We have already introduced you to the beauty of the Carpathian lakes in the article about Lake Rosokhan. And this time we will talk about three lakes, no less beautiful, completely different, and located very close to each other.
Vorozheska, Apshinets and Gerashaska are located on the Svidovets ridge, located in the Transcarpathian region. This mountain massif stretches in an arc from the southeast to the northwest, the peak of its highest mountain, Blyznytsia, is at an altitude of 1,883 meters above sea level, and the ridge itself is considered by some to be the center of Europe!
Well, we deviated from the topic, let’s first talk about the lakes themselves, and then – about how to get to them.
Vorozheska or Triton
At an altitude of 1,460 meters above sea level, there are two lakes called Vorozhskaya. According to legend, two brothers who were in love with the same girl once died here. They decided to swim across the lake to argue, thereby deciding who would get the beloved, but went to the bottom because of a storm that suddenly started. After learning about this, the mother ran to the lake, sobbing and repeating: “Why did you take my sons away so hostilely?”. And the mountains picked up: “Hostile…hospitable…Vorozheska”.
Well, okay, we are not here because of the legends. And for a wonderful view, the cleanest, even in summer, very cold water and good places to pitch tents. And no more words, just look at the photo! By the way, if you stand near the lake from the side of the stream, the illusion may arise as if it flows off a cliff, straight into the abyss.
- many places for tents, there are bonfires, even benches;
- there is a spring with clean drinking water, it does not dry up in summer;
- if you try, you can find firewood, you just have to go further along the ridge.
Gerashaska or Dogyaska
The lake is located above Vorozheska, at an altitude of 1577 meters. It looks no less interesting, especially if you look at it from the mountain. But there are significantly fewer tourists here, probably due to the almost complete absence of vegetation.
On hot summer days, you can see vacationers in swimsuits here, but few people dare to set up tents. Here’s why:
- there are no trees, the tents are not protected from the wind;
- respectively, there is no firewood either, you need to take a burner with you;
- the lake is “fed” by rainwater, there are no streams.
But don’t even think about skipping the lake and passing by, if you like blueberries, there are plenty of them here!
Apshynets or Troyaska
Wikipedia claims that Apshinets is one of the most famous glacial lakes in Transcarpathia. Fortunately, this does not mean a mad rush of tourists even in season. You won’t be able to rest as “savages”, but you will find a place for a tent.
Located at an altitude of 1487 meters above sea level, it is fed by a stream located in its western part. Moreover, the stream is really very convenient – you can put a tent next to it and collect water a few steps from the fire. The Apshinets River, a tributary of the Black Tysa, flows from the lake.
- there is a stream, there are no problems with water collection at all;
- normal places for a tent;
- there are few trees, but it is possible to find them.
Well, if the description and photos have convinced you to visit the lakes, let’s find out how to get to them.
How to get to the lakes
Method 1. Tourist
Tourists start their journey from the village of Kvasy (by the way, the road to Petros and Hoverla starts from here). The beginning of the route is Trostyanets, a suburb of Kvasov, located on its northwestern outskirts. We go up the Braivka meadow, from there to the mountains of Blyznytsia, Tretiy and First Gendarmes (yes, yes, exactly the Third and First). We reach the exits from Dragobrat, and continue leisurely along the ridge to the descent to Vorozheska. Please note that there are two descents to the lake, choose the one that is gentler.
From here it is about half an hour to the descent to Dogyaska and another hour to Apshinets.
Method 2. Family
Don’t want to lug around all day with backpacks? We understand you! Then here is another proven method – get to Dragobrat by any means of transport, get on the ski lift, climb the mountain, casually inspecting the beautiful scenery. From here, it takes about half an hour to descend to the nearest lake.
And these are far from all the beautiful places of the Carpathians that I want to talk about! Do not miss new articles.