Wild Carpathians: discovering Gorgany

Why this tour?

Gorgany is one of the wildest and most exotic parts of the Carpathians. There are no green meadows with the flocks of grazing sheep, like everywhere else. Instead, in this desolate corner, you will find stunning summits, covered with vast stone fields. Local people call these formations «gregoty», mimicking the sound of rolling stones; hence the name of the range. This type of terrain is not found anywhere else in the Carpathian mountain system. Gorgany is a challenge for a hill walker, yet it is your choice if you’re looking for dramatic landscapes and want to escape civilization!

3 days

129 € per person

all inclusive
 06-08.06.20

Tour description

day 1

  • departure from Lviv (7:00)
  • breakfast
  • ascent to the Khomyak Meadow
  • camping snack
  • ascent to the Khomyak summit (1548 m asl)
  • return to the camp on the Khomyak Meadow
  • campfire dinner and tasting of the local mountain cheese
  • night in a tent camp

day 2

  • breakfast
  • walk and ascent to the Synyak summit (1665 m asl)
  • camping snack
  • ascent to the Small Gorgan summit (1592 m asl)
  • campfire dinner
  • night in a tent camp on the Bluzhiv Meadow

day 3

  • breakfast
  • walk through the Bluzhiv Meadow to the Bukovel ski resort
  • lunch (traditional Carpathian cuisine)
  • 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 average distance of the daily walks is 7-12 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. Please be warned that some Gorgany summits are covered with snow till May.

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

Khomyak Mountain is a picturesque summit reaching 1542 m asl and a popular trekking destination. The summit enjoys impressive panoramas in all directions, including Chornohora, the highest mountain range in Ukraine. The slopes of Khomyak are covered with stunning stone fields, which is a characteristic feature of the Gorgany range.
Khomyak Meadow is one of the classic Carpathian meadows, which are used as pastures by the local people. The landscapes are sensational, with the picturesque views of sheep herds and authentic shepherds’ summer sheds.
Synyak mountain reaches 1665 m asl, with its name recalling the dark-blue color of the stony slopes, if seen from a distance. The mountain belongs to the Carpathian National Park, and together with Maly Gorgan (Small Gorgan, 1592 m asl), it forms the Synyak range. Great panorama looks across Bukovel, the biggest ski resort in Ukraine.
Bukovel is the biggest ski resort in Ukraine on the slopes of the Bukovel Mountain (920 m asl). The skiing season lasts from November to April. In 2012, Bukovel was acknowledged as one of the fastest-growing resorts in the world. Bukovel is also a popular summer destination, with its outdoor facilities and the biggest man-made lake in 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 and dinner, snacks for lunch
3 day: cooked camp food for breakfast, lunch 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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