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Zermatt dayhike Fluhalp and 5 Lakes

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This is a moderate hike through meadows and past five beautiful small, glacial lakes to Fluhalp hut.
moderate
Distance 15.4 km
6:00 h
1,132 m
452 m
2,614 m
1,609 m

This is a steep, but still mellow walk through one of Zermatt’s pretty hanging side valleys.  It’s a pleasant walk good for any kind of day.  There are a number of old Alp farms and small inns and excellent restaurants.  Along the way, you’ll pass 5 small alpine lakes, all with their own character, offering photogenic views and relaxing rest stops.  

There are nice, distant views of the Matterhorn on a sunny day, but this also makes an excellent cloudy or rainy day hike, and passes some of the valley’s best lakes for swimming, picnics and photography.

There are restaurants at Findeln, Grünsee (Seewjinu), Fluhalp and Sunnegga.  

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Update: January 13, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
2,614 m
Lowest point
1,609 m
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Rest stops

Hamlet of Findeln
Chez Vrony
Fluhalp
Sunnegga

Tips and hints

If it rains... This is one of Zermatt’s better rainy-day hikes, with little exposure and attractive lakes to keep your interest along the way.  If you would like a much shorter day, you can hike from Findeln or Moosjesee directly up to Leisee.  Or even take the Sunnegga funicular for a quicker and easy out-and-back to Stellisee and Fluhalp hut.

Start

Zermatt (1,609 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'623'956E 1'096'428N
DD
46.018974, 7.747966
DMS
46°01'08.3"N 7°44'52.7"E
UTM
32T 403085 5096917
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Destination

Sunnegga

Turn-by-turn directions

  • From the bridge near the church in town, head south through Zermatt along the river to Winkelmatten, the neighborhood at the far end of Zermatt. A left at the Restaurant Sonnmatten, then a quick right at the chapel puts you onto Wichjeweg, and you can follow signs pointing you to up towards Findeln.
  • The trail starts to head up through the forest, and after crossing the Gornergrat train tracks, there is a nice forested path up to your right. Perfectly inclined with just the right amount of zigzags, it will bring you to the small hamlet of Findeln in a little over an hour.
  • Findeln is where many Zermatt families used to live and work during the summer months, growing grain and grazing cattle. There are a couple great cafes in this little hamlet, including the fabulous Findlerhof and the Chez Vrony.  Chez Vrony is our favorite, with a nice terrace with comfy lounge chairs and breathtaking views. They also have amazing food and a nice selection of wine (lunch reservations suggested).
  • Leaving Chez Vrony, continue uphill for roughly 20 minutes through open fields and past grazing cattle until you reach Moosjesee (“see” means lake). Its milky blue-green color comes from sediment in the melted waters of the Findel glacier. The water is used to generate electricity and for snowmaking along the slopes in ski season.
  • Continue walking east after Moosjesee on the track and when it splits, stay left and cross the Findelbach once more, now uphill on some zigzags for just over 100 meters before a right turn to the Seewjinu lodge. Turning left at the lodge, five minutes later you are looking at the Grünsee. It is the perfect spot to stop and relax for a picnic and swim. It has a wide shore where you will often see people swimming in the lake.
  • From Grünsee, it is a fairly easy walk northeast along the ski slope, as it crosses the Findelbach stream and begins to head up to along a moraine wall bringing you to Grindjisee in about 45 minutes. Grindjisee is one of the prettiest lakes, more sheltered and surrounded by trees and long grass. The lake lies behind the lateral moraine of the retreated glacier, and its shores offer a habitat for many rare alpine plants and has some of the clearest water you will ever seen. Great for Matterhorn photo ops. We love to walk along the lake’s shores on the far side.
  • Leaving Grindjesee, follow the trail along the tiny brook for five minutes before rejoining the ski slope and hiking up to Stellisee, going gradually uphill for about 30 minutes. Stellisee is among the most famous of Zermatt’s lakes. Head right to its east shores as the Matterhorn reflected on its mirror-like surface is breathtakingly beautiful, and makes for magnificent photographs. This is probably the busiest lake among the five but its panoramic views won’t disappoint. Continue past the lake 10 minutes to Fluhalp hut, another great restaurant with panoramic terrace, if you are looking for a hiking break.
  • From Fluhalp you can explore a bit beyond the hut and up the lateral moraine wall to the south.
  • Now, backtrack along Stellisee towards Leisee, the final lake. As you walk past Stellisee lake do not take the road back down. Continue twenty meters farther, on the trail that heads to Blauherd, but promptly take the left fork. This will descend, at times quickly, past several sign boards with info about the local marmots and other fauna.
  • You will arrive in Leisee in about 45 minutes from Stellisee. Leisee is Zermatt’s most popular outing for families, with a children’s playground, barbeque area and picnic spots. 10 minutes uphill is the Sunnegga lift station.
  • From Sunnegga station, you have a few options to get back to town. You can take an underground funicular to Zermatt (CHF 14) or, our favorite choice, ride a Trotti bike (CHF 18), a cross between bike and scooter with brakes but no pedals and are fun for all ages.

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'623'956E 1'096'428N
DD
46.018974, 7.747966
DMS
46°01'08.3"N 7°44'52.7"E
UTM
32T 403085 5096917
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.4 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
1,132 m
Descent
452 m
Highest point
2,614 m
Lowest point
1,609 m
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