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Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness

Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness

Zacharovanyy kray Wilderness

  • Author: Max Rossberg
  • Date Posted: Dec 10, 2017
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  • Address: Irshavs'kyi district, Zakarpats'ka oblast, Ukraine

Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness

The 1 332 ha Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness is embedded in the Zacharovanyy Kray National Nature Park, Ukraine. Ukraine contains excellent examples of Wilderness. These well protected Wilderness areas in the Trans-Carpathian region represent a biodiversity spectrum for all Carpathian Mountains. Zacharovanyy Kray National Nature Park with Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness is one of the most ambitious protected areas in Ukraine as they sought international recognition for the protection of its Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness for years. Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness preserves the natural state of the beech forest in the central part of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness is committed to protect self-regulated natural processes for several years. Recently, the park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe.

European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit System

The 1 332 ha Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness was audited in 2015 and meets the Bronze Wilderness Quality Standard. A European Wilderness Quality Standard Renewal-Audit is scheduled for 2025.

Wilderness information

  • Protected area: Zacharovanyy Kray National Nature Park
  • Wilderness: Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness
  • Wilderness Quality Standard: Bronze
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Size of the protected area: 6 101 ha
  • Size of the Wilderness: 1 332 ha
  • European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit: 2015
  • Wilderness Uniqueness: Broadleaf beech forest and wild mountain creeks, old-growth beech forests, and peatbogs
  • Number of visitors per year to the protected area: approx. 2 000
  • Number of visitors per year to the Wilderness: approx. 100


Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness is located in the north-eastern corner of the Carpathians. The purpose of the Zacharovanyy Kray National Nature Park is to protect the representative ecosystems of the eastern Carpathian region, which has high biodiversity, quality Wilderness as well as aesthetic, scientific, educational, recreational and health improving values. Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness is home to many species, some endemic and rare in the Carpathian Mountains, including newts, white-back woodpecker, beaver, red deer, wild boar, squirrel, and lynx.

Wilderness Tourism Experience

Due to strictly protected Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness, the visitors are not allowed to visit this area. Nevertheless, visitors have a wide range of opportunities in the park and can enjoy the very unique broadleaf beech forest. Several areas provide very similar experiences compared to remote Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness. The Zacharovanyy Kray National Nature Park has around 2 000 visitors annually, which is increasing slightly year after year. The majority of visitors are locals or from within the region. They use mainly areas for picnics or short walk. There are very few hikers who explore the park on their own with backpacks or even go camping.

Contact details

  • Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness
  • Address street: Partyzanska Str.
  • Postal code city: 90130 Il’nytsya Village, Irshava Distr. Transcarpathian Reg. Ukraine
  • Phone: +380 3144 79002
  • Website:

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