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GR20: comfort & guided version

13 days / 12 nights
Corsica - GR20 - full GR20 - Guided walking
With a guide - Comfort - Luggage transfer

price from 1620 €

Considered as the most difficult and technical long-distance walk of Europe, the GR20 attracts walkers from all over the world looking for a challenge.

This guided circuit will allow you to discover the wildest and most beautiful landscapes that Corsica has to offer.

This particular route, designed by us, allows you to enjoy the GR20 with greater comfort; we use better accommodation than that traditionally used for the GR20 and we propose the greatest number of luggage transfers.

We endeavour to use local guides with a good command of the English language, although there may be some rare occasions when the level of English is minimal. All guides will be there for your safety.

Your day by day program

1
From Calvi to Bonifatu

Your trip will start in the morning from Calvi. Calvi is accessible by plane, train or ferry. A transfer to Calenzana is then organised for you. South-east of Calvi, this little village sits quietly within an area abundant with olive trees. From here you will start your hike to Bonifatu, which lies high up in the forest. This stage is characterised by several river crossings as well as magnificent views of the typical towns of the Balagne. It is an excellent warm up to the GR20 offering superb views towards the Corsican coast.

We suggest you buy your picnic in Calvi before starting the walk.

Food: D

Accommodation:Gîte (double room available).
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: About 4h30.
Height gain: + 700m Height loss: -450m

2
From Bonifatu to Haut Asco

After breakfast, you will leave Bonifatu for one of the longest stages along the GR20. Once more crossing several rivers before reaching the famous footbridge of Spasimata, which is 30 metres in length and suspended above a waterfall (a great location for photos). You will arrive in the Valley of the Muvrella (mouflon) with its small lake. The viewpoints are numerous and divine from the passes. The route continues to the foot of the Monte Cinto, the highest summit of Corsica, where you will spend the night.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte (double room available).
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: About 8h15.
Height gain: +1300m Height loss: -598m.

3
From Haut Asco to the sheepfolds of Vallone

To avoid the Cirque de la Solitude, closed to the public since 2015, you cross the Great Barrier Reef by the itinerary of Monte Cintu and through the Pointe des Éboulis. The route continues passed the refuge of Tighjettu before reaching the sheepfolds of Vallone, where a cluster of shepherd huts await you with ample portions of home cooked food made from local products.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Tent
Luggage: Your main bag will not be available on this day
Walk: about 8h30
Altitude gain & loss: +1200m, -800m

4
From the Sheepfolds of Vallone to Verghio

After waking up to views of the surrounding mountains, the day begins with a gentle walk through a forest of giant Laricio pines before a long climb up the Bocca di Fuciale. The climb is soon rewarded as you reach up and over the saddle towards the Refuge of Ciotulu i Mori, where the view expands down towards the Golo valley. From here, the path becomes much easier, as you wind your way down the valley, past the many rock pools on the Golo river, which are fantastic for bathing. The final stretch takes you back through the woods and up again to Castel di Verghio.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte (double room available)
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: About 6h15.
Height gain: +971m Height loss: -1017m.

5
From Verghio to the Sega refuge

Today maybe a long day for some walkers, but it is a real treat. Leaving Verghio under the shadow of this superb forest, the route gradually begins to climb and the trees start to fall away. The morning’s effort is rewarded by the descent to Lac de Nino with its little ponds (pozzines). This is one of the most well known lakes in Corsica. The surroundings are superb, with fantastic views of the mountains and often horses, cows and pigs can be seen grazing in tranquillity around the lake. The path continues to follow the river (and its many bathing pools) to lead you to one of the most beautiful refuges on the island.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Refuge.
Luggage: Your main bag will not be available on this day.
Walking: About 7h20
Height gain: +869m Height loss: -689m

6
From the Sega refuge to Corte

After tearing yourselves away from the natural pools near the refuge, you will make your way down the Tavignano gorge, to Corte. This stage offers more opportunities en route for bathing in the crystal clear waters of the Tavignano river.
Overnight at a hotel in Corte. Dinner is not included and so you are free to eat at a restaurant of your choice, all within easy reach of the hotel.
Food: B,L
Accommodation: Hotel, twin rooms.
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at your hotel.
Walking: About 6 hours
Height gain: +720m Height loss: -1400m

