mt. Maly Gorgan

Trekking Ukraine – Ultimate Trek in Carpathians

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Short Holidays

Adventure Tours, Cultural Tours

Challenging

Carpathians, Ivano-Frankivsk

Hiking, Sightseeing

STARTING FROM €261 Euro

Top Experiences

  • Sightseeing Kolomyia – the center of Hutsul highlanders' culture, and visit to its famous Easter-Egg Museum
  • Hiking among the primeval beech forests of Carpathian Biosphere Reserve
  • Camping under the canopy of Carpathian stars
  • Learning more about the environmental challenges of the region
  • Visiting local Hutsul artisans and learning more about traditional local crafts
  • Tasting delicious traditional delicacies, made by a host family
  • Visiting Hutsul shepherds and learning about the custom of cheese making

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Itinerary Summary

Spend five days in the heart of Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine! Meet Hutsuls – a race on its own, Ukrainian mountainous people have always remained different from the rest of the country: with their own particular traditions, music, and lifestyle. Take a trip back in time where people still plow their own fields, make their home carpets, bake bread in wooden ovens, and spend their summers tending to the sheep flock. Discover the pristine beauty of Carpathian Biosphere Reserve – its primeval beech forests are a part of UNESCO World Heritage List. Sleep under the canopy of Carpathian stars and enjoy the tranquility of nature. Enjoy this Ultimate Trekking Tour in Carpathian Mountains!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1- The One with All the Crafts

Arrive to the town of Kolomyia. Then travel to the village of Kosmach.

Spend your day with a local family, learning more about Hutsul cultural heritage and traditional way of life: go to the forest to pick up the berries and medicinal herbs, feed the chicken or observe how locals tend in their fields and to their animals, join the family in making banosh - traditional Hutsul dish cooked over the fire, and simply enjoy the simple lifestyle of local rural people.

Visit one of the artisan families in Kosmach and learn from them how traditional crafts are passed on from generation to generation

Overnight in family-owned guesthouse

Day 2- Hiking Carpathian Pyramid

Today you will hike one of the least explored part of Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains – Gorgany. Pay attention to the unique flora and fauna and enjoy the stunning beauty of Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.

Hike the pyramid-looking Khomyak Mountain (1542 m). Taste delicious cheese brynza from the shepherds in the highland nearby, and learn more about their simple daily life away from civilization.

Overnight in a make-shift camp

Day 3- Hiking Gorgany Mountain Range

After delicious breakfast you can have a chance to hike up along the mountain range, passing the mountains Syniyak (1665 m) and Malyi Gorgan (1592 m) until you reach the highland Bladzhyv.

Overnight in a make-shift camp

Day 4- Uphill challenge

Today you will continue your hike and take up the biggest challenge of the trip – tough altitude change on your route to Mt. Dovbushanka (1755 m).

Finish your hike in the village of Bystrycia. Take the long-awaited sauna and relax in the comfortable rural guesthouse.

Overnight in family-owned guesthouse

Day 5- Leaving Carpathian Mountains

Relax in the village after the tough hiking experience. Take short walks into the woods, pick up berries, or simply stay in!

Transfer to Ivano-Frankivsk.

Overnight in a train

How you will make a difference

At Active Ukraine we travel responsibly and encourage others to do so as well! Check out how this particular trip is helping you make a difference and bring positive impact to Ukrainian community.

  • You contribute to the economic well-being of Ukrainian artisan community and help promote their unique products
  • You interact with local people and get to know the real country
  • You stay at small guest-houses and camping-style accommodations that bring direct economic benefit to the local people
  • Your guides are local and give you in-depth knowledge about Ukraine
  • You eat meals with local families and understand the real lives of Ukrainian people

Where you will stay

You will stay in family-owned guesthouses, as well as a make-shift camp (in tents).


How you will get around

Pick up and Drop Off

Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivsk

Route

Kolomyia – Kosmach – Palyanytsia – Gorgany Mountain range – Bystrytsia – Ivano-Frankivsk

Transportation

Kolomyia can be easily reached by train from Kyiv or Lviv. For short distances you will travel with a comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan.

What's the price

Pricing per person

600 Euro (for a group of 2)
373 Euro (for a group of 4)
299 Euro (for a group of 6)

Price includes:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in family-owned guesthouses, 2 nights in a make-shift camp
  • Meals: full board
  • Point-to-point transfers
  • English-speaking hiking guide and support guide for the duration of the tour

Price does not include:

  • Air ticket to Ukraine
  • Entrance tickets (approximately 20 euros)
  • Transfer to Kolomyia and from Ivano-Frankivsk (overnight train is available from Kyiv, and morning train is available from Lviv), train tickets can be arranged for additional payment
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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Photography by Nora Dunn
Photography by Igor Melika
Photography by Maks Adamenko
Photography by Laura Tedstone
Photography by Nora Dunn
Photography by Laura Tedstone
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