Hike

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There’s no better way than hiking to see Ukraine’s Carpathians up close and personal. Trekking through one of the last remaining virgin forests in Europe readily confirms the feeling that wildness has never quite left these woods. You’d almost think it’s all about the journey, not the destination, until your eyes behold the vistas atop Ukraine’s tallest peaks, mirror-like lakes, and mountain-top meadows. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging climb, the trail network within the Carpathian National Nature Park has the perfect path for you. 

TOP DAY HIKES
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Mount Hoverla Trail

Length

4.0 mi

Difficulty

Moderately Hard

Elevation Gain

2,286 ft

Start Before

12 pm (All Year)

Mount Hoverla is the crowning peak of Ukraine. More than just a feature on the horizon, Hoverla embodies the national pride of the Ukrainian people, especially following the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. 

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Makovytsia Mountain & Dovbush Rocks Trails

Length

7.5 mi

Difficulty

Easy

Elevation Gain

1,425 ft

Start Before

5 pm (May - Oct)

Hikers who traverse the Makovytsia and Dovbush trails will find themselves following in the footsteps of an 18th-century rebel leader known today as the Carpathian Robin Hood.

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Pip Ivan Mountain & Observatory Trail

Length

12.6 mi

Difficulty

Hard

Elevation Gain

4,832 ft

Start Before

9am (May - Oct)

The Pip Ivan Mountain trail takes hikers beyond the clouds and into the stars.  At Pip Ivan’s peak stands the former Polish astronomical and meteorological observatory known as the “White Elephant''. 

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Khomyak Mountain Trail

Length

9.9 mi

Difficulty

Moderately Hard

Elevation Gain

3,930 ft

Start Before

9 am (May - Oct)

Sharing the name with one of the Carpathians’ most mild-mannered mammals, Khomyak translates to “hamster” in English. Nearing the summit, hikers are greeted by striking red-and-grey, lichen-covered boulder fields cascading down the mountainside. 

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Nesamovyte Lake Trail

Length

3.7 mi

Difficulty

Easy

Elevation Gain

1,610 ft

Start Before

12 pm (May - Oct)

Nesamovyte Lake isn’t known for its vast shoreline or crushing depths. Instead, hikers are drawn to the mountain top lake for its serene, mirror-like qualities.