Petros-Hoverla

Duration 3 days
Date
Difficulty Normal
Route vlg. Kvasy − Menchul − Shumnieska − m. Petros − Skopeska − m. Hoverla − Zarosliak
Distance 26 km
Price 60 € (1700 UAH)






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Hike to the highest mount of the Ukrainian Carpathians – Hoverla (2,061 m). From the top, you can see the entire Chornohora ridge, the valley of distant Ivano-Frankivsk, and even the Romanian territories!

Another great spot is Mount Petros (2,020 m). It also has an interesting landscape and incredible scenery: kilometres of Chornohora, wide Svydovets ridge and the Romanian Carpathians in the south. And while going down, we pass the highest cave of Ukraine.

We spend the night at a high mountain open field near the shepherd’s farm. And where are the shepherds, there is the food of the gods – brynza (local cheese) 😋

We take a telescope with us on this hike. We’ll be watching craters on the Moon, the colours of stars, the rings of Saturn, the satellites of Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and the tired tourists on the next ridge.

1 DAY

 7 km  + 690 m


Meeting in Ivano-Frankivsk – 2,5 hours driving to Kvasy village –  7 km hiking – camping at the field Menchul, 1238 m.

From Ivano-Frankivsk, we go to the mountainous village of Kvasy on the banks of the Black Tisza river in Transcarpathian region. The village is known for springs of mineral water. The very name of the village comes from «kvass» (sour) water, which is the local dialectic word for mineral water. Before start, we’ll fill the bottles with a natural «soda».

On this day, we plan to hike 7 km and gain almost 700 m of height, which is not easy to do on the first day in the mountains. But after one hour the body becomes accustomed to the load and climbing will be easier. Usually, at 6 p.m. we already arrive at the place of the first camp.

We spend the first night on the Menchul valley at an altitude of 1,238 m. We chose this place because the shepherds’ farm is nearby, and we can buy fresh cheese and milk for the morning coffee.

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

 13 km  + 910 m


We start at 9 a.m. – 1,5 hours hiking on a relatively flat surface – climbing Petros, 2020 m – descending by the eastern slope – Golovcheska open field – relatively flat part – camping between Petros and Hoverla

Every morning starts at 7 o’clock (enthusiasts wake up earlier to see sunrise). Two hours for: physical exercises, breakfast, packing and cleaning up a camping spot.

At noon we reach the top of Petros Mount – 2,020 m. The landscape here consists of numerous details: kilometres of Chornohora ridge, the distant Svydovets ridge and even the Romanian territories in the south. We will try to have a lunch break at the altitude (if the weather allows).

Then we descend by the eastern slope of Petros, which is considered one of the most difficult in Ukraine (500 m down and 1200 m length). After such a descent knee of a normal person will remain «grateful» two more days.

On the way down we will have look at the highest cave of Ukraine Petros-1 (entrance at an altitude of 1,900 m). Of course, without special equipment, we can’t go far.

Descent from Petros ends in the Golovcheska open field, after which we hike until the end of the day without significant ups and downs.

Our camp is between Petros and Hoverla, near the house of National Park workers. In case of bad weather, you can spend the night in a tourist shelter (price per night – 30 UAH). 

3 DAY

 6 km  + 470 m


Climbing Hoverla – descending to the village

It’s 2 km of slow elevation gain to the foot of Hoverla. Another 30 minutes of climbing – and we are at the highest point in Ukraine! From Hoverla you can see far and wide: all Chornohirsky ridge is in front of us; in the north – Ivano-Frankivsk, in the south – the Romanian territories.

Then we go down to Zaroslyak and take a ride back to Ivano-Frankivsk.

START / FINISH

We meet at the railway station in Ivano-Frankivsk city in the morning. Then we ride to the village of Kvasy. The distance is 120 km or 2,5 hours.

There is also a railway connection between Kvasy and some of the major cities of Ukraine, so you can take a train to the starting point (train Kyiv-Rakhiv, Lviv-Rakhiv, Odesa-Rakhiv).

The finish point is Zaroslyak, Ivano-Frankivsk region. 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:

  • 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).

Rental prices:

  • tent: 70 UAH / day;
  • sleeping bag: 50 UAH / day;
  • backpack: 50 UAH / day;
  • mat: 10 UAH per day;
  • trekking poles: 30 UAH / day.

WITH WHOM

Before the hike, we will definitely tell you what your guide is about. 

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!

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER

The weather in the Carpathians is changeable, so any forecast is unreliable. Before a 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 amount 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.

Contact us if you have any questions.

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