The GR20 North is a fabulous trail, starting in Vizzavona the trek offers some fantastic scenery and winds its way through amazing mountain terrain, over high ridges, down deep chasms and bare granite slopes. 

You will leave Vizzavona and hike until Bonifatu along the Northern section. On this part of the GR20  there are continuous steep ascents and descents, and the ambiance is strictly alpine. The GR20 North is part of an exceptional, long distance walk, reputed as the best and most challenging in Europe, it offers great trekking with the bonus of your luggage meeting you at points along the route. The GR20 is accessible to mountain walkers who are fit and out in the hills regularly.

Highlights

  • From Vizzavona to Bonifatu
  • Luggage access
  • Possibility of carrying a lightened pack
  • Point to point - 6 days walking
  • Start in Vizzavona and end in Calvi
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Type of holidays
Hiking-Walking
Accesses
Ajaccio
Bastia
Calvi / Ile Rousse
Level
4 - Tough
Carrying
Lightened pack

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Vizzavona

Vizzavona is the mid way point for the GR20. There is a forest with a small railway station nestled at the heart of it which is a hive of activity for walkers setting out or finishing up their GR20 treks. At the beginning of the 20th century the hamlet was a popular resort for the English, take the GR20 path towards the beautiful Cascade des Anglais. 

Night
Night in Vizzavona
Day 2

Vizzavona to Petra Piana

The start of this walk is a lead in trail that will come out near to Canaglia, a hamlet in the forest. From here the path follows a mountain torrent with smooth rocks and enticing pools all the way to a shepherd's cabin set in a grassy clearing, the perfect rest stop at Tolla. The GR20 leaves the forest and continues on, emerging in a beautiful open valley, in total contrast to the first part of the walk. 

Distance
20 km
Duration
8h30
Ascent / descent
+1240 m / -510 m
Night
Night in Petra Piana
Day 3

Petra Piana to Camputile Plateau

From Petra Piana a short uphill section takes you to the high rocky ridge above the refuge. The GR20 crosses a mountain col and continue on the high route, the views are spectacular, with Corte, the island’s historic capital in the distance and a series of wonderful glacier lakes to discover. From the small Brèche above Lake Capitello, plunge downhill to Manganu refuge situated on the edge of the Camputile plateau. 

Distance
8,5 km
Duration
5h30
Ascent / descent
+780 m / -1020 m
Night
Night in Manganu
Day 4

Camputile Plateau to Col de Vergio

The GR20 leads gently uphill, a relaxing walk through beech woods, and across the green spongy turf to the Lac de Nino. At 1743m this glacier lake is in a lovely  bucolic spot, surrounded by spongy peat, with runnels of water, ideal grazing ground for ponies in the summer. From the lake a classic ridge walk leads towards Col de St Pierre with magnificent views and the occasional blue glint of the sea.  

Distance
16 km
Duration
6h30
Ascent / descent
+540 m / -740 m
Night
Night at Col de Vergio
Day 5

Col de Vergio to Melarie Valley

The GR20 trail follows the Golu valley. Mid way up the valley, the GR20 crosses the torrent, and leaves the valley floor heading up to the ridge line. From here there are clear views of the villages dotted on the west coast and the indented outline of the island in the sea. From Ciuttolu di I Mori (2000m), the highest refuge in Corsica, between Tafanatu and Paglia Orba, the GR20 falls steeply through a chaos of harsh granite rock and giant pine trees.

Distance
14,5 km
Duration
6h30
Ascent / descent
+810 m /-780 m
Night
Night in Vallone
Day 6

Melarie Valley to Haut Asco

Today is a tough, high altitude mountain walk. The GR20 makes its way uphill to the foothills of the Mt Cinto, the highest summit on the island. After a couple of hours, you arrive at Bocca Crucetta, a ridge leads to the ‘Pointe des Eboulis’, 2607m - the highest point on the GR20, the view is amazing.  From here, the path literally plunges down to the small lake the other side and the trail continues downhill, across the scree before arriving in  Haut-Asco.

Distance
9 km
Duration
8h00
Ascent / descent
+1260 m / -1230 m
Night
Night in Haut Asco
Day 7

Haut Asco to Calvi

From Haut Asco, a superb ascent takes you to Bocca Di Stagnu (2010m) at the foot of the Muvrella (2150m). From Lake Muvrella  the view over Calvi bay is incredible. After Carozza refuge, you continue the descent to Bonifatu via the Mare e Monti. Transfer to Calvi upon arrival in Bonifatu. Holiday ends in Calvi.  Hotels available in Calvi, please ask for details.

Distance
11 km
Duration
7h00
Ascent / descent
+690 m / -1600 m

Programs have been drawn up according to the latest information available at the time of writing: imponderables are always possible and situations beyond our control may alter the course of the program.

Dates and prices

From June to mid September, 2 persons minimum.

With luggage assistance: departure every Sunday

Without luggage assistance: departure every day 

Please select your departure date from the calendar below to find out the rate and begin your booking.

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Price includes

Accommodation on full board (nights 1 to 6), picnic day 7, luggage assistance, transfer from Bonifatu to Calvi, travel dossier with IGN maps, topo guide and access to our guidance application.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of 5€ / person, travel insurance, drinks, picnic day 1, transfers to Vizzavona, travel to Corsica.

