Le 22 June 2024

Belleville Valley

The climb

June 22, at the initiative of the Chez Pépé Nicolas alpine farm, the valley hosts the ancestral ritual of “the climb”. A day of conviviality and sharing around this traditional ceremony to celebrate the arrival of summer. Departing from Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, the herds will leave the village to reach the mountain pasture 6 km higher between Les Menuires and Val Thorens.

The programme

  • 8h15: meet in front of the town hall of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville to wait for the animals in a gentle mountain atmosphere (possibility of having a coffee at L'Art B)
  • 8:30 a.m./8:45 a.m.: departure of the herd. You will have 6 km to cover at the gentle pace of the cows or at the faster pace of the goats. The herd will cross the villages of St Marcel, Praranger, Bettaix (where a small supply will await you), then the bottom of Menuires at Plan de l'eau to arrive at the mountain pasture of Chez Pépé Nicolas where a Savoyard meal will be offered to you.
    • Menu at €26, €13 for children: old-fashioned tomato & Sérac de l'alpage Mozzarella style, Diot & crozet risotto, blueberry tart.
  • 15h: milking goats
  • 16h: mountain pasture games for young and old
  • 18h: alpine evening: DJ, BBQ, outdoor bar and good humor
    • Menu for €30: onion soup, BBQ Ribs, candied vegetables and mashed potatoes, Savoie biscuit and pears.
  • 23h: end of the evening

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


Road of Val Thorens - D117
73440 Val Thorens
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