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Tour “Where the cedars grow: legends of the fabulous Gorgany”

Osmoloda, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine
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3 days / 2 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people




Briefly about the hike “Legends of the fabulous Gorgan”

Even beginners will be able to overcome the path of this three-day hike Gorgans. In addition to the small complexity of the route, another advantage of this hike is that it passes through extremely picturesque places Ukrainian Carpathians. The tourists’ path will pass through the charming Grofa landscape reserve. This protected area is very valuable because it is home to cedars, which are extremely rare in the Carpathians. For three days, we will be lucky enough to enjoy the aroma of the coniferous forest as we make our way along the stony forest paths. We will get the most positive impressions by conquering the Grofu and Parenka mountains. From this height, in clear weather, you will be able to see the most beautiful Gorgan ridges and peaks and admire the incredible landscapes of the Central and Western Gorgan. Thanks to this hike, you can free yourself from the shackles of civilisation for three days and break free into the wild and extremely picturesque mountain nature. At the same time, despite the isolation from civilisation, even children can do this hike, as they must see the beauty of the Ukrainian Carpathians.

Hiking plan “Legends of the fabulous Gorgany”

The three-day route through the Gorgan Mountains with the conquest of the Grofa and Parenky peaks will immerse you in the world of Carpathian wildlife among the highland landscape reserve at an altitude of over 1500 metres above sea level! All this will leave in your heart only vivid impressions and pleasant memories of an exciting trip!

Day 1

Ivano-Frankivsk – Osmoloda – Plisce meadow

During the first day, you will be able to walk about 9 kilometres at a slow pace and climb to 750 metres above sea level.

Our trip traditionally starts in the morning in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. Here tourists meet and go by bus to the starting point of the hike in the village of Osmoloda. Several popular routes start from here. For our trip, we choose the most optimal option. This route stretches to the picturesque Plitse meadow 1500 metres above sea level and passes by the Grofu and Parenky mountains.

On this route, at first we will walk alongside the Moloda River, and then we will follow the path to the headwaters of the Kotelets Stream. After making a little more effort and climbing through the spruce forest, we will come to a cosy wooden house, which is a working tourist shelter. If there are free places, we will stay directly in the shelter. If not, we will be able to stay in tents next to the house. However, do not worry, because in most cases we will be able to find and take free places. So you are guaranteed comfort and cosiness for two days.

At the end of the first day, after we make a fire and cook a delicious dinner, we will be able to talk to our hearts’ content in the fantastic atmosphere of the highlands at 1500 metres above sea level.

Day 2

Tourist shelter “Plisce” – Mount Grofa (1748 m) – Mount Parenky (1735 m)

During the second day of the hike, leaving our backpacks behind, we will be able to walk 8 kilometres and climb a total of 600 metres.

The whole second day we will be able to walk without the burden of backpacks, which we will leave in the shelter. We will take with us only the minimum of necessary things. At first, we will move along an easy climb that will lead us to the top of Mount Grofi. From here we will be able to enjoy the incredible scenery of Gorgan. Grofa is one of the most beautiful Carpathian mountains, shrouded in ancient legends.

From here, from a heavenly height, like birds, we can, in clear weather, admire the incredible panoramic view of the sharp Sivuli ridge, the massive Pishkoni ridge, the Strymba and Strymenis mountains, and the forested slopes of the Western Gorgany.

Towards the middle of the second day, we will return to the tourist shelter in the Plitse meadow, where we will have a good lunch and replenish our water supplies. After a rest, we head to the Parenky mountain. Following the path along the Plitse meadow, we will enter a picturesque spruce forest. Gradually, the spruce trees become less and less and we get to the extremely dense area of mountain pine. In these real Carpathian jungles, which the locals call “zherepa”, tourists and activists had to cut a path, and we will follow it to the top of Parenky Mountain. In some places, this ascent is a kind of staircase made of twisted roots and pine branches.

At the top of Mount Parenki, you can admire the landscapes of the Popadda, Koretwina, and Petros Gorganski mountains. All of these peaks are decorated with scattered stones and dense wild forests, which are home to many wild animals. Since people rarely come to these places, wolves and bears, as well as smaller forest animals, feel free to roam here. In order not to become dinner for bears and wolves, we will go down the already trodden path to the shelter, where we will prepare a delicious dinner.

