A hike to four lovely alpine lakes amid rare mountain flowers and beneath imposing mountains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matterhorn reflection: Stellisee
Bathing: Grünsee and Leisee
Restaurant stop: Restaurant Fluhalp and Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu
Rest StopAlexandre - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
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.
Getting thereZermatt is car-free. We recommend travelling to Zermatt by public transport via Visp.
ParkingZermatt 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.
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
- good footwear
- clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
- hat or cap
- bottle for water
- binoculars (optional)
- hiking poles (optional)
- printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, to download)