Hiking the 5 Lakes Walk in Zermatt

Out of all the hikes I did in Switzerland, this one was my favorite! If you’re going to be in the Zermatt area during the warmer months, you can’t miss this hike.

Drew and I got an early start, and we recommend you do, too. We took a funicular up to Sunnegga where we stopped to wait for the clouds around the Matterhorn to part. Once the clouds disappeared, we hopped on a cable car up to Blauherd to start out hike.

This 5.7 mile hike takes you past Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leiseeand lakes should take about 3 hours. If the weather is nice, you should be able to see the reflection of the Matterhorn in Stellisee, Grindjisee, and Leisee. The hikes between each of the lakes is fairly evenly spaced, which helps pace the hike. Be sure to keep your eye out for signage to help guide you as the Grindjisee lake can be overlooked and you could easily make a wrong turn on the way to Grünsee.

In my opinion, the first lake, Stellisee, has the best view of the Matterhorn, so enjoy your time there before heading to the other lakes. Grünsee may not look like much from the photos, but it’s surrounded by beautiful wildflowers. There are a few benches around this small lake that will allow you to take in the scenery. Leisee is where you will conclude your journey and if you’re hiking with kids they will be thrilled to find a playground and rope-pull raft that will take you from one side of the lake to the other. Drew and I were more excited to see a restaurant where we grabbed some mountain fare and enjoyed breathtaking post-hike views of the Matterhorn.

Tips for your hike:

  • Be sure to pack plenty of water and some snacks. Between the actual hike itself and the time you’ll spend taking pictures at the lakes, I’m sure you’ll work up an appetite.
  • Wear sunscreen. There’s very little tree coverage on the trail and if the sun is out, you will burn.
  • Pack layers. You’re up in the Alps, so it can be breezy, but also, the weather could change on a dime. Better to be prepared! I wore my raincoat for most of the hike…
  • If you’re not used to hiking at altitude, be sure to take it nice and slow. The trail is pretty easy, but for those of us that live at lower altitudes, you could feel a little lightheaded or woozy.
  • Drink plenty of water!

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