Winters in themselves lasts for well over seven months - starting in October and ending in April.
Overall, expect only about a hundred sunny days, with rain being a common- and frequent phenomenon that the local Hutsuls, has transformed into a legend: The legend goes that if you throw a stone into a lake during any time of the year, you might call bad weather.
Summit: Hoverla's summit is at an altitude of 2,061 meters above sea level.
Pedestrian ascent to Hoverla is prohibited from October 1st to May 1st, with only experienced climbers and mountaineer experts given permission.
Province: Zakarpattia Oblast
Location: 115 km from Ivano-Frankivsk - 49 km to the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve
Coordinates: 48°09′36″N 24°30′01″E
Height: 2,061 meters
Prominence: 1100 meters from east.
Range: Chornohora Mountain Range
Among them is Mount Riba (2,001 meters), Mount Gutin Tomnatyk (2,016 meters), Petros (2,020 meters), Pip Ivan Chornohirsky (2,028 meters), Mount Brebeneskul (2,035 meters) and Mount Hoverla (2,061 meters), which is the highest peak of all. (It is also the highest point in the Ukraine.
Directly translated, Mount Hoverla in Hungarian is, "Hóvár," meaning, "snow mountain."
This translation is quite appropriate since the top of Mount Hoverla is often snow-capped at the start and at the end of summer.
August is obviously the high season, yet, experienced travelers recommend hiking is best from June to August.
In August, the weather is great, allowing for one to enjoy the breathtaking views and clear skies.
For its part, autumn is charming in its own way, with Mount Hoverla’s slopes covered in faded grass and pastel tones.
In the height of Spring, between May and June – the mountain is an outpouring of green. Nature seems to explode with flowers of every color - from ultramarine to azure, blood-red and white.
- When hiking, keep up to your own rhythm, and only hike as fast as you can.
- Keep yourself well hydrated
- Only wear footwear that fits perfectly.
- Take some dry socks and under clothes.
- Avoid wearing cotton.
- Try to increase clothing layers whenever you take a break or stop hiking.
- Regardless of the duration of the intended hike, always take food on the trail. Good planning requires judgement on the correct food requirement to maintain optimal energy. A few light weight options for snacks include trail mix, energy bars and tortillas with peanut butter.
- Your backpack must carry comfortably. It should be big enough to carry all the necessary gear. Keep in mind that weight should be equally distributed on both shoulders and/or around your waist.
- Sadyba Geredzhuka: Hotel situated 15 km from Bukovel Ski Retreat, and 68 km from Ivano-Frankivsk International Airport.
- Hotel Desatka: Features country-style and wooden decorations with views of the mountain. Amenities includes an electric kettle, satellite TV, a minibar and a common area.
- Chalet Truten: Offers free Wi-Fi, a common living area, garden with a pond, and a playground.
- Khatky na Penkakh: Skiing is popular in this area, however, guests have a variety of leisure activities available to them, including horse riding and cycling. Bicycles can be rented on site. The village of Verkhovyna lies 24 km away and Yasinya settlement is just 16 km away.
- Cottage Oberig: Hotel Oberig in Vorokhta, offers homemade dishes and various outdoor activities, including rope tours, horseback riding, skiing and cycling. (All available within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.)
- Pop Ivan Chernogirskiy
- Gutin Tomnatyk
- The Zaroslyak Route, found on the northeastern crest, is the most accessible by car. (Although, in winter it presents a 1B difficulty level.)
- The North-western crest is accessible from several points; the main ones being the shelter of the Kozmeshchik, and the foot of Mount Petros.
- The South-eastern crest begins with the pass between Mount Hoverla and Mount Bresculus.
- During the ascent of Mount Hoverla, it is recommended not to drink water. Experts recommend hydrating once you reach the top, and to relax for 10-15 minutes before beginning your descent.
- Lagging behind the group, smoking and littering are strictly prohibited during the climb.
- A rain-coat and first-aid kit are recommended.
- Skitrails found at the Dragobrat Ski Resort are quite varied, and offer opportunities for extreme enjoyment.
Due to its location and landscape, the Dragobrat Tract affords a unique microclimate: the ski season here lasts longer than anywhere else in the Ukraine.
- During winter, Yaremche is overcrowded with snowboarders and skiers, and is considered a real paradise for ski lowers.
It is not extremely cold, the wind being quite moderate, but snow is always plentiful.
Apart from snowboarding and skiing, is the unique local architecture found in the region worth a visit. There is an abundance of churches and monasteries.
Don’t forget to visit a souvenir market, where you can purchase pieces made by local craftsmen.
This area owes its popularity to many well-equipped ski trails and an amenable climate.
Ski trails are over 50 kilometers long, and distributed among five mountains.
Tracks can be negotiated according to experience levels, with easy trails for beginners and difficult ones for professionals, as well as slopes designed especially for kids.