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GR20: comfort & guided version

15 days / 14 nights
Corsica - GR20 - full GR20 - Guided walking
With a guide - Comfort - Luggage transfer

price from 1910 € per pers.

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.




Prepare your trip


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
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: About 4h30.
Height gain: + 800m Height loss: -540m

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
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
Luggage: Your luggage will be waiting for you at the gîte.
Walking: About 6h15.
Height gain: +970m Height loss: -1015m.

5
From Verghio to the Manganu refuge

We pass Bocca San Pedru between sky and sea. The magic happens after passing Bocca a Reta. To the east, the coastline stands out against the deep blue of the Mediterranean. On the other side, a glacial cirque is revealed which hides, in a green setting, one of the jewels of the Corsican mountain. Bordered by its pozzines, Lake Nino welcomes a herd of wild horses.

Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Refuge.
No access to your main luggage.

Walking: About 7h50
Height gain: +869m Height loss: -689m

6
From Manganu to Petra Piana

Stream and rocky bars follow one another before reaching a plateau of pozzines. Then the Capitellu breach will offer you a breathtaking view of the lakes of Melu and Capitellu. After some efforts to reach Bocca Muzella (2206m), you will descend to reach a small plateau where the Petra Piana refuge is located.

Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Refuge.
No access to your main luggage.

Walking: About 6 hours
Height gain: +670 m Height loss: -465 m

7
From Petra Piana to l'Onda

A rather short, aerial and panoramic stage between the massifs of Monte Rotondo and Monte d'Oro. Be careful, some tricky passages in strong winds! On a clear day, you will have the chance to see the Gulf of Ajaccio.

Food: To be paid on spot.
Accommodation: Refuge.
No access to your main luggage.

Walking: About 5 hours
Height gain: +560 m ; -965 m

8
From l'Onda to Vizzavona

Last day on the northern part of the trail. A magnificent stage awaits you from the Onda refuge towards Vizzavona, passing through the magical Agnone valley at the foot of Monte d'Oro. After the Turtettu footbridge, here we are in front of a multitude of small waterfalls and streams. Between forest and clinking of water, you arrive slowly towards Vizzavona.
Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Refuge (double room available)
Access to your main luggage.
Walking: About 6,5 hours
Height gain: +630 m ; -1140 m

9
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

10
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

11
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

12
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


13
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: about 09h00
Height gain: +1300m Height loss: -1400m


14
From Bavella to Conca: the last stage!

The start of the day is outlined by an easy path in the forest in the southern massif of Bavella to the refuge of Paliri. You will then attack the descent, accompanied by the scented essences of the maquis. The end of this great adventure is approaching ... On your arrival in Conca, you will be able to pose proudly next to the sign marking the end of the GR20!

Food: B,L,D
Accommodation: Gîte (double room available).
Access to your main luggage.
Walking: about 7 hours.
Height gain: + 450m, –1400m

15
End of the great adventure

End of services after breakfast. From Conca, you can easily take a shuttle to Porto Vecchio, then a bus to Bastia or Ajaccio.
Contact us if you need a transfer.

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
18 June 2022 02 July 2022 1910 € 6 more persons required Book
16 July 2022 30 July 2022 1910 € 6 more persons required Book
13 August 2022 27 August 2022 1910 € 6 more persons required Book
03 September 2022 17 September 2022 1910 € 6 more persons required Book

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Calvi.
End
  • Conca.
Accommodation
  • 10 nights in gite d’etapes (dormitory style), 4 nights in equipped tent.
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 4,5 to 8,5 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
  • Accomodation in hotel, gites and equipped tents
  • Breakfasts
  • 13 Picnic lunches
  • 14 dinners
  • Luggage transfers (except days 3,5,6 & 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 to Calvi and from Conca, 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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