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On the trail of the GR20 North

7 days / 6 nights
Corsica - GR20 - GR20 North - Independent walking
Without guide - Luggage transfer

price from 820 €

The mighty GR20: a fantastic itinerary from the North-West to the South-East of the island! From the Balagne region to the centre of Corsica, discover stunning gorges, alpine lakes...

The "traditional" GR20 route goes from refuge to refuge (bunk houses). We use Gites (more comfortable accommodation), which means that our trip is designed around the GR20 footpath but inevitably, it diverges away from the GR20 to reach the Gites that we use. This by no means impairs the quality of the trip; on the contrary, it increases the quality of the trip.

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 Calenzana to Bonifatu

Meet with our taxi driver in Calvi in the morning for your transfer to Calenzana. This little village, surrounded by olive trees, is the official start of the GR20.
You walk through the forest of Bonifatu, past magnificent viewpoints over the villages of the Balagne.

Distance: 11km
Walk: 4 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +700m, -450m.

2
From Bonifatu to Haut Asco

After breakfast, you will leave Bonifatu for one of the longest stages along the GR20 (timewise). Once more crossing several rivers before reaching the famous Spasimata footbridge, 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: Gite (double room available)
Distance: 9.5km
Walk: 8 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +1300m, -598m.

3
From Ascu to 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. From Bocca Minuta, you descend to the small valley of Straciaconne where you may have the chance to observe mouflons (a type of wild sheep).
Your accommodation, the shepherd hut in Vallone, is in an ideal setting with the backdrop of a starry sky for the night.
Dinner at the hut and night in a tent.

Walk: 8h30
Altitude gain & loss: +1200m, -800m

4
From Vallone to Verghju

Your setting for the day is the valley of the Niolu, located at the heart of the island. You walk past the foot of the most beautiful summits in Corsica, the Paglia Orba and the strange Capu Tafunatu. When the weather is good, you can get a stunning viewpoint over the gulf of Porto before plunging into the small valley of the Golo.
The shepherd’s hut of Radule and a series of natural pools punctuate your walk towards the forest and the Castel di Verghio.
Dinner and night at the gîte.

Walk: 6h15.
Altitude gain & loss: +971m, -1017m.

5
From Verghju to A Sega

Your journey begins between sea and sky with the crossing of Bocca San Pedru. The magic takes place once you cross the Bocca a Reta and see the jagged coastline plunging into the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. On the opposite slope, a glacial crater conceals the lake of Ninu, a Corsican treasure nestled in a lush green setting. Bordered with pozzines (a type of peat bogs), the lake is also a sanctuary for wild horses, which can often be seen grazing peacefully around it. You then follow a little stream, which soon becomes the great Tavignanu River.

Walk: 7h20.
Altitude gain & loss: +600m, -640m.

6
From A Sega to Corti

After a final dip in the natural pools around the refuge, you begin your walk alongside the Tavignanu River, in the shade of Lariccio pines. During the walk, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming in the river. At the end of the day, you arrive in Corti.
Night in a hotel in Corti.

Walk: 4 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +720m, -1400m.

7
Corti

Your holiday ends after breakfast.

Departure board

Every sundays from the beginning of June to mid-September.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Calvi.
End
  • Corte.
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in gîtes d’étapes (dormitories for 5-6 people with shared bathrooms).
    1 night in a tent in Vallone.
    1 night in a hotel in Corte.
    Please be aware that facilities will be basic and normally on a shared basis (except in hotels). Hot showers should be available at each accommodation, but water may be limited due to high demand.

    Double bedroom accommodation:
    Nights in rooms of two are available on this particular trip. Your night in Vallone will be spent in a private tent for two.

    Single accommodation:
    Nights in single bedrooms are not available on this particular trip.

    Extra accommodation:
    If you require additional nights before the start of your trip or after the end of your trip, then our team can book this for you (subject to availability). Please notify us (on your booking form or by email) at the time of your booking. Payment for extra accommodation should be made to us one month before the start of your trip.
Number of people
  • Minimum two.
Level of difficulty
  • Terrain: well-marked paths but very technical terrain (rocky and uneven). You need to be sure-footed and have plenty of relevant mountain experience. Walking: from 4h30 to 8h15 per day.
Carrying
  • The luggage transfers are included in your trip, except on days 3 & 5.
Options
  • 3 nights in double room : 110€
  • Maps of hike 1:25000 : 42€
Included
  • Accommodation.
  • Dinners from day 1 to day 5.
  • Breakfasts from day 2 to day 7.
  • Picnics from day 2 to day 7.
  • Taxi transfer from Calvi to Calenzana on day 1.
  • Bag transfers except on days 3 & 5.
Not included
  • Transfers not included in this itinerary (including for example transfers due to bad weather or physical ailments).
  • Transfer from Calvi onwards.
  • Dinner on day 6 in Corte.
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites.
  • Optional activities.
  • Beverages.
  • Holiday insurance.
  • Luggage transfers on days 3 & 5.

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