This program is organized by the Odyssee Montagne agency, our partner, which has all the legal requirements to offer all-inclusive packages. The mountain guide who will leave with you will be an Italian native speaker. Subject to changes based on the conditions on the spot and the shape of the participants.
1st day: Arrival in Ajaccio and transfer to the hotel
2nd day: Early morning departure for the Val d’Ese station. First ascent on a gentle slope to the Scaldasole crests, then short descent towards the Pozzi plateau and ascent of Monte Renoso (2357 m), the peak more high in southern Corsica. Descent from the wild Longa valley. Night in Capanelle.
Day 3: A long crossing going up into the beech forest takes us to Punta de l’Oriente at 2112 m. From the top the panorama is spectacular and the coast is outlined both east and west. The superb descent to the north valley reaches the Vizzavona forest and shortly afterwards the village of the pass. Overnight at the hotel in Vizzavona.
Day 4: put on the skis at the pass and head west. After an initial climb to the Ceppu pass, we descend under the beech trees towards the sheepfolds of Tortetu. We put the skins back on and go up into the Agnone valley at the foot of the majestic Monte d’Oro to the beautiful summit slopes of Punta Muratellu, 2141 m. The descent from the north side takes us to the Onda refuge at 1385 m. Night at the Onda refuge. Journey time: 6 to 8 hours. Difference in altitude: + 750 m and – 250 m.
Day 5: Long leg crossing that follows the watershed line between east and west. Some technical passages require you to put your skis on your backpack. From the refuge, we will go to the mouth of Oreccia to climb the slopes that lead to the ridge of Pinzi Corbini (2021 m). You will cross it on foot, surrounding some rocky bars here and there as far as Passo Manganello. Traverse then ascent to the Pietra Piana refuge. With bad snow conditions, we will follow a different itinerary. Variation: Manganello valley to the Tolla and Gialgo sheepfolds and then to the Pietra Piana refuge (1842 m). Easier and less exposed route in bad weather. Night at the Petra Piana refuge at 1843 m. Journey time: 6 to 8 hours. Difference in altitude: + 750 m and – 250 m.
Day 6: One of the main stages of this crossing, the most alpine in any case where crampons are often necessary. We climb the steep slopes of Punta di Mozzelo (2206 m) and then traverse to the Passo di Rinoso at 2170 m. We dominate the splendid circus of Lake Melo and Capitello, which we reach with a nice descent, then a ascent. From Lake Capitello a further effort and we arrive at the foot of the Breche Sorbo canal which we go up with our skis on our backpack, dominated by the granite spiers of Lombarduccio. From the breach, descent through the valley to the Manganu refuge. This stage can also be done by following the ridges, but the pleasure of skiing is less. Night at Manganu refuge (1601 m). Journey time: 6 to 8 hours. Difference in altitude: + 900 m and – 250 m.
Day 7: The morning begins with the crossing of the Campotile plateau before starting the ascent on the sustained slopes of the Punta Artica, 2327 m. You can go down to the valley for different itineraries and you will choose based on the snow conditions. Overnight at the hotel in the village of Calacuccia. Journey time: 6 to 8 hours. Difference in altitude + 750 m and – 1300 m.
8th day: The last day we will do with lighter backpacks; after a short transfer by car to the end of the track, we will go up to the Pointe des Eboulis for the south side. Magnificent view of the mountains and the sea, but also of the Alps on clear days. Descent towards the small village of Asco where a taxi awaits us for the transfer to Bastia. Return to the mainland at night. Walking time: 6 to 8 hours. Difference in altitude: 1040 + m and – 1300 m