• Le desarpe de Vertosan - return from alpine pasture

    Traditional celebrations

Le desarpe de Vertosan - return from alpine pasture

Resorts: Saint-Nicolas, Avise

30 September 2023 - 01 October 2023


A big celebration for the return of the herds down from their summer pastures to the valley.
The spirit of this Desarpa is authentic and genuine, an ancestral rite that has always marked the rhythm of the seasons in the mountains, in which the protagonists are the breeders with their cattle.

A real parade accompanied by the sound of cowbells for the real star of the occasion, the Aosta Valley cow.

On the program, also, market of local products, lunch and afternoon in music.

Friday 30th September -Saint-Nicolas
9.00 pm - Fossaz-Dessus multipurpose room: Screening of the short film “Le Combat” by Gaël Truc with Alice Viérin and Ettore Champrétavy

Saturday 1st October - Avise and Saint-Nicolas

  • Villages of Vens (Saint-Nicolas) and Vedun (Avise), 9.00 am
    Passage of the herds of the mountain pastures of the Vertosan valley
  • Saint-Nicolas, Fossaz capital village, 9.00 am
    Market of typical local products “Km 0”
  • Saint-Nicolas, Fossaz capital village, 10.00 am
    Arrival of the herds at the main village
  • Saint-Nicolas, Fossaz capital village, 12.00
    Lunch and afternoon with music (Lunch by the Pro loco or at the restaurants of Fossaz village).

Note - this information is not directly connected to the Cammino Balteo path but it is part of the Aosta Valley tourist offer.