High Chornohora

Trip duration:
6 days/5 nights
60 km (37.3 miles)
Level of Difficulty:
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Chornohora – the highest and the most popular mountain range in Ukrainian Carpathians. Its wonderful nature and breathtaking views will conquer and captivate your spirit. The highlights of our trip: ascending 6 summits, more than 2000 m height, including the highest mount in Ukraine – Hoverla; visiting pure alpine lakes and dip glacial valleys; hiking to the rocky monuments of Shpyci range; visiting an old observatory on the very top of Pip-Ivan Mount and enjoying the beautiful alpine meadows.

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 following the path that leads to the headwaters of rapid mountain river Munchel. Here it creates a beautiful cascade of waterfalls. Next, the trail goes up to the 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 built 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. Today we’ll stop for the camp in Pogorilec valley.

Walking time – 6-7 hrs.

Day 3

«In the very heart of Chornohora»

Today’s hike has some of the most spectacular views on our trip. The trail is surrounded by magic wild places and is blessed with beautiful mountain scenery from every slope. We’ll ascend 3 summits which are over 2000 meters high (Brebeneskul 2036m, Hutyn-Tomnatyk 2016m and Rebra 2001m). After that, the path takes us to the picturesque mount Shpyci. Its southeastern slope is covered with spectacular giant rocks, which captivate the imagination. At the end of the day the group gets down to a lovely mountain lake Nesamovyte. On the lakeshore we’ll stay for the next night.

Walking time –8 hrs.

Day 4

«Hoverla – the highest summit of Ukraine.»

From the lake we start on the central range of Chornohora. Now it is an administrative border between Ivano-Frankivsk and Transcarpathian regions, previously – state border between Poland and Czechoslovakia. About 4 hours walk and we get to the summit of the highest mount in Ukrainian Carpathians Hoverla (2061 m). In clear weather the views here are spectacular and can reach up to 100 km. By the way, the name Hoverla from Hungarian means “snow peak”, as you could see a snow on its slopes almost the whole year round. From the summit our group gets down to the mountain valley between Petros and Hoverla, where we’ll spend the night.

Walking time – 6-7 hrs.

Day 5

«Petros Summit climbing»

We’ll start this morning climbing the eastern slope of Petros Mount. It takes about 2 hours and a lot of energy to get to the summit. Our reward is stunning panorama of surrounding landscapes from the Petros peak. You can see the entire mountain range with its highest summit Hoverla to the northeast and Rumanian Carpathians to the south. After, getting rest our trail descends into the mountain valley Menchul, where the group spends the last night.

Walking time – 8 hrs.

Day 6


Our final morning we’re descending to a small mountain village Kvasy. The trail leads through the picturesque beech forests. In the village we take a transfer back to Ivano-Frankivsk, where we’ll say bye to each other and you’ll continue your trip home or to the next destination.

Walking time – 2 hrs.    

Arriving time to Ivano-Frankivsk – 6 pm.

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* 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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