Walking and active holidays in Corsica

GR20 South Minitrek

Self guided walking 5 days / 4 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 3 days walking
Comfortable hotel & Simple bergeries
Starting from 445 €
  • Easier going GR20 mountain trek
  • High pastoral plateau, airy summits and views
  • Varied terrain, in the heart of Southern Corsica
  • Quenza, Bavella, Asinao, Coscione Plateau

This short break offers a taster of the best sections of the southern GR20 - a great introduction to this long distance, high level hiking trail that traverses the island diagonally through the barrier of rugged granite  mountains. The trek starts in Quenza, a village in the Alta Rocca and travels across the largest plateau in Corsica, the highest southern summit Mt Alcudine before finishing with the Bavella needles. There are sizeable daily ascents and descents as you pass pozzines, rocky exposed cols, craggy ridges, pine scented valleys, rock pools and sun baked rocks, staying in hotels then some of the most interesting bergeries on the trail, Croci and Asinao.

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Day 1 - Quenza

Make your way to Quenza, in the heart of the Alta Rocca this village is very typical of the area. Settle into your family run hotel in the heart of the village, well renowned for its hearty cuisine.  Depending on the time, you may wish to wander around the village, discover prehistoric sights nearby or simply just cool off in a mountain stream.

Day 2 - Quenza to Bavella

From Quenza, a short taxi transfer takes you up to the Col de Bavella, high above the village of Zonza. You take the GR20 trail along its Alpine variant, leading steeply uphill to the foot of the granite needles. The trail is rough under foot and in parts equipped with chains that help stability across the rocks. The trail then plunges down into the valley before passing through the woods. After a river crossing the GR20 pulls up to Asinau, and Bergerie Chez Aline.

7km, 5h00, +750m, -550m.
Day 3 - Asinao to Coscione

From the bergerie Chez Aline, the GR20 trail heads up to the magnificent ridge line of Alcudina, the highest summit in the South at 2134m altitude. After a short detour from the GR20, there are fantastic views and you leave the high ground and head down towards the famous Cuscione plateau,  a wild open area that is grazing land in the summer months. Your night stop is at Croci shepherd’s cabin situated on the edge of the plateau, one of the best bergeries on the GR20.

8km, 3h30, +560m, -560m.
Day 4 - Coscione to Quenza

From Croci, you head back to civilisation, first stop the Bergeries at Chirabella, the landscape is rolling and open, and simply magical. The path then follows the ridge on a lesser trodden path, back towards Quenza, and your family run hotel for tonight, enjoy a last evening in the Alta Rocca, contemplating your first taste of the GR20.

13km, 4h00, +104m, -840m
Day 5 - Quenza
End of holiday in Quenza after breakfast. Extra nights and transfers to Ajaccio, Figari 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.

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 : €445pp (June, Sept) €465pp (July, Aug)

Supplements/Discounts

Sleeping bag hire : €25pp

Price includes

Accommodation on full board (1, 2, 3), half board (4), transfer Bavella to Quenza, travel dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps and walking notes.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, picnics, site visits and transfers to and from your hotel in Quenza (bus from Ajaccio available), travel to Corsica.

Starts

At your hotel in Quenza.

Ends

At Quenza, after breakfast.

Access

Ajaccio or Figari Airport or Ajaccio or Porto Vecchio Port. If you arrive into Calvi or Bastia please ask for details of transport connections.

Accommodation
  • Simple shepherds cabins, in dormitories or camping (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 dietary 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 A4 copies of the IGN maps and a walking guide created by our team. During your hike our 24-hour assistance service will also be able to answer all your questions and, if necessary, assist you with 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.