Highlander Velebit

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Highlander Velebit

The ultimate hiking experience – Highlander. Beautiful Nature, white rocks, more than 100 km of pure feeling of freedom and you.

Untouched parts of Nature in National parks Northern Velebit and Paklenica are the ideal place where you can experience a different Croatia through hiking. With all necessary logistics on amazing hiking route you'll see everything – from primordial forests to bare white rocks. In some parts the trail will bring out the best in you and make you work a bit harder, but with a little bit of preparation and good will anyone can tame it. For your safety, besides the medical staff, HGSS - one of the best rescue party in the world - will be in charge.

It's hard to describe what you'll experience. Breathtaking Croatia and her untouched Nature, new friends who share the same love towards hiking and Nature as yourself. Lastly, have fun and live life to the fullest.

FAQ

What equipment should I bring to Highlander Velebit?

Morning temperatures on Velebit mid-May can be below 8 Celsius and daily temperatures can be as high as 25 Celsius. Heavy rainfall, extremely strong wind and long sunny periods are only one part of the expected weather conditions on this five-day adventure. You need to be fully prepared for all conditions.

How hard is it to follow the right path?

Most hiking trails on Velebit are excellently marked. It is important to stick to the hiking markings and official hiking trails. On every 20-25 km there are mountaineers' lodges as well as checkpoints with highly instructed staff. It is important to carry a map in your hand and follow the signposts well so that you will stick to the assigned path and arrive to your destination safely.

What type of weather can I expect on the way?

All types of weather! Velebit's weather is ever changing due to the clash of continental and mediterranean climate and we can expect everything from sleet to summer's heat with over 30 degrees Celsius. Gusts of wind can go over 150 km/h. It is best to download the HRT METEO application.

Can I bring my dog?

You can bring a dog with you, but it needs to be on a leash at all times. The dog can also be transported with provided buses to the Start line. You are not allowed to bring other pets to the event.

How to get to Senj?

Riviera Senj is a geotraffic intersection of 3 largest towns: Zagreb, Split and Rijeka. Hence the good connection between riviera and all transport links. For guests that arrive via plane the closest airport is ''Zračna luka Rijeka'' located on isle Krk (timetable) which is only 51 km away from the town Senj (isle Krk and mainland are connected with a bridge).

Airport on Krk is connected via airlines with cities in Germany, England, Norway and also Zagreb. Given airlines are held by these air carriers: HLX, Easy Jet, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Croatia Airlines. Besides the airline on isle Krk there is also airline Zadar – Zemunik whose timetable you can browse here.

If you are traveling by a car you can arrive to riviera Senj from several transport links.If you are coming from the direction of Rijeka through border crossings Rupa and Pasjak, travel via Jadranska magistrala in the Split's direction (A7, D3) to Senj. Senj is 64 km away from Rijeka. If you are coming from the direction of Zagreb you can take the Highway A1, turn off Highway past Gospić on to the exit Žuta lokva. Žuta lokva is 22 km away from the town of Senj and the toll is 8€.

Helpful pieces of information about road conditions can be found on the official website of Hrvatski autoklub.

If you decide to travel by a bus you can also take several transport links. You will have to travel for 160 km from Zagreb. Any information regarding arrivals and prices can be found here. In case you're coming from the South of the country, You will have to travel for 300 km from Split, every needed information about the arrivals and prices can be found here. From Dubrovnik you will need to travel about 490 km and all the info about arrivals and prices you can see here. Senj is connected with all of the major European cities through Zagreb and Rijeka via railway. Timetable is available on the following website Hrvatska željeznica.

The easiest way to travel from Paklenica to Rijeka is by a bus and the info about the arrivals and prices you can find out here, also the timetable and the ticket prices from Paklenica to Zadar you can find out here.

Is it possible to sleep in mountaineers' lodges and shelters?

No, you have to sleep in a tent or a sleeping bag that all participants are carrying for themselves and are a part of the obligatory equipment needed for Highlander. Sleeping in a tent is a special experience by itself and one of the best additions to the real hiking experience. Space in mountaineers' lodges and shelters is limited and is not adequate for all participants and for that reason sleeping in them is forbidden.

I have never hiked before, but I feel physically ready for the strain. Should I apply?

Of course! Highlander is not just for professional hikers, but also for those who love nature and are eager for outdoor activity. That being said, Highlander is not extremely demanding and it's very safe but despite that one must have the experience needed to endure the strain that will be put on our participants. All that you can achieve adequately preparing in months leading up to Highlander.

What would be the best way to prepare for Highlander Velebit?

Every participant needs to go through certain physical preparations in order to prevail 104 km of walking without any complications. Because of that it is advisable that every participant in months leading up to Highlander walks at least 80 to 100 km in nature or hikes to be prepared for the terrain. The most important thing is that every contestant is used to carrying a heavy backpack (start with carrying 5 to 7 kg then gradually increase the weight to 15 to 20 kg) and walking in your hiking boots.

