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The third edition of the hugely popular event will take place in February 2-4, 2024, offering hikers and adventure lovers the chance to explore the UAE’s highest peak.
Home to the most developed hiking trail network in the UAE of 80km on Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah is excited to announce that HIGHLANDER – the region’s ultimate hiking challenge – is confirmed to make a welcome return to the Emirate on February 2-4, 2024.
Like previous years, HIGHLANDER Ras Al Khaimah 2024 will comprise of two distinct formats:
HIGHLANDER Pegasus is a 40km backpacking challenge named after the constellation seen in the northern sky and the winged horse of Greek mythology. The event, which will be staged over three days from 2 – 4 February, will test the mettle of hikers while offering a unique opportunity to take in the natural wonders of Ras Al Khaimah’s stunning mountain topography.
HIGHLANDER Orion takes its name from the prominent constellation that is located on the celestial equator and is visible throughout the world. This 25km trek will traverse the Hajar Mountain range over two days (3 – 4 February) and offer participants the chance to explore this famous and rugged location while taking in the stunning panoramic views of the valleys below.
The two HIGHLANDER formats will cross several old settlements and active farms that not only highlight the history and diversity of Ras Al Khaimah, but also showcase how communities have lived and worked in this rocky region for centuries.
Known as a hiker’s paradise, the Emirate offers the ideal setting for this outdoor activity that is fast becoming a must-do for people of all ages and abilities. The terrain provides the perfect training ground for explorers, enthusiasts, and novice hikers alike with more than 80km of trails connecting the various zones of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain.
With the safety of hikers paramount, organisers have confirmed that there will be numerous HIGHLANDER checkpoints across both routes supported by marshals and medical first aid stations.
More info on registrations and pricing is here.