The most famous mountain of the Ukrainian Carpathians, the highest point of Ukraine, one of the most popular tourist routes – yes, yes, we are all about Hoverl. Many tourists consider it their duty to get to know the mountain before starting to explore other Carpathian attractions. Others believe that due to too large an influx of tourists, Hoverl is no longer of interest. Where is the truth?
Hoverla – the main peak of Ukraine
Let’s start with the well-known facts: the top of Hoverla is at an altitude of 2061 meters above sea level, and in good weather it offers a wonderful view of the whole … well, not of the whole of Ukraine, but of most of the Ivano-Frankivsk and Transcarpathian regions, and even a little to Romania.
From here you can see the well-known nearby Petros peak (2020 m), the White Elephant observatory on Pop-Ivan Chornogorsk, and the entire Montenegrin ridge in general. On the horizon – Marmarosi, Svidovets, Gorgany.
At the very top is the flag of Ukraine, a cross and a pedestal in the form of a trident.
How is it to conquer Hoverla? Each tourist has his own answer. Someone writes this day on the list of life achievements next to skydiving or the first trip abroad. Someone climbs here to see this incredible landscape with their own eyes, feel complete freedom and breathe in the intoxicating mountain air. For some, Hoverla is the first step towards discovering a new hobby, hiking tourism.
It is safe to say that the mountain does not leave anyone indifferent.
Hoverla and tourists
As for the influx of tourists, it really exists, but its scale is sometimes slightly exaggerated. On normal weekdays, there are not many more people here than on other popular peaks, the same Petros. But for the holidays… well, that’s a completely different conversation.
So, on Independence Day, Hoverla becomes a place of “pilgrimage” for hundreds of tourists. There really is no turning back here, and it gives new feelings from the holiday! Hundreds of people sing Ukrainian songs, greet each other, drink tea, coffee and mulled wine, which is sold right there. Believe me, it is worth experiencing at least once in your life!
How to get to Hoverla
The tourist route most often starts in the village of Kvasy and passes through Petros, Hoverla and four more two-thousanders to the village of Dzembronya. There is also a return route. It takes about 6 days, while Hoverla falls on the third day.
A popular and shorter route – through the Zaroslyak tourist base (1100 m). The base is located on the territory of the Carpathian Reserve Park, near Vorokhta, Ivano-Frankivsk region. You can get here by bus to climb Hoverla in just a few hours. The length of the route is 3.7 km, but you will have to climb 730 meters. It is impossible to get lost, the trail is marked along its entire length.
We believe that conquering Hoverla is a must. But, if you dare, don’t forget warm things, it’s quite cool and windy here even on the hottest summer days!