Walking and active holidays in Corsica

GR20 with the kids

Family Adventure 4 days / 3 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 2 days walking
Hotel, Camping at a Refuge & Shepherds' Cabin
Starting from 225 €
  • Stay at Ciottulu the highest refuge in Corsica
  • Hike alpine sections of the GR20 north
  • Great for really fit and adventurous kids
  • Ideal for those used to high mountain walking

The reputation of the GR20 is well earnt, but it is possible to do parts of it with really adventurous kids. It is challenging, but a really exciting and beautiful trail. It offers great trekking and an insight into rural Corsican mountain life, great for children and adults alike. This version of the trek is accessible to families who are really fit, used to mountain walking and are out in the hills regularly. This part of the GR20 takes in the highest refuge and a bucolic shepherds hut by a stream. The northern part of the GR20 is particularly alpine, with high passes and glacier lakes. An exceptional trek, reputed as the most challenging in Europe this was featured in the Guardian “The hardest walking route in Corsica? I’ll take the family!”

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Day 1 - Vergio

Today is arrival day in your mountain hotel at Castel di Vergio. Settle into this comfortable mountain lodge that is always buzzing with walkers, in the heart of the mountains, below the mighty Paglia Orba. The scenery is distinctly alpine.

Day 2 - Vergio to Ciottulu di I Mori

As a family, you follow the GR20 and discover the Golu valley, passing the Radule bergeries and continuing up through this rocky landscape, there are many natural swim spots below the towering Paglia Orba towards Ciottollu di Mori refuge. We reserve your night here with the guardian and you pay locally for the board (approx €43 for 3 courses Dinner, Breakfast and a picnic for the following day). There is a lovely terrace that gives a great view down the Golu valley.

8.2km, 4h30, +710m,-50m

Day 3 - Ciottulu di I Mori to Vallone

From Ciuttolu di I Mori (2000m), the highest refuge in Corsica, between the Tafanatu and Paglia Orba mountains, you climb to the Col, and once over the Bocca di Foggiale, the GR20 falls away steeply through a chaos of harsh granite rock and giant pine trees into the Melarie Valley. Night camping at Valone Shepherds Cabin, there are some really lovely camp spots dotted about, beside a mountain torrent that has some amazing rock pools.

5km, 4h40, +250m, -800m.

Day 4 - Vallone to Vergio

Today you walk out along a well trodden path and track from the bergerie at Vallone to the highest village in Corsica, Calasima. A taxi will be there late morning to take you back to Vergio. Your holiday finishes there.

6.5km, 3h00, +110m, -500m.
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.

Departure any day from June to mid September. 2 persons minimum.

Please select your departure date in the calender below to see the price and click on the button to the right to make a reservation.

Prices : €225pp

Supplements/Discounts

Sleeping bag hire : €25pp per stay

Price includes

Accommodation on full board (night 1), half board (night 3), transfer Calasima to Vergio, travel dossier with IGN maps and topo guide.

Price does not include

Night in Ciottulu payable locally (approx €43 full board). Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, picnic day 1, transfers to Vergio, travel to Corsica.

Starts

At your hotel at Castel di Vergio.

Ends

At Castel di Vergio, after transfer.

Access

Ajaccio or Bastia Airport or Port. If you arrive into Calvi or Figari please ask for details of transport connections. Air tickets and boat reservations available, please ask for a quotation.

Accommodation
  • Simple Park Refuges and shepherds cabins, in dormitories or camping at refuges (showers and WC facilities are limited).
  • Simple Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, longlife bread, butter, jam).
  • Evening meals (based on local specialties - a starter, soup or smoked meats, main course or pasta or rice with a sauce, cheese, a fruit or a sweet pudding.).
  • Picnics (please bring a tupperware for rice, pasta, lentils, couscous salad)

Should you have any food allergies, special requests or dietry requirements, please advise at time of booking. Food is limited for vegetarians, and special diets cannot be accommodated due to the remoteness of the trek.

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants. NB. For safety reasons we do not accept solo hiker reservations on Self-Guided treks.

Level

Tough The walks are long between 6-9 hours a day, maybe more. You can expect steep uphill and downhill sections with maybe up to 1000m altitude gain some days. The temperatures will range and weather conditions can be severe. You are fit and have good trekking experience. See our level ratings.

PLEASE NOTE THIS WALK IS VERY TESTING, YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN NEED TO BE SURE FOOTED AND HAVE APPROPRIATE EXPERIENCE. YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO PLACE YOUR FEET ON ROCKY GROUND.

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

During this trek you will carry a 35-45 litre rucksack with a water bottle, sun and wet weather gear, camera, tupperware with picnic, trailfood, all your overnight gear including knife, fork, etc, washbag, clean items of clothing, and sleeping bag. There are fresh water springs en route so you do not have to be weighed down with litres of water.

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We had a fabulous trip and the walk was definitely a highlight. The girls loved it and the scenery and experience was stunning. Lots of swimming and jumping into pools helps! Many thanks for all your help.