In many Carpathians are associated with hiking in the mountains or winter sports. But along with this, the region is ready to please with other types of recreation. If you are looking for leisure time for health and relaxation, then chans in the Carpathians will be the optimal choice. This is a unique SPA procedure, originally from Transcarpathia, which will not be able to leave a single person indifferent.

Чани в Карпатах

What are tanks and how did they appear?

Modern Carpathian vats are large cast-iron boilers with thick walls. And the boiler itself is integrated into a special platform or stands on a fireplace. This cast-iron tank is filled with mineral water, to which various useful herbs, needles, etc. can be added. A fire is made under the vat and the water is gradually heated to 40-45 degrees Celsius. This allows you to feel comfortable even in the winter season.

Bathing in tanks is accompanied by further bathing in cold water, it can be a natural reservoir or a pool. Mineral water, surrounding nature, aromatic herbs and contrast of temperatures benefit various body systems. And the most remarkable thing is that these hot tubs in the Carpathians are located in the open air in winter and summer, thanks to which you can simultaneously enjoy bathing and the unique beauty around.

Now you know they are vats. But how did they appear? It is believed that they first appeared on the territory of Transcarpathia – in the village of Lumshory. It was the customs of local residents that started the tradition of healing by bathing in large containers with contrasting temperatures. Today, they have become popular not only in the territory of the Carpathians or Western Ukraine, but also all over the world.

How is the process of bathing in tanks?

The process of bathing in vats is quite simple and clear – there is a capacious cast-iron cauldron in the open air, under which the fire breaks out. The water is heated to 40-45 degrees. Stones are placed on the bottom, which will simultaneously retain heat and protect against burns.

It is important to remember that you need to immerse yourself in the health baths gradually, so the body will get used to the temperature drop. If you wish, you can sometimes take a break to splash yourself with cold water, or dive into a reservoir, especially cool when it is a mountain river. In Transcarpathia, you can find tanks of completely different sizes, which can accommodate 3, 6, 8, 10 people and even more.

Numerous reviews claim that you should visit the vats with a view of the mountains precisely in the winter season. Just imagine – it’s winter, it’s snowing, and you’re in a tank and admiring the scenery, believe me, it’s something you’ll remember for a long time! And what a relaxing and restorative effect you will get after a few days of skiing or snowboarding, plunging into warm water with healing herbs, and the view of the winter Carpathian mountains opens before you.

Benefit and harm from vats

Although this tradition has been around for hundreds of years, there is still controversy over how safe and beneficial tub bathing is. Let’s consider the benefits and harm they bring to the body.

➕ Benefits for the body

Properly organized baths in Transcarpathia will not only relieve fatigue, stress and help you relax, but will also provide:

  • removal of toxins from the body and blood purification;
  • returning vital energy and helping to restore youth;
  • tightens the skin and helps fight excess weight;
  • normalizes the operation of the musculoskeletal system;
  • work of the cardiovascular system improves, blood pressure stabilizes;
  • metabolism improves and thyroid function normalizes;
  • increases immunity and allows you to cope with a mild cold;
  • strengthens the nervous system, fighting insomnia and anxiety;
  • provides general strengthening of the body.

And this list can only be continued, which is why therapeutic tanks in the Carpathians are in such high demand among tourists from all over the world.

➖ Damage to the body

As for harm to the body, it is possible only if the person who takes the chan has contraindications to it. Among the contraindications for visiting the vats can be noted:

  • diabetes;
  • cardiovascular diseases;
  • urolithiasis;
  • liver cirrhosis;
  • oncological diseases.

Before visiting the vats in Transcarpathia, you should carefully listen to your body. Only in this case, you will exclusively benefit from the procedure, excluding any possible harm.

Map of SPA resorts in Transcarpathia

Prices for bathing in tanks

Chans Price
“At Tsimbora” (Lumshory village) From UAH 600/hour
“Hunting estate” (Lumshory village) From UAH 550/hour
“To lem ande” (Lumshory village) From UAH 700/hour
“Uncle” (Yaremche) From UAH 800/hour
“Yaremchan vats” (Yaremche) 1500 UAH for 2 hours
“Bukovelsky Chani” (Polyanytsia village) From UAH 780/hour
“Hell vats” (Polyanytsia village) From UAH 750/hour
“Man’s vats” (Mykulychyn) 2000 UAH for 2 hours
“Vip Chany” (Mykulychyn) 1500 UAH for 2 hours
“Tatariv vats” (Tatariv village) 1500 UAH for 2 hours
“Royal Chan” (Tarariv village) 1500 UAH for 2 hours
“Source of the Carpathians” (Slavske) 1800 UAH for 2 hours
“Carpathian tank” (Slavskoye) 1200 UAH for 2 hours
Villa “Zlata” (the village of Verkhovyna) 600 UAH/hour
Magurka cottages (Verkhovyna village) From UAH 600/hour
“TAOR Karpaty Resort & Spa” (Skhidnytsia township) 1500 UAH for 2 hours
“Camelot” in Uzhgorod 800 UAH/hour
Chan “Aratta” (Pylipets village) From UAH 600/hour
Volnohor complex in Mukachevo 400 UAH/hour

How to choose the right tanks?

