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4 lakes hike from Sunnegga (2,288m) to Riffelalp (2,211m)

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  • Leisee
    / Leisee
    Photo: © Michael Portmann, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Romantic: sunset at the Stellisee lake above Zermatt.
    Photo: Michael Portmann, Michael Portmann
  • / Stellisee
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Stellisee
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Wegweiser Stellisee
    Photo: Helmut Biner, Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
  • / Grindjisee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
  • / Grindjisee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
  • / Grindjisee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
  • / Grünsee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
  • / Grünsee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
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A hike from the Sunnegga passing 4 lovely alpine lakes with reflection of the Matterhorn und possibilities to have a swim. The hike goes throug a shady larch and arven pine forest.
moderate
10.2 km
3:30 h
341 m
428 m

A hike to four lovely alpine lakes amid rare mountain flowers and beneath imposing mountains.

 

Leisee lake

The first lake appears not long after starting at the Sunnegga - the Leisee. As you walk it will be on your left-hand side. The path now turns eastward with a view mainly towards the Adlerhorn.

 

Stellisee lake

After about an hour of ascending you will reach the Stellisee, famous for its Matterhorn reflection. We recommend you to walk around this charming little lake. From here the path goes downwards and in around 30 minutes you will arrive at the Grindjisee lake.

 

Grindjisee lake

Somewhat above the lake you will be able to appreciate many bright, alpine flowers. The path now crosses a glacier moraine – from remains of the last ice age – and then down to the Grünsee lake.

 

Grünsee lake

This lake is just waiting for you to take a swim in it. Finally, the walk nears its end in the lovely larch and arven-pine forest towards Riffelalp.

Author’s recommendation

Matterhorn reflection: Stellisee

Flowers: Grindjisee

Bathing: Grünsee and Leisee

Restaurant stop: Restaurant Fluhalp and Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu

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Author
Valentin Schmidt
Updated: November 06, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,541 m
Lowest point
2,203 m
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Rest Stop

Al Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Alexandre - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:  

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature. 
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

Tips, hints and links

Are you travelling to Zermatt by public transport? If you are travelling for several days, it is worth using the Adventure Card. This gives you 2-5 days of free travel on a large train and post bus network as well as discounts on mountain railways.

Further information:

Start

Sunnegga (2,288 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.017551, 7.769971
DMS
46°01'03.2"N 7°46'11.9"E
UTM
32T 404786 5096733
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Destination

Riffelalp

Turn-by-turn directions

We start this interesting walk at Sunnegga station going towards the Matterhorn. After a short climb up the path forks towards the east and the Leisee lake. You pass the lake on your left. The there is a short descent to the next signpost and the path turns right and forks upwards towards Blauherd/Stellisee. Now the path climbs with sharp bends towards Flurstrasse. We cross this track and in a short time we reach the Stellisee lake. The climb from Sunnegga up to now will have taken about one hour and 15 minutes. And the toughest part of the walk is finished. We recommend a walk around the Stellisee (about another 15 minutes) and the reward for the extra steps is the reflection of the Matterhorn in the water. A further 10-minute climb brings us to the Fluhalp mountain restaurant. Leaving the Stellisee lake we walk back to the Flurstrasse track and follow it in wide curves to the glacier moraine towards the Grindjisee lake. It’s well worth leaving the Flurstrasse track on the right somewhat above the lake – at the grosser Findling – (a large boulder) and to take the small path. Not long after you get a wonderful view of the Grindjisee lake and a multitude of bright, alpine flowers beside a small mountain stream; this takes around 30 minutes. Following the left bank of the lake to the end of the lake we branch to the left and use a small wooden stairway taking us back to the Flurstrasse track. Beside the glacier moraine we walk down the track and cross the Findelbach stream so that we are now walking again towards the Matterhorn and around 30 minutes from the Grindjisee lake we come to the Grünsee lake. After the Grünsee we follow the signposts towards Riffelalp, passing the Ze Sewjinu Mountan Lodge (possibility to stop for refreshments here) and walk through the larch and arven-pine forest with its ancient trees. About 45 minutes later we reach Riffelalp station and the Gornergrat railway and enjoy our return journey to Zermatt by train.

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

With the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway from Visp to Zermatt. In Zermatt with the Sunnegga-Express to the mountain station Sunnegga (2288m). After the hike, the return journey on the Gornergrat Railway takes you from the Riffelalp station (2211m) to Zermatt.

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. We recommend travelling to Zermatt by public transport via Visp.

Parking

Zermatt is car-free. The Matterhorn Terminal Täsch in Täsch is a covered multi-storey car park - under one roof with the Täsch railway station, where you can change directly to the Zermatt Shuttles. We generally recommend travelling by public transport via Visp.

Coordinates

DD
46.017551, 7.769971
DMS
46°01'03.2"N 7°46'11.9"E
UTM
32T 404786 5096733
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Zermatt provides information and brochures about the region.

Author’s map recommendations

Swisstopo maps 1:25'000: Zermatt – Gornergrat

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, to download) 
  • swimwear

Questions & Answers

Question about Amélie Bgr · August 10, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, le trajet retour se fait uniquement par le chemin aller? Pas d'alternative ? Merci d'avance, Amélie
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Petra Weber 
August 05, 2020 · Community
Completed this Route on August 05, 2020
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.2 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
341 m
Descent
428 m
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