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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in dormitory style 'gîtes d'etapes' or refuges
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1350USD

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Overview

Trip Code: GRS

Trip highlights


  • A great opportunity to walk the southern section of the famous GR20
  • Experiencing the stunning landscape and diverse flora and fauna
  • Meet with shepherds or other hikers enroute
  • Enjoy the freedom of travelling light with all of your logistics taken care of
  • Delighting in the warm hospitality of the accommodation providers

The southern section of the GR20 is considered slightly less challenging than the northern route, however the landscapes are equally stunning. During the 5 days of hiking you will gain an appreciation for the rural communities who live in the region and the rugged wilderness that characterises the route. Your main luggage is transferred, allowing you to walk with just a day pack. From the forest of Vizzavona to the Needles of Bavella, the full GR20 experience is encapsulated in the daily views ranging from alpine meadows where sheep graze, to views to the sea as far as the Italian island of Sardinia. The final day of walking is the longest on the GR20 if you take the upper route, and your legs will remember the hike long after you have left Corsica, but the satisfaction of completing a section of this epic walk makes it all worthwhile.

Note: for safety reasons this trip can not be operated for one person. A minimum of two people are required.

Trip Grading

challenging

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Arrive in Vizzavona. In the heart of the GR20 and surrounded by beech and Laricio pine forest, this hamlet is a haven for hikers. Dinner and overnight at the gîte or refuge (according to availability at the time of booking).

Meals:  D

A long first day beginning at the Pass of Vizzavona and climbing to Bocca Palmente. In the heart of the forest of Vizzavona, you will cross several watercourses to reach Bocca Palmente where the views over the lakes of Diana and Urbino are fantastic. Next, after passing the crest, you will encounter several sheepfolds and the hut of Alzeta before finally arriving at the sheepfolds of Capanelle where you will spend the night in a gîte. Approximate ascent 1155m/3789ft, descent 715m/2346ft

Meals:  B,L,D

From Capanelle, you will make your way to the sheepfolds of Traghjete before reaching the Plateau of Gialgone. You will cross the footbridge of I Spiazzi under which you can have a swim. You will then descend, shaded by the majestic Corsican pine trees, before arriving at the Pass of Verde (Col de Verde). Approximate ascent 600m/1969ft, descent 900m/2953ft.

Meals:  B,L,D

You will begin today's walk with an ascent to the Bocca del Orro and 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 you reach the crest, towards the Taravo and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the eastern slope and, weather permitting, as far as the island of Elba. Next, you will descend through the forest of St Antoine towards the village of Cozzano, in the heart of Corsica. Approximate ascent 750m/2460ft, descent 1300m/4265ft.

Meals:  B,L,D

Get an early start today as you climb towards Bocca Di l’Usciolu. After almost 1000m uphill you will reach the highest point of the walk then enter into a forest where the alder trees are more than 100 years old. The path finally descends and the vegetation becomes denser. After crossing a stream, you will arrive at the plateau of Cuscione and the sheep pastures of Basseta. Approximate ascent 910m/2986ft, descent 505m/1657ft. In the case of bad weather there is an alternative route which also takes 6 hours, with ascent of 887m/2910ft and descent of 483m/1585ft.

Meals:  B,L,D

This is the longest and hardest day of the week! There are two possible paths and you need to choose your route for the day - either the alpine way through the Needles of Bavella or you can follow the softer classical way through forests, dense shrubs and springs. The plateau of the Cuscione offers a gentler terrain with its grazing lands and pozzines (a type of peat bogs). The day begins along a route through a forest, following which you cross a footbridge and continue through old sheepfolds towards Mount Incudine (2000m). From the Asinau Valley, you descend to Bavella and its famous “Aiguilles” (needles). By the GR20 : ascent 982m/3221ft, descent 1100m/3609ft, or via the alpine route: ascent 1170m/3839ft, descent 1200m/3937ft.

Meals:  B,L,D

The trip concludes after breakfast. From Bavella you can continue on your own to Bastia, Figari, Ajaccio and Calvi. Note: For bus information and timetables see www.corsicabus.org

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. 5 picnic lunches - they are included from day 2 to day 6 and generally consist of sandwiches, salads, fruits, vegetables – depending on what products are available, 6 dinners – will also vary according to the fresh produce available.
  • 6 nights in dormitory style 'gîtes d'etapes' or refuges
  • Luggage transfer (max 15 kg bag, one piece per person)
  • Information kit including detailed maps and route notes per room booked
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Vizzavona and from Bavella
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of excess luggage and parking
  • Transfers and alternative accommodation which may be required in the event of bad weather
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance

Grading

challenging  

CHALLENGING– GRADE 5 This trip requires a good to excellent level of fitness and you should be an experienced hiker, comfortable in alpine terrains through varying weather conditions. It is a requirement of participation that you are able to orient yourself in mountains with a map scaled to 1/25000th. The trip involves 5 to 9 hiking hours per day on sometimes difficult trails. The route is the hardest long distance trail in Europe. Certain sections need to be scaled using ladders, bridges and chains. There is much rock scrambling and ascents are up to 1400 metres and very steep in parts. There are sections throughout which would not be suitable for sufferers of vertigo. Although the southern section is less technical the route is just as challenging with the last days walk being the most challenging day on the whole GR20 in terms of length and terrain.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Jun to 15 Sep

Notes

DN1
This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternative tour suggestions.
Note:
Walk timings noted do not include rest breaks.
DN3
Discounts apply for groups of 4 or more travelling together.

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Total Priceper person from

$1350USD

Options & Supplements*
  • 2 nights double room upgrade (Vizzavona and Conca)USD$80
*Prices listed are per person

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