Visit the breathtaking Emerald Lakes, climb the Half Dome, trek along the Eiger north face, hike through the Zion Narrows. These hikes are truly epic experiences — once in a lifetime adventures that should be firmly etched onto your bucket list by now. To help you start scratching them off, we've prepared a rundown of the world's most stunning day hikes, pre-picked and pre-planned.
All of these hikes are completely doable in one day and are, therefore, perfect additions to a holiday/trip. Of course, you could spend way more than just one day in all of these places — and we recommend that you do so if you are able to.
All of these hikes have been curated with the help of real user feedback. It constantly amazes us where the komoot community goes, what they discover, and the awesome Tours they record. We look forward to discovering even more Highlights, Tours and epic outdoor places together with you — ready to inspire the whole world to explore more of the great outdoors.
The Canadian Rockies in all their splendor. From pastel-colored Lake Louise, head across the Plain of Six Glaciers Lake up to the Tea House and the foot of the Victoria Glacier. Up here, it takes your breath away to experience so much of Canada's diversity in just one day. Then down to the breathtaking view from "Bee Hive" and to Lake Agnes, where there is still a Tea House - perfect to end this grand tour. The tour is made more often in the other direction, so first Lake Agnes and then up to the glaciers. But if you make them wrong, you escape the masses a bit.
One of the most photographed outdoor motifs in the world. The rock that juts out over the deep blue lake, but is also a uniquely beautiful picture. That's worth every effort. The hike starts and ends at the Mogelii car park in Skjeggedal.For the first 4 kilometers, the majority of the vertical meters have to be overcome before the landscape is always gently uphill and downhill. With about 4-4.5 hours you should expect, until you can make your own unique Trolltunga picture and enjoy the fantastic view.Back it goes on the same path. The length of the tour should not be underestimated, so take enough water and refreshment on the go.
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The hype about the Tongariro Crossing as New Zealand's absolute must-do is absolutely justified. The nearly 20-kilometer hike (excluding Mt. Ngauruhoe & the summit of Mt. Tongariro) is a single firework of wonders of nature. The path leads up and into a beautiful volcanic landscape, past the most colorful lakes, over steaming craters and the view is always so great that it sometimes seems like you are just dreaming.
It is best to stay / camp at the Discovery Lodge and take their first shuttle to the start of the crossing. So you get up in front of the masses on the mountains and can still enjoy a little solitude and peace.On the way there are NO possibilities to replenish water. So take food for the whole day. The end of the hike is at a parking lot, where all the shuttles and buses arrive to pick up the hikers.
Cradle Mountain is THE highlight on Tasmania's weeklong Overland track. The great, you can look at this great mountain in just one day. Along the Overland Track, up to Marion's Lookout and the Kitchen Hut shelter, continue on challenging trails to the summit. But the view from the mountain and its unusual form of rock itself are absolutely worth the climb.
The red rocks and deep gorges in the southwestern United States inspire with their wild-threatening beauty. If you want to experience this landscape so deeply, you should definitely walk into the Narrows in Zion National Park in Utah. Basically very simple, you either follow the Virgin River directly and get your feet wet or less adventurous on the paths of the Lower and Middle Emerald Pools.But you should not miss to climb up to Angel's Landing. However, this is reserved only for those who are free of giddiness and sure-footed adventurers, because the narrow rock is not without reason Angels Landing. Otherwise, you simply follow the canyon to the "Big Spring" (about 8 km). Here you have to turn around at the latest, because you need a "hiking permit" for the area behind it.
A rock that can hardly be beaten, gets a ladder made of steel cables in the summer and thus becomes the sky ladder in the Rocky Mountains. The mountain is with 2,693 m not particularly high for this region but above all its form inspires its conquerors.If you want to climb this spectacular semi-dome, you must plan this early. As you can see in this somewhat older picture, the crowd is huge, so since 2010, each 4 months before the desired appointment permit cards are purchased on the Internet. -> nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm
There is also a "last-minute lottery" where you can get a permit from the National Park Service the day before.However, surely everyone is happy that he does not have to climb over this ladder with 1000 others, so limiting the number of visitors is already a sensible thing. Especially for the safety of the individual.Start and finish of the hike are at the Trailhead parking lot. Passing by the magical Vernall Falls, through the magnificent scenery until you reach the steps to the summit. Vertigo is an absolute MUST on the way to this summit.
