Refuge Le Chardonniere is really a summer alpage for 36 cows, with a little hostel added. Most of the food is cheese.
This area is called "Terre Maudite" or cursed land. The limestone cliffs are lower and more rounded than areas to the south; but still glaciated. This is in the headwaters of the river Dranse de Morzine and is close to border with Switzerland.