Trek Corsica’s GR20 (Southern Route)

Explore Corsica’s woodlands, lakes and remote mountain ranges in this unique and challenging trek. 8 days.

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Trek Corsica’s GR20 (Southern Route)

Explore Corsica’s woodlands, lakes and remote mountain ranges in this unique and challenging trek. 8 days.

  • France
  • June—September
  • Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Ajaccio (AJA)

On this adventure, you’ll trek through Corsica’s famed GR20 southern route. Explore evergreen forests and the postcard-perfect needles of Bavella.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 6 days guided trekking
  • 8 nights camping in mountain huts
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Transport between trekking locations

Perfect for:
Intermediate hikers looking for a challenge on a stunning mountainous island.

What to Expect

Sunday: Arrive in Ajaccio airport and meet guides

Arrive in at Ajaccio airport on Sunday morning and enjoy a short walk to the beach (5 minutes). Your guides will meet you at Ajaccio airport for 13:30 and transfer to Bocognano, a rustic village (40 minutes). Relax, enjoy an evening meal and get rested for the following day’s trek.

Monday: Hike from Vizzavona to Capanella

Take the train from Bocognano to Vizzavona. From here, trek the Bocca Palmente saddle through the Alzeta sheepfold and Sambuccu forest, before settling in for the night in the E Capanelle refuge.

Ascend 900m, descend 224m

Tuesday: Explore the Teaggette sheepfold and Verde Col

Make your way through dense fir and pine woodlands to the Teaggette sheepfold and the Verde Col. Your hard work will be rewarded with views of the Monte d’Oro and the Monte Renosu. Make your way to the pastoral Prati refuge (just don’t be surprised if you wake up to the sound of sheep!)

Ascend 890m, descend 600 m

Wednesday: Punta Capella summit

Take on Punta Capella and head towards Bocca di Laparo; be sure to keep your eyes peeled for of the island’s quintessential savages mouflons. Once you arrive at Monte Furmicula and its refuge Usciolu, you get to spend an elevated evening camping in the clouds.

Ascend 700 m, descend 750 m

Thursday: Take a plunge in the Punta di a Scaddatta

Follow the path through Matalza and take a plunge into the clear waters of Punta di a Scaddatta. The rocky landscape of yesterday will feel worlds away as you feast your eyes on the luscious Coscione plateau where asphodel, Corsica’s national flower, grows. Stay overnight in the Croci refuge.

Ascend 388m, descend 597m

Friday: First glimpse of Aiguilles de Bavella

Set off for Monte Incudine. The trail runs alongside Bavella and it’s ragged, pink granite rocks until it reaches the rocky Asinau sheepfold. Catch your breath and spend your penultimate night in the Dénivelés refuge.

Ascend 894 m, descend 1225m

Saturday: Ascend the Col de Bavella

The pinnacle of the trip: the famous Col de Bavella. Follow the Asinau stream to the woodlands surrounding the basin of the Bavellas, then conquer the final ascent. Then get transferred to the Base near Ajaccio, where you’ll stay in Marabou style tents.

Ascend 440 m, descend 910m

Sunday: Transfer to airport

Bid a fond adieu to the island and transfer to Ajaccio airport in the morning.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You’ll be sleeping in a range of refuges with varying features and degrees of service. In all, you will be staying in:

  • E Capanelle refuge
  • The Prati refuge
  • Refuge Usciolu
  • Croci refuge
  • Asinau
  • Cors’Aventure base

All accommodation is, expectedly, basic. Mostly comprised of tents or mountain huts, you will have to share a dorm with other hikers at certain points. There’s hot water, toilets, tasty food and friendly hosts waiting at each. Refuges like Asinau have a restaurant, while Croci gives hikers a taste of local Corsican delicacies like homemade jam, myrtle and grilled meats.

Optional extras: Please note that single room supplements and purchasing additional nights are unavailable for this trip.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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Corsica is a diverse and vibrant Mediterranean delight. Mountains morph from perilous cliffs and deep ravines, into airy meadows and deep, green forests. The southern route may be less precipitous than its northern counterpart, but it is no less beautiful.

Despite being squabbled over by France and Italy for centuries, Corsica itself has a distinct cultural identity, complete with delectable dishes and fascinating traditions.

Away from the glitz of the capital, life moves slowly in the mountains. Shepherds sleep away the days in idyllic hilltop villages, while adventure lovers attempt to mount its peaks. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking or skiing, France’s idyllic island is certainly one to get lost in.

Start point?
Your host recommends the Easy Jet flight landing on Sunday at Ajaccio airport at 9:30. After arrival your host recommends you enjoy a short stroll to the beach (5 minutes) to relax and have bite to eat. Your guides can meet you back at Ajaccio airport at 13:30 and transfer you to the start point. Alternatively, you can arrange your own transport to Bocognano.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off on Sunday morning in Ajaccio’s airport. You are free to book any flight from 13:00.

Getting there and away:
You are free to choose whichever flights you like, providing you can meet transfer times. Your host will be in touch before you fly to make sure everything is in order.

Frequently Asked Questions

In terms of porterage, everyone carries their own supplies, which on average weights from eight to 11 kg. Please ensure you leave 50 to 60L free in your backpack.

You should choose a flight that aligns with your agreed arrival and departure time. Airlines such as Air France, EasyJet, Air Corsica, HOP! And Volotea fly into the airport.

Start point?
Your host recommends the Easy Jet flight landing on Sunday at Ajaccio airport at 9:30. After arrival your host recommends you enjoy a short stroll to the beach (5 minutes) to relax and have bite to eat. Your guides can meet you back at Ajaccio airport at 13:30 and transfer you to the start point. Alternatively, you can arrange your own transport to Bocognano.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off on Sunday morning in Ajaccio’s airport. You are free to book any flight from 13:00.

Getting there and away: You are free to choose whichever flights you like, providing you can meet transfer times. Your host will be in touch before you fly to make sure everything is in order.

The food is basic; think lunchboxes during the hike and refuge dinners will mostly be pasta or wild pork. Due to the high number of people passing through the refuges, dietary requirements cannot be met.

No kit is provided, so it’s mandatory that you bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Backpack
  • Hiking sticks
  • Microfibre towels
  • Eight-litre water bottle
  • Utensils (a plastic bowl, cup and cutlery)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush and paste, biodegradable soap, toilet paper,
  • Waterproofs, knee-high socks and long johns
  • Penknife
  • Headlamp

There are no ATMs in the mountains, so please bring cash. Additionally, participants are required to bring a first aid kit for themselves, including:

  • Any medication you may need for illnesses or allergies
  • Plasters, bandages, insect spray and antibacterial ointments
  • Sun-cream

Warm and sunny but it’s advised that hikers pack for all weathers, as it does get cold at night due to the altitude.

It is a challenging route so good fitness is required and mountaineering experience recommended (but not necessary). Travelers must be able to walk 20-25kms in slightly hilly terrain on multiple days.

Your guide hosts the UCPA youth group on some trips and is careful not to mix his clients. UCPA is a French non-profit organisation that makes adventurous activity accessible to people aged 18-39. Age does not matter on private trips.

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