This route is full of iconic views and places, with Chornohora being the highest range of the Ukrainian Carpathians and a site fully affected by the Europe’s turbulent history. The word «Chornohora» in Ukrainian means «Black Mountains»; the mighty and rough character of these mountains justifies the name. Across the stunning summits of Sphytsi (which means Needles) and Rebra (Ribs), you will get to the glacial Lake Nesamovyte (Fierce), featured in the local legends and fairy tales.
ItineraryDay 1: Lviv - Maryshevska Meadow - Shpytsi Mountain Stop At: Karpaty TravelOn the first day, we will ascend to Shpytsi («Needles») Mountain across Maryshevska Meadow (8 km)departure from Lviv (7:00)ascent from «Zaroslyak» tourist camp to the Maryshevska Meadowcamping snackfurther ascent to Shpytsi Mountaincampfire dinnernight in the tent campHighlightsShpytsi Mountain is one of the peaks of the Chornohora mountain range (1863 m asl) with the rocky slopes surrounded by impressive series of cliffs 20-50 meters high. The cliffs remind spikes or needles, hence the name of the place.Special termsThe program of the tour is designed for physically healthy people who are interested in outdoor activities. The average distance of the daily walks is 8-12 km. Sections of rocky terrain may increase the complexity of the path. This tour is of moderate complexity and recommended to those who have the experience of day-long mountain walks. 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.Recommended equipmentBackpack for hiking (40-50L for women, 50-70L for men) with a rain coverTentSleeping padSleeping bag (comfort rating 0..+5 Cº)Light trekking shoes and a spare pair (sandals or sneakers)Socks (1 pair per day, 1 spare pair)Thermal underwear (top, for spring or autumn season also bottom)Light pants (long, not shorts!), for spring or autumn season wind stop pantsFleece jacket or sweater, two for spring or autumn season (1 light and 1 warm)Light hat (cap, buff or bucket hat); warm hat for spring or autumn seasonLight wind stop gloves (for spring/autumn)Waterproof and wind stop jacketRaincoat (poncho)Sitting mat with a fixing beltPlastic bottle of water (1,5 L or more); a thermos for spring or autumn seasonIndividual dinner set (spoon or spork, mug, pot, knife)HeadlampCellphoneTrekking polesPersonal portable first-aid kit and toiletrySunglassesSunscreenSet of clothes for transfers during the tour (shoes, socks, underwear, outerwear): please mind that the clothes after hiking may be wet or dirtyDuration: 14 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: night in the tent campDay 2: Shpytsi Mountain - Shpytsi Mountain - LvivStop At: ZaroslyakWalk across the Chornohora Range (11 km)breakfastwalk to Lake Nesamovytecamping snackdescent to «Zaroslyak» tourist campreturn to Lviv (appr.22:00)Lake Nesamovyte or «Fierce» in Ukrainian, is one of the highest glacial lakes of the Ukrainian Carpathians, located 1750 m asl. The lake is relatively small and shallow, with the length of 88 m and the depth of only 1-1,5 m. Nonetheless, it has a notorious reputation; one of the local legends says that if disturbed, it will send down a storm upon the travellers so you better restrain from swimming and throwing stones into it!Chornohora Range is the highest mountain range of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The main range stretches approximately 40 km between the rivers Chorna Tysa (Black Tysa) in the west and Chorny Cheremosh (Black Cheremosh) in the east. Chornohora posesses all the highest mountains in Ukraine, so-called «two-thousanders» (the mountains above 2000 meters asl). The Ukrainian «two-thousanders» include 6 peaks, namely Hoverla (2061 m), Brebeneskul (2036 m), Pip Ivan (2028 m), Petros (2020 m), Gutyn Tomnatyk (2016), and Rebra (2002 m). In the mid-war period, Chornohora was a state border between Czechoslovakia and Poland, who gained independence after the disintegration of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. You can still find the trenches of WWI and the burial places of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, operating on these territories during and after WWII. Now Chornohora serves as an administrative boundary between Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattya regions of Ukraine.Duration: 14 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.