Experiencing the sled dogs in Zermatt is a truly exclusive adventure. Do you know why?
Firstly, because you get unique photos, in the snow with exceptional brilliance. Also, because leading the dogs to this altitude is a feat of organisation and physical conditioning, too. Imagine how the altitude affects you and how the dogs must experience these conditions. They work for your enjoyment, hauling the heavy loads.
There are no dogs in Zermatt. On the day of your excursion, they get up very early in the morning to eat and make the two-hour trip. Once in Zermatt, they get the taxi, just like you when you arrive! They go up in the cable car with the equipment (sleds, bags, snacks, etc.).
Once in place, the musher harnesses them to the sled carrying all the necessary equipment and gets them to the departure point. At this point, a cable line – the stake out – is used to attach them. The dogs wait for you to arrive, sometimes in the cold and wind, all for your enjoyment. Once the excursion is over, the dogs get to go home and make the two-hour trip again before heading back to their kennels to rest.
The animals are not machines. They must be respected. Some days are more tiring than others. Sometimes, the weather is not as good as it could be, and the path is harder for them. Their physical and mental state must be respected when they take you out on your trip.