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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

Annual Leave

2 days off work

Location

Kosovo

Difficulty

Challenging

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.

Why it's Much Better

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

Summit Konjushka at 2580m and Bistra Peak at 2650m, two of the highest peaks in the Sharr and Bistra Mountains

Keep your peepers open for bear, lynx, wild boar and roe deer as you bag up to 4 challenging 4 peaks in a day

Wild camp under the stars teetering on the edge of the ridgeline. Camera ready for the sunset of a lifetime

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

The Route

What's Included

Guides

Local, certified and friendly English-speaking guides

Accommodation

A night in a hostel in Pristina and a night wild camping

Meals

Breakfast, picnics and evening meals on Saturday and Sunday

Transfers

Both airport transfers and transfers to the Sharr Mountains

Equipment

Everything you need for camping will be sorted

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Itinerary

Day 1

Fly in, meet your crew, and eat out in Pristina

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hostel

You’ll be picked up at Pristina airport and taken to your base for the first night. Get out and explore the capital before meeting the rest of your group and your host for a pre-trip briefing.

Afterwards, there is time to go for dinner with your fellow adventurers and relax into the Kosovan spirit.

Day 2

Hike to the peaks along 'The Edge'

On your Feet

Approx. 8 hours of hiking

Distance

12km

Elevation

1420m up / 370m down

Accommodation Type

Wild camping

Meals

All meals

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Pristina and taken to the village of Prevalla where your hike into the Sharr and Bistra Mountains begins, grabbing breakfast on the way.

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 bear!

You’ll hike 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 your arrival in Prizren.

With views of the Albanian Alps and Macedonia, you’ll continue your adventure as you start to walk the ridge line, known as The Edge. Weather permitting you’ll hike two to four of the range’s peaks including Konjushka (2580m) and Bistra (2650m).

When you’ve bagged as many peaks as you can in a day, it’s back to the campsite at Gushababa - you’ll be camping close to the edge so have your camera ready for those stunning sunset shots.

Day 3

Two more peaks and home

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

15.5km

Elevation

870m up / 2050m down

Accommodation Type

Hostel

Meals

All meals

Bag another belter today, as you set off to reach 2,651m and hike two more peaks, stopping off for a rest at a picturesque mountain lake at 2400m before pushing on to the summit.

Totally shattered, but in a good way, you’ll start the journey back to Pristina. You’ll stop in Prizren to share a local traditional meal and swap stories with your new hiking friends.

From here you’ll carry on to Pristina, where bed (or a local bar) is waiting.

Day 4

Time to take your weary legs home

Activity

Easy day

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

You’ll meet your host for a final breakfast in a nearby restaurant, then get taken to the airport for your journey home, armed with some great stories and a pocketful of photos.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Pristina

Accommodation

Hostel

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Breakfast

Your first and last night will be spent at the Han Hostel in Pristina. This stylish hostel continuously gets top ratings for its friendliness and great central location. You'll have to share a bathroom, but there's free Wi-Fi and a lounge to hang out in. You can also upgrade to a private room, just ask your host on booking.

Gushababa Camp

Accommodation

Wild camping

Rooms

Twin or triple share

Meals

All meals

Your second night will be spent camping under the stars with stunning views of the mountain range when you unzip your tent in the morning. You'll be sharing a 2 or 3-man tent and will camping near to the spring, where the water is drinkable, so you don’t need to bring so much water with you, just a bottle.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Pristina
  • Personal snacks and drinks
  • Drinks during dinner on night three
  • Breakfast on the last day
  • Dinner on the first day
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Approx. cost for a meal in a local restaurant is £7-£9 and a beer will set you back roughly £1 a glass.

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.

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

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

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. 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.

Alternative dietary needs will of course be accommodated. Just let the host know on booking.

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 the temperature averages between 21-27°C. It gets cool at night, 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.

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Afraid not, this group adventure is adult only so not suitable for children.

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Pristina Airport

When

11:00

Your host will be there to meet all flights scheduled to arrive before 10:30.

End

Where

Pristina Airport

When

08:30

At the end of your adventure, your host will drop you back off at the airport at 08:30.

Kitlist

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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 and socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Pot, spoon and mug/cup to eat and drink from

Meet Your Host

Uta and team

You’ll be well looked after by local Uta and her team of expert and friendly mountain guides who have grown up with Dinaric Alps as their backyard. They each have in depth and rare knowledge of the dramatic terrain around the Sharr Mountains and have been successfully leading groups up its remote peaks for years. Ask them anything about Kosovo’s unique culture, and they will definitely tell you some tales.

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