Should I bring my own food?

It is up to you and your body. Every person has different level of satiety and needs more or less food to reach that level. Food will be accessible at the checkpoints and the proportions are designed to be filling and nutritious to meet the requirements of an average adult. Food will be delivered to the checkpoint.

Do I have to stop at each checkpoint?

There are 5 mandatory checkpoints on the route. On all of the mandatory checkpoints it is necessary to affix stamp of the place to Highlander ID. Checkpoints are opened for 24 hours and the staff is going to stamp your Highlander ID, in case of exceptional circumstances participant will stamp his/her own Highlander ID.

Do I have to camp near the checkpoints?

No, you can camp wherever you like except in the national parks Northern Velebit and Paklenica.

What if I have a problem with my equipment?

There will be staff on each checkpoint with the needed knowledge and skills that you can refer for quick and efficient problem solving.

Will the transport to the starting position be assured?

Organiser will also provide transportation for all participants from Senj to Zavižan and to the Start line of Highlander competition and transport of one bag (60 L/20 kg) with personal things from the Start line from Zavižan to the Finish line in Starigrad. You can come to the Start line in your private arrangement.

I have organised longer stay in Croatia after the event. Will I have organised transportation after the finish of Highlander to my residence?

No. Organiser only provides transportation to the Start line. You need to arrange all the transportation after the event yourself.

Will I have phone service?

In most cases yes, but there will be places that are not covered with phone service signal.

Are trekking poles a good idea?

Not only are they a good idea, they are your best friend. A long pole, roughly about as long as you are tall, is traditionally used. Length can be varied by adjusting your grip. Another alternative is to use two normal poles (such as ski poles). It’s easiest to use an extendable telescopic pole that allows you to vary the length. When going up you shorten it, and when going down you extend it.

Can I share my equipment with other contestants?

With other contestant you can share only:

  • tent, waterproof wing or a hammock
  • camp cooker that uses gas, gasoline or alcohol
  • compass
  • First aid kit

The two contestants sharing equipment can not finish the event or go through the checkpoints in a span longer than 30 minutes.

Will there be organized special camping sites through out the event?

Camping is organized at following locations:

  • Skorpovac
  • Baške Oštarije
  • Panos
  • Veliko Rujno

Participants are not obliged to camp in these places.

What is included in the price?

  • transportation for participants from Senj to Zavižan
  • transport of one travelling bag (60 L/20 kg)
  • map of Velebit and plastic cover for it
  • pass for NP Northern Velebit and Paklenica
  • Highlander ID
  • Food and water
  • attendance of the Highlander party after the event finish point

What do I get finishing the event?

All participants that successfully finish the event will get the Highlander Velebit medal and the Highlander Velebit certificate.

Will the event be held despite the bad weather forecast?

Yes.

What will happen if I have paid, but have to cancel my arrival?

In the case of cancellation of the event by the participant, it will receive a refund of 50% of the amount paid, if it notifies the organizer by e-mail no later than 10.08.2018. at 15 o'clock.

I have a specific dietary preferences. Will there be vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options on each checkpoint?

On each checkpoint will be only vegetarian options.

How to get to Senj?

Riviera Senj is a geotraffic intersection of 3 largest towns: Zagreb, Split and Rijeka. Hence the good connection between riviera and all transport links. For guests that arrive via plane the closest airport is ''Zračna luka Rijeka'' located on isle Krk (timetable) which is only 51 km away from the town Senj (isle Krk and mainland are connected with a bridge).

Airport on Krk is connected via airlines with cities in Germany, England, Norway and also Zagreb. Given airlines are held by these air carriers: HLX, Easy Jet, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Croatia Airlines. Besides the airline on isle Krk there is also airline Zadar – Zemunik whose timetable you can browse here.

If you are traveling by a car you can arrive to riviera Senj from several transport links.If you are coming from the direction of Rijeka through border crossings Rupa and Pasjak, travel via Jadranska magistrala in the Split's direction (A7, D3) to Senj. Senj is 64 km away from Rijeka. If you are coming from the direction of Zagreb you can take the Highway A1, turn off Highway past Gospić on to the exit Žuta lokva. Žuta lokva is 22 km away from the town of Senj and the toll is 8€.

Helpful pieces of information about road conditions can be found on the official website of Hrvatski autoklub.

If you decide to travel by a bus you can also take several transport links. You will have to travel for 160 km from Zagreb. Any information regarding arrivals and prices can be found here. In case you're coming from the South of the country, You will have to travel for 300 km from Split, every needed information about the arrivals and prices can be found here. From Dubrovnik you will need to travel about 490 km and all the info about arrivals and prices you can see here. Senj is connected with all of the major European cities through Zagreb and Rijeka via railway. Timetable is available on the following website Hrvatska željeznica.

The easiest way to travel from Paklenica to Rijeka is by a bus and the info about the arrivals and prices you can find out here, also the timetable and the ticket prices from Paklenica to Zadar you can find out here.