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 hiking adventure, not a race. Each format has a time limit by which it is necessary to walk the intended mileage. Anyone who reaches the finish line early is welcome, but there are no benefits. Also, take into account when moving that checkpoints, including the finish line, have working hours.


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 3+1:

  • 3+1 means that the team of 4 is registered - 3 registrations are purchased and 1 is complimentary.
  • 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 maximum in 3+1 is 4 people. There can be less, but not more. In case of fewer people, the group is not entitled to the price deduction.


Transfer/Withdrawal/ Deferral process:

Please find all relevant information here.


Can someone else register for me?

No, someone else can buy the entry fee for another person, but the registration must be personal. 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?

Participation of minors are permitted at the event with a parent/guardian. Please download the document attached below, complete the document with the necessary information and save it as a PDF. Once you complete the registration and the payment for a parent/guardian and a minor, please, contact the organizer at to send the PDF file and get further instructions.

Consents for Minor to participate:


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 mandatory Check-in procedure?

All participants must register in person at the event before the start to collect the Participant's Kit and food. We do not send out the Participant's Kit by mail. You will also receive an email with Registration Check-in information one week before the event. For any additional information, you can always contact us through the official e-mail.


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

As all formats of the HIGHLANDER Stara planina 2024 event are circular tracks, the Start and Finish are at the same place, no transportation to the start is provided. Each participant needs to organize his own arrival at the starting place.

Check Travel and Accommodation section for a detailed schedule.


I will be staying in Serbia after the event. Will HIGHLANDER provide transportation to my next destination after the event?


Not.Any transportation is your responsibility. We will recommend transportation to the start and from the finish to every participant and we will be available for any additional information regarding the time and possibilities that exist at the moment of the start/end of the event. Don't worry about transportation, there are always easy, simple and cheap options for on-site transportation.As the event approaches, the communication between the participants will intensify, which we are happy to connect for the purpose of mutual agreement on joint transport from/to Stara planina.



What food is provided?

Food with meat, vege food. During registration, the participant chooses the type of diet. More information about the meals will be available on the official HIGHLANDER Stara planina website a few weeks before the start of the event. The organizer will adapt the meals to the habits of hikers and the needs of the participant for this type of activity, taking maximum into account the carrying and method of preparing the meal.

If you are participating with your dog please bear in mind dog food is not provided.


Can I bring my dog?

Of course!

However, please note that the courses are of fixed mileage, and we expect different weather conditions during the event. For example. it could be quite hot and unless the dog is used to the heat, overheating could be a challenge. For the same reason, make sure the dog is well hydrated - you'll probably need to bring 1.5 to 2 times your amount of water for the two of you.

There is no extra registration fee required but please note the dog food is your responsibility.

Dogs are allowed onboard transportation buses. Your dog must always be kept on a leash, even in the camping area where they must be taken outside of the camping area to relieve themselves. Dogs are not allowed inside any buildings including the dining hall.


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, however, we must point out that drones are unfortunately not allowed by the organizers. HIGHLANDER Stara planina is a large part of the trail in the border area of Stara planina (Serbia/Bulgaria) for which special permits are required. The drone or any additional personal video/photo equipment that the law implies and a certain type of permit is the sole responsibility of the participant and is carried at his own risk.


What type of clothing should I pack?

Morning temperatures on Stara planina in July can be below 8°C and during the day over 35°C. Expect rain, fog, strong wind and sunny weather. You need to prepare well for all occasions. Pack yourself!



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

Of course! HIGHLANDER is not for professional hikers and mountaineers only. It welcomes nature lovers hungry for activity and adventure. HIGHLANDER is very safe but some hiking experiences are required. We suggest starting a training plan in the months before the even


How can I best prepare for HIGHLANDER Stara planina Serbia?

All participants should be physically prepared to tackle the route smoothly. We recommend 200km of light backpacking in the months before HIGHLANDER to prepare for the trail. Above all, you must be able to carry a heavy backpack (practice with 5-7 kg and increase gradually to 15-17 kg). Make sure you can walk comfortably in your backpacking shoes and break them in prior to the event.

Find more information on how to get ready here.


Is there cellular service on the course?

In general, yes. There are however areas not covered by cellular service. We recommend every participant to download off-line maps, if he orients himself on the trail that way, and to be prepared that he will cross a certain part of the trail without reaching it.


How difficult is it to stay on the trail?

It is not difficult, but it requires a certain knowledge of orientation in nature and the use of maps, GPS devices, compasses, etc. It is important to stick to HIGHLANDER markings and existing trails, regardless of the orientation method used.The nearest villages on the trail are 20-25 km apart and have checkpoints with trained personnel.It is important to have a map in your hand and to follow the road signs well in order to stick to the given direction and reach your destination safely. The use of radio links is desirable and allowed if you are trained.


Do I have to stop at each checkpoint?

Yes, at each control point the participant must stop to put a stamp in the passport (HIGHLANDER ID), which is proof that the participant has passed the recommended route. There are recommended camping checkpoints on the trail.

Upon arrival at each checkpoint, volunteers will stamp a HIGHLANDER ID. Checkpoints have specific opening hours. During non-working hours of the checkpoint, the stamp in the HIGHLANDER ID is entered by the participant. Also, checkpoints that do not have volunteers, the participant himself stamps his HIGHLANDER ID.


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

Bivouacing is recommended within the checkpoints. A participant can sleep outside these places only if he has extremely justified reasons. Please note that each participant is responsible for their own movement and behavior and that any risk of sleeping outside the checkpoints is not the responsibility of the organizer. Also, the participants are reminded that the availability of water and food provided is possible only at the indicated control points during certain working hours


Will you be designating sleeping areas?

Designated bivouacking sites are on the 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 only permitted in tents and in sleeping bags which are mandatory HIGHLANDER gear for all participants. Mountain lodges and huts have limited space and could not accommodate all HIGHLANDER participants. Sleeping in a tent is a special experience and one of the best parts of a true backpacking adventure.


Are hiking poles a good idea?

A great idea!


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. Gear that can be shared includes tent, gas/gasoline/alcohol cooker, compass, first aid kit. Participants sharing gear must reach checkpoints and finish within 30 minutes apart.

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