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    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
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  • / One of the stops on the Five Lakes Walk: the Grindjisee with its unique alpine flora.
    Photo: Michael Portmann, Michael Portmann
  • / Grindjisee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
  • / Various species of orchid thrive on the moorland soil.
    Photo: Michael Portmann
  • / The Grindjisee in late autumn: a glorious show of colour.
    Photo: Kurt Müller
  • / Grindjisee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
The Grindjisee (2,324 m) is a lake of mysterious beauty. Its still surface mirrors the Matterhorn and a pair of larches. The area is heaven for alpine flower enthusiasts.

The Grindjisee is one of the highlights of the Five Lakes Walk. This small stretch of water with its abundance of moorland flora is a magnet for biologists and botanists and a treat for all nature lovers. The lake lies behind the former lateral moraine of a retreated glacier, and its shores offer a habitat for many rare plants. At the beginning of the 19th century, English botanists came to Zermatt specifically to study the wealth of alpine flora around the Grindjisee and at other key sites.

• Starry saxifrage (Saxifraga stellaris)
• Mountain arnica (Arnica montana)
• Glacier wormwood (endemic, Artemisia glacialis)
• Yellow alpine pasqueflower (Pulsatilla apiifolia)
• Sandy spurry (Spergularia rubra)
• Haller’s pasqueflower (Pulsatilla halleri)
• Black vanilla orchid (Nigritella nigra)

“Alpine flowers around Zermatt”, by Hanspeter Steidle, published by edition punktuell, Herisau, 2009. Bilingual German/English, ISBN 978-3-905724-15-8

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Updated: December 05, 2018


46.011564, 7.791109
46°00'41.6"N 7°47'28.0"E
32T 406412 5096042
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recommended route 5 Lakes Walk (Nr. 11)
9.8 km
2:30 h
165 m
454 m
10.2 km
3:30 h
341 m
428 m
7.5 km
0:50 h
103 m
457 m
recommended route 4 Lakes Bike Tour (Nr. 29)
12.1 km
1:25 h
313 m
641 m
Premium content 5 Seen-Runde in Zermatt
10.6 km
3:45 h
600 m
600 m
recommended route High-Altitude Trail
89.3 km
32:10 h
5,749 m
5,921 m
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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 9.8 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 165 m
Descent 454 m

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Distance 10.2 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 341 m
Descent 428 m

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recommended route Difficulty S0 moderate
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Ascent 103 m
Descent 457 m

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Duration 1:25 h
Ascent 313 m
Descent 641 m

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Duration 3:45 h
Ascent 600 m
Descent 600 m

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