WHAT EXPECTS YOU?
We will meet you at the train station in Khust, Mukachevo or Bushtyno. Or if you wish, pick you up at the airport in Lviv or Ivano Frankiswk.
We recommend you to arrive a day prior to the start of journey for adaptation.
Many people who are visiting the mountains for the first time, start their journey immediately after arrival at the location. This is not only a physical, but also mental challenge, especially if you are participating in a group. We therefore recommend to give yourself at least a day for adapting to the circumstances, preparing for the journey and getting to know all participants.
We are offering you to spend one or two days at our tour base before starting the official journey. During that time we can prepare the equipment, get to know each other and make a small hike around the territory. That way we can best determine the pace and route suitable for you and your abilities, before starting the actual trip. Thus making sure that the journey will be a full success for you.
STARTING THE HIKE
The beginning will be hardest. Your bag pack will reveal itself to be very heavy and the path full of obstacles. But don´t worry, that’s completely normal. You will quickly adapt to the hardships of the hike. And usually the second day already proves to be much easier. In the end of the trip, you may find yourself overtaking your guide.
Therefore, we usually start off slower at the first day, walking a manageable distance. At the end of the day we will set up our camp for the night together. This includes collecting firewood, bringing water from a source, making a fire, setting up the tents and preparing dinner. Your guide will always be close and support you.
When the food is ready, we will eat together around the fire. Sharing a tea after dinner will give us time to get to know each other closer, exchange experiences and recover from the challenges of the day. A cozy atmosphere around the evening camp fire – almost the most important part of the hike.
The mornings usually start around 7 am. The hot ashes need to be stirred to start a fire again, then breakfast can be prepared, while everybody is beginning to collect his personal things and pack up again. But no hurry, what would a day full of hiking be without a tasty breakfast? Enough time for waking up, tea and coffee is guaranteed. Start of the day journey is planned for around 10 am.
If not agreed on otherwise, the hiking will proceed as described in the following: 40 minutes of constant walking, followed by 15 minutes of break, and so on. While ascending, intervals might be shortened somewhat. When resting we recommend to take of the bag pack, stretch your limbs and really try to get some relaxation.
At lunch time your guide will offer you the prepared snacks, like sandwiches and tea from the thermos flask. A fire will not be made during the day.
In one day a group will usually walk between 10 and 15 km, depending on the goal of the tour. But beware, these are “mountain kilometers”, and one kilometer here will be much more challenging than in the flatlands. The average walking speed in the mountains is about 2 – 3 km an hour. On the way you will have the chance to check out local sights, like caves, waterfalls and ancient ruins. Your guide will answer all your questions and give interesting information about everything unusual you will encounter during your hike.
PERSONALIZING your hiking route
The hiking routes described on the website can be changed according to your wishes. Duration and difficulty of the route can be customized to your personal preferences and abilities. Most important for us is for you to have a great experience.
During the time of your hike you will experience numerous interesting situations and have many strong impressions, very different from your every-day life in the city.
And when the end of journey comes closer, you might become a little upset, having to say good-bye to each-other and the mountains. Having developed from a loose group of strange people into a strong team while the trip. You might even have found friends for a lifetime here in the mountains.
If wished, we may end the journey in a relaxing thermal bath, were you can prepare for your travel back home.
WRITING DOWN YOUR EXPERIENCES
Having returned to home, write down your adventures! And send your writings to us. We would love to publish them on our website. Most important, write it down as long as your memories are still fresh. Your report will help others to decide which trip might be most suitable for them.