Hoverla, Vorokhta

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Mount Hoverla at 2061m, is the highest mountain in Ukraine and part of the Carpathian Mountains. The mountain is located in the Eastern Beskides, in the Chornohora region. The slopes are covered with beech and spruce forests, above which there is a belt of sub-alpine meadows called polonyna in Ukrainian. At the eastern slope there is the main spring of the Prut River. The name is of Old Hungarian origin and means 'snow mountain'. Hoverla is composed of sandstone, a sedimentary rock type.The date of the first ascent is unknown. In late 19th century the mountain became a notable tourist attraction, especially among tourists from nearby cities of Galicia. In 1880 the first tourist route between the peak of Hoverla and Krasny Luh was marked by Leopold Wajgel of the Galician Tatra Society. The following year the first tourist shelter was founded there.In the 20th century the mountain increasingly gained popularity as an extreme sports site. Some routes are classified as 1A in the winter period, according to the USSR grading system. Nowadays because of its prominence too many unskilled extreme-lovers are taking attempts to climb it in winter, resulting in regular frostbite or even deaths. The most popular approach to the summit starts from the tour-basa Zaroslyak on the mountain's east face and gains more than 3,600 vertical feet along a steep path with few switchbacks. There is a steeper route and a more gentle one but a lengthier one .
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  • Immediately be prepared to ensure that it will not be easy. We went to Hoverla guided tour of Yaremche, raised with the Panel and guide from "Zaroslyak" on the blue route. We are lucky and the weather was very nice, sunny and few clouds. The rise of the blue route is quite difficult, most of the way we need to climb on the rocks (probably during the rain there terribly slippery). The last 200 m the most complex, as is getting steeper and steeper, and the forces are quickly running out. At the top of so many people. Very directly. But the atmosphere there, all encourage each other, joking. Also at the top you can buy souvenirs, but better to go down and see them on the market at the foot of where they notably cheaper. On account of things-don't bring your clothes and things for you to roads which present new and decent look, because you made them with 100% likely to get dirty in the mud and clay, obotrete of all the stones and soak. Take water, some bars to snack, a warm jacket, a raincoat, just in case. Descent along the blue route has proven in 1000 times worse recovery. It makes sense to rent sticks, they help a lot not to fall (though I still managed a couple of times). But, of course, nature compensates for all the difficulties and efforts. So at least once in a lifetime goverla-is a must visit.
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  • Ascend to the Hoverla mountain was already long ago. And once drove in the Carpathians, decided to run. Guided tours have been raised with the Agency "100 dorig. He, of course, peculiar, but with our people, probably, and it should be stricter, still he was responsible during the tour. The climb was difficult, but we are fortunate in all senses: weather awesome people a bit, started climbing at 8 am, view-breathtaking. Consider visiting the Carpathians-Hoverla ascention must be in the execution list.
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  • Conquered the highest point of Ukraine-Goverla! It was certainly cool, on top of just two captures. At least once, but worth the climb and conquer this peak:) You can also go without a guide-don't exactly get lost, basically all are medium (complexity) route if there is no rush-walk without problems. Who in their abilities not sure-go through the easy route.
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  • Unbelievable emotions, guys! There are a lot of beautiful landscapes around so you will spend a lot of time there to make a lot of photos. Recommend to make a camp for some days. But reaching the peak was very hard and long. Take sweatshirt with you, it is so cold on the top
  • Tallest point in Ukraine, gotta check it out. The climb isn't easy though. I'm a solid runner and it beat me up pretty good. It's almost 2.5 miles straight to the top. The climb, plus the elevation change makes wearing the right gear important. Wear many layers. It was a sunny day and I ended up in shorts and a t-shirt. Moisture wicking gear makes it an easy day, but don't forget a good jacket, gloves, and hat for the top (which gets quite cold).
  • The highest mountain in Ukraine, el. 2061 m. Constantly ravaged by ascending herds of day-hikers, who have a scathing effect on what remains of the Eastern slopes. Therefore if you enjoy at least some solitude, it is highly advisable to scale the mountain from any other direction, preferably South or North-West. Both of these are bit more damanding, but spare you from the meddling and noisy day-hiking crowd.
  • Brilliant hike up the highest point in Ukraine. Not a small home, but easily doable in trainers doing summers. Small feat for mountaineers, but worth the trip as outstanding views on the Ukrainian and Romanian Carpathians
  • Magnificient view! Good hike.... Pretty exhausting but awesome!

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