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#1 Day Hike in the World – Harder Ridge



One of our top 10 day hikes in the world.


24km total … about 18km on a sharp ridge! Wow! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

  • Yes, this is our pick for the very best day hike on Earth
  • Brienz to Interlaken Brienz Rothorn Railway up to the start
  • take the funicular from Harderkulm (Harder Kulm)  down to Harderkulm Station in Interlaken
  • logistics are much more difficult in the opposite direction. We highly recommend start in Brienz
  • 10 hours. Physically and psychologically challenging.
  • no water available. Carry all you need.
  • not an official trail, but it's easy to follow in good visibility
  • about 1500m above the lake
  • permits not required
  • it's popular with trail runners who do about 35km entirely on foot. They start at either end.
  • also known as Hardergrat (… grat is ridge in German)

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For details click over to our Harder Ridge information page.

related – The GoPro: '22 Creator Summit was held in Interlaken. Some of this footage is shot on the ridge.

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Here's a graphic representation of the ridge walk, though in the opposite direction from what we recommend.

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