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On the trail of the GR20 North

9 days / 8 nights
Corsica - GR20 - GR20 North - Independent walking
Without guide - Luggage transfer

price from
~1013 $ [895 €] per pers.

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.




Prepare your 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 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
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: To be paid on spot.
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.

Night and dinner in Vizzavona.
Food: D
Accommodation: Refuge (double room available)
Possible access to your main luggage.
Walking: About 6,5 hours
Height gain: +630 m ; -1140 m

9
End of trip in Vizzavona

End of your adventure in Vizzavona, you can reach Calvi, Ajaccio and Bastia by train.

Departure board

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

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Calvi.
End
  • Vizzavona.
Accommodation
  • In gîtes d’étape (dormitory style), 4 nights in tent.
    4 nights can be in rooms of two (upon to availability).
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
  • Luggage transfers on days 1, 2, 4 and 8.
Options
  • 4 nights in double room (per person) : 130€
  • Set of IGN Maps : 40€
Included
  • Accommodation in privates gîtes (dormitories) and in tents.
  • 5 Dinners
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 4 Picnics
  • Taxi transfer from Calvi to Calenzana on day 1.
  • Luggage transfers on 4 stages.
  • Route notes and maps on our app (a smartphone is necessary with an extra charger).
Not included
  • Transfers not included in this itinerary (including for example transfers due to bad weather or physical ailments).
  • Transfer from Calvi onwards.
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites.
  • Optional activities.
  • Beverages.
  • Holiday insurance.

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