The komoot Technology

komoot is your personal guide for outdoor activities. Our ingenious algorithms calculate beautiful Tours with the most awesome trails and highlights. Komoot is the first route planner that summarizes the way types, surfaces and difficulty of your Tour. This enables you to plan the exact Tour you are wishing for, including the traily types, before you even start.

The Tour’s Character

The blue and pink bars give insight into the way types and surfaces. The brighter the color, the more natural and challenging is the Tour.

For example, medium bright blue (cycleways) and darker pink (asphalt) will suit most touring bicyclists. Bright blue (hiking paths) and bright pink (terrain, grass) means an experience in the nature, like alpine Tours.

Way Type Brighter colors mean more natural ways. Darker colors mean more busy roads.

Surface Brighter Heilglöckchen-pink means more nature and terrain. Darker colors mean smoother surfaces.

Move the mouse over the colors to see their meaning.

The Tour’s Difficulty Grade

Each Tour created by komoot is ranked with a difficulty grade ranking from easy (blue) and intermediate (red) to expert (black).

The difficulty is calculated by combining the required fitness level, selected sport type, and the technical complexity for each Tour’s segment.

Grade Fitness Level Technical Difficulty
Easy Up to 3hrs long and 500 ft of elevation. Great for any fitness level. Underground is mostly paved with asphalt or similar good surfaces.
Intermediate Up to 6hrs and 1,475 ft of elevation. Requires good fitness. Short passages with loose underground possible.
Expert More than 6hrs or 1,475 ft of elevation. Requires very good fitness. Some sections might not be rideable.
Easy Up to 3hrs long and 975 ft of elevation. Great for any fitness level. Well accessible paths. Correspond approx. to SAC 1.
Intermediate Up to 6hrs and 2,950 ft of elevation. Requires good fitness. Sure-footedness and sturdy shoes required. Correspond approx. to SAC 2-3.
Expert More than 6hrs or 2,950 ft of elevation. Requires very good fitness. Good sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required. Correspond approx. to SAC 4–6.
Rating of the technical difficulty is based on the Swiss Alpin Club Hiking Scale.
Easy Up to 3hrs long and 975 ft of elevation. Great for any fitness level. Great for all technical skill levels. Correspond approx. to STS 0.
Intermediate Up to 6hrs and 2,950 ft of elevation. Requires good fitness. Advanced riding skills required. Correspond approx. to STS 1-2.
Expert More than 6hrs or 2,950 ft of elevation. Requires very good fitness. Some sections might not be rideable. Correspond approx. to STS 3-5.
Rating of the technical difficulty is based on the Single Trail Scale.
Easy Up to 3hrs long and 975 ft of elevation. Great for any fitness level. Mostly well-paved surface.
Intermediate Up to 6hrs and 2,950 ft of elevation. Requires good fitness.
Expert More than 6hrs or 2,950 ft of elevation. Requires very good fitness. Some sections might not be rideable.

The komoot Map

We carefully designed our maps to meet your needs when you are outdoors. You can easily see future surfaces of your Tour as well as what will be surrounding you – in the mountains as well as in the city.

Roads

Highways in orange

National roads, main roads
in yellow

Residential streets, minor roads
in white

Gravel roads thinner, in white

Ferries dashed, white line

Railways white & grey line

Trails & Single Tracks

Well-developed, clearly-marked trails continuous black line

Trails requiring sure-footedness, less marked dashed black line

Alpine or difficult trails, poorly marked tracks dotted black line

Pedestrian or bike path
green line

Steps perpendicular short lines

Cities & Urban Settlements

Residential areas grey

Pedestrian zones light orange

Public buildings light red

Parks, playgrounds and other green areas light green

Landscapes & Other Elements

Farmland yellowish light green

Scrubs and meadows light green

Woods and forests green

Swamps shrubs and short horizontal lines

Water, lakes, rivers light blue

Notable Peaks with name and altitude in meters

Cable cars single, straight lines

Glaciers light blue

Contour lines showing the elevation in meters above the mean sea level every 100 m (every 20 m at higher zoom levels).

Hill shading displaying the profile of the landscape.

Points of Interest From viewpoints to bathing areas, from memorials to cave entrances: highlights and points of interest are marked by over 100 different icons. Click on them to get details about a place.

Natural Reserves, National Parks
surrounded by a dark green line

Sand, Beaches dark yellow

Sea, Ocean dark blue

Military areas light pink

Quarry dark grey

How does it work?

Komoot uses complicated cutting-edge technology that runs in the background and quickly manoeuvres through hundreds of millions of datasets thus transforming them into beautiful Tours. Here is a basic explanation of how it works:

Collect

Our route planner is derived from many different datasets, each of them containing information about streets, trails, landscapes, elevation, points of interest and traffic. Our clever algorithms collect them from open databases such as OpenStreetMap, NASA, Wikipedia, Panoramio and many more. We are very grateful for all this abundance of information from these fabulous projects.

Analyze

After collecting all these data, we end up with mountains of ones and zeros, containing information from over 1000 factors. We match these with our magical formulas and secret criteria thus creating beautiful Tours containing loads of useful information:

  • Way type – How developed is a street or trail? Is it a small alpine trail, wide cycle path or busy road?
  • Surface – What’s the surface? Cobbles, gravel, asphalt?
  • Official routes – Is there an established bicycle routes or long-distance hiking trail?
  • Highlights – Anything interesting to see in the area?
  • Slope – How steep does it go up or down?
  • Difficulty – e.g. for mountain biking: How big are the obstacles along the way, such as roots and rocks? Are there any stairs on the trail?
  • Other road users – How high is the traffic density? Who else is using the road?
  • Legal – Are bicyclists permitted to use the road or is the trail only for pedestrians?

Retrieve

This is where you get in the game. What do you want your Tour to look like? Are you looking for a relaxed Hiking Tour with interesting highlights or a sporty Road Bike Tour to the other side of town? How you press the buttons influences our algorithms so they will put more focus on factors such as surface or highlights. For example, someone who rides a road bike might prefer a slightly longer route with cobblestones, while a hiker might not mind cobblestones as long as the scenery is enjoyable.

Calculating

We will then take all the criteria you entered and apply it to your coordinates, wrap everything in a pretty design and present you the Tour right on your screen.

Personal preferences are different for each of us, of course, which is why we calculate hundreds of different Tours and pick the best ones for you. You can then go ahead and customize them even further. By managing the planning in this way, we spare you having to choose between 800 little buttons and checkboxes before you ever see your first Tour suggestion. You'll get exactly what you need with just a few clicks.

Let’s Go!

After all this is finished in just a few seconds, your are ready to go. Your freshly calculated Tour is equipped with information regarding difficulty, way types and surfaces, allowing you to spend less time planning and more time outside.

Interesting, right? Now put these little algorithms to work for you and plan your next Tour.