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5 Lakes Walk (Nr. 11)

· 5 reviews · Thematic Trail · Switzerland
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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
m 2800 2700 2600 2500 2400 2300 2200 2100 2000 8 6 4 2 km Bergbahnstation Blauherd Spielplatz Leisee Stellisee Leisee Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu Grindjisee @Paradise Grünsee Moosjisee
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.
Distance 9.8 km
2:30 h
165 m
454 m
2,584 m
2,130 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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Update: December 04, 2020
Highest point
2,584 m
Lowest point
2,130 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu
Buffet Bar Sunnegga

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 and hints

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Blauherd (2'571 m) (2,577 m)
2'626'934E 1'096'207N
46.016880, 7.786405
46°01'00.8"N 7°47'11.1"E
32T 406057 5096638


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”.


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.


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”.


2'626'934E 1'096'207N
46.016880, 7.786405
46°01'00.8"N 7°47'11.1"E
32T 406057 5096638
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.


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

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Questions and answers

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


November 01, 2021 · Community
We hiked this trail at the end of September 21 and it's a nice trail with nice views on the Matterhorn. The first two lakes are in my opinion the nicest! Definitely for taking pictures of the Matterhorn. We wrote our entire Matterhorn 5 lakes experience and tips down on under the "outdoor guide" section.
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When did you do this route? September 30, 2021
Marek Benes 
September 27, 2019 · Community
When did you do this route? September 25, 2019
Maxence Lombard
August 13, 2019 · Community
Un peu cher pour ce que c’était ...
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When did you do this route? August 13, 2019
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2:30 h
165 m
454 m
Highest point
2,584 m
Lowest point
2,130 m
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