Reinhold Messner, South Tyrol’s most famous mountaineer has long been a fan of the Ortles region. In 1985, Messner introduced Tibetan yaks – a bovine species from to Central Asia – to Solda/Sulden. Every year since then, at the end of June, he has herded these shaggy beasts from the valley station of Solda Cable Car to the Madritsch pastures on the slopes of the valley.

Curious locals and visitors accompany the mountaineer and his unusual herd as they make their way into the high mountains. At the end of August, the animals return to the valley.

The Yak and Yeti Restaurant
Thanks to the visionary efforts of Reinhold Messner, Sulden’s oldest farm site, which was neglected and at risk of collapse, has now been transformed into the "Yak & Yeti” restaurant. By tastefully showcasing archaeological finds from areas near the world’s highest mountains, the erstwhile farmhouse now brings two worlds together. Fittingly, the kitchen also presents cuisine from two mountain cultures: traditional South Tyrolean cuisine and creative ideas from the Himalayas. Savour the contrasts in a unique ambiance while enjoying e.g. aromatic yak meat from the farm’s well-established herd. In the spirit of sustainable management practices, the youthful team emphasise seasonal ingredients and, when it comes to meat, conscientious use of the entire animal. No matter what dish you select, the superlative atmosphere enjoyed in this history-rich farm will leave a lasting impression.