Autumn short trip to Merano
Sheep herding with shepherd festival in Maso Corto
The summer migration of farm animals up to their summer grazing grounds on the Alpine pastures is as old as civilisation in these regions. The proper term is transhumance. For centuries, each June shepherds have been driving their sheep from the Schnals Valley across the still snow-mantled saddles to graze in the pasturelands belonging to the farmers in Venter Valley in Austria.
They return in mid September. About 1,500 sheep leave from the “Rofenberg-Alm“ in the early morning, reaching Hochjoch near the Bella Vista lodge (2845m) at about 11.30 am. The sheep arrive in Maso Corto between 3 pm. Shepherd festival from 11 am in Maso Corto with traditional music. The Schnals mountain rescue service will provide grilled specialities and other gastronomic delicacies from the Schnalstal Valley.