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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.


Trekking in the Ukrainian Carpathians includes both quite easy routes for beginners (mountain range Svydovets; maximal height is 1888 m) and more difficult for experienced travellers (mountain range Gorgany covered with large stones and maximal height that reaches 1836 m; multi-day tours on the Chornohora mountain range with maximal height of 2061 m). You should be aware that any of trekking tour can become more complicated under the influence of adverse weather conditions. However, as Confucius said, “Success depends on the previous preparation…”. Therefore, prepare all necessary equipment in accordance with offered list and even bad weather couldn’t spoil your vacation.

Trekking in the Carpathians means sleeping in double or triple tents, cooking on fire and 24 hours a day of communication with a wild nature (evening bonfires, tasty berries and hutsul fresh milk and cheese).

Gorgan Citadel

The most remarkable place of the Carpathian peaks is the mountain range of the Gorgan. True citadel, the true protection of the mountain range with stone slopes. During World War I, the Legions of the Polish Army stretched here, which left behind the history of the heroic defense of the local vicinities. You will feel the spirit of the warrior, forget that such a civilization, and you will enjoy the full freedom of the mountains.

duration: 4 days 
price: 99 USD

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Trekking in the Carpathians: Operation Maramorosh

Marmarosy Alps are by far the least accessible and most remote part of Carpathian Mountains.The mountain range has plenty of sunshine, sharp rocky peaks and views, completely unlike the other parts of Ukrainian Carpathians. Getting to hike in the range still requires permission from Ukrainian border guards, and has to be obtained at least a week in advance. During the tour you will see Marmorosy Pip Ivan (1937 m) and Chornohora Pip Ivan (2028 m), raisins of the route will charm you with their rocky splendour and wild beauty. Columns of Ukraine-Romania border will accompany you along the route. White Elephant ruins (Polish observatory) on the peak of Chornohora 2-thousander will impress you with its stone calmness.Marmasy Apls remain the real wild and unexplored area for true off-the-beaten track lovers!

duration: 5 days
price: 106 USD

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Trekking in the Carpathians: Conquering the highest peaks

Trekking tour to the Chornohora range provides you with multitude of delights; among them are the highest peaks of the Ukrainian Carpathians, breathtaking landscapes, juicy berries from the mountain meadows and hillsides, close acquaintance with hutsul culture and white water rafting on the rapids of the Black Cheremosh River.


duration: 6 days
price: 117 USD

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Trekking in the Carpathians: To the land of mountain lakes

Trekking tour in the Ukrainian Carpathians within mountain massif of Svydovets lasts four days that is the best variant for beginners in mountain travelling. However, it doesn’t mean that Svydovets would not be interesting for experienced travelers.  Any photographer would hardly find any other more picturesque place, since this very mountain region combines two marvelous natural elements: mountains and lakes. Svydovets is also known as “land of mountain lakes and meadows”. You can often see glacial kettles filled with beautiful lakes there.

trekking tour in Ukraine

duration: 4 days
price: 76 USD

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