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, blacknose sheep from Zermatt? Their spiralled horns, black faces and ears and white woolly coat - which is special in itself.

Between 25. June and 10. September 2022 around 120 Wallis blacknose sheep will be grazing on the Gornergrat.

Once the sheep have moved up to the Gornergrat area visitors have the chance to visit them in their natural habitat, exactly where they are grazing on the day you visit. The most flexible way to see them on the Gornergrat is to buy a return ticket from Zermatt to the Gornergrat. Leave the train and hike to the sheep. Afterwards you can continue the trip by train.

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 blacknose sheep. Once you have found their signal, all you have to do is follow the map to see the blacknose 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 will enthusiastically provide you with information about the life of her woolly companions on the alp. The shepherdess is also shown directly on the map as an icon, so that you will know exactly where to find her.

New in summer 2022 – the ‘Meet the sheep’ themed Trail

Discover fascinating information about the blacknose sheep on the Meet the Sheep themed trail between the Gornergrat and the Riffelberg railway stations at 11 sites. Why exactly do the people of Valais/Wallis keep the blacknose sheep? What happens to their soft, woolly fleeces? You can find out all about these things when you walk from cairn to cairn. When you use the QR codes on side you’ll find videos, facts and figures all about these typical, local sheep. What’s more, you’ll find interesting information about grazing on the alps, and also the flowers and animals that thrive on the Gornergrat as well as on the Gorner glacier.

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

The trail description is marked with hiking symbols on the following map:

Meet the Sheep - the map
Find and meet the blacknose sheep on the Gornergrat
To the map

Meet the sheep guided walk

  • The guided walks [AR1] 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 blacknose sheep on the Gornergrat and never leaves their side. She protects, guides and accompanies the flock through the wild mountain landscape with her whole 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 shepherdess, 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

What you should take with you

Addictional notes

Meet the Sheep hotel package

As part of the blacknose sheep all-inclusive package ‘Blacknose Sheep’ the ‘Tradition Julen’ Hotel offers an exclusive opportunity to enjoy two overnight stays, culinary specialities, relaxation in the wellness area combined with a visit to the sheep. Get the woolly hotel package now!

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