Trekking The GR20 Corsica
The High Level Route
by Paddy Dillon
Guidebook to walking the GR20 through Corsica's high mountains. A challenging trail between Calenzana and Conca that includes hands-on scrambling, the 190km trek can be completed by fit walkers in about two weeks. The guidebook includes high and low-level alternatives, plus extra mountain climbs, and all you need to know for this tough route.
This guidebook describes the classic GR20 trek, the north to south traverse of the rugged mountains of Corsica. Starting in Corscia's north-west, in picturesque Calenzana, the route winds south-east, through the heart of Corsica, finishing on the eastern side of the island, just north of Porto Vecchio in the township of Conca. Described in 16 stages with high level/low level alternatives for relevant stages, the route is roughly 200km in length and takes approximately two weeks to complete. The GR20 climbs high into the mountains. It is demanding trek and only suitable for experienced walkers.
Step-by-step descriptions of each stage are accompanied by 1:50,000 mapping, together with information on ascent/descent, terrain, and food, water and shelter en route. Also included is invaluable information such as path conditions, what to take, and getting to/from and around Corsica. This comprehensive guide also includes information on the history and geology of Corsica, together with notes on the local plants and wildlife.
An island of surreal beauty, Corsica showcases dramatic mountains, enchanting coastline and ethereal vistas. Bare rock and sheer cliff contrasts with black sand beaches, alpine pastures and pockets of forest. Mediterranean flair abounds, history lingers and culture is celebrated, making it the perfect destination for a trek bursting with adventure.
Possible mid-May to mid-October; June or September is ideal, with July and August being the hottest and busiest months.
Calvi, Vizzavona, Porto Vecchio; limited accommodation and facilities on or near the route.
The GR20 is a challenging walk (with scrambling) through isolated mountain terrain for experienced, fit walkers; backpacking throughout.
The ascent of Monte Cinto and the ascent of Paglia Orba.
On 25th March 2016, the Refuge d'Asinau was discovered to have been gutted by fire. No-one knows how or why this happened, but it will definitely not be available for the 2016 season. It had been earmarked for demolition and rebuilding, so this might result in a new refuge being built earlier than originally planned. The PNRC authorities indicated that they would put some kind of emergency accommodation in place, but trekkers have already reported that this hasn't happened.
The nearby Bergeries d'Asinau are unable to cope with the sudden increase in the number of trekkers they normally receive, so it would be wise to restructure itineraries to avoid having to stop at Asinau. The nearest options are Bavella, Croci, or the bivouac site at Pedinieddi.
Check the PNRC Randoblog for further developments... http://randoblogpnrc.blogspot.co.uk
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