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On the trail of the GR20

13 days / 12 nights
Corsica - GR20 - full GR20 - Independent walking
Without guide - Luggage transfer

price from 1420 €

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

The "traditional" GR20 route goes from refuge to refuge (i.e. bunk houses). We use Gites, which means that our trip is designed around the GR20 footpath, but inevitably, it diverges away from thr GR20 to reach the gites that we use. This by no means affects the quality of the trip; on the contrary, it increases the quality of the trip. We also propose the greatest number of luggage transfers.

You will need a sleeping bag. Tents are provided when necessary. We strongly advise you to buy the correct IGN maps for this trip to complement the printed map sections that we provide as part of the package.

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.
Food: D
Accommodation:Gîte (double room available).
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Distance: 11km
Walking: About 4h05.
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.
Distance: 9.5km
Walking: About 8h00.
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
Distance: 7.5km
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.
Distance: 13.5km
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.
Distance: 22km
Walking: About 7h50
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.
Distance: 12km
Walking: About 4 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 up 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 col de 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.
Distance: 14km
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.
Distance: 12km
Walking: about 5h00
Height gain: +630m Height loss: -915m

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.
Distance: 18km
Walking: about 8h00
Height gain: +970m Height loss: -1520m

11
From Cozzano to the Sheepfolds of Bassetta

Today you'll climb to the Bocca di l'Usciolu and walk along the mountain ridge with its dreamlike rocky landscape, sculpted by the wind. The path descends through an alder-tree forest, aged over a hundred years. The lush vegetation becomes more dense and exposed, and you soon reach the plateau of the Cuscione and the shepherd's huts of Bassetta.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte.
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Distance: 13km
Walking: about 6h30
Height gain:+1240m Height loss:-670m

A different route can be taken in case of bad weather.

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. The plateau of the Cuscione offers a gentle terrain with its green grazing lands and pozzines (a type of peat bog). The climb then begins towards Monte Incudine. Once over the ridge, the descent takes you to the Asinau valley. The path continues to skirt around the spectacular granite peaks known as the "Aguilles" or "needles" of Bavella, which dominate the landscape of this breathtaking Alta Rocca region. 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.
Distance: 23.5km
Walking: 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

Every sunday from June until mid september

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Calvi.
End
  • Bavella.
Accommodation
  • In gîtes d’étape (dormitory style) for 10 nights, 1 night in a tent, 1 night in a hotel. Four nights can be in rooms of two.
Number of people
  • Minimum 2.
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 of hiking per day on sometimes difficult trails.
Carrying
  • Luggage transfers except on days 3 & 5.
Options
  • 3 nights in accommodation for two : 90€
  • Set of IGN maps (1:25000) : 82€
Included
  • Dinners from day 1 to day 12 (except day 6).
  • Breakfasts from day 2 to day 13.
  • Picnic lunches from day 2 to day 12 (except day 7).
  • Transfer from Calvi to Calenzana.
  • Train journey from Corte to Vizzavona.
  • Information package with printed maps and route notes.
  • Luggage transfers except on days 3 & 5
Not included
  • Transfer from Bavella at the end of the trip.
  • Transfers not included in the itinerary (including in times of bad weather or physicial ailments).
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites.
  • Optional activities.
  • Beverages and holiday insurance.

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