Supplements/Discounts
  • Supplement for Hotel Upgrade (3 nights in double or twin rooms in Vizzavona, Col de Vergio & Haut Asco) : 155€ / person.
  • Discount without luggage asssitance: 80€ / person.

Insurance

We offer comprehensive multi-risk insurance specifically adapted to our adventure trips (contract no. 7482 Assurinco). The rates are as follows: 4.00% of the price of the trip for French residents, 6% of the price of the trip for residents from the European Union (EU) outside France. For non-EU residents, the rate is €90 per person. See insurance details.

Group discount

Groups of 3 people or more can benefit from a discount. Please contact us for details.

Technical informations

Starts

At your accommodation in Vizzavona 

Ends

Around 6.00 pm in Calvi, after your last transfer from Bonifatu.

Access

Ajaccio, Bastia Airports or Ports. If you arrive into Calvi please ask for details of transport connections. 

Accommodation

Dormitories in refuges and gîtes or in tents equipped with mattresses (showers and WC facilities are limited - sleeping bag is required).

Meal

  • Simple Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, longlife bread, butter, jam).
  • Picnics (please bring a tupperware ).
  • Evening meal, often based on local specialities, including starter, main course and dessert.

Level

Tough - mountain trekking experience essential. Numerous steep climbs with off-trail sections, on ridges, slabs and rocks. Snow-covered passes at the start of the season. Handrails on the Cinto massif.

Warning The GR20 is a very sporty itinerary, and the free version is reserved for experienced hikers. Even if we've improved walking comfort, the ascents/descents and technical difficulties of the terrain are still there!

 

Number of participants

 Reservations for minimum of 2 participants.

Guiding

Self-Guided Walking. We provide you with a Travel Dossier complete with IGN map and Topoguide created by our team. During your hike our 24-hour assistance service will also be able to answer all your questions and, if necessary, bring you useful tips for the smooth running of your stay.

Luggage transfers

  • With bag (you carry your own personal belongings): departure every day.
  • With lightened pack (an assistance vehicle carries your luggage, which you will find again on D4, D6 and D7): departure every Sunday. For departure on a day other than Sunday, please contact us for a quote.

The digital roadbook

Once you have confirmed your holiday, you can download our application. It's easy to use and it offers a number of functionalities:

  • Precise route guidance with alerts in the event of deviations.
  • View your starting point, accommodation, current position, mileage.
  • Discover points of interest via interactive content with descriptions, photos and audio. 
  • In an emergency, send an SOS alert with your GPS coordinates. 
  • Contact function to share messages, photos and videos with our team during your stay.

Extensions

Take advantage of a stay extension during your tour with Corsica Aventure.

If you'd like to discover Corsica before or after your holiday, our team can offer you ideas for accommodation and activities. If you prefer to arrive a few days earlier or extend your stay for a few days, we can book your extra nights on the island, depending on your arrival city.

Here are a few hotels we recommend for those of you who would rather organise their extra days themselves:  

Ajaccio

  • Hôtel Le Dauphin 2* /Tél : 04 95 21 12 94.
  • Hôtel Kalliste 3* / Tél : 04 95 51 34 45.
  • Hôtel Albion 3* / Tél : 04 95 21 66 70.
  • Hôtel San Carlu 3* / Tél : 04 95 21 13 84.

Propriano

  • Hôtel Bellevue / Tél : 04 95 76 01 86.
  • Gîte-hôtel U Fracintu / Tél : 04 95 76 15 05.

Porto

  • Hôtel Kallisté / Tél : 04 95 26 10 30.
  • Hôtel Le Belvédère / Tél : 04 95 26 12 01.
  • Hôtel Le Méditerranée / Tél : 04 95 26 10 27.

Piana

  • Hôtel Les Calanques / Tél : 04 95 27 82 08.
  • Hôtel Les Roches Rouges / Tél : 04 95 27 81 81.

Calvi 

  • Hôtel Belvédère 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 01 25.
  • Hôtel Les Arbousiers 2* / Tél : 04 95 65 04 47.
  • Hôtel Christophe Colomb 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 06 04.
  • Hôtel Balanea 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 94 94.

Bastia

  • Best Western Montecristo Bastia / Tél : 04 95 55 05 10.

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Reviews for GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

9 reviews
(4.3)

GR20 North is tough! So long as people are aware, have experience & don't carry too much, they should be OK & enjoy it....

Stephen 15/09/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

Whilst the walk was fantastic, we found the days very long....

Janie 09/09/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

Could not recommend booking the GR20 through Corsica adventures more, they make it so smooth and easy with excellent value for money....

Kristin 30/08/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

We had the perfect hike! Superbly organised (including weather!!!). Thunderstorm today. The team in Ajaccio were a great support....

Jochen 19/08/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

Loved the GR20 North! Thank you for the good organisation. And you were right about the upgrades. We choose to upgrade on 2 locations en route....

Karin 12/08/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

This was a very energetic holiday, which would only suit experienced walkers....

Chris 20/07/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

Highly recommended - well organised and clearly each hotel or refuge was familiar with working with Corsica Aventure....

Steve 15/07/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

Hiking the GR20 nord was an excellent experience and great fun....

Annette 05/07/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu

Good experience. Well organized trekking tour.

Josef 12/06/2023GR20 North - Vizzavona to Bonifatu
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