Day 1 - Corte
Make your way to Corte, the island’s historical capital and settle into your hotel. Depending on the time, you may wish to wander around the old town and soak up the ambiance in one of the many street cafés. You may choose to visit the anthropology museum in the citadel, or stretch your legs in the nearby Tavignano Gorge, this is an ideal opportunity for a first walk and a swim in the mountain torrent with its numerous rock pools.
Day 2 - Corte to Petra Piana
From Corte, a short transfer will whisk you up the beautiful Restonica valley. You start walking from the small refreshment cabin called Grotelle, the rocky path leads up through dramatic alpine scenery to the wonderful glacier lac de Melo. From here, it is a path off the beaten track that pulls up to the GR20 trail. The terrain is steep and at the Col de Muzzarela it becomes almost lunar with great blocks of granite. A final steep descent is the last section before you arrive at Petra Piana refuge for the night.
9km, 5h00 +900m, -400m
Day 3 - Petra Piana to L'Onda
From Petra Piana to L’Onda the ridge is technical and exposed. It’s hard to advance quickly as the trail si so rocky and challenging. As you progress along the ridge you will traverse a series of summits, this section is called the Pinzi Corbini. On the West coast, way beneath you, you can glimpse the Gulf of Ajaccio and the Mediterranean sea. The refuge of l’Onda is colourful, lots of goats, sheep, mules and horses. In bad weather the GR20 offers a low level valley route.
7km, 4h30, +260m, -680m
Day 4 -L'Onda to Vizzavona
From l’Onda you will quickly arrive at the col de Muratella that topples in the the valley l’Agnone. The massif of the Monte d’Oro dominates here, it’s one of the island’s highest summits. You drop down through the valley and arrive alongside a mountain torrent that was particularly favoured by the English at the turn of the century, called the Cascade des Anglais. Your hotel is dotted in the huge forest of Vizzavona with it’s small hamlet and quaint train station.
10km, 6h00, +710m, -1220m
Day 5 - Vizzavona
End of holiday in Vizzavona after breakfast. Extra nights and transfers to Ajaccio and Corte available, please ask for details.
This itinerary is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to, correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, or other factors that could put your safety at risk, it may be possible for the itinerary to be modified.