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5 Lakes Walk (Nr. 11)

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  •  Stellisee lake with reflection of the Matterhorn
    / Stellisee lake with reflection of the Matterhorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Grindjisee lake also with reflection of the Matterhorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Lake Grünsee
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Lake Moosjisee with autumnal backdrop
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Thomas Aebischer
  • / Leisee mit Bademöglichkeit, Picknickgelegenheit und Kinderspielplatz
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
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The 5 Lakes Walk  is in a class of its own among hikes in the Zermatt mountains. The views of the mountain lakes are superb (with the Matterhorn reflected in three of them), and the trail is full of variety.
moderate
9.8 km
2:30 h
165 m
454 m

The path leads past the lakes of the Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee. Each of these mountain lakes is very different in terms of shape, colour, character and size, and has its own special attraction. The Leisee is good for swimming: children love it. The Grünsee looks out over a rather more rugged landscape, where Swiss stone pines nevertheless manage to grow among the scree and sand. The shores of the Grindjisee are home to rare flowers. And so on – each one promises a unique experience.

  • Appropriate for children from age 6
  • Reflection of Matterhorn in Stellisee, Grindjisee and Leisee lakes
  • Findeln Glacier moraine
  • Swimming in the Leisee and Grünsee lakes
  • Children’s playground at Leisee, good picnic site

Author’s recommendation

Hold a family consultation: plan a stop at a mountain restaurant, or would the majority rather have a picnic?

In addition, three of the lakes offer an amazing mirror view of the Matterhorn in good weather.

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,578 m
Lowest point
2,124 m
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Rest Stop

Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu
Buffet Bar Sunnegga
@Paradise

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Tips, hints and links

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Start

Blauherd (2'571 m) (2,568 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.016855, 7.786430
DMS
46°01'00.7"N 7°47'11.1"E
UTM
32T 406059 5096636
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Destination

Sunnegga (2'288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Blauherd - Stellisee - Grindjisee - Grünsee - Moosjisee - Leisee - Sunnegga

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 50)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “5-Seenweg”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

DD
46.016855, 7.786430
DMS
46°01'00.7"N 7°47'11.1"E
UTM
32T 406059 5096636
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Bergblumenwelt von Zermatt – Alpine Flowers around Zermatt“, Hanspeter Steindle, edition punktuell, CH-9101 Herisau, 2009, zweisprachige Ausgabe Deutsch und Englisch. ISBN 978-3-905724-15-8.

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Optionally swimming things (swimming facilities in the Leisee and Grünsee)
  • Optionally picnic

Questions & Answers

Question about B. B. · July 16, 2020 · Community
Muss man bei Begehung des Weges schwindelfrei sein?
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Answer by Jeannine Rückstein · July 16, 2020 · Community
Nein finde ich nicht, die Wege sind immer genügen Breit und wirklich steil bergab geht es nie

Reviews

4.8
(4)
Marek Benes 
September 27, 2019 · Community
Completed this Route on September 25, 2019
Maxence Lombard
August 13, 2019 · Community
Un peu cher pour ce que c’était ...
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Completed this Route on August 13, 2019
Adrian Meier 
July 18, 2019 · Community
Completed this Route on July 17, 2019
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.8 km
Duration
2:30h
Ascent
165 m
Descent
454 m
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