Some 1’800 ibices cannot possibly all be wrong: the animal depicted in the heraldic symbol of the canton of Graubünden feels most at ease in the mountains surrounding Pontresina. No wonder one the largest colonies of ibices in the Alps have chosen as their home territory the Piz Albris mountain (3,166 m) near Pontresina. Pontresina’s Ibex Paradise invites nature-loving guests for an entertaining venture keeping track of the paradise-like setting.
The Ibex Promenade is a one-kilometre hiking trail suitable for prams and featuring seven stops with entertaining information for children and grown-ups on the nature of ibices, their habitat and geographical presence. Remember: from the beginning of April through the beginning of June, free guided tours of the exciting world of ibices (of approx. one-and-a-half hour's duration) will be available on Thursdays and Fridays. With temperatures beginning to rise from the month of June, the ibices are going to withdraw to higher altitudes, and Pontresina will switch over to offering free guided marmot and ibex tours in July and August.
Visit the Ibex Gallery at the mountain-top station of the Languard chairlift, 2,332 metres above sea level, to find out more on the thrilling history of the resettlement of ibices and multi-faceted stories related to them.
Only a stone's throw away from Alp Languard, the ibex playground offers boundless opportunities for small climbing champions to get their fair share of exercise. Who walks, runs and climbs faster: you or an ibex?
Having reached Alp Languard, hikers are required to choose between a challenging excursion to one of the surrounding mountains cabins or a leisurely stroll on the Paradis Tour featuring Chamanna Cabin. The latter is an entertaining hike affording marvellous views of the Bernina mountain range and, if you are lucky enough, a glimpse of one or the other ibex. Remember: the benches on the way to Chamanna Paradis are worth taking a break on. Listen to Pontresina ranger Daniel Godli telling funny anecdotes on ibices on the Paradis Tour from Alp Languard to Chamanna Paradis.