The Mysteries of Skolivski Beskydy: the ridge of Kliuch Mountain

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Tour description

The ridge of Kliuch Mountain is not as high as the other mountain ranges in Skolivski Beskydy, and for that reason it is sometimes considered as not a too attractive destination for the experienced hillwalkers. Which might be true if you don’t know what to look for: the place is full of exciting geological sites. The lengthy but easy walk will lead you to the Polyanytske Lake, the picturesque tectonic canyon-like rift, and rocky groups nicknamed Stonehenge and Easter Island. The ridge is also known as a WWI battle place. This hike is of moderate complexity with the length of the route appr. 18 km. Duration is appr. 13-14 hours. Small-group format ensures a personalized experience. Make sure your clothes and your hiking boots (trekking shoes) are comfortable for the hike. Trekking shoes are obligatory!

As a group tour it starts with meeting up with your guide at the arranged place. The meeting point is Petrushevycha Square, at 6:45 am. The tour doesn't start with hotel pick-up, but you can order it in addition or you can take a taxi. Tour finishes at the same place. • departure from Lviv (7:00) • transfer to Trukhaniv village • ascent to Kliuch Mountain ridge • Polyanytske Lake • Stonehedge rocky group • canyon at the Upper Kamyanka river • The Memorial to the Legion Ukrainian Sich Riflemen • snack break • ascent to the summit of Kliuch Mountain (927 m asl) • Easter Island rocky group • descent to the valley of the Kamyanka river (optionally, a visit to the waterfall and Polyanytske Lake) • return to Lviv (appr. 21:00)  HighlightsThe Kliuch ridge — is not very high (927 m), but is well-known as a WWI battle place. There are also many interesting geological sites, such as picturesque rock groups and outcrops. Polyanytske Lake — is a picturesque and easily accessible, but not a very well-known lake. It is a local hydrological site of interest, located in the Polyanytsky Regional Landscape Park. A tectonic canyon-like fault — is an interesting geological site near the top of Kliuch Mountain. It does not have a river flowing in the bottom and therefore can be easily accessed and viewed. The fault sometimes reaches 5-7 meters deep and has a form of the Latin letter Y. The Memorial to the Legion Ukrainian Sich Riflemen — was erected on the burial place of the Ukrainian soldiers who fought in WWI on the side of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and were killed in the battle in November 1914. The community of Trukhaniv village takes care of the Memorial. Picturesque  rock outcrops cover the slopes of the Kliuch ridge. The most famous rock groups were nicknamed Stonehenge and Easter Island by tourists. There also a few small grottos among the rocks. Special terms The program of the tour is designed for physically healthy people who are interested in outdoor activities. The length of the route is 18 km, sections of rocky terrain may increase the complexity of the path. This tour is of moderate complexity. During the tour, everybody carries his/her own backpack with personal equipment and a share of food supply for the group.Higher in the mountains, the temperature may be significantly lower than that at the foothills, and strong winds may occur. Unpredictable weather changes are possible, too.The guide reserves the right to make changes in the program depending on the weather or the condition of the participants.

What's included

  • minibus transportation
  • meals during the hike
  • guiding services
  • travel insurance
  • We provide travel insurance for each of tourists under age of 70 during a hike. For insurance, please inform us your citizenship and the address where you are going to stay in Lviv.
  • Snacks

What's not included

  • extra drinks and meals
  • equipment rent
  • Please inform us if you need any of the below mentioned equipment while booking the tour.