Popivan Chornohirsky

Duration 3 days
Difficulty Normal
Distance 31 km
Main points Maricheika lake, Pip Ivan Chornohirski Mt, Brebeneskul lake, Nesamovyte lake
Price 55 € (1800 UAH)


In this tour we are heading to the famous Popivan mountain (Pip Ivan) which is one of the highest and most interesting peaks of the Ukrainian Carpathians.

The astronomical and meteorological observatory, which is the highest located building in Ukraine, was operating here till 1939. Unfortunately, today it does not perform its primary functions, although the reconstruction is underway.

In addition to the mountains, lakes are one of the most interesting places of the Carpathians. We are going to one of them – Maricheika lake. The quiet waters of the lake are densely surrounded by pine trees and fir trees at an altitude of 1510 m. We will spend the first night nearby.

The next night we are staying in a perfect place to meet the Carpathian dawn and taste the local dairy products.

The uniqueness of these places is protected within the Chornohora reserved area, which is part of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. Therefore, on the first day of the tour, we will pay attention to how to be a respectful and sustainable hiker.


Day 1: village Shibene (Zelene) – meadow Vesnarka – lake Maricheika, 1510 m;

Day 2: lake Maricheika – mount Popivan Chornogirsky, 2028 m – mount Vuhaty Kamin, 1864 m – meadow Smotrych;

Day 3: meadow Smotrych village Dzembronia.


 8 km  + 695 m

The starting point of the hiking trail is the village of Shibene (Zelene). It is located 4 hours from Ivano-Frankivsk, so we go to the mountains in the morning. This village is the last settlement on the Black Cheremosh river, only the half-dead village of Burkut and the Romanian border are next to it.

Due to the closeness to the state border of Ukraine, there is a border guard post in the area. Pre-registration is mandatory for anyone traveling on the Marmaros Range. Our route leads to the other side – in the direction of Chornogora, so we do not need registration. However, you must have a document certifying your identity. We will remind you of this before the tour.

In the beginning we walk one kilometer, checking the comfort of the equipment. We dine near the forest, before dipping into a Carpathian forest.

The second part of the day includes 4-hour climbing through the forest and the open field of Vesnarka to the final destination of this day – Maricheika lake, which is calmly surrounded by a coniferous forest at an altitude of 1510 m. Local people believe in the special strength of the lake at dawn. Therefore, we are going to encamp near the lake.


 10 km  + 552 m

In the morning we go to the main goal of the trek – Popivan (Pip Ivan) Chornohirsky mount. On the way to the peak, there is a gradual change in the landscape of spruce forests for subalpine vegetation and alpine meadows (polonyna).


 4 km

On the last day we walk 4 km, enjoying the fresh mountain air and the greenery of the Carpathian forest. We will pass the shepherds’ hut, where you can buy local cheese, mushrooms, tea.

The finish point is the village of Upper Dzembronya, where a rented bus will be waiting for us.


We meet at the railway station in Ivano-Frankivsk city in the morning. Then we go by bus to Shybene village, which is the starting point of a hike. The distance between Ivano-Frankivsk and mountain village is 140 km and 4,5 hours of road.

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


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.


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


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.


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).


  • place in a tent: 105 UAH / 3 days;
  • sleeping bag: 150 UAH /3 days;
  • backpack: 150 UAH / 3 days;
  • sleeping mat: 30 UAH / 3 days;
  • trekking poles: 90 UAH / 3 days.


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.


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.