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.

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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.

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 day city tour of Prishtina
  • 2 nights’ 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 second and third night
  • All transfers, including airport transfers
  • 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.

What to Expect

Saturday: Travel to Prizren

From Kosovo’s capital city, Prishtina, you’ll be collected from the airport and taken to the ancient and quaint town of Prizren, seated at the foot of the Sharr Mountains.

Tonight you will stay at a local hostel, where the mountains will be your backdrop as you enjoy a traditional dinner of grilled meats, fresh vegetables and homemade bread, and get to know your guide and fellow hikers.

1 hour drive

Sunday: Hike to ‘The Edge’

After a home-made breakfast you’ll take the 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

Monday: 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

Tuesday: Last day in Prishtina

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

Enjoy some free time to explore the city with its’ many cafes, restaurants, fountains and statues. Take the opportunity to be shown around Prishtina by a professional guide; walk the narrow streets and discover its rich history, traditional handicraft shops and gastronomic delights.

In time for your flight, 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 two of your overnight stays in hostels – one in Prizren and one in Prishtina. 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.

Dates & Prices

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

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Location

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Kosovo is fast becoming one of the most exciting destinations for travelers 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 meet you at the Pristina International Airport (PRN). Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land no later than 18:30.

Finish point?

Your trip will end back at the Pristina International Airport (PRN). You are free to book any flight that departs after 19:00.

Getting there and away?

Skopje is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including non-stop flights from London on Wizz Air. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


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