Gorgany Trail

Duration 6 days
Date
Difficulty Hard
Route vlg. Stara Huta − m. Vysoka − pass Borevka − m. Syvulja Velyka − Rushchyna − m. Tavpysh − pass Legioniv − m. Pantyr − m. Velyka Bratkivska − Vovkany − vlg. Klympushi
Distance 64 km
Price 90 € (2500 UAH)






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Gorgany is a unique mountain range, which is perhaps the easiest to recognize in the Ukrainian Carpathians due to the huge stones (gorgy) covered with lichens. Sometimes some stones move as if they were alive; undoubtedly, the region is not typical in comparison with the rest of the Ukrainian mountains.

The colour of Gorgany is grey-yellow-green. This massif is called «wild», because of a relatively smaller number of tourists, and because sometimes local trails lead through a thick alpine pine in which you feel like in the jungle. And who knows what animals live in these thickets …

Historically, these places played an important role: the peaks of the ridges preserved the trenches and dugouts of the First World War, as well as the remains of the former border between Poland and Czechoslovakia, which was here until 1938.

1 DAY

 7 km  + 780 m


From Ivano-Frankivsk by hired transport, we go to the village of Stara Guta, from where the walking part of the hike begins. The village is famous for the location of the winter residence of the former president of Ukraine. 
Along a small stream, we are gradually gaining altitude.

In the evening, we do camp routine (set up tents, collect firewood, cook dinner), have a rest near the fire, sing, play and meditate on the sounds of the Hutsul drymba.

2 DAY

 8 km  + 350 m


Every morning starts at 7 o’clock (enthusiasts wake up earlier to see the sunrise). Two hours for: physical exercises, breakfast, packing and cleaning up a camping spot.
On this day we plan to climb Mount Vysoka (1803 m) and Igrovets (1804 m), where you can feel the landscape of Gorgany, jumping from stone to stone. If the first name of the high mountain is clear (literally means «high» in Ukrainian), then the second is associated with mystical stories. It is said that Mount Igrovets got such a name, because once the pagans and molphas held atop the ceremonies, thus inflaming the fire. The very top is flat and broad, which is perfectly suited for such purposes. This bonfire and the way it burned («igrav» in Ukrainian) was visible from the village, so people called the mountain – Igrovets. 
The views are no less fantastic. You can  enjoy the stone landscapes around and see the path to the goal of tomorrow – Mount Syvulia, which is called «Queen of the Gorgany Range». 
From the summits we descend and go into the thick Carpathian forest. We spend the night at the open field at an altitude of 1330 m.

3 DAY

 9 km  + 560 m


On the third day we go to the highest point of Gorgany – Mount Syvulia

On the way to the summit, which runs through the summits of Borovka (1695 m) and Lopushna (1722 m), we will see the remnants of the military fortifications of the First World War – dugouts and trenches, laid out from a solid stone – the only building material within a radius of 3 km; some even connected with stained stairs. Military actions in this area occurred more than a hundred years ago – in 1915.

4 DAY

 16 km  + 720 m


5 DAY

 20 km  + 40m


6 DAY

 6 km  + 50 m


START / FINISH

We meet at the railway station in Ivano-Frankivsk city in the morning. Then we go by bus to Stara Huta village, which is the starting point of a hike. The distance between Ivano-Frankivsk and mountain village is 60 km and 2 hours of road.

We return to the railway station in Ivano-Frankivsk near 6 p.m.

WHAT TO EXPECT

About the difficulty. The difficulty of this trek is in hard. It is suitable for … and accessible to any physically healthy person.

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

  • We are hiking as a team with a motto «all for one and one for all». That means we are suffering from tiredness, making camp and having fun together.
  • Each person in his backpack carries his own gear, clothes and a part of group products.
  • 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. Your life and health in these few days is our responsibility, and we are very serious about it!

WHAT TO TAKE

You are packing for the hike by yourself, but with our advice. We will tell you about the suitability of your clothing and equipment for the tour (temperature of the sleeping bag, the convenience 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 (rafting and hiking);
  • 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 we can help).

WITH WHOM

Before the hike, we will definitely tell you what your guide is about. Or you will get to know him (her) by phone.

The size of the group is from 4 to 10 participants. Usually, we hike with small teams: 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!

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