Day 3

Polonyna Plisce – Hut under Kin Hrofetskyi – Osmoloda

During the third day, we will manage to walk 11 kilometres and descend 780 metres.

On the third day, we will continue our forest fairy tale and go along the trails along the slopes of the Grofa and Kin Grofetsky mountains. The rise in the morning will begin with the appearance of the sun on the horizon. Next on the programme is a quick breakfast and a climb to Grofa. Here we will be able to see extremely rare cedars for the Carpathians. There are even specimens over 400 years old, which impresses even experienced tourists.

Next, we will walk along a stony path that intersects with several backstreets. The trail will lead us to a forest glade between the Grofa and Kin Grofetsky mountains. In this picturesque place, you can use another cosy forest hut, which is used as a shelter for tourists. At the end of our journey, we will go down through the forest to the Kotelec stream. Then we will continue our journey along the already familiar forest road to Osmoloda.

From Osmoloda you will be taken by bus to Ivano-Frankivsk. In Franik we will visit a local cafe, where we will be able to share our impressions of the exciting adventure in the Carpathians in a cosy atmosphere. Finally, we will have a walk around the historic part of the city. After that, we will start our journey home with positive emotions and impressions, where we will immediately have a desire to go on new amazing trips to the Ukrainian Carpathians!

Please note

Changes to the programme

The team leader has the right to make changes to the route based on weather conditions, condition and wishes of the group.

Weather conditions

It often rains in the Carpathians during the warm season, including on the territory of our route. Therefore, you should always be prepared for the vagaries of the weather and take a raincoat with you. In addition, strong winds often rise in the mountainous areas and there are sharp temperature changes from heat to significant coolness during the day. Most of the rest stops and stops along the route are at a considerable altitude. Therefore, in the evening and at night it can be quite cool even in the middle of summer. So don’t forget to pack a hat and gloves for your trip!

In addition, do not forget about your health. To avoid problems during the hike, remember that you should not have any diseases that are incompatible with hiking in the mountains.

Equipment required

Dear tourists, when you read our list of equipment, please keep in mind that it is compiled taking into account the fact that we will go on a hike in the summer. If you book a tour in spring or autumn, you should pack more warm clothes. In this case, you should consult with your manager.

If you are going to the mountains for the first time, it is better to borrow equipment from friends or use our rental service in Ivano-Frankivsk. It is after the first hike that you will be able to understand whether the mountains will become your new exciting hobby. And after communicating with experienced tourists and a team leader, you will become more informed about the peculiarities of choosing equipment and learn how to choose it according to your own needs.

When you pack your backpack, keep in mind that at the beginning of your trip in Ivano-Frankivsk the team leader will distribute food for the trip, approximately several kilograms per person. Practice proves that the normal filling of a backpack for a hike lasting from 3 to 6 days is from 12 to 17 kilograms.

If the tourist’s equipment does not comply with the recommendations on the website, the team leader has the right not to allow him/her to participate in the hike. This can happen if you take sneakers or rubber boots instead of the recommended hiking boots.

You should take the choice of equipment with maximum responsibility. Your attitude to this important aspect of hiking preparation affects both your personal health and the comfort of the trip for the whole group!

In order to protect against the effects of moisture (rain, snow), the things you pack in your backpack should be placed in plastic bags (including garbage bags).

When packing warm clothes (primarily down) and a sleeping bag, you need to approach this issue as responsibly as possible. When dry, they can keep you warm even in the worst weather.

