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Highlander | The New Bucket-List Series Of Long-Distance Hiking Events

Highlander have unveiled their calendar for 2021, with organised multi-day backpacking events throughout Europe and beyond

While cyclists and trail runners are spoiled for choice when it comes to fun challenge events to plan an adventure holiday around, hikers, on the other hand, haven’t traditionally had many options to choose from, with either a self-planned trip or a traditional walking holiday being the only real options.

Enter Highlander, a Croatia-born company offering a calendar of unique long-distance hiking events right around the globe.

Founded by a group of friends in the beautiful Velebit mountains of Croatia and now hosted by a long list of countries including Austria, Portugal, Serbia and North Macedonia, Highlander gives hiking enthusiasts the chance to venture deep into dramatic mountain landscapes without the need to worry about top-to-bottom trip logistics. 

Photo: Predrag_Vuckovic

Each event has three different formats to choose from, including a 100km trek split over 5 days, a shorter 55km trail split over 3 days or a 30km one designed for those who only want the one night out on the trail. 

It’s by no means a race, with entrants encouraged to go at whatever pace they’re comfortable with. They just need to make sure to stop by at each checkpoint along the way where they’ll be able to camp with other participants and enjoy things such as yoga classes, workshops, book and movie presentations and even live music. 

Food and drink will be provided over the course of the entire trip, though participants will still need to have the equipment to sustain themselves for a multi-day wilderness trip, including a backpack tent, sleeping bag and camping stove

The most prominent event in the first half of the Highlander 2021 calendar will be held in Austria on 28th July to the 1st of August. This takes entrants on an adventure through the Alpine region of Murau, known for its green forests, idyllic alpine pastures and unforgettable views from the mountaintops. One of the highlights visited along the way includes Steinschloss – a clifftop 12th century castle that rises above a sprawling forest. 

Photos: Tomislav Moze

From the Alps to dunes, the Highlander event calendar for 2021 takes in a huge array of different landscapes across the globe with each route designed by local experts who are passionate about their home turf. Each event will also have emergency professionals on hand for safety reassurance. 

Here’s the Highlander event schedule for 2021.

Serbia
Stara Planina June 12th – 16th 

Montenegro
Durmitor June 30th – July 4th 

Slovenia
Julian Alps July 10th – 14th

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Blidnje July 24th – 28th 

Austria
Murau July 28th – August 1st 

Portugal
Melgaco August 31st – September 4th · 

North Macedonia
Lake Ohrid September 8th – 12th 

Morocco
Toubkal September 17th – 19th 

Croatia
Velebit September 25th – 30th 

Greece
Mt. Olympus October 6th – 10th

Spain
Duero-Douro October 8th – 12th 

Egypt
Qusoor Al Arab October 28th – 30th

United Arab Emirates
Ras Al Khaimah November 18th – 20th

Saudi Arabia
December

Photo: Predrag Vuckovic

In terms of the entry costs, the Austria event, for instance, is currently priced at €200 for Early Bird tickets for the main Highlander trek. It’s €220 for Regular entry and last call tickets will be available for €240. Tickets for the shorter Highlander Experience in Austria are currently available for €65.
Ticket prices do however vary for the other Highlander events throughout 2021.

For more information about the Highlander series visit:
highlanderadventure.com

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