Borzhava Range is regarded as the most picturesque destination in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It is also one of the easiest terrains for hill walking. During a two-day tour to Borzhava, you’ll also discover fascinating objects of historical heritage: the remains of the former Soviet military base and the radiolocation station at the Stiy Mountain are the attractions of this route. In the last decades of USSR, the radar station controlled the airspace over Eastern Europe. The final stop of the walk is by the beautiful Shypit Waterfall. Total route length is 30 km.
ItineraryDay 1: Lviv - Vovchyy village - Stiy MountainStop At: Karpaty TravelOn the first day, we leisurely ascend to camp for the night at the foot of Stiy Mountain (14 km)departure from Lviv (7:00)transfer to Vovchyy villagetrout farm visitsnack breakascent to the foot of Stiy Mountaintent camp set up and campfire dinnerSpecial TermsThe program of the tour is designed for physically healthy people who are interested in outdoor activities. The total length of the route is 30 km; sections of rocky terrain will 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 common 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 dirtyPolonyna Borzhava is a mountain range in the Ukrainian Carpathians, which lies between the rivers of Vicha, Borzhava, Ripynka and Rika in the Transcarpathian region. It has the longest woodless mountain meadows in Transcarpathia, stretching for about 50 km. Borzhava is mostly covered with grass and bilberry bushes, which creates the characteristic velvety appearance of its slopes and makes it a favourite destination for berry foraging from July till September.Stiy is the highest mountain of the Borzhava Range on its southwest, part of its territory belongs to a protected wildlife sanctuary (1681 m asl). On the northern slopes you can see a big post-glacial cirque. During Soviet times, there was a military radiolocation station on the summit, which was later demolished.Duration: 14 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Tents (available for rent)Day 2: Stiy Mountain - Velykyy Verkh Mountain - Shypit Waterfall - LvivStop At: Mountain Velykyi Verkh, Pylypets, Zakarpattia OblastAscent to the summits of Stiy and Velykyy Verkh mountains and the following descent to the Shypit Waterfall (16 km)breakfastascent to the summit of Stiy Mountainascent to the summit of Velykyy Verkh Mountainsnack breakdescent to the Shypit Waterfallreturn to Lviv (appr. 21:00)Velykyy Verkh (in Ukrainian, the Big Peak) is one of the mountains of the Borzhava Range (1598 m asl). The summit is a great viewpoint with the panorama of the whole range stretching from southeast to northwest in the form of a huge bow. Velyky Verkh, together with a nearby Hymba Mountain, is the main destination for paragliders in the Carpathians.Shypit Waterfall is one of the most popular and attractive falls in the Ukrainian Carpathians, with its 5 cascades and the height of 14 m. It is an easy-accessible place, therefore it could be a crowded place during the high season. The place is also famous for the informal festival of alternative music, which takes place annually in the beginning of June.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.