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Best Hiking Trails in Ukraine

Overview

Ukraine is a large Eastern European country that has mountain landscapes in the far west of the country, as well as in the southern coast of the Crimean peninsula on the Black Sea.  The Carpathian Mountains in the western part of the country offer up plenty of hiking opportunities such as Mount Hoverla, Chornohora Ridge and Pip Ivan Mountain.  The best months to hike in Ukraine are April to October. 

*As of February 2022, both areas are off limits to travelers due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Capital: Kyiv

When To Hike in Ukraine?

April – October: For the Carpathians, the best months are May – September, with August and September being the least rainiest.  For Crimean peninsula, the best months are April – October
October: Carpathians could be ok in October
November – March: Cold; snow

Climate: Moderately continental – hot summers, cold winters

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: While hiking is a popular activity in Ukraine, good to have a guide as not all trails are well marked.  There a lot of places to hike outside of the national parks. 

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Ukraine for hiking:

  • Yaremche
  • Mykulychyn
  • Volovets

Most popular hikes in Ukraine

The majority of hiking is found in the far west of the country in the Carpathian mountains, amongst the national parks and also outside of them. There are many subranges of the Carpathians and mountain towns within them that are good bases for hiking. The mountains on the Crimean peninsula have excellent hiking but not open to most tourists. Highest Mountain: Mt Hoverla (2061 m), in the Carpathian Mountains.

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Crimean Mountains

  • Mountain range running along the coast of the Crimean Peninsula
  • Has been under Russian control since 2014 and is currently a no-go zone

Around Yaremche

  • Good base for hikes, surrounded by mountains

Synevyr National Park

Skolivski Beskydy National Park

Uzhansky National Park

  • Low mountains – right across from Bieszczadki NP in Poland

Long Distance Trails of Ukraine

Ukraine's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Ukraine Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet Ukraine, by Marc Di Duca and Greg Bloom, 2018, Lonely Planet Publications – has a little bit of hiking info – https://amzn.to/4aJbpMC
  • Ukraine: Bradt Travel Guide, by Andrew Evans, Massimiliano Di Pasquale, 2013, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3VGhzIZ
  • Lots of independently published travel guides 

 

Ukraine Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Ukraine:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Hoverla (Goverla) – Carpathians
  • Chornohora Ridge – Carpathians
  • Marmarosh massif
  • Mount Stig
  • Pip Ivan Mountain – Carpathians
  • Hrofa – Synevir
  • Gorgany – Synevir
  • Brebeneskul – Carpathains
  • Makovytsia Mountain – Carpathians

 

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