Hiking 'The Edge' in Kosovo

Live life on the edge as you hike the ridgeline between the peaks of the unspoiled Sharr Mountain Range. 2 days off work.

  • Kosovo
  • March, September, October
  • Priština International Airport, Pristina (PRN)

This will be a trip of ‘firsts’ as you hike through the unspoilt Sharr Mountain Range and its hordes of endemic plants and wildlife; home of the lynx, bear, roe deer, and wild boar. But this is no stroll through the woods; this route will have your adrenaline pumping as you hug the ridgeline between the peaks and even camp close to the edge. The great thing about this trip is you will aim to hike, not just one peak, but four of the peaks in the range. Are you up for the challenge?

This alpine adventure includes:

  • 2 days hiking
  • 1 night hostel accommodation plus
  • 1 night camping (inc. tent, sleeping bag)
  • Professional hiking guide plus city guide on the tour
  • Breakfast, lunch bags and evening meals on your first and second night
  • All transfers, including airport drop-off
  • Taxes and fees

Perfect for:
This is classed as a moderate hike so a good level of fitness is recommended but when it comes to skill; this trip is perfect for everyone – a good first hiking experience.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Prishtina
  • Snacks and refreshments/beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Food in Kosovo is Mediterranean with a strong Turkish and Albanian influence. Breakfasts are typically fresh bread and cheese, or French toast. Lunches and dinners include savoury burek pies, hearty casseroles, spiced sausages, roasted lamb, stuffed peppers, and fresh vegetables.

This trip runs with a group minimum of 4 and maximum of 12.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Bring your own hiking gear, including waterproof jacket and trousers, wicking shirt and trousers/shorts (not cotton), hiking shoes and socks, sun protection, warm jacket, warm hat and gloves, water bottle, head torch, and small rucksack for carrying these items on the hike. Also bring yoga clothes suitable for cool conditions.

Start point?
Your host will pick you up from any hotel in the centre of Prishtina at 7:00 in the morning of your first day. Your host suggests arriving the day before to explore the city Prishtina at your own leisure.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at the Pristina International Airport (PRN). You are free to book any flight that departs after 11:40.

Getting there and away?
Pristina is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including non-stop flights from London on Wizz Air. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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Kosovo is fast becoming one of the most exciting destinations for travellers to visit. Whilst Prishtina may not be one of the most visually stunning capital cities of the world, it certainly has an infectious energy with a unique cocktail of tradition and modernity. The Dinaric Alps boast numerous glacial lakes, high alpine plateaus, and dramatic limestone cliffs. The range is home to an array of plant life and wildlife, including Macedonian Pine, alpine rose, lynx, chamois, roe deer, wild boar, and hundreds of bird species.

Start point?
Your host will pick you up from any hotel in the centre of Prishtina at 7:00 in the morning of your first day. Your host suggests arriving the day before to explore the city Prishtina at your own leisure.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at the Pristina International Airport (PRN). You are free to book any flight that departs after 11:40.

Getting there and away?
Pristina is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including non-stop flights from London on Wizz Air. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Hike to ‘The Edge’

Early in the morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Prishtina and taken on a short drive to the village of Prevalla where your hike into the Sharr and Bistra Mountains begins.

You’ll start at an altitude of 1500m as you break gently into this hike along one of the most beautiful routes in Kosovo. You’ll follow the 600-year-old trade route which is rich with nature; who will be the first to spot a lynx bear? As you hike Kosovo’s second highest peak, Bistra Peak (2650m), you’ll pass the source of the Lumbardhi River which you probably admired from the arched footbridge on your arrival in Prizren. Now, if you thought that was picturesque, prepare yourself for the summit as you arrive to views of the Albanian Alps and Macedonia. As you continue your adventure you will begin to walk the ridgeline – The Edge – to travel between peaks. You’ll hike two to four of the range’s peaks (time and weather depending), including Konjushka (2580m), Guzhababa (2600m), and Bistra (2650m). When you’ve bagged as many peaks as you can in a day, it’s back to the campsite at Gushababa, and yes, you’ll be camping close to the edge so have your camera ready for those stunning sunset shots.

8 hours hiking

Day 2: Hike to Black Summit

Another two peaks under your belt today, as you set off to hike the Black Peak (2585m) and Kobilica (2528m).

Kobilica is particularly known for its ‘proper’ sharp pyramidal shape and traditional rocky ridges. So striking in fact, it can be seen quite predominantly from Prizren so be sure to look back when you return and tell yourself – ‘I’ve done that’.

With a tired excitement and a good number of peaks achieved you’ll make the return journey to Prishtina. In symmetry to the start of your adventure, tonight you will share a traditional meal with your new hiking friends and share your stories of the peaks you have conquered before retiring to your hostel for some well-deserved rest.

6 hours hiking

Day 3: Last day in Prishtina

All good things must come to an end; today is your last day to spend in Kosovo.

After a home-made breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport for your forward journey home where you can re-live your adventure as you share the experience with your friends and family.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, road conditions, etc.

Accommodation

You will spend one of your overnight stays in a hostel in Prizren. Specific accommodation will be confirmed but hostels in the area are renowned for their clean and comfortable facilities.

The other night you will spend camping under the stars at the Gushababa campsite.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Airport Transfer Payable Before Departure
Airport Transfer €20.00 Per Person

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