Main checkpoints: TC "Bukovel" – mt. Babyn Pohar – Blazhiv meadow – TC "Bukovel"
Length: 11.3 kilometers
Duration: 5 hours
Elevation gain: 580 meters
Highest point: 1451 meters
Difficulty level: suitable for beginners
Marking color: green
We recommend the hiking route "Carpathian gold" to adults and children 16+. Children aged 7-16 are allowed if only accompanied by adults over 18 years old. Disabled persons with certain pathologies (mental disorders, epilepsy, musculoskeletal defects) are not allowed.
How to take the route with a qualified guide?
Starting at 08:00, daily in the period from 01.06 to 31.08.2021, a team of tourists is departing from the TC "Bukovel" tourist center, being accompanied by a guide. The number of spots in the team is limited, booking is available at the tourist center office. The route schedule can be found in the tourist center main office. The fee for a single tour is 250 UAH per person.
The Carpathians are generous and hospitable. They say that the greatest wealth of our mountains are mushrooms and berries, which are often referred to as the "Carpathian gold". After all, it is here, among ancient trees and vibrant springs, they grow healthy, containing the greatest amount of nutrients. Of course, you may want to buy them from locals and take home as a souvenir, but we offer you a much more interesting option.
If you like to travel and enjoy your retreats to the woods, take a tour "Carpathian gold" and combine, as they say, useful things with pleasant ones. Picking mushrooms and berries will be an exciting adventure for you, because the quest to obtain the "gold of the Carpathians" is not in fact that trivial. However, we have marked a route for you, to increase your chances of finding lots of mushrooms and berries.
The best time to harvest mushrooms and berries is from mid-July to mid-October. If the summer is hot and rainy, the spoils will be especially generous. Locals know a lot of secrets and signs associated with "quiet hunting". For example, some Hutsuls go in for mushrooms at night because they believe that the moonlight increases their growth and the mushrooms "jump into a basket" all by themselves!
It is worth noting that there are more than 300 species of mushrooms in the Carpathians. In addition to traditional boletuses, birches, chanterelles, you can come across others, including poisonous ones. Remember, if you are not sure what kind of mushroom it is, the smart decision is to avoid it.
Experts have a number of recommendations on edible mushroom cooking and eating. When cooking mushrooms, replace the water at least three times, so that toxins and heavy metals are taken away. Another option is to cook mushrooms with sour cream (to neutralize the effects of heavy metals). Some housewives prefer to dry, can or even keep mushrooms in the fridge. It is dried mushrooms that best retain their nutritional properties, but remember that they remain edible for no longer than a year.
On the trail, do not forget to pick those delicious Carpathian berries. Forest strawberry is the first to ripen in the mountains. It grows in the meadows, along mountain roads. Savor this incredible smell and taste! Strawberries is followed by raspberries, wild currants, blueberries, which locals call "afeny". Those contain a whole list of nutrients, it is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic boasting the property to improve eye vision.
Berries can be harvested during the summer and autumn, until the first snowfalls. Unlike mushrooms, you don't need to seek for them - they are everywhere, you just have to head into the mountains. Most importantly, wild berries do not contain radionuclides and heavy metals. Consuming those juicy vitamin bombs will significantly improve your mood and provide much needed nutrients.
Be prepared! What you should have:
- drinking water and snacks;
- comfortable shoes and clothes to protect from possible precipitation in case of significant weather fluctuations. Sudden changes in weather are common in the mountains;
- to avoid getting lost, bring a GPS navigator (compass, map), as well as a whistle;
- mushroom basket;
- mushroom knife;
- first aid kit. It is also advisable to bring repellents to protect against insect bites;
- mobile phone with a fully charged battery and rescue service contact number;
- sunscreen lotion.
Welcome to "Bukovel", the Heart of the Carpathians!