"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.
La Désalpe de Semsales always takes place the first weekend of October. It's a living and authentic custom, steeped in tradition and rooted in the life of the entire region. On this occasion thundering bells will be hanging from cows' necks and brightly couloured flowers decorate their heads.
Farmer, craftsmen, villagers, townspeople and visitors from Switzerland and elsewhere feel in this autumnal period the desire to share and participate together in this festival of mountains and armaillis. That day the whole village is celebrating to welcome them: Alpine horns, bell ringers, craft market and local food stands animate the main street of the village.
From 7:00 to 9:00 : breakfast composed of mustard Bénichon, cuchaule and coffee, will be kindly offered as a sign of welcome to all visitors by the Semsales Development Company
From 8:00 : folklore market with craft demonstrations
From 9:30 until around 16:00 : the armaillis and their herds (more than 700 animals)
From 11:00 : catering with local specialties: smoked ham and chalet soup
During the day, musical entertainment and bars.
Bar animation Friday and Saturday from 21:00