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Transhumance The Great Sheep Trek Across The Main Alpine Crest In The Otztal Alp ...

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 . After arriving in the valley the sheep are being kept in a pen , where the farmers select their sheep also called " returning of the sheep " . 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 / september several thousend sheeps 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 , Italy , September 2012

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