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Mountain treasures of Corsica

6 days / 5 nights
Corsica - Independent walking
Without guide

price from 599 €

Enjoy spending time in the most beautiful mountain refuge in Corsica, which is set against spectacular landscapes. The refuge will offer you excellent meals and easy access to natural swimming pools. You will also be able to enjoy catching wild trout in the beautiful rivers nearby and eating succulent fresh fish for dinner.

Your day by day program

1
From Corte to the refuge via the Arch of Corte

Starting from Corte, you will walk up to the hilltops of the former capital of Corsica and reach the famous Arch of Corte. Then, hiking from one shepherd's hut to another, you will continue walking under pine trees to get to your mountain refuge. Located near the Tavignano River and at the heart of the 'Isle of Beauty', your accommodation will offer you views over wonderful and peaceful landscapes.

Dinner and night in the refuge.
Walking: about 7 hours,
Height gain:+1500m.
Height loss: -800m.

Possibility to walk in the Tavignano Gorge if you are looking for an easier walk.

2
Alzu Plateau

A very nice hike starting with a climb under Lariccio pine trees to the Alzu plateau. Exceptional panoramic views over Corsican mountain ranges. If you are lucky, our local expert, Jean-Marc, will show you how to make the local Corsican cheese and he might sell you some of his best products.

Walking: about 4 hours walking.
Height gain: +673m.
Height loss: -673m.

3
Sheepfolds and granite crests

You will set off for the Valley of Binodello and its beautiful meadows and abandoned sheepfolds. Once there, you will get to discover old cheese caves that were used by shepherds and goatsherds in previous centuries. Your trip will then lead you to climb uphill and reach rugged granite crests. After walking back down, you will have the opportunity to go for a relaxing swim in a crystal-clear stream.

Walking: about 5 hours.
Height gain: +666m.
Height loss: -684m.

4
Swimming in a lake and exploring a deserted valley

Today, you will walk on to discover a very beautiful lake at 1740m above sea level. Enjoy swimming in waterfalls and natural pools. Next, you will hike through a deserted valley, on paths which don't even appear on maps of Corsica.

Walking: About 6h30.
Height gain: +720m.
Height loss: -166m.

Possibility to walk to the Lake of Nino.

5
Wild forests and natural springs

During today's stage, you will walk to the heart of a wild and little-known forest. You will also discover the ruins of a very ancient chapel and have a picnic lunch at the Argeto Fountain, where you will be able to fill up your water bottle. The surrounding granite summits will offer you splendid views over the lush green landscape.

Walking: about 5h20.
Height gain: +837m.
Height loss: -837m.

6
Walking back to Corte and passing by the Tavignano River

Today, you will walk to Corte and follow the Tavignano River, which will enable you to admire the beautifuls landscapes of the valley. You will have also the opportunity to swim in the river, before hiking down to Corte, which used to be the capital of Corsica during the period of Pasquale Paoli.

Walking: about 4 hours.
Height gain: +700m.
Height loss: -1400m.

Departure board

Every day from the end of April to the beginning of October.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • In Corte, on day 1.
End
  • In Corte, on day 6.
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in a private log cabin. Sheets, covers and pillows provided with a private sink. Hot water showers and toilets available in the main refuge. When the cabins are full we will book a private tent with matresses, sheets and covers.
Number of people
  • From 2.
Level of difficulty
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours a day.
Carrying
  • You will only have to carry your main bag on day 1 and day 6.
Options
  • IGN Maps 1:25000 : 30€
Included
  • All meals from day 1 in the evening to day 6 after lunch (including picnics for lunches). Route notes and maps.
Not included
  • Transfers to and from Corte (on day 1 and day 6), transfers which are not included in the tour, entrance fees to tourist sites, optional activities which are not included in the tour, beverages and holiday insurances.

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