Western Gorgans

Duration 4 days
Date
Difficulty Advanced
Distance 45 km
Main points Gorgan Ilemsky mountain, Yaiko Ilemsky mountain, Moloda mountain, Stav tract, Grofa mountain
Price 70 € (2200 UAH)







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There are fewer people, a more difficult trail and more wildlife in the West Gorgan hike.

If you want not easy hike with a large set of heights, a difficult landscape, impassable trails and at the same time beautiful views – then you need this route.

   1 DAY

 7 km   + 800 m


The beginning is in the village of Myslivka, Dolyna district. After getting out of the car, we dress accordingly, put on our shoes, adjust our backpacks and go on by the yellow route. After 1-2 hours of prolonged ascent, we will stop for the first snack.

The first day will pass through a dense forest with a climb to the mountain Pustoshak Velyky, 1423 m. Then there will be a small descent to the German plain, where the first day of the hike will end. At an altitude of about 1100 meters, we will set up our camp.

   2 DAY

15 km  + 1350 m


The second day of the hike is the most difficult. It will begin with the ascent to Gorgan Ilemsky Mount, 1586 m. It is located at the northern end of the Arshitsa ridge. Gorgan Ilemsky is the first of the six peaks we will climb on this day. A typical Gorgan area begins – with alpine pine thickets and huge stones.

After the mountain, we go down to the Mshana mountain meadow, have a short rest and continue walking. The ascent to Yaiko Ilemske Mount, 1679 m, which will be the highest today, begins. Before the top, we will pass the dense thickets of alpine pine.

After lunch, we have 5 more ascents and descents which are small but tiring. We will pass the following peaks: Pohanets, 1667 m, Ukernya, 1620 m, Syvanya Lolynska, 1642 m.

Our camping site will be on the Solotvynka meadow, which we will reach no earlier than 7 p.m.

Typical landscape of Gorgany area

   3 DAY

 13 km  + 1000 m


After breakfast, we start a difficult ascent to Moloda Mount, 1724 m. This mountain is also covered with pine thickets and huge stones, so our tempo will be low. Then there will be a long descent to the river Moloda. Along the river, we will walk a kilometre on a forest road. We cross the bridge and have lunch. If the weather allows, we swim in the river.

In the afternoon we go up along the river Krugly. In 2 kilometres we will reach the lake Grofyansky pond. It is small, but nevertheless, quite beautiful, surrounded by forest.

We pass about a kilometre and stop for the last night at the foot of Grofa Mount.

   4 DAY

 11 km  + 600 m


Our last day of the hike will begin with a radial climb to Grofa Mount which is the highest peak of our hike, with a height of 1,748 meters. If the weather is relatively cloudless, we can get up at dawn to meet the sunrise at the top. In this case, we must get up no later than 5 a.m. and at 5.30 to start climbing. But it’s worth it!

After descending from the top we start the last descent. In 2 kilometres we will reach the river Kotelets.

In the afternoon we will reach the village of Osmoloda, from where a bus will take us to Ivano-Frankivsk.

START / FINISH

We meet at the railway station in Ivano-Frankivsk city in the morning. Then we go by bus to Myslivka village, which is the starting point of a hike. The distance between Ivano-Frankivsk and mountain village is 95 km and 2 hours of road.

The end of the hiking part of the route is in the village of Osmoloda. On the last day of the hike, we will be around 16 p.m. in Ivano-Frankivsk city.

WHAT TO EXPECT

About the difficulty. It is suitable for beginners and accessible to any physically healthy person.

If you join us, then you go on a multi-day trek in which:

  • Each person carries his own gear, clothes and a part of group products in his backpack.
  • We stay in tents.
  • We cook food on fire or using gas burners.

Note:

the guide can change the pre-agreed tour plan if the weather conditions become worse, someone feels bad or some other adventures happen. 

WHAT TO TAKE

You are packing for the hike by yourself, but with our advice. After booking a hike, we will send you a detailed list of recommended clothing and equipment. We will also tell you what is best to take (temperature of the sleeping bag, the comfort of the backpack, the endurance of the tent, etc.). 

The gear list is classical for a multi-day trek in the warm season. Read about it here.

WHAT DO YOU PAY FOR

You pay in cash when meeting with a guide in Ivano-Frankivsk; prepayment is not required. 

What’s included

  • meals from lunch on the first day till lunch on the last day;
  • transport (including a drive from Ivano-Frankivsk);
  • guide’s job;
  • national park fees;
  • use of gas and group equipment (cooking gear, first-aid kit, etc.).

What’s NOT included

  • personal equipment (tent, sleeping bag, backpack are yours, but you can rent).

Rental prices:

  • tent: 140 UAH / 4 days;
  • sleeping bag: 200 UAH / 4 days;
  • backpack: 200 UAH / 4 days;
  • mat: 40 UAH / 4 days;
  • trekking poles: 120 UAH / 4 days.

WITH WHOM

The size of the group is from 4 to 10 participants. Usually, we hike with small teams (up to 6 people): it’s easier to find a common language, more comfortable to go at one pace. And also it is a requirement of the ecological principle leave no trace in the wild.

WHAT ABOUT WEATHER

The weather in the Carpathians is changeable, so any forecast is unreliable. Before the particular date of the tour, we’ll try to tell you what weather to expect as accurate as possible.

On average, in the Carpathian Mountains during the warm period of the year (May-September) the temperature is + 15 … + 20 degrees in the daytime and + 3 … + 7 in the night. If the day is cloudy and rainy, then the temperature in the afternoon and at night is approximately the same: + 5 … + 15. The general principle of weather formation in the mountains is as follows: with every hundred meters of the climb the temperature decreases, and the number of precipitation increases.

The rains here fall three times more often than in the other part of Ukraine; and in May and September, frost is possible at night. The wettest month in the year is June, the driest and warmest is August.

There are a lot of rains, so you should not save on waterproof clothes and gear. Also, it’s often windy: a good jacket and a sturdy tent are must-have.


Contact us if you have any questions.

You can take a look at the schedule of all our hikes here.