To be honest, any hike on the Isle of Skye could easily make it into this collection. We chose this because it offers the most fantastic, least expensive, because the Quiraing Mountains are hard to beat.A landscape, as if from a fairy tale book - rocks that jut out like needles, steep cliffs and other incredible rock formations. Above all, the walk around the Quiraings also offers the sight of the "Needle" a 40-meter-high rock, which is listed as a separate summit and a star highlight of the region. Cloudy days are rare here, but if you're lucky enough to catch one of them, you can look over from the summit of the Quirings to Scotland.Start and end of the walk are at the Quiraing parking lot, from here it goes directly to the trail.
A vertical, 8 kilometer long, 1000 meter high wall over which falls even the second highest waterfall in the world. Sounds incredible? It is also and therefore you should look at it with your own eyes. You can walk in the direction of the so-called amphitheater along the often dried up Tugela River. The path through the narrow gorge itself is an experience in itself, the view at the end, which you reach via a metal ladder on the canyon wall, priceless. But you do not have to climb up times if you feel insecure, the view opens up to you as well, just leaning against a rock and looking up. Invites to dream.
You can look at one of Chile's most spectacular sights in just one day, and you do not have to go on a multi-day trek. The hike to the three towers of Torres del Paine will take you through the Ascencio Valley and finally up to the lake below the massif.In the valley you come through the wonderful Lenga forest, then it is only 45 minutes up to the glacier moraine of the lake, where the three rocks grow hundreds of feet in height. Not bad for a (long) day hike.Incidentally, our starting point and end point at the Hotel Las Torres is also the starting point of the 4-day 'W' circuit and the 8-day 'O' circuit around the Torres del Paine.
You can not climb one of the most beautiful and famous mountain silhouettes in the world, unless you're called Alex Honnold, but you can get pretty close. And you will never forget that look.Especially the last hour, it goes steeply uphill, where in the main season hikers on hikers push up the stairs. It is worthwhile to leave El Chaltén very early or spend the night in the Campamento Rio Blanco.
The South West Coast Trail, which runs along the rolling cliffs and coastline of Cornwall and Devon, may be one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the world, yet over 1,000 kilometers long. It is a real blessing that one of the most beautiful sections can also be hiked in one day. The road from Mullion Cove to Lizard Point will give you the appetite for more. Over the cliffs along the blue sea to the southernmost point of England. Incidentally, there are also some pubs on the way, if "British", but then right.
Take a "lost" Andean city, exotic wildlife and a coastline with South America's finest sandy beaches and a great jungle hike is done. The trail takes you through the jungle to the ancient city of Pueblito, which today has only abandoned but well-preserved ruins. Do not be frightened by the loud crying of the howler monkeys and good shoes are recommended here, not only because of the sometimes demanding way, but also because of small poisonous frogs that are jumping around on the ground.From the city of Pueblito, descend to the beaches of Tayrona National Park, where the white beach meets the Caribbean Sea and invites you to bathe after the hike. But do not wait until the last beach to swim, because it is waiting with dangerous currents and caimans in the bay.
So if you see the corresponding signs and signs, it is worth to go back and stay at one of the previous dream beaches.From Cañaveral a bus with the words "Parque Nacional Tayrona" or similar back to Santa Marta. The trip costs about 5000 COP. - Alternatively, you can take a taxi.
The Eiger north face is - like many north walls of this world - impressive and intimidating at the same time. The film "Nordwand" from the year 2008 tells of the tragic story around the dramatic first ascent attempt of the Eiger north face in the year 1936. Much feared and meanwhile often defeated the Eiger casts its shadow over Grindelwald. The surrounding mountain world is no less impressive and so the hike on the Eiger Trail from the Kleine Scheidegg is already an experience.
Start and finish are at a gondola lift, so the hike over the Grand Balcon Sud is a wonderful and easy day trip that leads up to the Lac Blanc. The unbelievable and endless view of the Mont Blanc massif and its highest peak, make you stand there again and again with open mouth.