Theme trail

Meet the Sheep Trail (Nr. 15b)

This themed trail offers lots of exciting information about the local Blacknose sheep. There are also 11 different stations from the Gornergrat to Riffelberg. 

  • Type Theme trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,50 h
  • Distance 5,8 km
  • Ascent 42 m
  • Descent 560 m
  • Lowest point 2582 m
  • Highest point 3089 m


The Meet the Sheep Trail focuses entirely on the Blacknose sheep. Along the way you hike from one stone cairn to the next, marking the different posts on the route. Use the QR codes to find out more in videos and info texts about these cute sheep, their lives and environment.

The hike begins at the Gornergrat. It then takes you to Rotenboden along the Riffelsee lake which reflects the Matterhorn and then across alpine meadows to Riffelberg. With a little luck you can also meet the herd of sheep along the way.

  • There are 11 different posts along the way with information
  • The themed trail is free of charge
  • Also suitable for families (recommended starting point from Rotenboden)
  • Map with live tracking of the herd of sheep

Gornergrat - Rotenboden - Riffelberg

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 30)

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Mobile phone with sufficient charge to scan the QR codes 

Not to be missed: at the end of the hike, take part in the quiz to win fabulous prizes. 

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Map and arrival