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GR20 South: standard & guided version

7 days / 6 nights
Corsica - GR20 - GR20 South - Guided walking
With a guide - Luggage transfer

price from 700 €

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.

The south side of the GR20, being considered as easier, is still a great holiday for experienced hikers. Even though the relief is less abrupt than in the north, the landscapes remain magnificent and varied everyday. From the Forest of Vizzavona to the Needles of Bavella, here is a carefully prepared itinerary which will give you a superb trekking holiday.

This circuit will allow you to discover the most beautiful and the wildest areas of Corsica all with the aid of a guide.

We use local French speaking guides. Their proficiency in English cannot be guaranteed.

Your day by day program

1
Ajaccio to the needles of Bavella

We will meet in the morning in Ajaccio before transferring to the col de Bavella. This day we will do a wonderfull loop around Bavella, with amazing views on the sea.
Roughly 5h30 of walking. +600m; -600m.

2
The Plateau du Cuscione

We will start very early on the morning, before the sunset! A long but wonderfull stage today. Through the needles of Bavella you will reach Asinao and the plateau du Cusione.
Night at the Bergerie (shepherd’s huts). Roughly 7h30 of walking. +1394m, -1077m.

3
On the edge…

Today we walk on along the edge of a ridge, between blocks of granite which have been shaped by the wind. In the background we have a stunning view of the Tyrrhenian sea. Night in a refuge. About 4h30 of walking. +637m, -424m.

4
Col de Verde

We continue with our progression towards the north via a high route in amongst the mountain peaks and along the ridge which separates the oriental plain from the valley of Taravu. Night in a gite at the Col de Verde.
Roughly 7 hours of walking. +790m, -1210m.

5
Les Pozzi

After crossing through the beech forest of Marmano, we will reach the ‘Plateau des Pozzi’, where we can visit a local shepherd’s place which is still active. You can also meet with the local shepherd. Night in a gite at Capanelle.
Roughly 6 hours of walking. +1000m, -700m.

6
Monte Renoso

Today we have the opportunity to climb Monte Renoso, the highest summit in the south of Corsica at 2352m. Return to the gite via the lake of Bastani. Night in the gite at Capanelle.
5 hours of walking. +/- 760m.

7
Col de Palmente – end of the trip

We follow an ancient mule track, which brings us to the col de Palmente (1640m). The oriental (east) coast offers us a vast panorama including over the ‘les étangs de Diana et d'Urbinu’ (two lagoons). We will descend through the beech forest of Vizzavona before returning to Ajaccio. Roughly 5 hours of walking. +220m, -890m.

Departure board

Departure Return Price Guaranteed departure
19 August 2017 25 August 2017 700 € One person required Book
26 August 2017 01 September 2017 700 € 4 more persons required Book
02 September 2017 08 September 2017 700 € 4 more persons required Book
09 September 2017 15 September 2017 700 € 4 more persons required Book
16 September 2017 22 September 2017 700 € 4 more persons required Book
23 September 2017 29 September 2017 700 € 3 more persons required Book

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Ajaccio. Meet at the bus and maritime station reception hall at 8h00 on day 1. Our team will then take care of your main luggage. Be ready and prepared for the first walk.
End
  • The trip finishes on day 7 in Ajaccio at the end of the day (the walk will finish at Vizzavona at around 03.00pm, then there will be a transfer to Ajaccio).
Accommodation
  • Mountain refuges and gîtes. (shared dormitories with shared toilets and shower).
Number of people
  • Minimum 6
Level of difficulty
  • You need to be used to trekking in the mountains. Average 6-7 hours of hiking per day (averaging +/-500m) on sometimes difficult trails.
Carrying
  • You will have access to your main bag on the following evenings: 2, 4, 5 and 6. You will need to carry a day sack with enough items for two days at a time on days 1-2, 3-4. On days 5, 6 and 7, you only need to carry a day sack.
Options
Included
  • Accommodation.
  • Full board.
  • Transfers described in the itinerary.
  • Local assistance.
  • Services of a local mountain guide (AEM certificate from the French state).
  • Luggage transfers (see the description for more details).
Not included
  • Holiday insurance.
  • Transfers to the meeting point.
  • Transfers from the ending point.
  • Personal expenses.

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