Trail running on the GR20 in Corsica

Cédric, IFMGA certified mountain guide, takes you on a fantastic 7-day trail running of the GR20, in Corsica. An intense experience you won't forget!

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level

Hard

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

Trail running on the GR20 in Corsica! There is no time for picnic or restorative naps, but peaks, streams and mountain passes drain the rapid pace of our steps.

The GR20 is tempting for many people, perhaps too many, given the size and outdated accommodation. But this inconvenience is part of the game. It is a beautiful but demanding trip. Being able to do it and not to try is a sin, but doing it without the right preparation is a big mistake!

Hiking on the GR20 is a choice that involves attraction and respect for nature and the mountains, taste for effort and walk, ability to withstand a precarious comfort  (day and night), enjoying group life and with a sense of solidarity.

I propose you to achieve the GR20 in 7 days. You will be thus deciding to double the efforts that a hiker is able to do on one stage.

The highlights of the trip I propose are the following:

  • The comfort of daily assistance
  • A guide or coach state certified expert in mountains
  • A personalized assessment of the level of participants
  • A circuit for high mountain sports or “trailers”
  • A “light” backpack

This trip is reserved for hikers in excellent physical condition, who practice sports regularly and in an advanced level throughout the year, able to overcome a difficult and fragile ground.

With daily assistance (you will find your support bag every evening), and meals in the refuges in our way, your confort is enhanced.

I invite you to contact me if you are interested in this beautiful adventure. If you want to do a GR20 in less time, it’s possible. Please contact me and we’ll discuss it. I also guide the GR20 South, from Vizzanova to Conca, you can check it out!

 

Price per person

 
Group of 6
850 EUR

Group of 7
850 EUR

Group of 8
850 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Bonifatu – Asco

    A serious leg-up.  From the forest of Bonifatu through a good path with beautiful slabs of granite we will ascend the  Spasimata valley. After the Muvrella lake, we will cross the Bocca di Stagnu and we will descend to the high  Ascu valley.
    Lunch and night at the Ascu Stagnu lodge.
    Duration: 5 hours
    D +1530m/-680m

  • Day 2: Asco – Vergio

    A technical stage in the high mountains. In the morning, we’ll cross the famous Cirque de la Solitude. It is the most technical passage of the GR20. Chains and ladders allow us to cross the most difficult passages. We will advance in the heart of the highest peaks of the island. The very mineral and tormented scenery is not appeased until the end of the stage, with the approach to the Verghju Pass.
    Night at the Castel di Vergio lodge.
    Duration: 8 hours
    D +1620m/-1610m

  • Day 3: Vergio – Grotelle

    This is a varied and a very esthetic stage. This stage is more bearable and fresh, and will take us to the shores of Ninu Lake, and then to the Camputile plateau. Then, the high mountain reaffirms its rights. We will gain the Capitellu notch, then descend to the Grotelle sheepfold through the lakes variant.
    Night in tents at the Grotelle sheepfold.
    Duration: 8 hours
    D + 1230/-1270m

  • Day 4: Grotelle – Vizzavona

    This is a difficult day. Through the wild Cascade Valley we will find the GR20 at the  Rinosu Pass. We will go through the Petra Piana refuge, and by a spectacular ridge path, we’ll reach the Onda refuge. We’ll still ascend to the Muratellu notch before taking the long descent towards the Vizzavona Pass.
    Night in a lodge at Vizzavona.
    Duration: 8:30 hours
    D + 1900/-2020m

  • Day 5: Vizzavona – Verde Pass

    A recovery stage. This stage takes place on the very rolling terrain of an old path of the mountainside round. In the shade of Larici pines and beeches, we will walk through many summer sheepfolds.
    Night at the lodge in Verde Pass.
    Duration: 7 hours
    D +1200/-1010m

  • Day 6: Verde Pass – Bassetta

    An aerial stage. After the steep climb to Bocca di l’Oru, we will ride the long ridge that leads us to Cuscionu plateau. Varied terrains and panoramic views are on the program.
    Night at a lodge in Bassetta.
    Duration: 7:30 hours
    D +1460/-1410m

  • Day 7: Bassetta – Bavella

    Last but not least. After crossing the lawns of Cuscionu and ascending the softly shaped Incudine, the tormented figure of the Aiguilles de Bavella appears . Crossing it by the Alpine variant, is a strong moment of the GR. After a final descent we reach the Bavella Pass, the end of our trip in the heart of the corsican mountains.
    Duration: 7:30 hours
    D +1440/-1510m

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Intermediate
Fitness level required
Fit
Accommodation

In lodges.

 

About the Guide

 
 

Certified mountain guide UIAGM / IFMGA
I work with Manu, a good friend of mine...
We are both rock climbing instructors and certified mountain leaders. I shared with Manu happy and doubtful moments, building a professional future with a passionate focus on the mountain and the guide role. An open vision over the world, where our competences, knowledge and curiosity are at our client’s service for one day or for life.
The agency we founded together is the natural outcome of our profound complicity. People think we are cousins or brothers. We are just friends, and lucky to be so, because our children are in love: as in love as you can be at 8 years old!
We are both lucky to live in Corsica, this unknown mountain where climbers, mountaineers and skiers still feel like pioneers. This mountain is our playground and our office.
Curious and open to the world, we also organize each year trips to faraway places to see what other mountains and people can give to us, and what we can learn from them.
Ice in the Equator and Patagonia, Spanish, Jordanian or American rocks, snow in the Carpathians, Norway ot the Caucasus. We love the mountain in all its forms and every time we reach a summit we want to climb the neighbouring summit and find what is hiding behind it.

 
 
FROM 850 EUR per person
 

 

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