"Désalpe" is the best-known of all traditional mountain festivities. After more than four months of grazing in alpine pastures, cows make their way down to the plain.
Charmey's crowning event of the year, has acquired international renown. Those who love traditions and authenticity find that this celebration, every fourth Saturday in September, is a must. In a joyful clanging of bells, in the profusion of colours of their flowered headdresses, the herd returns to the plain. This "Rindyà" (descent from the mountain pastures in patois) is the reflection of mountain traditions and guarantees their continuance. The sale of cheeses made in the mountains, much appreciated by connoisseurs, runs parallel with the stands of almost 40 craftsmen and women. As for the musical side of the day, the Alpine horn, flag throwers, country orchestras and brass bands give the Désalpe the lustre it deserves.
From 9:00 am:
Begining of the celebration with music
Opening of the market with many products and alpine cheese.
The cable car is open from 10:00 am until 17:45 pm
9:00 am until 2:00 pm
The cows descent from the alp (running time will be confirmed shortly before the event)
Food and drinks
The main tent will be open at 8:00 am
"Desalpe special" menu with local flavours
This year, the access to Charmey by car is restricted and costs:
- CHF 20.-/car in Charmey
- CHF 10.-/car in Broc
- Shuttle bus from Broc to Charmey from 8:00 am
- Free parking for coaches