What do I receive when I complete HIGHLANDER?

If you complete any distance of HIGHLANDER successfully, you will receive a unique experience to remember every time you look up in the sky, lifetime friends, a hard-earned HIGHLANDER Title, Pin, Patch, and Certificate.


What is the cutoff time?

This is a backpacking adventure, not a race. 

Checkpoints are open every day from 6AM to 7PM (in the periods specified for individual checkpoints). Applies for both formats HIGHLANDER Pegasus & HIGHLANDER Orion


Will HIGHLANDER take place in the event of bad/inclement weather?




How do I register?

To register for the event, complete the registration form on the event website and submit using the REGISTER NOW button.

Payments are made online only using a debit or credit card.

Capacity is limited, make sure you don't miss your slot and register now for the Adventure of a Lifetime!

Check the prices and what they include here.


How can I register as a Team?

You can register as a team using Team Registration for a group of 2, 3, or 4 participants.

  • We offer special rates for group registrations.
  • Choose a member of your team that will make the purchase of the whole group. Congratulations, you are now a Team Captain. During the purchase, you are asked to name the team and make a password.
  • You share the name and the password with the other 3 people in your team, that register as Team Members.
  • Team Members register with a price of $0 but need Team's name and password in order to register.
  • The group registration is limited to a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 participants. Choose your group category based on your group number.


Transfer/Withdrawal/ Deferral process:

Please find all relevant information here.


Can someone else register for me?

No, all participants must come to the Check-in in person during the Check-in open hours and personally sign the event waiver.


Is there a minimum age to participate?

Yes, participants must be 18 years old on the event day.


I have not received the confirmation e-mail – where can I find it?

The confirmation email is automatically sent after submitting the payment. Check your inbox and spam folders, and if confirmation is not found, please contact


How do I change my personal details (address, e-mail…)?

If this is your first time registering for an event on the platform, you will create an Active profile. Here you will have access to all registered events, and you can edit some of your personal details.

  • Log in to    
  • Scroll through the list of registered events
  • Choose “Edit Registration Information”
  • Make changes to custom questions etc.  
  • Save changes

If you need to change other information (such as an email address), please contact


What is the check-in procedure?

All participants must register in person at the event prior to the start to collect the Participant´s Kit and sign the event waiver. 

We do not send out in the post the Participant's Kit. 

You will receive an email with all the information one week before the event. 


Will you be providing transportation to the Check-in and/or Start?

Carpark will be arranged at the bottom of Jebel Jais. Shuttle buses will be arranged to transport participants from the car park towards the start area at Bear Grylls Explorers Camp for HIGHLANDER Pegasus and to the Observation Deck at the top of Jebel Jais for HIGHLANDER Orion. Both HIGHLANDER formats will end at the finish point which is close to the car park.

Alternatively, participants can take a taxi straight to the start area. At the finish area, there will be an option for a taxi return ride. All taxi fees are to be borne by participants.

*Should there be any changes in logistics, registered participants will be notified by email.

Check Travel and Accommodation section for a detailed schedule of the buses.


I will be staying in Ras Al Khaimah city after the event. Will HIGHLANDER provide transportation to my next destination after the event?

No. The Organizer will only provide transportation to the HIGHLANDER Check-in and Start position. Any other transportation arrangements are your responsibility.



What food is provided?

It depends on you and your body. For each participant, the Organizer will provide camping food, distributed at checkpoints. There is a specific field in the registration form that includes diet preferences. A vegetarian option will be available at all checkpoints. Vegan and gluten-free options, however, will not be available.

We all have unique eating habits and feel full at different rates so if you think you need additional food / have a special diet please bring it with you.


Can I bring my dog?

At the moment dogs are not allowed on the HIGHLANDER events due to the challenging in terrain.


Can I bring my drone?

We are aware some of you might want to capture your Adventure of a Lifetime by using a drone, however, we have to point out that drones are, unfortunately, not allowed.


What type of clothing should I pack?

February is considered the “winter” season in the UAE. Though it is known to be sunny and cool temperatures, rain clouds can form suddenly. In Ras Al-Khaimah it's usually breezy, fresh during the day, and cold at night between 15c to 20c degrees, especially at the highest camp. Expect fog and cold in the morning and up to 24 - 28°C during the day. During the day it will be like a European summer day while at night it will get cold. Temperature can drop 10 degrees Celsius.

