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Migration of the sheep 2015 - Val Senales

Traditional sheep homecomming procession of about 4,000 sheep

Transhumance Migration of the sheep Val Senales
Traditional Sheep Exodus Val Senales South Tyrol
The people of the Schnals valley are very attached to their country and to their old traditions and one of the most spectacular of these is the migratory procession of thousands of sheep which takes place twice a year.

For hundrets of years now, flocks of something like 3,700 sheep and 300 goats from the Vinschgau and Schnals valley have climbed up over the 2,857 mt. high Hochjoch and the 3,019 mt. Niederjoch in the middle of June to reach the high alpine pastures of the Venter valley in nearby Austria which have been owned by Schnals valley farmers for centuries.
Shepherds, drovers and sheep dogs accompany the animals on their two-day march over 44 km. up to an altidude of some 3,200 metres and then down 1,800 mt. on the other side, crossing numerous snow-fields, rocky outdrops, steep slopes and slippery ice on the Alpenhauptkamm.

The middle of September sees a repeat of this same journey in the opposite direction and, usually, under better weather conditions and along paths which are not so dangerous at that time of year. The sheep with their shepherds and drovers are welcomed on their return by valley folk and visitors alike and the unique, festive event is enjoyed by everyone.

September 2015

The return of some 4,000 sheep from their summer pastures in Austria.

12th September 
Up to 2,200 sheep an 200 goats cross the Niederjoch to arrive at Vernagt at 2p.m. Traditional Shepherds'Festival follows. 

13th September
The flocks begin their journey home over the Hochjoch to Kurzras where about 1,500 sheep usually arrive between 3p.m. an 4p.m. Traditional Shepherds'Festival follows.

Ticket to reach the sheep procession
Cable car + chairlift Grawand + chairlift Gletschersee
Ticket valid only on 13th September 2015
Last ride chair lifts at 4pm, cable car at 4.30pm

Round trip: 40,00€
One way: 25,00€

Kids and youth until 16 (1999-2009)
Round trip: 18,00€
One way: 14,00€

Family Ticket
Round trip: 80,00€
One way: 50,00€
Reduced rates valid with min. 3 people of the same family, thereof min. 1 parent.

19th September
Certosa - 12 a.m.

In the event of bad weather short-term schedule changes are possible!

Informations Val Senales


Phone +39 0473 679148
Fax +39 0473 679177

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Phone +39 0473 662171
Fax +39 0473 662117


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