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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 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

day 1

  • Tourclub guides meet the group at the railway station in Rakhiv.  How to get to the tour?
  • transfer to Dilove Village by minibus
  • preparation for the trip. Tourclub guide should allocate all general equipment and food among all participants of the tour
  • registration at the border
  • hiking route: Dilove Village - Bilyi (White) Brook - mountain valley Strumkiv, 7 km
  • encamping
day 2
  • the route of the 2nd day of the tour involves quite a long walk and ascending the range of mountains and conquering of Marmorosy Pip Ivan
  • hiking route: mountain valley Strumkiv - Ukraine-Romania border - Zherban Mountain (1794 m) - Marmorosy Pip Ivan (1937 m)slopes of Marmorosy Pip Ivan, 11 km
  • encamping
day 3
  • hiking route: slopes of Marmorosy Pip Ivan - Mezypotoky Mountains (1713 m) - Myka-Mare (1816 m) - slopes of Stih Mountain, 21 km
  • encamping
day 4
  • undoubted pearl of the fourth day of the tour is Pip Ivan Mountain (2028 m) on the peak of which raising the most high-altitude building of Ukraine, that’s abandoned Polish observatory known also as White Elephant (in winter snow and strong wind transform a majestic building into a chimerical creature that can remind silhouette of  the elephant )
  • hiking route: Stih Mountain - Byhid Mountain (1471 m) - Cornohora Pip Ivan (2028 m) - Vuhatyi Kamin Mountain, 16 km
  • encamping 
day 5
  • hiking route: Vuhatyi Kamin Mountain – Black Cheremosh River, 10 km
  • rafting (13 km) passing all the main rapids of the Black Cheremosh river  (Dzembronia, Oldmans' Elbow, White Mare, Guchok, Guk). After the float transfer back to the camp by bus. (Total duration about 2,5 hours) (in case of 6 participants and for addittional payment)
  • transfer to Vorokhta by minibus
  • ending of the tour. How to get back home?

The organizers keep the right to make changes in the program according to the circumstances!!!

level of complexity: for beginners
accommodation: double-triple tents (more about tents we use)
food: three meals a day except the supper of the last day (more about menu)
find out about weather conditions in the Ukrainian Carpathians: weather forecast

Price includes:

  • guide service
  • food as in tour program
  • tent and general equipment
  • transfer according the tour programm
  • insurance

Additional payment:

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