Your Guide To Komoot’s Difficulty Levels & Tour Characteristics

Ever want to know if you’ll need special hiking shoes for your upcoming trek, or if the pavement will wreak havoc on your precious road bike? Read on to find out how you can use komoot’s easy-to-understand difficulty levels and Tour characteristics at-a-glance to instantly assess if a Tour is suitable for you. Created by outdoor folk for outdoor folk, these helpful indicators will enable you to know before you venture into the wild.

Distance, duration and elevation information
Difficulty levels customized for each sport type
At-a-glance way type and surface type details

Difficulty Levels Tailored For Each Sport Type

Whether you’re an avid mountain biker, hiker, or other outdoor sports enthusiast, komoot offers up custom Difficulty Levels tailored for every sport type. Each komoot Tour is assigned difficulty levels from easy (blue), intermediate (red), and expert (black). Difficulty levels are calculated by combining the required fitness level, sport type, and the technical complexity of each Tour.

Easy Hiking Tour

Up to 2 hours and 1,000 ft. of altitude. Great for any fitness level.

Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. Corresponds SAC 1.

Intermediate Hiking Tour

Up to 5 hours and 3,000 ft. of altitude. Requires good fitness.

Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. Corresponds approx. to SAC 2-3.

Expert Hiking Tour

More than 5 hours long or 3000 ft. of altitude. Requires very good fitness.

Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required. Corresponds approx. to SAC 4–6.

Technical difficulty rating based on the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) Hiking Scale.


Detailed Way Type & Surface Type Information

Each komoot Tour delivers detailed Tour Characteristic information on way and surface types. A way type (blue) describes whether a route is a path, cycleway, street, highway, etc. Surface types (pink) describe the actual condition of these particular routes: whether it’s sand, asphalt or cobblestone, etc. Way types are represented by a blue gradient, while surface types are represented by a pink gradient. The brighter the color, the more rustic and challenging the Tour. Each indicator offers helpful information to ensure you’re fully prepped before venturing into the great outdoors.

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