Wild Carpathians: Chornohora in full bloom

Why this tour?

The Carpathian Mountains are welcoming habitats for many unique plants and animals. Carpathian Rhododendron is one of the local species, and its blossom is perhaps the most spectacular natural phenomenon here. In the beginning of June, masses of bright pink bloom cover the slopes of the mighty Chornohora Range. We are heading to enjoy this view near Shpytsi Mountain, which is surrounded by the picturesque cliffs and rocks. Impressive locations make this tour a perfect opportunity for avid photographers and nature lovers.

2 days

99 € per person

all inclusive
on request

Tour description

day 1

On the first day, we will ascend to Shpytsi («Needles») Mountain across Maryshevska Meadow (8 km)
  • departure from Lviv (7:00)
  • ascent from «Zaroslyak» tourist camp to the Maryshevska Meadow
  • camping snack
  • further ascent to Shpytsi Mountain
  • campfire dinner
  • night in the tent camp

day 2

Walk across the Chornohora Range (11 km)
  • breakfast
  • walk to Lake Nesamovyte
  • camping snack
  • descent to «Zaroslyak» tourist camp
  • return to Lviv (appr.22:00)

Price includes:

  • bus transportation
  • Carpathian national park entrance fee
  • meals during the hike
  • guide 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

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 posesses 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.
Carpathian Rhododendron (Latin name: Rhododéndron myrtifólium) is an evergreen shrub 10-40 centimeters high, with dark-green stiff leaves and delicate pink flowers. It grows in the high altitudes in the Carpathian mountains, in particular around Chornohora, Marmarosy, Chyvchyn and Svydovets ranges. The blossom period is in June. It is included into Ukrainian Red Book of Rare and Endangered Species.
Shpytsi Mountain (1863 m asl) is one of the peaks of the Chornohora mountain range with the rocky slopes surrounded by impressive series of cliffs 20-50 meters high. The cliffs remind spikes or needles, hence the name of the place.
Lake Nesamovyte or «Fierce» in Ukrainian, is one of the highest glacial lakes of the Ukrainian Carpathians, located 1750 m asl. The lake is relatively small and shallow, with the length of 88 m and the depth of only 1-1,5 m. Nonetheless, it has a notorious reputation; one of the local legends says that if disturbed, it will send down a storm upon the travellers so you better restrain from swimming and throwing stones into it!

Accommodation

Tents (rent available).

Meals

Cooked camp food (breakfasts and dinners); snacks for lunches.

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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