Black-nosed sheep on the Gornergrat in summer
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Meet the Sheep

25 June until 10 September 2022

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 25 June - 10 September 2022, around 120 Valais black-nosed sheep will graze on the Gornergrat. At the moment, the black-nosed sheep are in the Julen family's sheep pen on the outskirts of Zermatt. Where they are eagerly waiting to graze peacefully on the lush green alpine meadows in Zermatt from the end of May 2022 in the Gornergrat area.

Find the black-nose sheep with a GPS signal

To make sure you get to see the sheep when they're on the Gornergrat this summer, we've made it easy for you. The sheep will wear collars equipped with GPS. This gives every visitor the opportunity to locate the black-nosed sheep. Once you have found the signal, all you have to do is follow the map to see the black-nosed sheep up close.

The animals are accompanied during the day by the shepherdess Deborah. From Tuesday to Sunday, between 1.30 and 3.00 p.m., the shepherdess is happy to provide information about the life of the animals on the alp. The shepherdess is also shown directly on the map as an icon, so that you also know where you can get the exciting information.

Meet the sheep Trail

Discover exciting information about the black-nosed sheep on the Meet the sheep theme trail between the Gornergrat and the Riffelberg station at 11 stations. Walk from cairn to cairn, scan the QR code and find out why the Valais shepherds keep black-nosed sheep, what the female sheep are called or what the sheep's wool is made of. With exciting facts and videos, you will become a black-nosed sheep professional thanks to the trail. You will also learn interesting facts about alpine grazing, flora, fauna on the Gornergrat and the Gorner glacier. You can test your knowledge at each station and take part in the big raffle at the end. You can win a 3-day holiday in Zermatt.

The 4-kilometre trail can be hiked in around 1.5 hours. Families with children can start at Rotenboden.

The trail description is marked with cairns on the following map:

Map Meet the Sheep on Gornergrat

Meet the sheep guided walk

  • The guided walks take place twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 July 2022 - 10 September 2022.

  • Additional guided walks are available on request.

  • Meeting point is on the Gornergrat at 10:45 am.

  • The programme ends at approx. 12:30 pm.

  • In the event of a cancellation, you will be contacted by email and telephone.

Prices Meet the Sheep guided walk

July / August Guided hike incl. return trip Zermatt - Gornergrat return trip Adults CHF 156.00 Half-Fare Card / Abonment General / Swiss travel pass CHF 93.00 Children 6 - 15.99 years CHF 78.00 Children with a junior card / wollicard CHF 15.00 (only available at the ticket counter) Guided hike without Zermatt - Gornergrat Return ticket (only available at the ticket counter) adults: CHF 30.00 children 6 - 15.99 years: CHF 15.00

September Guided hike incl. return trip Zermatt - Gornergrat return trip Adults CHF 140.00 Half-Fare Card / GA / Swiss travel pass / Swiss half fare card CHF 85.00 Children 6-15.99 years CHF 70.00 Children with a Junior Card / Wolli Card CHF 15.00 (only available at the ticket counter) Guided hike without Zermatt - Gornergrat Return ticket (only available at the ticket counter) adults: CHF 30.00 children 6 - 15.99 years: CHF 15.00

Deborah - our passionate shepherdess

From June to September, Deborah accompanies and cares for the flock of black-nosed sheep on the Gornergrat and never leaves their side. She protects, guides and accompanies the flock through the wild mountain landscape with a lot of heart and soul. She likes to tell hikers and visitors about everyday life on the alp and answers guests' questions in 5 languages. When she finds time during the demanding everyday life of the shepherd, the talented artist captures the life in the wild nature in her sketchbook. If you want to learn more about Deborah, visit her website and immerse yourself in a world of inspiration .

Important information Meet the Sheep

Meeting Point

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