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Coscione Plateau 4-day hiking traverse in Corsica

Bring your family and friends along and join this great 4-day hiking traverse in the Coscione Plateau, in the beautiful French island of Corsica, guided by UIMLA Mountain Leader Julie.

Duration4 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Discover the unique landscapes, fauna and flora of the Coscione Plateau

  • Spend a night in a tent, under the stars!

  • Hike along the company of an experienced local certified guide

Description

The Coscione Plateau boasts one of the most unique landscapes in the French island of Corsica, located in the Mediterranean Sea, south east of France. This 4-day hiking traverse, suitable for the whole family, will take you to discover a place where nature is intact, with magical scenery, crossing vast flat areas with surreal rocks, water holes, pozzines, streams, pastures and beautiful flowers.

Along our traverse you will observe a rich and diverse flora and fauna: cows, horses and pigs live here quite freely, roaming in the middle of fantastic landscapes. You will be introduced to the Corsical shepherds ancestral way of life, visiting and staying in different bergeries (sheepfolds) along our hiking tour.

The lawns are covered with thousand water holes (pozzines) are a space of serenity and relax in summer. The pozzines are kind of small puddles, that pull their name of the word pozzi (well). The shepherds used them as a precious water supply during summer.

We will enjoy breaks in soft lawns, nearby a pond, enjoying a full immersion in nature. We will also spend a night in tents, under the stars, after a magical sunset. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

This is an intermediate level hike and everybody is welcome. Come discover the wonders of this unique place in Corsica, away from crowded trails, hiking through beautiful valleys with unique rock formations and water holes.

So just send me a request if you want to discover this unique place in Corsica. You can check the date below and join a group, or you can also book private guiding. I will be happy to guide you on this 4-day hiking traverse.

It is also possible to join a 3-day Coscione Plateau hiking traverse. And if you have more time available, then you can check out this 9-day Hiking tour through Alta Rocca and southern Corsica.

Disclaimer

The guide reserves the right to modify all or part of the itineraries for security reasons, depending on the weather conditions and the group level. The guide eserves the right to reject the departure of a participant whose equipment does not conform to the list described and to stop any participant whose physical fitness or behavior would be incompatible with the unfolding of the circuit. If so, the participant won't be entitled to any compensation from the agency or guide. Any modification of the program in this case will be your responsibility (example in case of insufficient level or physical condition).

More info

Equipment: - 1 backpack 20 to 30l + rain bag for the backpack, jacket, waterproof trousers type, hat, gloves, warm clothing. - Small pharmacy kit + tissue paper - Survival blanket, headlamp, sunscreen. - 1 picnic and cereal bars / dried fruits / sugars + 1 plastic tupperware, 1 knife, 1 spoon, 1 fork, 1 glass or 1 cup + 1 hot water thermos if needed. - your vital card + check or cash. - Swimsuit if you intend to swim in the basins - 2 large trash bags - Trousers for the evening, a long-sleeved T-shirt , 1 pair of socks and underwear - 1 toothbrush + dentifrice - 1 extra bottle

Meeting point

Ajacccio, Corsica

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ajaccio- Coscione Plateau- Basseta bergeries

Your guide will welcome you at the  Ajaccio airport at 14h. Transfer to Coscione Plateau (about 1h45′ drive). Exploring the plateau on the Senier de l’Aconit (2-hour hike) or relaxing by the side of a basin or at a terrace with a bowling ground nearby. Meal and overnight at the Bergeries de Basseta cottage (ancient sheepfolds).

Day 2: Bassetta Bergeries - Matalza

Meeting ath the bergeries de Bassseta. Hiking loop among bergeries (sheepfolds), shelters under rocks and discovering of the plateau. Picnic at the edge of a basin. Short stopover at the bergeries de Frauletu for those who want to enjoy the last rays of sun. Meal and overnight in a cottage in Matalza.

-350 to -560m / + 150 to + 360m- Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours – 7 to 13 km

Day 3: Coscionu Plateau traverse - I Croci Bergeries

Today we cross the Coscionu Plateau, with its chaos of graniic balls, its beautiful pozzines, lawns with a thousand holes of water, place of grazing for sheeps, pigs, horses and cows in total freedom. We discover rare endemic plants, like the Aconite of Corsica, the limpid Furcinchesi basins, enjoying the immersion in a place of exceptional tranquility. Meal and overnight under the stars, in tents with mattresses, enjoying a beautiful sunset at the bergeries I Croci.

+ 500 / -250m – Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours – 7 to 11 km

Day 4: Marinasc Bergeries - Castellu di Rinucci - Ajaccio or Bassetta

Crossing of the plateau through the ruins of the bergeries of Marinasc, with a beautiful fountain, the Chiralbeda bergeries and the summit of the Castellu di Rinucciu.  +/- 180m. Hiking time: +45 ‘ to 1hPanoramic view and ancient bergeries. Hiking to the Bucchinera station (+200 to + 600m / -100 to500m- Hiking time: 4 to 5h walk. Transfer back to Basseta or Ajaccio.


About the guide

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I am a mountain leader based in Quenza, Corsica. I am state-certified and offer hiking and snowshoeing tours around this beautiful island. And for your added safety, I'm also a firefighter and lifeguard. I enjoy the feeling of freedom I get when in the mountains and also the humbleness that they require. The mountain is wonderful when shared!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2109 each

Group of 2

EUR 1269 each

Group of 3

EUR 908 each

Group of 4

EUR 732 each

Group of 5

EUR 636 each

Group of 6

EUR 568 each

Group of 7

EUR 516 each

Group of 8

EUR 470 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• Price tents or dormitory: 380 euros-group 8 to 14 people for 3 days; 455 euros 4 days // Group of 7 people: 410/500 euros per person // 6 people: 455/550 euros euros // 5 people: 520/616 euros // 4 people: 605/710 euros euros // 3 people: 760 euros /880 euros// 2 people: 1060 euros / 1230 euros per person, 1 person: 1800 euros / 2045 euros. // The price INCLUDES: half board meals in a chalet, dormitory or tents with mattress- - picnics in nature - supervision and organization of the trip, accompanied by a professional guide - luggage transfer during the traverse This price DOES NOT INCLUDE: - transfer from the continent to Corsica: - transport to the meeting point and the one from the point of dispersion - drinks and personal expenses - cancellation repatriation insurance - your hiking equipment - extra charge for meals in refuge at noon


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