Transhumance The Great Sheep Trek Across The Main Alpine Crest In The Otztal Alp ...
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Description: Transhumance the great sheep trek across the main alpine crest in the Otztal Alps between South Tyrol , Italy , and North Tyrol , Austria . This very special sheep drive is part of the intangible cultural heritage of the austrian UNESCO Commission . App 2000 sheep just below the glacier Niederjochferner at an altitude of about 2700m in muddy and rocky moraine terrain . Exhausted sheeps push through deep , soft , wet snow after an 8 hour trek . Since the 14th century mountain farmers from South Tyrol , Alto Adige , ( valleys of Schnalstal , Val Senales and Vinschgau , Val Venosta ) , have grazing rights on the northern side of the Alps near Vent in the Oetztal Alps . In june several thousend sheep are driven across the Hochjoch and Niederjoch ( 3016m ) to their summer pastures . They cover up to 44km in distance and 3200m in altitude , depending on their starting point . The march crosses steep terrain , glaciers , snowfields and loose moraine ridges . Europe , Central Europe , Austria June 2012
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