Highlander Velebit


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Getting ready

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. Thus, 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 150 to 200 km in nature or hikes to be prepared for the terrain. Every participant is obliged to carry faultless equipment that will be checked before Highlander and as such it must be in working order! It is not allowed to sleep in mountaineers' shelters and lodges so bringing your own tent is imperative.

Besides that, Velebit's weather is ever changing due to the clash of continental and mediterranean climate and we can expect everything from morning cold fog to summer's heat with over 30 degrees Celsius. Therefore, every participant needs to have clothes for both warmer and colder weather.

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 so that you will be able to successfully finish the event and be declared the first Croatian Highlander.

Rules and requirements of participation

Every participants carries mandatory equipment.


  • tent* or bivouacking sack or hammock or a waterproof wing
  • sleeping bag (it is not necessary if you wear a bivouack bag)
  • sleepeng pad (it is not necessary if you wear a bivouack bag)
  • cutlery
  • water purifier (tablets or technical system)
  • camp cooker that uses gas, gasoline or alcohol*
  • hydration bladder or water bottles with minimal volume of 3L
  • warm clothes and footwear that is suitable for the terrain and the weather conditions
  • compass*
  • trash bag
  • First aid kit (bandage, adhesive tape, band-aids, elastic bandage, sterilised gauzes, antiseptic, repellent, pain killers, rescue blanket)*

* can be shared between max. of 4 people that will go through the Finish line in a time span shorter then 30 minutes

All obligatory equipment will be checked at the Start before the race begins.

Participant with the missing equipment at the Start will be punished with arrear of 12 hours for every piece of missing equipment


  • transportation for participants from Senj to Zavižan*
  • transportation of one travelling bag (60 L/20 kg) from Zavižan to Paklenica
  • 3 meals a day (dehydrated foods, cold cuts, cheese, bread, prepared meals)
  • passes for NP Northern Velebit and Paklenica
  • Highlander Passport – detailed instructions with a place for a stamp from ever Checkpoint
  • Highlander's map – detailed maps of Velebit and plastic cover for it
  • Highlander Velebit medal

* At the Start in Zavižan participants can come in their private arrangement.




Contestant will be punished with arrear of 12 hours if he/she breaks any of the following rules:

  • More than 30 minutes difference in arriving to the Finish or Checkpoints between contestants sharing equipment
  • Missing equipment

Contestant will be punished by disqualification in case of:

  • leaving trash on the mountains,
  • starting a fire,
  • using mountaineers' lodges for sleeping, cooking or borrowing equipment
  • bivouacking in national parks Northern Velebit and Paklenica
  • not wanting to show staff the obligatory equipment

In case of disqualification the contestant will not get the Highlander Velebit medal and the Highlander Velebit certificate.

In case a participant comes to the Checkpoint or the Finish line after the set deadline he won't be on the official list, but he/she will still be able to get the certificate and the medal.


The participant picks a spot for bivouacking on the trail on his/her own.

Organizer will prepare spots for optional bivouacking at Skropovac shelter, on the meadow by the Baške Oštarije hostel, meadow at Panos and at Veliko Rujno.

Lighting a fire is not allowed anywhere on mountain Velebit.

Sleeping on the race is allowed only in equipment that is a part of participant's obligatory equipment - tent, bivouacking bag, hammock or a waterproof wing.

Housing in, cooking or borrowing equipment from the mountaineers' lodges is NOT ALLOWED.


There are 5 mandatory checkpoints and one optional on the 104 km long route.

On all 5 of the mandatory checkpoint it is necessary to affix stamp of the place to Highlander's Passport.

  • Mountain house Skorpovac
  • Baške Oštarije
  • Panos
  • Veliko Rujno
  • FINISH – Paklenica, entering the NP Paklenica

Every participant takes care that he/she has the mandatory stamp in their personal Highlander's Passport.

In case there's no staff at the Checkpoint when the participant is passing there, he/she has to stamp their own Highlander's Passport.


Participant will get the Medal and the Certificate no matter at what time they arrive at the Finish, but the staff have their own working hours after which they won't be present at the locations.

You can get water during the working hours of the Checkpoints, in case a participant hasn't inscribed onto control list, he/she is automatically disqualified.

Medal and the Certificate will be in the tourist agency Starigrad – Paklenica, weakdays from 9am – 3pm.


Organizer provides total of 15 meals which will be shared at Checkpoints.

Meals will contain enough food for all daily needs of an adult: hot meal, dehydrated prepared meals, spreads, cheeses, cold cuts and bread.

Participant provides snack foods and extra amounts of food for his/her own needs if the find it necessarily.

Detail information about handing out meals, organizer will provide in time to all participants.


Garbage cans will be placed at the rest stop for luch in Baške Oštarije.

It is very important to say that pollution of the environment, littering on the mountains, trails, checkpoints and in the mountain cabins is absolutely prohibited and is penalized by disqualification of the participant.

Participants can use toilets when there's the opportunity (Checkpoints, hostel, shelters).

In case you need to go to the bathroom in nature where there aren't any toilets human waste needs to be buried.

Please go to the bathroom in nature as it is customed and not near the camps, living spaces or on the hiking trails.

If contestant breaches these rules he/she will be immediately disqualified from Highlander competition and at the Finish won't get his/hers Medal.


Transportation from Senj to Zavižan 9/14 will be organized for all participants that decide to set off from Senj.

Buses will set off infront of Nehaj Fortress at 6:30 am.


Organizer will provide transportation of one travelling bag per participant (60 L/20 kg) from Senj or Zavižan to Starigrad.

