La Désalpe de l’Etivaz : 30 September 2023!

A living tradition, the 30th september 2023!

On September 30, 2023, the village of L’Etivaz will be celebrating the herds who, after a summer on the mountain pastures, will be heading back to the barns for the winter. 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. In particular, you’ll be able to taste the first wheels of L’Etivaz PDO cheese produced during the summer of 2023 and fresh from the maturing 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 (Campagna). A special shuttle bus for the evening is organised from Château-d’Oex (Landi). Departures at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm and to return at 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm and a special night bus from 11.30pm onwards.
This year it’ll be possible for you to pay the entry fees and the drinks with Twint.


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

Shuttles and parking

This year, you can take advantage of a free shuttle service to L’Etivaz.

  • Leaving from L’Arsat (free parking between Les Mosses and La Lécherette)
  • Leaving from La lécherette (big parking)
  • 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.

Night buses and shuttles:
From Landi to L’Etivaz at 6.00 pm, 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm
Timetable for descent from L’Etivaz to the Landi: 6.30pm, 7.30pm then pyjama bus all evening from 11.30pm.

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

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    Pays-d’Enhaut Région
    Our partner for communication and information
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    Gstaad Züglete: September 2, 2023
    The desalps of L’Etivaz and Gstaad are getting closer! They share the same tradition and are traditional celebrations in both French and German-speaking Switzerland! See you on September 3, 2022!
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    Le Barlatay
    The Super-Trail du Barlatay will take place between August 11 and 12, 2023, starting from L’Etivaz.
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