Though the country is only 10,908 km2 in size and landlocked, Kosovo is rich with nature and tradition. Surrounded by high mountains that form natural borders with its neighbors, its central plain is divided into two valleys, Kosovo and Dukagjini, which are both irrigated by rivers that sustain agriculture—one of the main economic sectors in the country. The Drini i Bardhë (White Drin) River has the largest drainage basin in Kosovo. The smaller Nerodime River bifurcates into two different seas, a very rare natural phenomenon. Kosovo’s rivers flow into the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
The two highest mountain ranges are the Sharri Mountains, continuing into Macedonia, and the Rugova Mountains, which are part of the Albanian Alps. At 2,656 meters, Gjeravica is the highest peak, and best accessed from the town of Junik. Scattered through these ranges, visitors will find many artificial and glacial lakes that provide great summer getaways. The largest lake is Gazivoda (9.2 km2), located at the northern tip of the country and continuing into Serbia. Radoniq (5.06 km2) lake, near Gjakova, and Batllava lake (3.06 km2),near Prishtina, are also picturesque artificial lakes that supply their surroundings with drinking water.
Stretches of snow cover the pine forests and green meadows of the Sharr Mountains, the peaks holding on to their white cover even during summer. This alpine mountain range expands from southern Kosovo to northern Macedonia, providing impressive views of high peaks and glacial lakes. Great for hiking, skiing, and mountain biking, a large part of the mountains has been turned into a national park.
Day one: Hiking Day in Sharr Mountain – Brod Village to Restelica Village
We will start in Pristina and drive to Brod. We will explore Brod Village for one hour to discover how people live in the old ways. We will stop in a local café for a tea or coffee. Around 09:00 we will begin our hike.
The trail starts from the nearby cable car in Brod. The highest point of the trail is 1937m and along the way we will see a spring that flows along this trail. After a stretch, the path will head west to the village Restelica. After five kilometers, we will have a big panoramic view of the Restelica River. We will then go down to the village and eat light food in Restelica, where we will then drive 40 minutes to Dragash for our accommodation and dinner.
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Day 2: Hiking Day in Sharr Mountain – Prevalle – Black Peak
After breakfast, we will drive 1.5 hours from Dragash to the Prevalla saddle 1527m to begin our hike. The trail is wide all the way up to the temporary shelter, about two kilometers. After 2.5km, the trail continues to the south through Mala Planina mountain. The trail is more suitable for walking and views open to the Konjushka and Black Peaks. After reaching the peak, we will stop for lunch.
We will continue our trek, with a walk down and then a drive all the way to Prizren, where we will take an evening stroll and then dine in a very traditional Restaurant, Ambienti. We will sleep at the Kacinari Hotel.
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Day 3: Hiking Day in Sharr Mountain – Gornje Lubinje – Kobilica
Following breakfast, we will drive from Prizren to Gornje Lubinje, a small village to begin our hike. The starting is 1057 meters. The views along this trail will bring everything we have done up to this point into perspective. We’ll have giant vistas across the Sharr Mountains as we eat lunch and get excited about visiting Prizren, one of the Balkans most traditional towns.
Day 4: City Tour Day in Prizren
Before we drive back to Pristina, we will take a two-hour city tour of Prizren, the second biggest city in Kosovo, where we will visit the most interesting areas of town. After, we will drive back to Pristina and prepare for our flights home.
1 bed & breakfast overnights in Hotel in Dragash Village
2 bed & breakfast overnights in Hotel in Kacinari in Prizren (2 last days)
3 Dinners in Dragash, Prizren, Gornje Lubinje,
3 lunches to pack during hikes (Brod, Prevalla, Kobilica)
All transfers according to itinerary, with our own minivan and an English-speaking professional driver
3 guided hikes with an English-speaking and certified guide
1 guided, city, walking tour of Prizren
What’s not included
Entrances on museums
Tip for guide
Highlights of the trip include:
Visiting the ancient city of Prizren
Hiking in the Sharr Mountains: a 200-kilometer mountain range in the Southern part of Kosovo (bordering Macedonia) and home of some of the highest peaks in the country
Enjoying traditional food
Exploring life in village
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