Popivan Chornohirsky

Duration 3 days
Difficulty Normal
Route vlg. Shybene − Vesnarka − lk. Maricheika − m. Pip Ivan Chornohirski − m. Vykhatyi Kamin − Smotrych − vlg. Verkhnia Dzembronia
Distance 31 km
Price 60 € (1700 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 3 hours of road.

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


About the difficulty. The difficulty of this trek is normal 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.


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!


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.


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).


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!