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6-day trek GR20 south route Bavella to Vizzavona

Venture on this 6-day challenging hike in Corsica with a certified local guide. Conquer the mythical GR20 (south route) from the Bavella Pass to Vizzavona.

Group

6 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Extremely Fit

Advanced


Description

This is not your typical trek. Contrary to most hikes through lovely peaceful meadows and charming valleys, this trek will take you across Europe’s most challenging routes. The GR20 is a trip for the brave, only for those prepared enough to meet this challenge.

Join me on the most difficult hike in Europe. I will take you through terrains that seem out of a gladiator’s arena. Together, we’ll defeat some of nature’s most demanding paths. We’ll scrape across boulder fields. And we will slide down thrilling inclined slopes. We’ll also face rocky passages worth of any experienced rock climber.

Easy, straightforward, flat roads will be something we won’t even miss. Instead, every section we’ll conquer, will leave you wanting more! And as a reward, we will get to see dazzling sceneries and mesmerizing views all throughout the trek. We’ll also get a real taste of the traditional life of those that inhabit these mountains.

So be prepared to roughen it up. As we will be staying in some charming but basic huts along the way. Thus, we’ll have to bring our own sleeping bags. But meals and snacks will be available.

How long is it? 6 days through the south route. But if you can’t stay more than a week we can change the itinerary removing the first stage. In this case we’ll start in Bavella and end in Vizzavona

Who can participate in the GR20?

  • Participants that are in good physical condition and be used to rocky and uneven terrain.

  • Also folks who regularly practice endurance sports such as cross country ski, trail, running

This isn’t a trip for those who “want” to accomplish it. It is for those who are able to do so. If you are up for the challenge, don’t hesitate! Send me a request and let me guide you through this adventure.

Prices per person

Price last updated by the guide on: Oct 25, 2022

Group of 1

EUR 790 Each

Group of 2

EUR 790 Each

Group of 3

EUR 790 Each

Group of 4

EUR 790 Each

Group of 5

EUR 790 Each

Group of 6

EUR 790 Each

Group of 7

EUR 790 Each

Group of 8

EUR 790 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

This trip is for individuals and groups. But we we assure departure from 6 persons and limited to 12.


Itinerary

Day 1: Bavella - Asinau

Reception in Ajaccio. Then we’ll transfer to the Bavella pass. We’ll take the Alpine variant to cross Bavella. And we will spend the night in Asinau. Duration: 4 hours / Positive vertical drop: 810 m / Negative vertical drop: -410 m / Distance: 6.7 km

Day 2: Asinau - Bassetta / Crocci

First we’ll climb to the Includine (2134 m). Then, we’ll cross the plateau grasslands in Cuscione, where the terrain softens. And at night we’ll stay at Bassetta or Crocci sheepfold. Duration: 5.30 hours / Positive vertical drop: 710 m / Negative vertical drop: -900 m / Distance: 12.3 km

Day 3: Bassetta/Crocci - Usciolu

We’ll begin by walking on the crest of the ridge statues. After that we’ll cross between the granite boulders eroded by the wind, with the backdrop of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Finally we’ll sleep at the Usciolu refuge. Duration: 4.30 hours / Positive vertical drop: 630 m / Negative vertical drop: -210 m / Distance: 8.4 km

Day 4: Usciolu - Prati/Verde

The day will begin trekking towards the North. We’ll hike by an air route of ridges, on the watershed line between Taravu Valley and the eastern plain. Also, we’ll climb the Punta Capella (2041m). And we will stay at the Prati refuge or Col de Verde lodge for that night. If we stay at Verde, there will be assistance with your bag available. Duration: 7 hours / Positive vertical drop: 790 m / Negative vertical drop: -1240 m / Distance: 14.5 km

Day 5: Prati/Verde - Capanelle

We will cross the Marmano forest. Then we’ll join the Pozzi du Renoso plateau with its lawns dotted with water holes. After that, we’ll find a former walkway that makes the easiest step of the GR20. At night we’ll stay in the Capanelle lodge. Duration: 6 hours / Positive vertical drop: 850 m / Negative vertical drop: -520 m / Distance: 18.6 km

Day 6: Capanelle - Vizzavona

First we’ll reach the Palmente pass (1640m) crossing an ancient mule track. There the eastern coast emerges, offering a wide panorama of the Diana and Urbinu ponds. Finally we’ll descend to the Vizzavona forest and return to Ajaccio. Duration: 5 hours / Positive vertical drop: 220 m / Negative vertical drop: -890 m / Distance: 15.3 km

 

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Details

Accommodation

Refuges, shepherds huts (sleeping in tents), lodges

More info

Dates and departures: Every week between mid-May and mid-October. On Sunday. It possible to do the whole GR20 (linking it with the North route) with an intermediate night at Vizzavona gite. I recommend you have the following items: trekking boots, full bottle, full backpack, closed assistance bag. There will be bag transfers available when the paths are accessible by road. When it is not possible, you should have a sleeping bag, and personal belongings needed for nights in refuges or sheepfolds. There are no ATM machines on the trek, and only in Vizzavona, Vergio and Ascu credit cards are accepted. Thus, you should bring enough cash for your personal expenses.

Meeting point

Train station in Ajaccio.

About the guide

We are specialists in hiking holidays in Corsica...and it is not by chance. We are a small team who is passionate about the Corsican landscape and who has been hiking in its mountains for years.

On our tours, you will discover the best spots in Corsica and uncover all its best-kept secrets. You'll be able to avoid the crowds and explore the island's wild and untamed nature. Come join us!

Languages

French | English

Certificates

UIMLA | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA

Residence

Ajaccio, Corsica


What people are saying about this trip

Dora Zorenyi

3.00

September, 2022

I applied for an english speaking group. At least thats what i thought so it was a great surprise when i found myself as the only one in a french speaking group who did not understand a word whats going on. I bought a package, for my limited nimber of vacation days, where i wanted to enjoy myself, part of the package should be networking with other people in the group. Otherwise i would have gone into the Alps hiking myself, that is where i live. Also my dietary requirement was ignored. As a vegan i had a hard time trying to find dishes i can eat without ending up in a medical condition. Also it would have been nice to get a detailed description about the accomodations. It was a great surprise finding out i have to pay 40 euros extra to have a standard european level accomodation. Fortunately the guide managed to turn this initially very negative experience into a better one.




 

 

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