Transcarpathia will delight tourists with an incredibly huge selection of places with tanks of different sizes, prices and volumes. But before swimming, we recommend making the right choice:

  • Cleanliness. Be sure to pay attention to cleanliness. If it is dirty, then resting in the vats in Transcarpathia may not result in recovery, but a fungus or a more serious disease.
  • Size and volume. It should correspond to the number of people who will bathe in it. For large companies, choose a tank for 6-10 people, and if you want to relax together, then a small tank.
  • Feedback. Always check the reviews of past visitors – when choosing the most popular places, you are guaranteed to find opinions from other visitors.
  • Location. Choose a tank that will be close to the hotel or directly in the hotel. it is unlikely that you will want to go somewhere for a long time after the procedure.
  • Wall thickness. The greater the thickness of the cast iron, the more evenly the heating and cooling of the water inside will occur, so it is in the tanks with a thick wall that you will get maximum pleasure.
  • Form. Tanks are round and triangular in shape. Here, everything depends on the preferences – it is easier to be in a half-lying position in a rounded one, and to sit in a triangular one.
  • Properties of water. Transcarpathia has quite a lot of mineral springs with different water properties. In popular spas, the water really has healing properties, and some spas fill their tanks with ordinary spring or artesian water.

Taking all this into account, you will be able to choose the appropriate solution individually for yourself. And, of course, you should pay attention to the appearance of the tank itself.

Various types of tanks

Depending on your preferences and goals, you can choose the tank that suits you:

  • Standard tanks. These are classic tanks in which mineral water is pure. The optimal choice if you want to relax and relieve stress.
  • Pots on herbs. These are vats to which various herbs from the Carpathian forests have been added. Adding herbs will not only allow you to relax, but also to enjoy the pleasant aroma of plants.
  • Tanks with hydrogen sulfide water. Hydrogen sulfide water, not mineral water, is used, which will improve immunity, make the skin smoother and more elastic, and also promote the health of the musculoskeletal system.

Also, in Transcarpathia, you can find other varieties: with wine, milk, wild berries, coniferous extract and fragrant roses. You are guaranteed to be able to find a suitable solution individually for you.

Where to go to chan?

In fact, in every corner of Transcarpathia you will find a place where you will be offered a vacation in a vat. But if the purpose of your vacation is to improve your health, then the best vats in the Carpathians are located in Lumshory. And it is not surprising, because this is where they begin. But if you do not have the opportunity to go to Lumshory, then you can choose a solution from the list for your location

The best locations with tanks

Rating of the best tanks in Transcarpathia

If you are looking for the best Hutsul vats in Transcarpathia, we suggest you choose the appropriate option from the rating of the best vats.

Чаны у Цимбора (с. Лумшори)

Tanks near Tsymbora (Lumshory village)

Address: Priozerna street, 9, Lumshory village, Transcarpathian region.

Working hours: 24 hours a day.

Price: depends on the number of people in the tank:

  • 6-8 people: UAH 700/hour;
  • 8-12 people: UAH 900/hour
«Панські чани»

“Man’s vats” (Mykulychyn village)

Addresses: vul. 1 Travnya, 23a, Mykulychyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region

Robot Hour: 09:00-23:00.

Price: 2000 UAH for 2 years (4-10 osіb).

Татарівські чани

“Tatarivski chani” (v. Tatariv)

Addresses: vul. R. Shukhevycha, 1a, Tatariv, Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Robot Hour: 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Price: UAH 1500 for 2 years. (4 people).

«Дикі Чани» (с. Поляниця)

“Diki Chani” (Polyanytsya village)

Addresses: Karpatska street, 5, Polyanytsya village, Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Robot Hour: 9:00 to 00:00.

Price: call (097) 445-33-92 for details.

Each of them is the best in its region and will provide an unforgettable vacation for you and your family.

Advice before visiting the vats

  • Ask the owners or a doctor you know if you have any contraindications to the procedure.
  • Make sure that the selected tanks in the mountains comply with sanitary and hygienic standards, also ask about the frequency of water changes.
  • You should not swim with strangers, because you are unlikely to relax and enjoy bathing.
  • If you are allergic to herbs and needles, choose standard tanks or with hydrogen sulfide water.
  • When visiting the vats in a large group, we recommend choosing flat structures – it is convenient for the group to be located.
  • Follow the recommended time of stay in the tank – this is the only way to achieve the maximum therapeutic effect. And the contrast of pouring cold water or swimming in a mountain river will add more strength and vigor.

What are tanks?
Chaneys are traditional cauldrons made of cast iron. Inside them is mineral or hydrogen sulfide water with a temperature of up to 45 degrees. Intended for recovery and relaxation.
What is the use of Carpathian tanks?
Baths provide a restorative and health-improving effect, having a beneficial effect on the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, immunity, skin, and guarantee a general improvement of the body's condition.
Where are the hot tubs in the Carpathians?
In fact, you can find thermal baths in every corner of Transcarpathia in winter and at other times of the year. But if you are looking for the best tanks, then you need to go to Lumshory.
What to take with you to the tanks?
When going to the tank, take with you swimming trunks or a bathing suit, slippers, a towel, water or drinks, and a good mood. It is not recommended to take alcoholic beverages with you, because of this you can get heart arrhythmia and high blood pressure.
What is the cost of a tank in the Carpathians?
Prices for tanks in the Carpathians vary in a wide range. It depends on its type, size, number of bathers and even the location where you plan to bathe. For example, vats in Polyanytsia will cost more than in the village of Tatariv.

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