Jeep tour to Pip Ivan Observatory

Discover Pip Ivan Observatory in the Carpathians as fast and comfortably as possible. With our jeep tour it is possible within only one day without having to hike! Available for groups of up to 40 people and single travellers. It’s especially convenient if you are limited with time or you just prefer not to climb on foot.

We use the GAZ 66 – a Soviet 4×4 all-road (off-road) military truck. It was one of the main cargo vehicles for motorized infantry of the Soviet Army and is still employed in former Soviet Union countries. The GAZ-66 has gained legendary status in many countries around the world due to its reliability, simplicity and off-road capability.

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One vehicle fits up to 20 passengers. We have two GAZ 66 available (just what you need for your stag or hen party).

Minimum number of participants is 1 person. Maximum – 40 tourists.

Season – from June till November

Be sure to take your passport with you. There will be a border control (standard check). The Romanian border is only in few kilometers away.

Facts about the Observatory on Pip Ivan Mountain

We offer two program options: one day (to go there and return the same day) and two days (to go there with an overnight stay and come back next day)

Jeep tour to Pip Ivan Observatory. Program options

One dayTwo days

One day route to Pip Ivan (to go there and return the same day)

Meeting of the group in Verkhovyna (we arrange transfer if necessary)

The latest time to start the tour is 09:00 AM

By road to Shybene village will take us about 1.5 hours. On our way you will see remote Carpathian villages: Krasnyk, Topilche, Zelene and Yavirnyk

Border control in Shybene village may take up to 2 hours (depending on the size of the group). You must have a passport with you (otherwise, you will not be allowed to cross the border).

We will be at an altitude of 880 m above sea level and pass the Chornogirske Environmental Research Branch.

There will be a steep climb of about 3 km to the polonyna (mountain valley), lasting 1.5 hours. There will be a place with many stones where all passengers will have to get out and walk for 100 meters.

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When we reach Vesnarka mountain valley there’s a traditional dairy farm and fresh water – your perfect chance to see how local people make cheese. We can have lunch here (or a little bit later, next to the lake).

Maricheyka lake

Maricheyka lake

After another steep climb (you’ll have to get out of the vehicle again), we get to the Maricheyka lake (a Carpathian alpine lake, 1510 m above sea level). This is the other place where we can have a lunch.

Lunch – 1 hour (bread, cheese, sausage, fish, vegetables)

Another short ascent.

At present, the Observatory is closed to vehicles, so you will need to walk the last kilometre. It’s easy.

We reach the Pip Ivan Chornogirsky (2024 MASL) – the Polish Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory – a unique monument of history and architecture of Ukraine.

1-1.5 hours – exploring the Observatory, taking pictures, having a rest.

Road back to Verkhovyna (we use the same route). Estimated time of arrival: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

End of the tour.

Two days route to Pip Ivan (to go there with an overnight stay and come back next day)

Meeting of the group in Verkhovyna (we arrange transfer if necessary).

The latest time to start the tour is 11:00 AM.

The road to Shybene village will take us about 1.5 hours. On our way you will see some remote Carpathian villages: Krasnyk, Topilche, Zelene and Yavirnyk.

Border control in Shybene village may take up to 2 hours (depending on the size of the group). You must have a passport with you (otherwise, you will not be allowed to cross the border).

At an altitude of 880 m above sea level, we will pass the Chornogirske Environmental Research Branch.

A steep climb of 3 kim to the polonyna (mountain valley) Vesnarka, lasting 1.5 hours. There will be a place with many stones. All passengers will have to get out and walk 100 meters.

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We reach Vesnarka mountain valley. There’s a traditional dairy farm and fresh water. Your perfect chance to see how local people make cheese. We can have lunch here (or a little bit later, next to the lake).

Maricheyka lake

Maricheyka lake

Another steep climb (you’ll have to get out of the car again). When we get to the Maricheyka lake (a Carpathian alpine lake, 1510 m above sea level), there is another place where we can have lunch.

Lunch – 1 hour (bread, cheese, sausage, fish, vegetables).

Another short ascent.

At present, the Observatory is closed to vehicles. You will have to walk the last kilometre. It’s easy.

We reach the Pip Ivan Chornogirsky (2024 MASL) – the Polish Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory – a unique monument of history and architecture of Ukraine.

1-1.5 hours – exploring the Observatory, taking pictures, having a rest.

Options for overnight stay: Maricheyka lake (tents or hunting cabin) or Vesnarka dairy farm. You will need a sleeping bag (we can provide if necessary).

Dinner. There will be local snacks and moonshine to try, before a good night’s sleep.

The next morning:

Breakfast

Road back to Verkhovyna (we use the same route).

End of the tour.

Prices for 2018 (in Euro)

Number of people in the groupOne dayTwo days (with overnight in the mountains)

single traveler (one person)570640
107801006
208801242
4017602411

What is included:

  • Transport service GAZ 66
  • Constant services of guide/interpreter
  • Meals. Lunch only (for one day option) or lunch, dinner and breakfast (for two day option)

What you need to take:

  • your passport (it’s a border zone, a few kilometers from Romania, and there will be a checkpoint)
  • waterproof jacket/trousers. In the mountains, the weather might change very quickly and often, or even rain all the time!
  • sturdy walking boots
  • a sleeping bag (we can arrange it if you don’t have).