  • Tent – must be two-layered (with an inner tent and an outer tent), with a tent waterproofness of more than 2000 mm and a floor that has a similar indicator exceeding 5000 mm (or even better, 10,000). If you want to use your own tent, you must send a photo or model to the trekking manager. After receiving this information, he will inform you about the suitability of the tent for this trip. In no case should you bring a fishing or Chinese single-layer tent!
  • Backpack – for a hike, it is optimal to use a frame with a volume of 65 to 80 litres.
  • Sleeping bag you should choose one with a comfort temperature of +2…+5 °C.
  • Rug, mat – When choosing it, you can take the usual classic Izhevsky, but not the thin one used in yoga!
  • Trekking poles – they will provide an opportunity to relieve the knee joints and serve as additional support.
  • Reinkover – is a cape to protect your backpack from precipitation. However, if you have a raincoat, you won’t need a raincoat.
  • Raincoat or poncho. It is essential to be able to use a rain cover. In this case, you should choose a model with dense polyethylene. However, it is better to take two, as any raincoat can tear during intense movements and movements in the mountains. An even better option would be a poncho, which is a rain cape that is worn with a backpack. A poncho will replace a raincoat and a raincoat.
  • Seat – Foam is essential when hiking to keep you warm and dry at rest stops and in camp.
  1. Lightweight headwear – choose a cap, panama hat, buff
  2. A multifunctional headband (buff) is a must-have. It can be used both as a headdress and to protect the neck and ears from the sun.
  3. A hat – in the mountains with their cool microclimate, a hat is a must-have at any time of the year.
  4. Membrane jacket – provides excellent protection against wind and rain. Alternatively, you can also use a windbreaker.
  5. Membrane trousers – worth taking if you have lightweight single-layer trousers.
  6. Fleece. If you really need it, you can take a sweatshirt, but you should take into account the fact that it is heavier.
  7. Lightweight long-sleeved shirt or synthetic raglan. They will provide excellent sun protection and dry quickly.
  8. 2-3 T-shirts. When travelling in the mountains, it is better to wear a synthetic one, and while staying in the camp, a cotton one is a more convenient option.
  9. Trekking trousers for transitions – lightweight and quick-drying.
  10. Shorts.
  11. Socks – 4-5 pairs, it is better not to be stingy and buy trekking socks, but you can also use ordinary ones.
  12. Underwear – several sets.
  13. A set of passive thermal underwear or a raglan with sleeping pants.
  14. A clean T-shirt and shorts/trousers to wear on the way home.
  15. Swimsuit – if possible and if there are places suitable for swimming on the route. Even in their absence, in the summer in the mountains there is almost always an opportunity to sunbathe or wash in spring water.
  16. A lightweight dress is a must-have if you want to take incredible photos #dressinhiking
  17. Flashlights/gaiters/shoe covers are optional, but you should take them if you have them.

It is worth using high trekking boots with thick corrugated soles, and even better, they should be waterproof. In summer, good quality trekking shoes can also be suitable, but this option is more risky because they do not fix the ankle, and therefore you should be very careful.

Lightweight sneakers, crocs or sandals – you should take them as a second pair of shoes so that you have something to walk around the camp in.

  1. MSBK – mug, spoon, bowl, knife. Tableware – do not bring ceramics with you in any case.
  2. Sunglasses.
  3. Sunscreen (optimally 50 SPF).
  4. Hygienic lipstick (men should also take it).
  5. Headlamp.
  6. A 1.5-litre water bottle. You can use a regular mineral water bottle for this purpose
  7. Personal first aid kit.
  8. Hygiene items – soap, shampoo (small jar or bag), toothpaste, toilet paper
  9. Delicacies – you can stock up on nuts, dried goods or sweets to your liking. But do not take too much, because we will feed you well)
  10. A towel should be made of microfibre. It is better to use a lightweight and low-volume
  11. Technology – smartphone, power bank, etc..
  12. Documents and money – be sure to pack in a sealed bag.

Local treats – berries and mushrooms

A huge variety of berries and mushrooms grow in the Carpathians. But don’t rush to pick them. Not all of them are edible, so you should be very careful! Before eating berries or mushrooms, you should always show them to a team leader. He will tell you right away if they are edible. Eating blueberries, raspberries, lingonberries, cowberries, blueberries and blackberries is very beneficial for the body.

Mushrooms will be very useful for your diet. The best option for this is porcini mushrooms. They should be subjected to sufficient heat treatment. If you have problems with the gastrointestinal tract, we do not recommend indulging in mushrooms while hiking. In any case, be sure to keep your team leader informed about mushroom picking and cooking.


  • The programme includes mandatory additional costs for transfers. Their cost can be checked with the manager, as it depends on the price of fuel and is constantly changing.
  • In addition, there may be optional expenses. Tourists can buy dried porcini mushrooms, souvenirs and dine at the Ten Restaurant or other similar establishments if they wish. The minimum amount of cash you should keep with you is 300 UAH. The maximum depends on your capabilities and plans.



