Incredible Borzhava: Velykyy Verkh and Shypit Waterfall (private tour)

Incredible Borzhava: Velykyy Verkh and Shypit Waterfall (private tour)

Polonyna Borzhava is one of the largest mountain ranges in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It stretches between the rivers Vicha, Borzhava and Rika in the Transcarpathian region. The landscapes here are very distinctive, being defined by their rhythmic structure and velvety terrain covered with grass and bilberry bushes. A one-day hike here is an easy and enjoyable walk. Borzhava has some of the most picturesques vistas in the Ukrainian Carpathians.

This hike is of moderate complexity with the length of the route appr. 16 km. Sections of rocky terrain in combination with snow may increase the complexity of the path. Duration is appr. 15 hours. Small-group format ensures a personalized experience. Make sure your clothes and your hiking boots (trekking shoes) are comfortable for the hike. Trekking shoes are obligatory!

As a private tour it starts with hotel pick-up (centrally located hotels or apartments). 
• departure from Lviv (7:00)
• ascent to Borzhava range from the Volovets pass
• snack break
• ascent to the summit of Velykyy Verkh Mountain (1598 m asl)
• descent to the Shypit Waterfall
• snack break
• return to Lviv (appr. 22:00)Polonyna Borzhava is a mountain range in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It has the longest woodless mountain meadows in Transcarpathia, stretching for about 50 km. Borzhava is mostly covered with grass and bilberry bushes, which creates the characteristic velvety appearance of its slopes and makes it a favourite destination for berry foraging from July till September.

Velykyy Verkh (in Ukrainian, the Big Peak) is one of the mountains of the Borzhava Range (1598 m asl). The summit is a great viewpoint with the panorama of the whole range stretching from southeast to northwest in the form of a huge bow. Velykyy Verkh, together with a nearby Hymba Mountain, is the main destination for paragliders in the Carpathians.

Play mountain is one of the peaks of the Borzhava Range (1330 m asl). On the summit, there is a television transmitter and a functioning meteorological station. 

Shypit Waterfall is one of the most popular and attractive falls in the Ukrainian Carpathians, with its 5 cascades and the height of 14 m. It is an easy-accessible place, therefore it could be a crowded place during the high season. The place is also famous for the informal festival of alternative music, which takes place annually in the beginning of June.

Special terms

The program of the tour is designed for physically healthy people who are interested in outdoor activities. The length of the route is 16 km. Sections of rocky terrain may increase the complexity of the path. This tour is of moderate complexity. During the tour, everybody carries his/her own backpack with personal equipment and a share of food supply for the group.

Higher in the mountains, the temperature may be significantly lower than that at the foothills, and strong winds may occur. Unpredictable weather changes are possible, too.

The guide reserves the right to make changes in the program depending on the weather or the condition of the participants.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Minimum age is 10 years (recommended)"
"Dress code: check our recommended equipment list below"
"Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
"We kindly ask to double check our"
"to avoid any misunderstandings. The company reserves the right to reject your participation in a hike provided you don’t have appropriate footwear. This requirement was based on the necessity to guarantee your safety and convenience."
"Please inform us if you need any of the below mentioned equipment while booking the tour. The prices are given per person per day. We kindly ask you to reserve the equipment in advance. We don't demand any deposit from our clients."
"Light backpack for hiking (daypack) with a rain cover (3 euro)"
"Trekking shoes (waterproof)"
"Gaiters (2 euro)"
"Warm socks (and a spare pair)"
"Thermal underwear (both top and bottom)"
"Wind stop and waterproof pants and jacket"
"2 Fleece jackets or sweaters (1 light and 1 warm)"
"Warm hat and buff"
"2 pairs of gloves, a light and a warm pair (waterproof and wind stop)"
"Sitting mat with a fixing belt"
"Thermos with hot tea"
"Trekking poles (2 euro)"
"Personal portable first-aid kit"
"Sunglasses or goggles"
"Set of clothes for transfers during the tour (shoes, socks, underwear, outerwear): please mind that the clothes after hiking may be wet or dirty"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"

Start Time: 07:00 AM
Duration: 15 Hours
Start location: Hotel pickup: centrally located Lviv hotels or apartments
Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • private tour
  • hotel pickup and drop-off
  • transportation by private vehicle
  • meals during the hike
  • guiding services
  • travel insurance
  • Snacks

Not Included

  • extra drinks and meals
  • equipment rent (if required)


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