Gorgany Trail

Duration 6 days
Date
Difficulty Hard
Distance 64 km
Main points vlg. Stara Huta − m. Vysoka − pass Borevka − m. Syvulja Velyka − Rushchyna − m. Tavpysh − pass Legioniv − m. Pantyr − m. Velyka Bratkivska − Vovkany − vlg. Klympushi
Price 80 € (2600 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.

Every evening, we firstly do a camp routine together (set up tents, gather firewood, cook dinner) and relax by the fire, just walk and enjoy nature. An evening in the mountains is a time for fun guitar singing and games or quiet conversations and meditation to the sounds of Hutsul drymba.

2 DAY

 8 km  + 350 m


Every morning starts at 7 o’clock. 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 Mount Vysoka 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 molphars (local magicians) 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.

The top itself is quite steep, and the last 50 m will be difficult.

After the descent, we traverse Mount Syvulya Mala and go to the place of camping, where the river Bystrytsia-Solotvynska starts. This night we will be sheltered by the Ruschina (or Bystra) mountain meadow at an altitude of 1,440 m at the foot of Mount Syvulya Mala.

4 DAY

 16 km  + 720 m


On the fourth day, we will have to go through Hell! This is the name of the precipice near our meadow. However, there is nothing hellish in it, except for the height and stories about the common executions in the past in this place. On the wall, you can see the exposure of rocks and scree below.

This day will not be easy: we need to walk 16 km. First, we will climb the Tavpishirka ridge, which is completely covered by alpine pine. In two hours we will pass the Legion Pass (1,110 m), named after the Polish legionaries who paved the road in 1914 as part of the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Austro-Hungarian Army to quickly cross the army and deter the army of the Russian Empire.

The camping site of this day is located on the Pantyr meadow near the ruins of a Polish tourist shelter.

 

 

This is the Hell

5 DAY

 20 km  + 40m


A forest path – a steep climb – a traverse of Durnya Mount – a climb to Gropa  Mount(1,759 m) – night on a meadow near the river Gropovets

After leaving the camp we go by a forest path. In an hour we will have a steep climb. And after its completion – a beautiful view of the valley of the river Bystritsa and the village of the same name, where we will descend at the end.

After a short rest, we traverse Mount Durnia, which is a real paradise for blueberry lovers. Then climbing Mount Gropa (1,759 m) and Velyka Bratkivska (1,788 m), after which a long descent will begin.

At about 7 pm we will arrive at the place of our last parking lot by the river Gropovets.

6 DAY

 6 km  + 50 m


Descent to the village of Bystritsa – the road back to Ivano-Frankivsk (2.5 hours)
Enjoying the clean mountain air, we walk 6 km to the centre of the village Bystrytsia, from where we return to Ivano-Frankivsk.

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 the 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. 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 COST

  • place in a tent: 210 UAH / 6 days;
  • sleeping bag: 300 UAH /6 days;
  • backpack: 300 UAH / 6 days;
  • sleeping mat: 60 UAH / 6 days;
  • trekking poles: 180 UAH / 6 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 obligatory.

If you have a group of 4 or more interested we can run a bespoke hike on any date.

Contact us if you have any questions.

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