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Zermatt (Blauherd)–Zermatt (Riffelalp)

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Hiking in the Rothorn region along the shores of tree magical mountain lakes. Not only the diversity of the alpine flowers turns this trail into an adventure, but also its geology as it is located close to the moraine of the Findel Glacier. Swimming is possible in Grünsee.
The first part of the hike descends slightly from Blauherd in easterly direction to the spectacular Stellisee, in which the Matterhorn is reflected during calm weather. On the way, you can see erratic bedrock boulders that the Findel Glacier has deposited. Afterwards, take one of the four moraine trails down to the idyllic Grindjisee surrounded by innumerable larches. The continuing gravel road traverses the detritus of the Findelbach and leads to the other side of the valley and to the Grünsee (Green Lake), which conjures this green colour from the Splugaverde-coloured rocks in the surroundings.

From there, the hike leads westwards to the traditional and hospitable mountain «Bärghüs Grünsee» guesthouse, where culinary surprises and delicious Zermatt specialities are enjoyed. The variety of alpine flora, pinewood forest and close proximity of the Grünsee Lake entice guests to both long and short walks; rewarded with superb views and delightfully scented fresh air.

The path finally leads through typical mountain forest to the Riffelalp - and at an altitude of 2,211 metres, this is an intermediate station for the Gornergratbahn (cog railway). The Hotel Riffelalp, a unique living legend established by the hotel pioneer Alexandre Seiler in 1884 - and luxuriously refurbished in the year 2000, is discovered close to the Riffelalp station.
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Length:
9 km
Hiking time:
Zermatt (Blauherd)–Zermatt (Riffelalp): 2 h 35 min
 
Zermatt (Riffelalp)–Zermatt (Blauherd): 3 h 00 min
Requirements:
medium (mountain hiking trail)
Conditions:
easy
Height difference:
Zermatt (Blauherd)–Zermatt (Riffelalp): 250 m
Zermatt (Riffelalp)–Zermatt (Blauherd): 620 m

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Arrival / return travel Blauherd ZBAG-Isu
 
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Arrival / return travel Riffelalp
 
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From Blauherd, follow the signposts to «Stellisee», «Grindjesee», «Grünsee» and «Riffelalp».
Zermatt Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 5
3920 Zermatt
Tel. +41 (0)27 966 81 00
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