MOUNT HOVERLA HIKING

A DAY TRIP TO THE HEART OF THE UKRAINIAN CARPATHIANS

To say that Mount Hoverla is a beautiful and interesting place would be an understatement. It becomes the symbol of Ukraine and one the most popular tourist destinations in the Carpathians.

WHY IS HOVERLA CLIMBING SO POPULAR?

First of all, mountain hiking is a good rest from everyday routine and bustling city life. Nevertheless, it is always a challenge. It’s an opportunity to test your strength and endurance. However, if you decide to take this step, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and unforgettable experience.

Mount Hoverla (2061 m) – is the highest peak of Ukraine. Nevertheless, the route to the top is not difficult. Almost everyone can climb Hoverla and take a selfie from the highest point of Ukraine. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

The route to Hoverla’s top lies through the most stunning landscapes in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It’s the best place to enjoy the beauty of unspoiled Carpathian nature. Hoverla climbing will give you the great sense of lightness and freedom.

WHAT VERTICES ARE THERE BESIDES THE GOVERLA?

As a part of the Chornohora mountain rage, mount Hoverla is located near such popular and picturesque mountain peaks as Brebeneskul (2033), Pip Ivan (2022 m), Petros (2020 m) and other high peaks which are worth seeing. Its slopes are mainly covered with meadows, spruce forests and shrubs. If you want to fall in love with Hoverla completely, you should visit an indescribably beautiful eighty-meter high Prut waterfall, which consists of six cascades. Surely, it is one of the most popular tourist spots.

It’s no wonder that Hoverla hiking is extremely popular pastime among locals and tourists. For safety reasons, climbing the mountain is permitted only from May until October.

Forest near Zaroslyak basecamp
Forest near Zaroslyak Basecamp

POPULAR TRAIL

The most well-known trail starts from the Zaroslyak basecamp. Near the camp, tourists could buy water, snacks and visit souvenir shops. It’s possible to get there by your own car or to book a transfer from Vorohta. The length of the route is about 4 km and it takes approximately six hours round trip. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, take enough water and food. The first section of the route is the easiest one, it passes through the forest, then, you will go across the area of shrubs and reach the beautiful meadows. There is no shadow here and in summer it’s important to have sun protection.

The top of mount Hoverla looks like a small flat space that gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy the surrounding landscapes. Be aware, that the weather on the top of Hoverla is unpredictable. Even if at the bottom it is sunny and pleasant, on the top it might be raining, windy and cold. What is more, the name “Hoverla” origins from Hungarian and means “snow mountain”, because the top covered with snow for the most of the year. For this reason, all tourists should take warm clothes and raincoats.

As you descend from the top, you will return to the same place that you started – Zarosliak basecamp. Without any doubts, Hoverla hiking will become one of the most vivid memories in your life. It’s easy, it’s exciting, it’s a must-do thing in the Carpathians.