• Traditions and folklore

Ascent to the mountain pastures - Chez Pépé Nicolas

Every year, on the initiative of the mountain pasture farm Chez Pépé Nicolas, the valley plays host to the ancestral ritual of the "emmontagnée". A day of conviviality and sharing around this traditional ceremony to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Traditions and folklore Ascent to the mountain pastures - Chez Pépé Nicolas Val Thorens


On Saturday 22 June 2024 from 08:00:00 in 23:00:00
Val Thorens (73440)

From Saint-Martin, the herds leave the village to reach the mountain pastures 6 km further up between Les Menuires and Val Thorens.

The shepherds pass through several villages in the Vallée des Belleville: Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Saint-Marcel, Praranger and le Bettaix.

A unique day out, fun and accessible to all.

The programme

- 8.15am: meet in front of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville town hall to wait for the animals in a gentle mountain atmosphere (with the option of a coffee at L'Art B).
- 8.30am/8.45am: departure of the herd. You'll have 6 km to cover at the gentle pace of the cows or the faster pace of the goats. The herd will pass through the villages of St Marcel, Praranger, Bettaix (where a small refreshment area will be waiting for you), then the bottom of Les Menuires at Plan de l'eau to arrive at the Chez Pépé Nicolas mountain pasture where a Savoyard meal will be served.
Menu at 26€, 13€ for children: Tomate d'antan & Sérac de l'alpage façon Mozzarella, Diot & crozet risotto, blueberry tart.
- 3pm: goat milking
- 4pm: Alpine games for all ages
- 6pm: Alpine evening: DJ, BBQ, outdoor bar and good spirits
Menu at €30: onion soup, BBQ Ribs, confit vegetables and mashed potatoes, Savoy biscuit and pears.
- 11pm: end of the evening

Don't forget to book the restaurant for lunch and dinner!

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    Free of charge.


    Languages spoken : English, French


    Saturday 22 June 2024 between 8 am and 11 pm.


    Chez Pépé Nicolas - Eté Route de Val Thorens - D117 73440 Val Thorens

    There is a short approach walk to the farm from the free car park, which can be done with a pushchair.

    A free valley shuttle bus will also take you to the car park and then back to the farm on foot.

    More informations

    Information update on 29/02/2024 by Office de Tourisme de Val Thorens