7
From Corte to Vizzavona

After breakfast, you have the chance to spend much of the day soaking in the lively atmosphere of Corte, the ancient capital of Corsica. Take your time to discover the citadelle, perched high upon a rocky crag, a defiant spectacle of Corsican patriotism. Visit the Museu di a Corsica, which charts the fascinating and turbulent history of the island, as well as spend time wandering about the many shops, cafes and restaurants. After quenching your thirst for civilisation, you will take the train to Vizzavona where you will spend the night before carrying on to the southern section of the GR20.
Night in Vizzavona.
Food: B,D
Accommodation: Gîte
Luggage: You will take your day sack plus your main bag on the train to Vizzavona. The train station is a ten minute walk from the hotel
Walking: 0h

8
From Vizzavona to Capanelle

Today’s trek begins with the Pass of Vizzavona and the stiff but steady climb to Bocca Palmente where the view is splendid. Next, after passing the crest, you will discover several sheepfolds before finally arriving at the sheepfolds of Capanelle where you will spend the night.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: About 5h00
Height gain: +1155m Height loss: -715m

9
From Capanelle to the Col de Verde

From Capanelle, you make your way to the picturesque sheepfolds of Traghjete before trekking on towards the Plateau of Ghialgone. You will cross the footbridge of I Spiazzi (another bathing point). Your final descent of the day lies under the shadow of the rarest and most majestic Corsican fir trees, before reaching the Col de Verde.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte.
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: about 5h00
Height gain: +630m Height loss: -950m

10
From the Col de Verde to Cozzano

You start the day with a climb towards the refuge of Prati, which is perfectly positioned for beautiful views across to the massif of Renosu. The view is at its best when we reach the crest. From here the view stretches out across the Ligurian sea and the Italian island of Elba (when the weather allows it). We now descend in amongst a landscape of rocky slabs before reaching Cozzano, a town in the heart of Corsica.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte.
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: about 8h00
Height gain: +970m Height loss: -1520m

11
From Cozzano to the Sheepfolds of Bassetta

Our morning will be devoted to the climb towards Bocca Di l’usciolu. After 1000m of difference in height, we will reach our peak point before entering into a forest of centennial trees. The path finally descends and the vegetation becomes dense. After the crossing of a stream, we will arrive at the sheepfolds of Bassetta.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte.
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: about 6h00
Height gain: +887m Height loss: -483m


12
From Bassetta to Bavella

This is the longest and hardest day of the holiday, but the end of this superb trek is in sight. After a passage in the forest, you will cross a footbridge to continue through former sheepfolds towards Monte Incudine. From here you will descend to Asinau to reach your final destination, Bavella and its famous “Aiguilles” (or “needles”), which dominate the landscape of the Alta Rocca. There couldn’t be a more fantastic place to finish this memorable walk.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking (via the GR20): about 09h00
Height gain: +1300m Height loss: -1400m


13
Bavella

Your holiday comes to an end after breakfast. Please do ask us about arrangements for getting to Ajaccio for your journey home.

Departure board

For private groups it is possible to depart any day from beginning of June until mid September. If you want to book as an individual, please contact us.

Departure Return Price Guaranteed departure
19 June 2017 01 July 2017 1620 € Guaranteed departure Book
03 July 2017 15 July 2017 1620 € 2 more persons required Book
04 September 2017 16 September 2017 1620 € 4 more persons required Book
18 September 2017 30 September 2017 1620 € 4 more persons required Book

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Calvi
End
  • Bavella
Accommodation
  • In gite d’etapes (dormitory style) for 10 nights, 1 night in a tent, 1 night in a hotel. Some nights can be in rooms of two (see the options).
Number of people
  • Minimum 6
Level of difficulty
  • You need to be used to trekking in the mountains and be able to read and follow map instructions. From 4h30 to 9h hiking hours per day on sometimes difficult trails.
Carrying
  • We take care of your luggage transfers except on days 3 and 5. You only have to carry a day sack with your picnic, camera etc.
Options
Included
  • Luggage transfers (except days 3 and 5). All dinners from day 1 to day 12 (except day 6). All breakfasts from day 2 to day 13. All picnics from day 2 to day 12 (except day 7). Transfer Calvi - Calenzana. Local guide (we endeavour to use local guides with a good command of the English language, although there may be some rare occasions when the level of English is minimal. All guides will be there for your safety)
Not included
  • Transfer from Bavella, transfers not included in this program (for example, in cases of bad weather or physical ailments), entrance fees to sites, optional activities, drinks and holiday insurance.

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