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Shypit waterfall

🕒 Date of last update of the article: 07.01.2024 at 8:37 p.m   |  🖋 Author: Viktor Shatrov

In the middle of the emerald Carpathians, near the village of Pylypets at the foot of the Hymba mountain, there is a magical Shypit waterfall, which is considered one of the seven wonders of Ukrainian nature.

From the depths of the earth on the slope of Mount Velikiy Verkh (altitude 1,598 m), a small stream, Ploshanka, rushes down. Its waters are filled with freshness and coolness. Falling in several unique cascades from a height of fourteen meters, the crystal clear water of this stream breaks on the stones, forming billions of bright drops, which win in the sun with amazing colors in the rays and generate the melodious whisper of Shipit waterfall.

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Tens of thousands of travelers come to see this natural masterpiece. The waterfall is beautiful at any time of the year. In the summer, during the hottest periods, the waterfall is a small stream that snakes in a cascade over several rocky ledges. In winter, it partially freezes, forming original ice figures. But it attracts tourists the most in spring, when the snow melts, and in autumn, during the period of heavy rains. It is at this time that the majestic giant thunders to all the surroundings, telling an ancient legend about love.

Photo and video of Shypit waterfall

A brief overview

🗺 Location N48°39’21.8683″ E23°16’08.8159″
💧 Full height 14m
🧭 Distance from the village. Pylypets 6 km
🚙 Road for On foot
🏕 Stand with a tent Yes
🏡 Housing nearby Pylipets, Izky
☕ Cafes and shops Pylipets, Izky

The fascinating history of Shypit waterfall

In ancient times, two families lived in the village of Pylypets. A beautiful daughter grew up in a rich family, who was the pride of her wealthy parents. The girl of noble origin and wonderful beauty attracted many gentlemen. But you can’t tell your heart: she fell in love with Ivanka, a young neighbor boy from a poor family. In order for no one to find out about their love, they began to meet secretly near the Velikiy Verkh mountain. In a deserted place, only the Carpathians witnessed their meetings.

But everything secret sooner or later becomes obvious. Their love began to be talked about throughout the village, the gossip even reached the girl’s mother. One day, tracking where her daughter was going in the evening, she witnessed their date. With anger in her heart, she began to scold the young couple in every possible way. Suddenly, the sky thundered terribly, thunder rolled, lightning flashed and it started to rain. Rapid, huge streams of water instantly covered Ivanka and Marichka and carried them into the abyss. At first they were holding hands, but suddenly the waterfall forcibly separated them and pushed them in opposite directions.

The girl’s mother, who witnessed the terrible tragedy, came to the waterfall every day since then and cried. Until on the night of Ivan Kupala, she heard her daughter’s voice whispering words of love to Ivanka. The stunned mother cried out in despair: “Do you hear people whispering? They are whispering to each other.” Since then, the waterfall has been nicknamed “Shypit”, and its history has become a legend. The waterfall has been popular since 1993. At that time, a festival of youth subcultures began to be held here. Every summer, thousands of representatives of youth informal movements from all over the world come to it.

How to get to Shypit waterfall: routes

 Walking route

🔰 Start From Parking
🚶 Walking distance 300 m
⬆ Rise from 743 m to 776 m

Those who want to visit Shypit Pylypets waterfall will receive very hospitably. Not far from the waterfall is a restaurant serving the best Transcarpathian cuisine. Every tourist can become a participant in the excursion, explore the slopes of the Borzhavsky ridge, conquer the peak of Velikiy Verkh, Stoy, Plai, Magura and Khimba mountains. And the waterfall will definitely be the highlight of such a hike.

Also, in the summer in Pylypets, you can ride horses, improve your health with the help of mineral springs and clean air. As can be judged from the reviews, Mezhyhirya has a well-developed skiing infrastructure, so excellent recreation is also provided here in the winter season. If you are traveling without a guide, it will be useful to know how to get to the village and where the Shipit waterfall is located. The waterfall is located directly on the outskirts of the village of Pylypets and the road to it is not difficult. There are several ways to get to Pylypets:

  1. By train going along the route Lviv-Mukachevo or Kyiv-Chop. After getting off at Volovets station, change to a motor vehicle heading to Mizhhirya.
  1. There are regular buses from Uzhhorod, Mizhhirya, Mukachevo, and Volovets that go directly to Pylypets.

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Tours and excursions

Озеро Синевир
12 hours
From 800 ₴
excursion to kolochava
1 day (14 hours)
From 850 ₴
nature synevir
14 hours
From 850 ₴
тур в закарпаття на вихідні
3 days / 2 nights
From 3691 ₴
тур в закарпаття
2 days / 1 night
From 2391 ₴

Accommodation nearby

Готель «Shulc»
Mizhhirya, str. Kotlyarevsky, 4
+380 ....

from 900₴/night
Санаторій «Верховина»
Mizhhirsky district, village Soymy, 1
+380 ....

from 450 ₴/day
Restaurant and hotel complex "Orion"
st. Shevchenka, 90, Mizhgirya
+380 ....

from 650 ₴/night
Restaurant and hotel complex "Non stop"
st. Nezalezhnosti 63, town Mizhgirya
+380 ....
from 589 UAH/night
Hotel "Fortuna" in Mizhhiria
Mezhhirya, st. G. Dobry, 30
+380 ....

from 1045 ₴/night
Еко готель “Ізки”, Міжгір’я
village Izky, Khust district
+380 ....
from 1000 ₴/night
Ресторанно-готельний комплекс «Арніка», Міжгір’я
Synevyrska Polyana village, Krasnyi tract
+380 ....

from 1500

Leisure nearby

Ресторан «Фортуна» (Міжгір'я)
30, Heorhiya Dobry str., Mizhhirya, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine
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Spruce house
st. Turyanitsy, 6, town Mizhgirya, Khust district, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, 90000
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Restaurant Grunok (Under the waterfall)
Pylypets, 343-a, Khust district, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, 90000
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Restaurant brewery ZIP
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Trembita Restaurant in Mizhhiria
Khustska Street, 62A, town Mizhgirya, Khust district, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, 90000
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Restaurant of recreation center Kamyanka
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Popular questions

Shypit waterfall: where is it located?
The waterfall is located near the village of Pylypets, at the foot of Mount Hymba in Transcarpathia.
How to get to Shypit waterfall?
To get to the waterfall, first you need to come to Pylypets and in the village itself turn in the direction of Shypit. You need to walk 300 meters from the parking lot to the waterfall.
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He was born and lived all his life in Uzhhorod. He graduated with a gold medal from Uzhhorod School No. 1 named after Taras Shevchenko (now Uzhhorod Lyceum named after Taras Shevchenko). He studied at the History Department of UzhNU, graduating with honours in 2009. He worked as a senior researcher at the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, a lecturer at the East European Slavic University.