Tour of the Pointe du Chardonnet

Albertville

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Vanoise Massif

A combination of the Tignes Resort and the heart of the national park. The contrast is amazing but telling of the history of the Vanoise.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
13 km
Ascent
793 m
Descent
793 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
12˚
Tour of the Pointe du Chardonnet Map

This easy loop route around the Pointe du Chardonnet is easily-accessed from the Tignes resort. This route takes place over two different faces of the mountain—one which is natural, and the other which is equipped with amenities. The landscape is a bit spoiled by the lifts on the resort side, but the national park side is very wild.

Description

From the wooden terrace of the Maison de Tignes (tourist information office), follow the building to the right to the trail that starts to the right of the Palafour ski lift.

During the climb from Tignes, enjoy discovering the valley of Peisey-Nancroix from the Col du Palet.

After gaining some height away from the Tignes resort, the landscape becomes quite rugged, but with a well-defined and signed route, and the prominent crag of Pointe du Chardonnet comes into view. The route at this point is one of the most beautiful in the Vanoise massif, walking through large areas of magnificent alpine pastures surrounded by spectacular peaks and the Grande Motte glacier.

This route crosses the Vanoise National Park's protected area. Check the regulations (flower picking, dogs, bivouac, activites, etc.) here: http://www.vanoise-parcnational.fr

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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