Pip Ivan Mount Trail

Trip duration:
3 days/2 nights
20 km (12.4 miles)
Level of Difficulty:
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On your weekend, instead of staying in a sultry homeroom and watching TV or playing popular computer game, pick an exciting and interesting mountain trip! We offer an enthralling guided tour to the old forgotten observatory “White Elephant”, that is situated on the very top of Pip-Ivan Mount (another name Chorna Hora, which in English means Black Mount). You’ll have a chance to touch the magnificent stony walls of the highest situated building in Ukraine, to hear the incredible facts from the history of its constructing and functioning, to observe the breathtaking views from the very top of rotunda. On the way we’ll see a beautiful alpine meadow in the foot of Smotrych Mount, enjoy walking across the interesting mountain range, called Big-Ear Rock, as it’s covered with huge rocks, reminding big ears, and will come up to a small cascade of lovely waterfalls.

Day 1


In the morning you will meet your guides and the rest of the group at the railway station (main entrance) in Ivano-Frankivsk. There we will get a shuttle bus to the starting point of our hike – lovely little village Dzembronia. The trail leads across the alpine meadow Smotrych, where the group stops for the first camp.

Walking time – 2-3 hrs.

Day 2

«White Elephant story»

We’ll start our day with radial hike to the summit of Pip-Ivan (2022 m). First we’re following the path, that leads to the headwaters of rapid mountain river Munchel. Here it creates a beautiful cascade of waterfalls. Next, the path goes up to a very picturesque place – Big-Ear Rock. From here we head on directly to the summit of Pip-Ivan (2022 m). This mount is considered to be a second the most popular in Ukrainian Carpathians, after Hoverla of course. Tourists from all over are coming here to see the main attraction of Chornohora an old building of meteorological observatory “White Elephant”, which is the highest situated building in Ukraine. The construction of the observatory was finished in 1938. But unfortunately it valuably functioned only one year. You will find out some very interesting facts from the history of its building and functioning. After all the group is descending back to Smotrych meadow.

Day 3


After the breakfast our group is getting back to the village. On the way our guests can buy some natural products from locals: different kinds of cheese, sour cream, mushrooms and berries. In the village we’re taking shuttle bus to Ivano-Frankivsk.

Walking time – 2 hrs.
Arriving time to Ivano-Frankivsk – 6 pm.

* If you like this itinerary, but can’t find it in the tour schedule or you would like to join this trip on another date, please contact us and we will be more than happy to arrange this tour at your most convenient time.

Please note! In case of any kind of emergency (bad weather, serious health problems etc.) for group safety our guide has a right to slightly change the itinerary or decide to stay in a campsite for the day. 

The tour price includes:

  • All meals and snacks;
  • Transportation from Ivano-Frankivsk to the mountains and back;
  • Guide service;
  • Entrance fees for national parks;
  • Cooking equipment;
  • Insurance.

The tour price does not include: 

  • Equipment rental;
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, hotels and restaurants service, saunas etc.);
  • Gratuity for your guide.

Please, make your reservation not later, than 3 days before the trip starts!

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