MIGRATION OF THE SHEEP

from 07.06.2019 to 08.06.2019 - 1 night
from 70.00 €
 
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07.06.2019-08.06.2019 (1 night with breakfast)
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.


14th June 2019

The first sheep leave from Vernagt at about 3a.m. while the second part of the flock, ewes with lambs, starts a little later. In total, there are up 2,200 sheep and 300 goats.

8th June 2019
The sheep set out from Kurzras at around 5p.m. In total, there are up to 1,500 sheep.

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