Zermatt lakes trail

Blauherd – Lake Stelli – Fluhalp – Lake Grün– Riffelalp

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Air

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Alphitta

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Alphitta

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Hotel Bristol › Süd: Matterhorn

Hotel Bristol › Süd: Matterhorn

Stafel: Matterhorn

Stafel: Matterhorn

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Blatten › Nord: Zermatt, Zmutt

Blatten › Nord: Zermatt, Zmutt

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Stafel › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Stafelalp

Stafel › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Stafelalp

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Trockener Steg › Süd

Trockener Steg › Süd

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg

Zermatt: Aroleid

Zermatt: Aroleid

Zermatt › Süd: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Zermatt › Süd: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Zmutt

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Zmutt

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Mountain railways convey hikers from Zermatt to Blauherd, the start of one of the region's loveliest tours. This classic route takes in Lake Stelli, Lake Grindji and Lake Grün, traversing the Findel glacier moraine to reach the Riffelalp in under 3 hours. The world's most photographed mountain, the Matterhorn, is always in view.

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Technical information

Starting point:Blauherd (Zermatt–Rothorn)
Destination:Riffelalp (Zermatt–Gornergrat)
Getting to the starting point:Railway from (Brig/Visp) Randa to Zermatt, funicular railway to Sunegga and gondola chair lift to Blauherd
Back from the destination:Rack-and-pinion railway from Riffelalp to Zermatt
Technique:Average
Physical fitness:Easy
Difference in elevation:Ascent 240 m, descent 600 m
Hiking time:2h 35m
Season:June to October
Note:   Restaurants Blauherd, Fuhalp, Grünsee and Riffelalp

Description

If you want to go up high, you must first pass below. The trip from the fashionable resort of Zermatt to Blauherd (2571m) takes place underground with the funicular railway to Sunnegga. The cableway however negotiates the last few metres of the ascent with panoramic views.

In summer a veritable traveller's paradise unfolds in beautiful mountain scenery from here. Surrounded by gigantic peaks and with the most photographed mountain in the world, the Matterhorn, always in sight, this hike is a classic that runs past Lake Stelli, Lake Grindji and Lake Grün, past the moraine of the Findelen glacier and two hours later to Riffelalp.

A rewarding route without any major climbs and descents, it charms the hiker with its phenomenal mountain views and excellent opportunities to stop off for refreshments. Very adventurous visitors may risk a dip in the crystal-clear, ice-cold waters of Lake Grün before taking the Gornergrat Railway from the Riffelalp back to Zermatt.

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There and back

Arriving: Funicular railway to Sunegga, cableway to Blauherd
Returning: Train from Riffelalp Here the Gornergrat train waits to take you back to Zermatt through a spectacular panorama.

The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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