During the registration participant will recieve a not with his/hers name and start number which he/she has to put on personal luggage.

At the Finish in Starigrad service for picking up the luggage works every day to 9/18 at 12pm.


You can bring a dog with you, but it needs to be on a leash at all times.


In case of injuries, being unable to move in the conditions without any possibility of communication via cellphone it is necessary to provide the information via other participants or supervisor to the nearest

Checkpoint so that they can forward a call for help.

In cases when communication via cellphone is possible it is required to call the organizer's number provided in the Highlander's Passport who will then alarm the services.

If you're not injured you have to come to one of the roads, back to Zavižan, to the Mountaineer's lodge Alan, to Baške Oštarije, Panos, Veliko Rujno or to Starigrad.

The organizer has no obligations towards any participants that withdrawn from the competition and they have to organize further transportation.


Organization of the event, HGSS's duty, 15 meals, transportation of the participant to the Start from Senj to Zavižan, passes for NP Northern Velebit and Paklenica, transportation of one travelling bag (60 L/20 kg) from Zavižan to Paklenica, Highlander Velebit Medal 2019, organization of the party at Baške Oštarije and Starigrad, 50 KN donation to the Mountaineering club Paklenica from Zadar for the purpose of marking of the hiking trails in between Baške Oštarije and Paklenica


Recipient: Planinarski klub Gorstak Osijek

Address: Paska 5, 31000 Osijek, Hrvatska, EU Bank: Zagrebačka Banka d.d.

Account number: IBAN: HR3323600001102566378 SWIFT code: ZABAHR2X

Purpose of the payment: Highlander Velebit 2019 – participant's name and surname


In case of cancellation of the event by the organizer due to unforessen reasons, all the participants will get 50% refund of the paid entry fee. Entry fee can be redirected towards the following year.

In case of cancellation by the participant, he/she will get 50% refund of the paid entry fee, but he/she has to notify the organizer via e-mail no later than september 1st 2019 at 3pm about the cancellation.

After this date it will no longer be possible to be refunded.

Food & Drinks

  • Food will be delivered to the checkpoint in the following way:
  • Start - two-day package (1 dehydrated meal, 2 breakfasts, 2 additional meals)
  • Baške Oštarija - 1 hot meal (dinner), 2-day package (2 breakfasts, 2 dehydrated meals, 2 additional meals)
  • Veliko Rujno - 1 hot meal (dinner), one-day food package (1 breakfast, 1 additional meal)
  • Additional information will be available upon completion of the participant's application.

All food packages is going to be packed in small portions suitable for carrying in your backpack.

Provided quantities are sufficient for an adult. 3 meals a day are foreseen for every participant.

We recommend carrying snacks, dry fruit and other foods that you can snack on as a addition to the supplied meals by the organizer.

You will not find a store on the trail in which you could substitute consumed food.


Drinking water will be set at each control point.

Somewhere along the trail you will come across a creek, a cistern or well.

Water on the mountain is safe to drink but sometimes it is necessary to purify with the water purifiers.

On the mountain (during the event)

As we have already mentioned the weather can be very fickle so it is necessary that every contestant brings clothes for both rainy and sunny weather. Recommended equipment includes hat, gloves, sleeve top of thermal material (e.g. down, fleece or wool), long underpants for a dry change, windproof pants and a wind/waterproof jacket. It is mandatory to carry a tent, waterproof wing or a hammock and a sleeping back which provides a real hiking experience. You will need gasoline or petrol/alcohol to heat up your food. In order to successfully navigate the track you will need to carry a map and a compass. Every participant needs to carry a first aid kit in case of injury. We know that our participants love nature and would never litter so everyone have to carry trash bags for their own wastes.

Each participant will be provided with the following items:

  • transportation for participants from Senj to Zavižan*
  • transportation of one travelling bag (60 L/20 kg) from Zavižan to Paklenica
  • 3 meals a day (dehydrated foods, cold cuts, cheese, bread, prepared meals)
  • passes for NP Northern Velebit and Paklenica
  • Highlander Passport – detailed instructions with a place for a stamp from every Checkpoint
  • Highlander's map – detailed maps of Velebit with plastic cover
  • Highlander Velebit medal

All mandatory equipment will be checked before the beginning of the event. Participants can share equipment but if that's the case they need to rendezvous at the designated checkpoints and the Finish line in no more than 30 minutes from each other.

It is very important to say that littering on the tracks, checkpoints and in the mountain cabins is absolutely prohibited! Our goal is to enjoy in the beauties that our national parks provide and not pollute them. If participant breaches these rules he/she will be immediately disqualified from Highlander event and will be banned from participating ever again.

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.

Working hours of the checkpoints

Checkpoints are opened 24 hours a day up until the noted date.

You can get stamp, food and water until that date in case a contestant didn't get stamp in his/hers Highlander Passport, he/she is automatically disqualified. Medal and the Certificate will be in the tourist board Starigrad – Paklenica, weekdays from 9am – 3pm

  1. 1. START – Zavižan, entering NP Northern Velebit – closes after event starts 9/14 at 12pm
  2. 2. Mountaineer’s house Skorpovac– closes 9/15 at 8pm
  3. 3. Baške Oštarije – closes 9/16 at 8pm
  4. 4. Panos peak– closes 9/17 at 8pm
  5. 5. Veliko Rujno – closes 9/18 at 4pm
  6. 6. FINISH – Paklenica, entering the NP Paklenica – closes 9/18 at 8pm

Additional information will be provided after completing the application for the event.