Osmoloda village

Polonyna Plisce

Moloda River

Kotelets Stream

Tourist shelter "Plisce"

Mount Grofa

Parenky Mountain

Polonyna Plisce

A house near Kin Hrofetskyi

Kotelets stream

Osmoloda village



  • Meals - hot breakfast with dinner and lunch snack
  • Support for tourists in case of injury during the hike
  • Registration in the control and rescue service
  • Entrance to the reserve and payment to the foresters
  • Group first aid kit
  • Boilers, gas equipment, campfire set
  • Team leader services
  • Consultations before the trip
  • Transfers within the programme (the cost should be checked with a consultant)
  • Equipment rental (tent, backpack, sleeping bag, carimat/mat)
  • Tipping for the team leader (not obligatory, but it will be nice for him/her)
  • Expenses not included in the programme (souvenirs, force majeure, cafes, etc.)


How to go on a hike for beginners "The Legend of the Fabulous Gorgan"?
Decide on the dates of your trip and confirm your order by submitting an application and filling out a questionnaire.

After that, an experienced manager will contact you to provide you with professional advice on the tour and send you the details for payment.

After payment is made, a place is reserved for you!

After receiving confirmation from the manager, you can safely buy tickets.

When you are packing your gear, keep in mind that we have discounts for participants of the tours we organise in a large number of stores.

Upon arrival at your destination, you will be immediately met by a team leader who will organise your holiday with the maximum level of positive emotions!

We are waiting for you on our next trips!
When to buy tickets?
Given the realities of life, it is worth buying tickets in advance. However, don't worry too much about this, as even a week before the start of our trip, you can find free seats on the train. In any case, you should arrive at the Ivano-Frankivsk railway station by 10 am on the first day of our tour. Slight delays are allowed. For the return journey, you should buy tickets for the evening from 8.00 p.m to 10.00 p.m In this case, we will still have time for a walk around Ivano-Frankivsk. But don't forget that you should buy tickets only after we confirm your application for participation in the tour. As for the mechanism of purchase, choose at your discretion either the ticket office at the railway station or the online resources of the Ukrzaliznytsia website.
Where does the group meet?
The meeting point for the tour participants is the waiting room at the Ivano-Frankivsk railway station. The meeting time is usually 10 am. We focus on the last tourist to arrive. Approximately 5-7 days before the trip, you will receive an email with the exact meeting time and team leader's contacts. Do not forget to check your mail, including your spam folder!
What are the climate features?
The weather conditions in the Carpathians are extremely variable. So always be prepared for any quirks and surprises. First of all, you should have everything you need to protect yourself from precipitation in the form of rain (a raincoat, a rain cover for your backpack). Secondly, in the evening, especially at altitude, it is quite cool here even in the middle of summer, so don't go walrusing and be sure to bring a jacket, gloves and hat.
What does a set menu consist of?
During the hike, you will have simple but extremely healthy and tasty dishes. First of all, we will eat cereals and soups.

If you are allergic to certain foods or simply cannot consume them for any reason, be sure to inform the manager so that he can adjust the menu to your needs. Be sure to bring some pocket treats with you, such as nuts or sweets. Also keep in mind that the appetite in the mountains is much better than at home.

The stated menu is indicative. Each team leader has their own specialities, from which tourists have only positive impressions.

We have good news for vegans. We give them a 5% discount on our products.
What are the contraindications for climbing?
In order to take part in a hike, you must be in good health. Therefore, you should not have any diseases that are incompatible with active tourism.
Where can I go for a meal when I arrive in Ivano-Frankivsk?
In Ivano-Frankivsk itself, we recommend that you visit the Ten restaurant. The food here is extremely tasty, huge portions are served, and the prices are affordable. If there are no free seats in 10, you can eat in another pub or restaurant. A cheerful gathering with delicious food and a cool glass of beer will be a great end to a wonderful hike. With this in mind, it is best to buy return tickets in the evening (8-10pm).
What is the payment procedure?
We limit the number of group members. To book a place, the prepayment is 1000 UAH. The rest of the money is provided personally to the team leader at the meeting.
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