A living tradition!

La Désalpe de l'Etivaz (descent from the alpine pastures) 1st of October 2022!

A living tradition, the 1st of October 2022!

On the 1st of October 2022 the village of L’Etivaz will be celebrating the descent of the herds of cows, returning to their stables for the winter after spending the summer up on the alpine pastures. Proudly decked out with flowers and their finest bells, the cows will pass in procession to the applause of the public, and for the delight of the cheesemakers and herdsmen.

You are invited to come and take part in the désalpe in L’Etivaz, an event which combines Swiss mountain traditions with local specialities and joie de vivre. There will be a large variety of entertainments provided. You can also be the first to taste the first wheels of L’Etivaz AOP cheese produced in the summer of 2022, straight from the ripening cellars.

Do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to have the pleasure of sharing the désalpe with you!


The programme

From 8 am onwards, passage of the herds, different folk animations and handicraft market.

From 7 pm onwards, food and beverage below the canteen, musical entertainment provided by a traditional country band.

Entry fees: CHF 8.-/adult, free for children up to 16

 This year it'll be possible for you to pay the entry fees and the drinks with twint.

Shuttles and parking

This year you can avail yourself of the free shuttle service to L’Etivaz.

– Leaving from L'Arsat (free parking between Les Mosses and La Lécherette)
– Leaving from Château-d’Oex (opposite the bookshop and from the grounds of Landi at the bottom of the village, free parking).

This service is provided from 7 am until 6 pm. An information and welcome service will be on the spot to provide information and a cheese-tasting opportunity. The entrance pins will also be on sale at different points in the welcome area.

Take the shuttle and save time! Have yourself driven to the centre of events at L’Etivaz without the problem of having to find a place to park.

Our Partners

Pays-d'Enhaut Région:


Our partner for information and communication: www.alpesvaudoises.ch

Gstaad Züglete:

On the 3rd of September 2022, The Züglete will be held in Gstaad. The herds will go through the village!


Le Barlatay:

The Barlatay's supertrail will take place  the 19th and 20th of August with the start in l'Etivaz. www.barlatay.ch


Terre & Nature:

Our media's partner: www.terrenature.ch


Radio Chablais:

Our radiophonic partner: www.radiochablais.ch