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On the trail of the GR20 south: sportive version

7 days / 6 nights
Corsica - GR20 - GR20 South - Independent walking
Without guide - No Luggage transfer

price from
~431 £ [470 €]

The mighty GR20: a fantastic itinerary from the North-West to the South-East of the island! From the Renoso Mountain to the Needles of Bavella, you'll follow red and white markings and take some alternative routes to complete this southern part of the “Grande Randonnée” (GR).

To Vizzavona:
To get to Vizzavona, you can either book a taxi transfer with us or you can take the local bus or train. For train fares and timetables, please visit www.corsicabus.org.

From Bavella:
To get to your destination point from Bavella, you can either book a taxi transfer from Bavella or you can take the local bus or train. For train fares and timetables, please visit www.corsicabus.org
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
Vizzavona

Arrival in Vizzavona. Night in a gîte or refuge depending on availability at the moment of booking.
Dinner and night in Vizzavona.

2
From Vizzavona to Capanelle

Today’s walk begins in a beech grove in the Vizzavona forest. The pass of Palmente offers a stunning viewpoint over the lakes of Diana and Urbino. The next trail segment takes you to the eastern slope and the shepherd’s hut of Alzeta. You then walk along an ancient mule-track to reach the gîte of Capanelle.
Dinner and night at the gîte.

Walk: about 5h00.
Altitude gain & loss: +1155m, -715m.

3
From Capanelle to Bocca di Verde

From Capanelle, you make your way to the picturesque sheepfolds of Traghjete before trekking on towards the Plateau of Ghialgone. You then cross the footbridge of I Spiazzi and the forest of Marmano, before reaching the Col de Verde.
Dinner and night at the gîte.

Walk: 5h00.
Altitude gain & loss: +600m, -900m.

4
From Bocca di Verde to Cozzano

You climb up to the Bocca del Orro and walk through the plateau of Prato and its alpine fields. As you follow the crest line, the valley provides spectacular views of the Taravo and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the eastern slope. You then walk through the forest of St Antoine to reach the village of Cozzano.
Dinner and night at the gîte.

Walk: about 8h00.
Altitude gain & loss: +750m, -1300m.

5
From Cozzano to Basseta

Early morning departure. You climb the Bocca di l’Usciolu and walk along the mountain ridge with its dreamlike rocky landscape, sculpted by the wind. The path descends through an alder-tree forest, aged over a hundred years. The lush vegetation becomes more dense and exposed, and you soon reach the plateau of the Cuscione and the shepherd’s hut of Basseta.
Dinner and night at the gîte.

Walk: about 6h30.
Altitude gain & loss: +910m, -505m.

6
From Basseta to Bavella

The plateau of the Cuscione offers a gentler terrain with its green grazing lands and pozzines (a type of peat bogs). You then climb Mount Incudine (2000m high) and, from the Asinao Valley, the path descends to the spectacular granite peaks that are the famous Needles of Bavella.

Walk: about 9h00.
Altitude gain & loss: +982m, -1100m.

7
Bavella

Your holiday ends after breakfast.

Departure board

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

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Vizzavona.
End
  • Bavella.
Accommodation
  • Gîtes d'étape (dormitories for 5-6 people with shared bathrooms).
    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, depending on availability.

    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. You also need to be able to read and follow map instructions. Walking: from 4h30 to 9 hours.
Carrying
  • There are no luggage transfers on this trip.
Options
  • IGN Maps of the hike (1:25000) : 42€
Included
  • Accommodation.
  • Dinners from day 1 to 6.
  • Breakfasts from day 2 to 6.
  • Picnic lunches from day 2 to 6.
  • Information package with printed maps and route notes.
  • Local assistance.
Not included
  • Transfers to Vizzavona.
  • Transfers from Bavella.
  • Transfers not included in this itinerary(for example, due to bad weather or physical ailments).
  • Luggage transfers.
  • Optional activities.
  • Beverages.
  • Holiday insurance.

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