The five Lakes hike is one particular of the most preferred walking trails in Zermatt due to the fact it is accessible to everybody and has minimal steep climbing. Along the route are 5 beautiful lakes exactly where you can generate reflections of the Matterhorn at the appropriate angle. It is a good day out and fairly simple for the entire household.



Hike Distance: The whole loop is 6km

Hike Duration: The hike really should take about three-hours if you cease at every lake and wander about a bit. Total walking time really should be no additional than two hours.

Hike Difficulty: Very low difficulty. Appropriate for households.

Hike Incline: 241 meters



The five Lakes hike official beginning point is at Blauherd. To get to Blauherd you start in Zermatt and take an underground funicular from Zermatt to Sunnega and then catch a lift from Sunnega to Blauherd. You can verify the timetable and present rates on the official web page right here. The trail finishes at Sunnega.

There is a Combo Ticket presented for men and women carrying out the five Lakes Hike. It akes you from Zermatt to Blauherd and then from Sunnega to Zermatt for $39 or $19.50 if you have a Swiss Travel Pass or the Swiss Half Card. I have made use of each and nonetheless have my Swiss Half Card and extremely recommend getting it if you are in Switzerland for any additional than three days. It will save you revenue even with just three days of travel in Switzerland even although it is a yearly pass!

When you arrive at Blauherd comply with the indicators (and probably the other walkers) about the loop, which can be performed in either path. The trail requires you to five various lakes but if you are like us, you can head off the trail at occasions to discover glaciers, mountain huts or other intriguing viewpoints.

If you want to be at the lakes for sunrise to see the lovely alpenglow reflections of the Matterhorn in the lakes, you will will need to hike up to Blauherd, which will take two.five-three hours prior to you even get to the actual five Lakes walking trail.



The five Lakes hike is a good trail for an simple afternoon of walking. In spite of only carrying out a couple of hundred meters of incline all through the whole hike, you will be enjoying some of the finest views in Zermatt.

The day starts in Zermatt exactly where you will catch the underground funicular to Sunnega and then take the lift to the beginning point at Blauherd. The trail is really easy every segment of the hike is really brief as you make your way to every lake for a rest and a couple of photographs.

The trail leads you to every of the following points.

  • Beginning Point: Blauherd
  • Initially Lake: Stellisee
  • Second Lake Grindjisee
  • Third Lake: Grunsee
  • Fourth Lake: Moosjisee
  • Fifth Lake: Leisee
  • Ending Point: Sunnegga

The initially segment from Blauherd to Stellisee was quite lovely with the Matterhorn in the background and the vast valley beneath.


The initially lake you will arrive at is the Stellisee. It is really massive and sits on a plateau above the valley. The trail leads you about the whole circumference of this idyllic lake but the finest component is that when you stand on the far side, you get an amazing view of the lake with Matterhorn in the background. This also indicates it is a good spot to get that iconic reflection shot of the lake and the Matterhorn peak.

Prior to we created it to the second lake, Grindjisee, Josh and I ventured up from the Stellisee to verify out the mountain hut and the glacier behind it. It is referred to as Fluhalp Mountain Hut, and you can get lunch, coffee and additional right here at the hut. Behind the hut is a glacier, which was essentially truly intriguing to verify out. We had to scale a tiny ridge but this is a good excursion for these hunting for a bit additional adventure on the five Lakes hike.


Following exploring new the Fluhalp mountain hut, we then walked down the ridge all the way back to the trail to attain the second lake the Grindjisee.


The Grindjisee lake was really tranquil and organic with lots of trees, reeds, and wildlife in the lake. We could see lots of fish, ducks, and birds at the Grindjisee and as normally the Matterhorn loomed in the background.


Following the Grindjisee, you continue on to the Grunsee, which had some lovely, pink wildflowers increasing on the banks. Some men and women even went for a tiny dip in this lake, which would definitely only be a summer season activity!


From the Grunsee, you will make your way to the Moosjisee, which essentially is not a lake. It is a man-created reservoir with green colour in the water. Having said that, when I visited it was empty. This was funny due to the fact the trail down to Moosjisee is essentially the only component of the five Lakes hike with any incline so lots of men and women had created the journey down as a large work and then saw an empty dam! I had to laugh as it occurred to us as nicely. Superior workout anyway! In the winter or at least not the middle of summer season, I’m certain it is complete and good to take a look at.

We continued on to the final lake of the walking trail, the Leisee. At this lake, there is lots going on. Little ones everywhere on playground gear, barbecues, crafts, and games. It is like a dream planet for children and the ultimate household spot. It was certainly not the most picturesque of all the lakes but a good spot to the finish the five Lakes hike for households and children. 


From the Leisee you have a brief stroll back to Sunnega, exactly where you can catch the underground funicular back to Zermatt. I hope you take pleasure in this lovely walking trail that is the five Lakes hike whilst going to in Zermatt.



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