Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
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. 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