Incredible Borzhava: Velykyy Verkh — Shypit Waterfall

Why this tour?

Polonyna Borzhava is one of the largest mountain ranges in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It stretches between the rivers Vicha, Borzhava and Rika in the Transcarpathian region. The landscapes here are very distinctive, being defined by their rhythmic structure and velvety terrain covered with grass and bilberry bushes. A one-day hike here is an easy and enjoyable walk. Borzhava has some of the most picturesques vistas in the Ukrainian Carpathians.

1 day

50 € per person

all inclusive
 07.12

Tour description

  • departure from Lviv (7:00)
  • ascent to Borzhava range from the Volovets pass
  • snack break
  • ascent to the summit of Velykyy Verkh Mountain (1598 m asl)
  • descent to the Shypit Waterfall
  • snack break
  • return to Lviv (appr. 22:00)

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 16 km. Sections of rocky terrain may 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 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

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.
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. Velykyy Verkh, together with a nearby Hymba Mountain, is the main destination for paragliders in the Carpathians.
The old cheese dairy is an abandoned building where the sheep breeders used to make cheese. There is a spring nearby, therefore it is a popular spot for overnight camping.
Play mountain is one of the peaks of the Borzhava Range (1330 m asl). On the summit, there is a television transmitter and a functioning meteorological station. The impressive panoramas of Temnatyk Mountain (1344 m asl) to the northwest and Velykyy Verkh Mountain (1598 m asl) to the southeast open from the summit.
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.

Meals

Two snack breaks.

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.

Video from the previous walk:

7 May 2016

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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