Black-nosed sheep on the Gornergrat in summer

Meet the Sheep

from summer 2021

Who hasn’t seen them before, the famous, black-nosed sheep from Zermatt? Their spiralled horns, black faces and ears and white woolly coat - which is special in itself.

Between 1. July and mid-September 2021 around 150 of these unique sheep will be grazing on the Gornergrat.

Find the black-nose sheep with a GPS signal

So that you can have the chance to see these sheep when you are on the Gornergrat this summer we have made it really easy for you. They wear collars that can be tracked with GPS and every visitor will be able to locate them. As soon as you find the signal that finds them you only have to follow the map to meet them close up.

The sheep are accompanied by shepherdess Deborah, who will be happy to answer your questions about the sheep and their summer on the alps, from Tuesdays to Sundays between 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm.

The railway ticket to visit the blacknosesheep:

Meet the Sheep - the map

Find and meet the blacknose sheep on the Gornergrat
To the map
Alpine meadows, snowy summits and a flock of sheep amid sweet-smelling herbs, that is my true home. Regulated by the daily rhythms of the animals and the wildness of the environment I live every day in the here and now. Protecting the flock, leading them, accompanying them, that is my shepherdess’s passion. I can hardly wait until the grazing season begins.
Deborah
Shepherdess on the Gornergrat

Accompanied walk with Zermatt guides

If you don’t want to go looking for the sheep by yourself but would prefer to have a guide to take you to them then every Wednesday and Saturday we have guided walks for you. Get exciting information about the panorama, flora and fauna. Your guide from ‘the Zermatters’ will not only take you to the sheep but give you a lot of insider information and tips about the local region. You can book your walk for the same day up to 9.30 am.

Wednesday: Walking with the flock

Included:

  • Information and insider tips from your local guide

  • Walking to the black-nose sheep

  • Information about black-nose sheep from the shepherdess and feeding

Dates:

  • In July: 07.07. / 14.07. / 21.07. / 28.07.2021

  • In August: 04.08. / 11.08. / 18.08. / 25.08.2021

  • In September: 01.09. / 08.09. / 15.09.2021

Programme:

  • Start of the hike on the Gornergrat at 11.30 a.m. at the meetingpoint Meet the Sheep (last train from Zermatt: 10.48 am).

  • Information from your local guide and hike to the flock

  • Meet the Sheep and feeding

  • End of programme approx. 1.15 p.m. on Riffelberg with individual return to Zermatt

Saturday: walking with the flock with aperitives

Included:

  • Information and insider tips from your local guide

  • Walking to the black-nose sheep

  • Information about the sheep from the shepherdess and feeding the sheep

  • Aperitive at the restaurant Riffelhaus 1853 on the Riffelberg

Dates:

  • In July: 10.07. / 17.07. / 24.07. / 31.07.2021

  • In August: 07.08. / 14.08. / 21.08. / 28.08.2021

Programme:

  • Start of the hike on the Gornergrat at 11.30 a.m. at the meetingpoint "Meet the Sheep" (last train from Zermatt: 10.48 am)

  • Information and insider tips from your local guide and hike to the flock

  • Meet the Sheep and feeding of the black-nosed sheep

  • Aperitif at the Restaurant Riffelhaus 1853 on Riffelberg

  • End of programme approx. 2.00 p.m. with individual return to Zermatt

*Depending on the location of the sheep and weather conditions, programme changes may occur at short notice.

Important information Meet the Sheep

Meeting Point

You meet the guide at the Gornergrat. We recommend that you arrive early so that you can visit the viewing platform and the new Zooom the Matterhorn adventure world individually.

Meeting point Gornergrat, 11.30 a.m.

The meeting point on the Gornergrat is at the Gornergrat station. After exiting and passing through the turnstiles, it's directly on the right side at the "Meet the Sheep" sign.

Meet the Sheep meeting point
What you should take with you
  • Comfortable shoes with a good sole

  • Possibly: hiking poles/walking stick

  • Sun protection, a head covering, sunglasses, sun cream

  • Plenty of water to drink

  • Warm and windproof clothing

The guided walk is not suitable for persons with limited mobility.

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A time out in Zermatt around the black-nosed sheep

Our partner hotels are offering exclusive partner packages this summer including a trip up the Gornergrat and a visit to the Black Nosed Sheep:

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