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Hike ‘The Edge’ in Kosovo

Lynx. Bears. A 532.72 km2 national park. Two mountain peaks over 2500m high, and a camp on the edge of the ridgeline that connects them

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Hike ‘The Edge’ in Kosovo

Lynx. Bears. A 532.72 km2 national park. Two mountain peaks over 2500m high, and a camp on the edge of the ridgeline that connects them

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Kosovo
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
SEASON
May—Oct
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Pristina International Airport, Pristina
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Hostel · Wild camping

OVERALL RATING

4.9

Based on 28 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

Although not technically difficult, topping a number of peaks is bound to make you puff, so you should be in good shape.

Trek the spine-tingling ridgeline that connects two 2500m+ peaks in the remote Sharr Mountain National Park

Keep your peepers open for bear, lynx, wild boar and roe deer as you bag up to four challenging peaks in a single day

Visit this unspoilt country brimming with glacial lakes, alpine plateaus and dramatic limestone cliffs before the secret gets out

Day 1

Meet your crew and eat out in Pristina

Arrive in Pristina and meet for a pre-trip briefing with your host. There's time to relax into the Kosovan spirit and enjoy a late dinner with your fellow adventurers.

Day 2

Hike 'The Edge'

Woman hikes along the ridgeline

Hiking

8hrs · 12km · 1420m up · 370m down

From Pristina, you'll be driven to the village of Prevalla where your hike into the Sharr and Bistra Mountains begins. Starting at 1500m, you’ll hike along one of the most beautiful routes in Kosovo, following a 600-year-old trade route. Keep your eyes peeled for lynx and bears! You’ll hike up Kosovo’s second-highest peak, Bistra Peak (2650m) and pass the source of the Lumbardhi River which you probably admired from the arched footbridge on arrival in Prizren. With views of the Albanian Alps and Macedonia, you’ll continue your adventure as you walk the ridgeline, known as The Edge. Weather permitting, you’ll hike two to four of the range’s peaks including Bistra and Guzhbaba (2589m). When you’ve bagged as many peaks as you can in a day, it’s back to camp – you’ll be pitching up close to The Edge, so have your camera ready for some stunning sunset shots.

Day 3

Two more peaks and then home

Scramble to the peak

Hiking

6hrs · 15.5km · 870m up · 2050m down

Bag another belter today, as you hike two more peaks, stopping for a rest at a picturesque mountain lake at 2400m before pushing on to the summit. Journey back to Pristina, stopping in Prizren to share a traditional meal and swap stories with your new hiking friends. From there, you’ll carry on to Pristina, where bed (or a local bar) is waiting.

Day 4

Time to take your weary legs home

Hike the Edge in Kosovo

Have a lazy start to the day before enjoying a cultural tour around Pristina during the morning, to take in some of the city's highlights. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city on your own, before heading back to the airport armed with some great stories and a pocketful of photos.

Included

Guides

Local, certified and friendly English-speaking guides

Accommodation

Two nights in a hostel in Pristina and a night wild camping

Meals

All meals while on trek

Transfers

Both airport transfers and transfers to the Sharr Mountains

Equipment

Everything you need for camping will be sorted

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hostel · Same sex dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Wild camping · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hostel · Same sex dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Hike ‘The Edge’ in Kosovo

Your host will be able to give recommendations for eating out on the first night, and on the last night together you’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. You’ll have a choice from a few dishes, with extra orders and drinks payable separately.

While out hiking, the food will be simple camping food that you will be given to carry yourself. There's no chef as such on the trek, so everyone will get involved and help your guide(s) with the food preparation. Picnic lunches include a sandwich for each day (vegetarian or tuna), fruit and biscuits. You may want to also bring a few personal snacks.

Dinner will be simple camping food such as noodles, cooked over a gas stove at the campsite. Breakfast will be muesli with fruit. Food in Kosovo generally is Mediterranean with a strong Turkish and Albanian influence. Breakfasts are typically fresh bread and cheese, eggs or French toast. Lunches and dinners include savoury burek pies, hearty casseroles, spiced sausages, roasted lamb, stuffed peppers and fresh vegetables.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just let your host know on booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Pristina

Your first and last night will be spent in a hostel in Pristina. This will usually be Hostel Tuba, which offers rooms with private bathrooms and is known for its excellent location and friendly service. There's also free WiFi, a bar, a shared lounge, and a garden.