Bring well-made and durable all-weather hiking clothing suitable for layering. 

To be safe, we recommend you prepare for all types of weather as well as you can.



I have never hiked, but I feel physically ready. Can I register?

Of course! 

HIGHLANDER Pegasus is not for professional hikers and mountaineers only. It welcomes nature lovers hungry for activity and adventure. HIGHLANDER Pegasus trail is safe however it is challenging in some parts due to steep elevation gain. Though a minimum of hiking experience is required, very good physical fitness is required to push through long-distance hiking. It is highly advised to train using a heavy backpack so you build up your endurance and overall fitness. We suggest starting a training regimen in the months leading to the event to be more comfortable and confident.

HIGHLANDER Orion is less challenging than HIGHLANDER Pegasus as it does not include the first day with steep elevation, but do not take this category lightly. It still includes long-distance hiking with a variation of uphill and downhill carrying a heavy backpack. Training month leading to the event is key to building your fitness so you can take on this challenge with more comfort and confidence.

Ask yourself this question: Can I walk 25km or 40km on a main street carrying 15kg on my back? If you have doubts, then you should start training today. Hiking the same in mountain terrain will be much more challenging.

Don't underestimate the challenge. Be prepared, and start training.

Find more information on how to get ready here.


How can I best prepare for HIGHLANDER Ras Al Khaimah?

All participants should be physically prepared for tackling a 55 km or a 30km hike smoothly. We recommend some training in the months leading to HIGHLANDER Ras Al Khaimah to prepare for the adventure. 

Above all, you must be able to carry a heavy backpack (practice with a 5-7 kg and increase gradually to 15-17 kg). Make sure you can walk in your hiking shoes and break them in prior to the event.

*Backpack weight on average is between 12 to 18kg depending on how lightweight your gear is.
*The organizer will have training programs with several gyms across UAE that will help get you ready for those who require assistance in training. More info will be shared soon.

In the meantime, if you want to start training on your own, you can follow the program provided in this training video. Watch here.


Is there cellular service on the course?

In general, yes. There are however areas not covered by cellular service, particularly Sal Haqeel Camp (Camp 2 for HIGHLANDER Pegasus /Camp 1 for HIGHLANDER Orion)


How difficult is it to stay on the trail?

Most hiking trails in the Jais Mountain region are marked very well. 

It is important to adhere to markers and official hiking trails. CHECKPOINTS with trained staff are very distant apart.

Always keep a map in hand and follow the signposts to stay on course and arrive safely at your destination.

The organizer will provide a GPS file of the route.


Do I have to stop at each checkpoint?

The trail has 3 checkpoints for HIGHLANDER Pegasus and 2 checkpoints for HIGHLANDER Orion. You have to collect all checkpoint stamps. 

Checkpoints are open at specific times. Staff will stamp your HIGHLANDER ID. Outside staff working hours (or similar), you will stamp your own ID. 


Do I have to set up my tent close to checkpoints?

We have dedicated places for camping. These are marked on the map.


Will you be designating sleeping areas?

Designated tent spots sites are on the Camp Checkpoints for each HIGHLANDER format or in close vicinity, and you are required to camp on these sites. 


Can I sleep in mountain lodges or huts?

No. Sleeping is allowed only in tents and sleeping bags that are required HIGHLANDER gear for all participants. Mountain lodges and huts are not available across this trail.

Sleeping in a tent is a special experience and one of the best parts of a true hiking adventure.


Are hiking poles a good idea?

A great idea! It has been shown that using hiking poles will reduce the accumulated stress on the feet, legs, knees, and back by sharing the load more evenly across the whole body. This is especially true when carrying a heavy pack on your back.


What if I have gear trouble?

Checkpoint staff is trained for such cases. Feel free to consult them with any gear malfunction or similar issues.


Can I share my gear with other participants?

Yes. Participants sharing equipment must inform the organizing staff at the Check-in. Gear that can be shared includes the required tents, iso butane/alcohol stoves, compasses, and first aid kits. Participants sharing the required gear must cross the finish line within a time difference of no more than 30 minutes from the first to the last group member.

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