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Top-10 most amazing buildings of Western Ukraine

Even the most demanding traveler will appreciate treasury of interesting places, legendary fortresses and castles focused in Western Ukraine. Wherever you arrive each place possesses its own castle, palace, legend or a breathtaking story.

White Elephant: observatory on the top of the mountain

The largest wonder of the mountain of Pip Ivan is a highland observatory, ruins of which tower on the top. People call the observatory “White Elephant”. They say that in winter covered with snow and ice and blew with strong winds the outlines of observatory reminds figure of an elephant.

Winter hiking tours to the Carpathians

As soon as winter comes and it starts to snow, fans of mountain skis rush to the Carpathians. Ski tours in the Carpathians, holiday subscriptions on the ski resort, cozy evenings after downhill skiing are the main requests for fans of active winter holidays.

But there is another category of people. They are also fans of skis and they enjoy when winter is coming to the Carpathian Mountains. They are admirers of active winter holidays too, of course. But they don’t like to spend time on fashionable ski resorts like Slavske, Bukovel, Dragobrat and so on. They go hiking to the Carpathians in winter.
Winter hiking routes in the Carpathians is a dream which came true for the skilled tourist and it’s a purpose for the beginners. How else can it be? Where you can see the emerald pines powdered with white caps of snow, admire hidden paths for animals, and meet a wild boar, a squirrel or other wood inhabitants unexpectedly. They, of course, don’t really want to meet you, but anything could happen. The air is so pure that you can’t even imagine. Sometimes you can meet the same tourists as you. Then you’ll feel the full charm of unification with adherents. You can meet the same hikers in the mountains, with whom you can always exchange few words. Sometimes they share their stocks and you have long conversations. Different things could happen. But there is a special spirit here.

Who didn’t go winter hiking to the mountains - won’t understand you. You can feel your possibilities only by hiking in the mountains. Only there you are starting to appreciate a team and see the real nature of people.
Are you afraid to try? Well, it is normal. But if you dare to do this, you will be excited. Winter Carpathians are especially beautiful, and ski hiking is one of the most interesting ways to see Carpathian. After all, who didn’t visit Carpathians in every season of the year - doesn’t know Carpathians.
By the way, the prices for mountain hiking trips are reasonable. You could have a rest cheaply and heartily. When you make decision on choosing a tour to the Carpathians, look at tour description, price, offered route and at the duration of the tour. Start with short tours. For one day. You’ll get the reasonable democratic price for such kind of tour. Then it is possible to try mountain hiking trips of the average duration. Well, if you are already skilled tourist, you should go on winter mountain hike to Carpathians for a long time, which means for ten-twelve days.
And also don’t forget that it’s better to have a recommendation with those who will lead you in the trip, if you don’t want to be mistaken with mountain tour choice. Tell them about your experience of active rest, physical possibilities, specific requirements or illnesses and a way of life. They’ll advise everything - from a route and duration of the trip around the Carpathians to the optimal selection of equipment.
Well, is it snowing behind the window? So, we are packing rucksacks for hiking in winter Carpathians!

Ski-tours in the Carpathians
An old Polish observatory White Elephant
Trekking in the Carpathians
Polianytsia. Ski Resort "Bukovel"
Pip Ivan within 7-days mix-tour