GR20 Trek - Complete route with Monte Cinto

GR20 Trek - Complete route with Monte Cinto


From £2,575
Altitude 2,706m Grade: T5/Backpacking

The most challenging walk in Europe, ascending Monte Cinto with baggage transfers included.

Any serious walker will surely have the complete GR20 haute route on their to do list. Much more than simply an idyllic Mediterranean island, Corsica contains mountains offering alpine style challenges to climbers and walkers alike. Following the spine of the mountains, the spectacular GR20 (which we follow diagonally from north to south) fits perfectly into a 2-week holiday. It weaves up and down and in and out of granite spires, forested valleys, rocky cirques and dramatic boulder-strewn ridges. Following a rock fall in June 2015 in the once famous ‘Cirque de Solitude’, the GR20 now takes an alternative route, crossing over the Monte Cinto ridge line. We also offer you the chance to climb Monte Cinto, Corsica’s highest peak at an altitude of 2706m. This new path provides a spectacular longer route to a higher altitude than the original Cirque route.

We support the walk with our local guides and private accommodation owners, thus keeping to a minimum what you need to carry in your daypack. Deviations from the main route to reach the valleys we stay in bring an added dimension to the walk, visiting traditional shepherds’ settlements in beautiful locations. Accommodation is a mixture of camps, refuges and gîtes with each providing its own individual twist of traditional Corsican hospitality.

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4th Jun 2023 - 18th Jun 2023 Spaces15 £2,575 Book Now
25th Jun 2023 - 9th Jul 2023 Spaces15 £2,575 Book Now
6th Aug 2023 - 20th Aug 2023 Spaces15 £2,575 Book Now
20th Aug 2023 - 3rd Sep 2023 Spaces15 £2,575 Book Now

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What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package)
  • Accommodation - 14 nights in a mixture of gites, refuges, camps and hotels
  • Meals - 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in 'exclusions')
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Qualified English speaking  leader/guide
  • A logoed Adventure Peaks top
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • Single timed airport pickup on Day 1 and return airport transfer
  • 15% discount off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased at the Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Meals if not indicated in 'inclusions'
  • Visas (if required)

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Rendezvous at Bastia Airport. Single timed group transfer to Bavella.

Day 2 We follow the Alpine Variant passing granite towers and pinnacles along the way. At times the trail is steep and chains are in place to assist your progress. After crossing a ridge at 1660m, we descend down into the Asinau valley. 4 - 5 hours walking. Carry personal gear.

Day 3 We follow a steep trail that leads up to Monte Alcudina (2134m). A rocky scramble (30 min detour) takes you up to this dramatic peak from where you can see both sides of the island and the route ahead. You then return to the col and drop down to the Cuscionu plateau (1550m), dotted with ancient shepherd's cottages. We spend the night in a small bergerie at Crocce. 5 hours walking. Carry personal gear.

Day 4 After passing through a forest of weathered oak trees, we ascend to the Bocca di l'Agnonu and on up to follow a spectacular ridgeline leading to the Refuge d'Usciolu. From here we drop down to our accommodation in Cozzano. 6 - 7 hours walking.

Day 5 More superb views today as we follow the Mare Nord path along a ridge to the Bocca di Laparo (1525m). From here we continue along the ridge passing the Refuge de Prati before descending through the forest to our gîte for the night. 8 - 9 hours walking.

Day 6 The main GR weaves its way through Lariccio pines under the east flanks of Monte Renousu (2352m). In good weather however we may walk over the summit of the mountain, and take the opportunity to plunge into the inviting Lac du Bastani on the descent to Capanelle. 5 - 6 hours walking (+2 hours if taking the high route).

Day 7 The final stage of the southern section involves a leisurely undulating day following the east side of the ridge. This is crossed at the Bocca Palmento (1645m) from where we drop down through dense forest to the halfway point at Vizzavona. 5 hours walking.

Day 8 A short vehicle transfer takes us to Canaglia to start the longest day of the walk. We follow up the forested Manganellu valley alongside a tumbling torrent. Ascending all the time, we pass the Refuge de Petra Piana (1842m), and we continue on up into the high mountains to the Bocca Renosa (2150m). Shortly beyond here we descend into the wild Restonica valley to Grotelle for the night. 9 - 10 hours walking.

Day 9 A true mountain day involving some ladder and chain assisted sections as we climb back up past two lakes to regain the main GR near the Breche de Capitellu (2225m). From the Breche we descend past the Refuge de Manganu to the broad and flat Camputile plateau. Our camp is on a shelf above the plateau – a beautiful location. 7 hours walking. Carry personal gear.

Day 10 A short walk takes us to the Lac du Nino, a delightful spot with a spring next to it, where we can rest a while. A low ridge is crossed, from where a short detour to the summit of Monte Tozzu is recommended for the all-round views, before descending on a lovely trail to Corsica's ski station. You will get to your bags here. 6 hours walking. Carry personal gear.

Day 11 A predominately uphill day, initially following the Golo river which provides resting and bathing opportunities. A stiff pull up to the ridge where you are rewarded with great views across to the west coast. Tonight we stay up on the ridge below Paglia Orba (2525m). 5 hours walking. Carry personal gear.

Day 12 This morning there is an option, weather permitting, to make an ascent of Paglia Orba. This is a 3 to 4 hour round trip from the refuge and does involve some steep scrambling sections. On departing from the refuge the trail plunges steeply down the Ruisseau de Foggiale and into the forest again to the Vallone cabin which is accessed only by walkers and mules, not vehicles. 4 or 8 hours walking. Carry personal gear.

Day 13 Today is a tough, high altitude mountain walk. We make our way uphill progressively to the foothills of Monte Cinto, the highest mountain on the island. The climb is steep, rocky and slow. After a couple of hours, you arrive at Bocca Crucetta, a ridge leads to the daunting ‘Pointe des Eboulis’; at 2607m this is the highest point on the GR20, and the view is absolutely spectacular. We offer you the chance to ascend to the summit of Monte Cinto (2706m) if you wish. From here, the path literally plunges down to the small lake the other side. The trail then continues downhill, the scree, rocks and austere décor gives way to a river and woods as you approach the old ski station of Haut-Asco, our last stop. 8 hours walking. Carry personal gear.

Day 14 For our final day in the mountains from Haut Asco a superb ascent takes us to Bocca Di Stagnu (2010m) and up to the Muvrella (2150m). The view over Calvi bay from here is incredible. We descend back down to Haut Asco for our transfer to Bastia and the comfort of our hotel.

Day 15 Group transfer from Bastia to Bastia airport to connect with your flight home.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

Reviews

Anna · 8 years ago ·

It was the first time i have done anything like this as a holiday and really enjoyed the experience. At times I felt I couldn't do some of the days, our guide helped me mentally + physically. I will definitely be looking to do another trek in the future.


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