The "emmontagnée"


On 24 June, on the initiative of the mountain farm Chez Pépé Nicolas, the valley will host the ancestral ritual of the "emmontagnée". A day of conviviality and sharing around this traditional ceremony to celebrate the arrival of summer. From Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, the herds will leave the village to reach the mountain pastures 6 km higher between Les Menuires and Val Thorens.


The programme


  • 8.15 am: meet in front of the town hall of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville to wait for the animals in a gentle mountain atmosphere (possibility to have coffee at L'Art B)
  • 8:30/8:45: departure of the herd. You will 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 provisioning will be waiting for you), then through the bottom of Les Menuires at the "Plan de l'eau" to arrive at the mountain pasture of Chez Pépé Nicolas where a Savoyard meal will be offered.
    • Menu at 26€, 13€ for children: tomato & Serac from the mountain pasture Mozzarella style, Diot & crozet risotto, blueberry pie.
  • 3pm: milking of the goats
  • 4pm: alpine games for young and old
  • 6pm: alpine evening : DJ, BBQ, outdoor bar & good mood
    • Menu at 30€ : onion soup, BBQ Ribs, confit vegetables & potato purée, Savoy biscuit & pears
  • 11pm: end of the evening


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

06 09 45 28 35


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Chez Pépé Nicolas
If you want to discover a wonderful story, and a timeless setting, you need to stop at “Chez Pépé Nicolas”. On the "La Chasse" slope, between Les Menuires and Val Thorens, discover a place full of emotions, with a breathtaking view of the Péclet-Poslet glacier and the Lou valley.