Tents on the ridge line
Gushababa Camp

Your second night will be spent camping under the stars with stunning views of the mountain range when you unzip your 2 or 3 man tent in the morning.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Pristina Airport

Arrive by 20:45 on Day 1

Ends

Pristina Airport

Depart by 19:00 on Day 4

Transfers

Your transfer will collect you at 20:45 on Day 1 and drop you back at the airport at 19:00 on Day 4. If you arrive outside of these times, your host can arrange a private transfer for an extra cost. Please see Optional Extras.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Pristina from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What's included?

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag & liner
  • Roll mat

What do I need to bring?

  • Day pack (35 litre +)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Thin wicking baselayers (top and bottom)
  • Additional upper body layers and trousers/shorts (not cotton)
  • Hiking boots/shoes (worn-in, waterproof)
  • Walking socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Bowl, spoon and mug/cup to eat and drink from
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Single Room in Pristina

Payable Before Departure

Single Room in Pristina

Daanish

Hiking the edge in Kosovo was a great trip. Our local guide, Meto, was fun and energetic and really understood the local history and culture of the region. Really good group dynamic, and overall super positive energy. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to explore this beautiful part of the world!

Richard

Excellent trip, would recommend and come back to Kosovo again. Meto, our guide, was a font of knowledge, organised everything and adapted the itinarary to each of the groups needs. We did so much in 3 days... seeing two cities, cultural tours, great local meals, climbing many peaks and camping in the mountains.

Abby

The mountains and area were stunning! The views are definitely worth those climbs. We were so lucky to have Meto as our guide. He really made sure that the different needs of the group members were catered for and was very adaptable. Meto went out of his way to find gluten free food for me (not easy in Kosovo!). He genuinely loves the outdoors and shared his passion for the beautiful mountains with the group. What an amazing, memorable long weekend - thank you to Meto and the great team of people we got to share the experience with.

Kevin

Excellent hikes with amazing views across Kosovo and North Macedonia in great company

Cait

Would recommend for a lovely weekend break

Tobias

Great hike (accompanied by very friendly shepherd dogs the entire time), amazing guides and breathtaking views - the Sharr mountains are simply gorgeous!

Chouchou C.

Great trip! The hikes were gorgeous and well-led by a very knowledgeable and fun guide, Meto. Everyone fell in love with Kosovar food (peppers, cheeses, breads…) and with all the adorable dogs that followed us everywhere. A wonderful way to see a different side of the Balkans.

Heather

Despite some unpredictable weather, this trip was very fun - the guide, Meto, was excellent and modified the schedule so that we got the most out of the experience. The cultural tour on the last day was fantastic as well.

Rosie

Fantastic trip! I couldn't fault it - our host was amazing, friendly, knowledgeable and flexible depending on the groups needs. I would highly recommend Kosovo!

Jouke

It was very nice to visit a lesser known part of Europe. The mountains are beautiful, and the hiking experience amazing. It was tough though, and I fully recommend to take the kit list more seriously than I did. It can be really cold, wet and windy, and sunny and hot a moment later. I do feel there is room for improvement on the logistics, and accommodation. But overall it was a fantastic trip and a great guide. One more tip: buy a SIM card at the airport, as free roaming does not apply in Kosovo.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 64kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You should be in good shape. Although not technically difficult, hiking the ridge and topping a number of peaks is bound to make you puff so some strong walking legs will go a long way.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The Sharr Mountains are pretty similar to most European mountain climates, cold and snowy in the winter and sunny and pleasant in the summer.

We recommend going on this trip between May and September when daytime temperatures in Pristina average between 21-27°C and days are usually in the region of 10-17°C in the mountains. It gets cool at night with the potential for temperatures to hover only a few degrees above freezing, so make sure you pack some warm clothing too.

Like any mountain, be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Although the summers are generally nice and warm, the rain can set in without a moments notice, so do pack accordingly. A layering system is essential in the mountains.

Yes you can leave any luggage you don't want to take on the hike at the hostel where you stay on the first and last night of the trip.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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