Ukraine is a country still in its infancy, rarely visited by the Western world, yet has so much to offer.... hospitable people, great food & drink, fantastic culture, not to mention the most awesome wilderness areas anywhere, just waiting to be explored!
This remarkable trip will have you venturing into Ukraine; taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Carpathian Mountains followed by Lviv, a Unesco listed World Heritage city and hidden pearl of Europe.
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to reach 3 mountain summits, each one providing incredible views over the mountain range!
- Expedition Leader
- Local guides and drivers
- all scheduled accommodation on twin basis
- all scheduled meals
- all scheduled transportation
- tickets and permts for scheduled tours
- **International flights not included
- **Travel Insurance not included
B=Breakfast included L=Lunch included D=Dinner included
Day One (Saturday): Arrive Lviv (D)
Arrival in Lviv. You will come together in the evening to get to know one another and to meet our Expedition Leader.
Day Two (Sunday): Transfer from Lviv to the Carpathians (BLD)
After breakfast you will have a private road transfer close to a town called Tatariv, which is in the heart of the Carpathians. From here you will start your trek through lush forests and along fresh water streams, gradually gaining altitude as you head steadily ever higher. Not long before you will reach a ridge with spectacular views of the Carpathians opening up before us. Your first night's camp will be situated here, close to the base of the ascent route for your first mountain summit, Khomiak (1542m). After lunch and a short rest those that are willing can make the short ascent to the top of Khomiak, will head up to enjoy even further views of the beautiful Carpathian landscape.
Day Three (Monday): Trek through forests and hills with ascents of Syniak and Malyi Gorgan (BLD)
This day begins with a ridge walk allowing splendid views from both sides deep into the valleys. There will be a brief interlude where you once again enter the forest, before you soon exit into the subalpine zone. If the weather is clear we see the highest and 3rd highest mountains of Ukraine in the far distance, Goverla and Petros respectively, sometimes set against the stunning backdrop of a cloud inversion. The trail will continue gradually upwards until we enter the alpine area. From here you will make your way to the summit of Syniak (1665m) over sandstone rocks. The second summit of Malyi Gorgan (1592m) lies not far along the ridge. Following the success of these 2 summits you will descend to a pass and set up camp for the night.
Day Four (Tuesday): Return to Lviv (BLD)
On the final day's walk you will travel through the Carpathian forest once more. After some time you will be picked up from a nearby road and taken back to Lviv.
Tonight you will enjoy a traditional meal, celebrating your recent adventure and reflecting on a unique experience.
Day Five (Wednesday): Tour of Lviv (BD)
Today there will be a city tour of Lviv, a Unesco listed World Heritage city. As described by Lonely Planet is “exudes the same Central European charm as pre-tourism Prague or Krakow once did”.
Lviv is a hidden gem of Europe and well worth exploring.
Day Six (Thursday): Depart Lviv (B)
Today you will depart Lviv for your return home.