymba Mountain, is the main destination for paragliders in the Carpathians.
Shypit Waterfall is one of the most popular and attractive falls in the Ukrainian Carpathians, with its 5 cascades and the height of 14 m. It is an easy-accessible place, therefore it could be a crowded place during the high season. The place is also famous for the informal festival of alternative music, which takes place annually in the beginning of June.

Accommodation

Tents (available for rent).

Meals

1 day: snacks for lunch, cooked camp food for dinner
2 day: cooked camp food for breakfast, snacks for lunch. There is an option to stop for dinner in the restaurant on the way back (this meal is not included in the price).

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

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