Incredible Borzhava: through and through

Why this tour?

In three days, we will walk through Borzhava Range, from the Vovchyy village to the Pryslip mountain pass. On this 45 km route, we will ascend 10 summits of the Borzhava mountain group, including Stiy, the highest peak of this mountain group. Borzhava stands out from the other Carpathian ranges due to its velvety slopes covered with dark-green bilberry bushes. The symmetrical cone-shaped mountains of the Borzhava range stretch for many kilometers, making its characteristic vistas recognisable at the first sight.

3 days

109 € per person

all inclusive
 20-22.09
 04-06.10

Tour description

day 1

On the first day, we’ll do a relaxed 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

Ascend to the summits of Stiy and Velykyy Verkh mountains and the following descent to Magura Mountain (14 km)
  • breakfast
  • ascend to the summit of Stiy Mountain
  • ascend to the summit of Velykyy Verkh Mountain
  • snack break
  • ascend to the summit of Magura Mountain
  • tent camp set up and campfire dinner

day 3

On this day, we’ll walk in the lowest part of Borzhava, and through the Pryslop pass descend to Tyushka village (16 km)
  • breakfast
  • ascending the summits of Hrab, Shyrokyy Verkh, Kychera, Kruhla, Zvir mountains
  • snack break
  • descent to Tyushka village
  • departure
  • 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 45 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

The Borzhava Mountain Valley is a massif on the Polonynsky range in Ukrainian Carpathians between the rivers Vicha, Borzhava, Ripynka and Rika. It is located within Volovets, Mizhgirya, Svalyava, Irshava and, partly, Khust district of Transcarpathian region. Borzhava is the longest mountain valley in the region (about 50 km). It is covered with grass and bilberry bushes, and in the lower part  — with beech virgin forests.
The Stiy Mountain is the highest peak of the Borzhava mountain valley massif, located on the southwest spur of the range (1681 m asl). Rosishnyy national reserve lies on the western slopes. There is a cirque  — a half-open hollow, formed by glacial erosion, on the northen mountainside. In the Soviet period the military radar station was located on the mountain top, later it was demounted.
Velykyy Verkh is a peak in the Borzhava massif (1598 m asl). It is located at the boundary of Volovets and Mizhgirya districts of Transcarpathian region, on the south-east of Volovets village. From the peak one can see the whole randge extending as a huge arc from the southwest to the northwest. Shypit Waterfall is situated on the east.
Mahura (Zhyde) (or Zhyd-Mahura) is one of the peaks of the Borzhava mountain group in the Ukrainian Carpathians (1517 m asl). It is located on the boundary of Svalyava and Mizhgirya districts of Transcarpathian region, westward of Bukovets village. There is a stone near the mountain, covered with ancient petroglyphs (inscriptions). The origin and meaning of these petroglyphs is unknown.
Hemba (Hymba) is a mountain in the Ukrainian Carpathians, one of the peaks of the Borzhava mountain group (1491 m asl). Hymba summit has domed, crescent-like shape. Hymba is a popular centre of active sports: there is a ski resort on its slopes; it is also a favourite destination for paragliders and downhill riders.
Pryslip Mountain Pass is located between Tyushka i Lysychovo villages, on the boundary of Mizhgirya and Irshava districts of Transcarpathian region. Mountain passes in the Carpathians are often called «pryslip» («pryslop»), («pereslop»): it is a generic local name for a mountain pass, as well as «hook» is a generic name for a waterfall. There is an old stone cross to mark the pass.

Accommodation

Tents (available for rent).

Meals

1 day: snacks for lunch, cooked camp food for dinner
2 day: cooked camp food for breakfast and dinner, snacks for lunch
3 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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