Hiking is one of the favorite outdoor activities, which brings various benefits; fresh air, beautiful landscapes, forest and greenery, peace and freedom. It is also a very fun and useful way to keep fit, as well as make new mountaineering friends. Or as it is often said for this activity: "Planning is the right therapy for body and mind"
Many lovers of active life are aware of this, who try to use every weekend to stay in the mountains throughout Croatia, but also beyond its borders. One of the most famous mountaineering events in Croatia is HIGHLANDER, which began its journey a few years ago on Velebit, and today exists in many European and world countries.
The HIGHLANDER season in the region is about to begin, so all experienced and less experienced mountaineers will be able to spend their precious free time on the amazing mountains in Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, BiH and Austria.
It's first Stara Planina in Serbia, the adventure begins 12th and will run until June 16th, and will lead through 100 km long demanding and remote hiking areas, and HIGHLANDER EXERIENCE will last two days shorter and 50 km less. After that, from June 30 to July 4, comes Montenegro and Mount Durmitor, where one of the national parks is located, under the protection of UNESCO. Beginners will be able to supplement their experience on the HIGHLANDER EXPERIENCE tour, which will last from July 3 to 4, total mileage 30 km. Slovenia is known for its beautiful natural resources, so everyone interested in the Slovenian route will enjoy HIGHLANDER on Julian Alps, July 10-14. Salvation from the summer heat will be easily found at this 100 km long mountaineering event, which starts from Bohinj, a glacial valley embraced around the Julian Alps and ends on the banks of the crystal clear Soča River, while the road leads them along the southern borders of Triglav National Park. to Triglav, the highest Slovenian mountain.
Two weeks after, from July 24 to 28, the adventure starts in Blidinje, in BiH. Untouched nature, wilderness and greenery will leave every participant breathless from this 100 km a long way, and if it is too long for them, EXPERIENCE offers an equally magical experience of a nature park Blidinje of 28 km, from 24 to 25 July. The beginning of August is reserved for Austria and the mighty mountain region of Murau, and those interested can choose whether to route from 100 km (July 28 - August 1) or for the 27 km (July 31 - August 1).
HIGHLANDER's biggest focus is on emotions and a unique experience - during a few days beautiful landscapes, stars in the sky, campfire, enjoying the beautiful and untouched landscape, but we all need digital detox, he says. Jurica Barać, director of HIGHLANDER and adds that it has become a kind of luxury to turn off your mobile phone for 5 days and completely indulge in nature and its charms, and that is exactly what HIGHLANDER offers.
At HIGHLANDER events in the region, which include HIGHLANDER Velebit in Croatia, HIGHALNDER Stara Planina in Serbia, HIGHLANDER Blidinje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, HIGHLANDER Julian Alps in Slovenia, HIGHLANDER Lake Ohrid in Northern Macedonia and HIGHLANDER Durmitor in Montenegro, we expect around 2.000 courts in Montenegro. 2021, he states Barać, and adds that participating in HIGHLANDER events really means experiencing the adventure of a lifetime.
"In the past few years, hiking has become a tourist trend around the world. HIGHLANDER events are designed to provide participants with an unforgettable hiking experience in the most beautiful natural locations in the region that include stunning National Parks and Nature Parks. No matter what format of event they attended (HIGHLANDER / HIGHLANDER 55 / HIGHLANDER EXPERIENCE), participants have the opportunity to take a short break from their daily lives, digital detox and, of course, physical activity that greatly contributes to the psycho-physical health of the individual. Precisely because of these characteristics, HIGHLANDER provides a positive effect on mountain tourism in the region and thus puts the beauties of Croatia and neighboring countries on the global map of natural beauty, among the top destinations and organizations that offer specialized outdoor tourism services. The best way to check this is to join this mountaineering movement in some of these destinations. ” Barać points out.
HIGHLANDER is a story that originated in Croatia on Velebit in 2017, and has now spread to countries in the region and become a global brand
It is important to emphasize how HIGHLANDER has achieved global success and become the world's largest mountaineering series of events. So HIGHLANDER will be held even in Egypt. A Croatian brand that three Osijek residents have turned from a mountaineering movement into a global brand.
HIGHLANDER Velebit - Velebit and two national parks - Northern Velebit and Paklenica
The HIGHLANDER EXPERIENCE trail can still be characterized as "Velebit in miniature", given that it is complex in such a way that in these thirty kilometers participants go through all the diversity of terrain and natural beauty that Velebit offers: sea view, walking on rocks, through forests . Circular, the trail is completely located within the Northern Velebit National Park, with 50% of the trail being on the continental side of the mountain and 50% on the coastal side of the mountain. It is important to note that, although it is a hiking event suitable for beginners, participants are advised to come in good physical condition, as there are several larger and more demanding climbs, especially on the second day of hike.
HIGHLANDER EXPERIENCE will be over last weekend in September, so it can also be called a kind of weekend variant, because participants end the event on Sunday and thus have flexibility in case they are not able to be absent from work on weekdays to attend the other two event formats - which usually end from Monday to Wednesday. (even Thursday). Part of HIGHLANDER EXPERIENCE passes Premužić's path which is an architectural masterpiece - almost imperceptibly fused with the beautiful nature and environment that surrounds it, is great for beginners because it is suitable for walking and has no steep terrain, and is unique in the way it is built - using only drywall technique.
HIGHLANDER EXPERIENCE, as the name suggests, provides an opportunity for its participants to feel a part of the HIGHLANDER spirit and motivate them in the continuation of further mountaineering experience. Within 33 exciting hours, all lovers of active life will have the opportunity to explore part of Velebit and stay free under the starry sky.
"We enjoy the scenery, the silence, the aromas of the plants and the fresh air. We gain a new respect for the nature around us. We get a lifelong experience, one that changes us for the better and makes us better people”Concludes Barać.
Precisely because of these characteristics, HIGHLANDER provides a positive effect on mountain tourism in the region and thus, puts the beauties of Croatia and neighboring countries on the global map of natural beauty, among the top destinations and organizations that offer specialized outdoor tourism services.
Find out more about the phenomenal HIGHLANDER story HERE
Photo: Predrag Vuckovic and Bogdan Kosanovic