CORSICA : LAKES HORSE RIDE...
Ride itinerary - Horses, tack & riding experience
Guides - Accomodation - Dates & rates - Book this ride
Day 1 - Saturday
We ride at the edge of the lake of Calacuccia (800 m), to go back up on the banks of Golu. In the heart of the shepherds' country, in this pond surrounded by the summits of Corsica, the valley of Niolu delivers its magnificent outlines. The forest tracks, framed by pines Lariccio will lead us to the Vergio pass (1300 m). We shall take advantage of installations of the ski resort, of its holiday cottage and its restaurant, for this first night.
We continue our road to approach the steep roads. The mountain offers all its magnificence. The banks of the river (1500 m) will serve us as place of rest for lunch time, with the sound of the torrent. After a good siesta we can continue our ride towards the Guagnerola pass (1800 m), on the heights we can admire the prestigious summits. After a long descent, we arrive to Puscaghia shelter (1080m) where Dumé will prepare the dinner. Night in refuge.
After a good breakfast we continue our trip on the shepherds steps, to join the ancient sheepfolds of Mazza (1200 m). Having crossed the Cuccavera pass (1600m), we shall take advantage of a small stream for our lunch stop. After lunch, we ride through the forest massif of Aîtone in the shade of the pine forest. For our evening stage we return on the installations of the ski resort.
This stage leads us on the track of the Val du Niellu round, by which we go to Saint Pierre pass (1400 m), near the lake of the Nino (1 800 m). Near the herds which graze freely, it's time to have lunch and to take a little of rest. It is by the GR20 that we shall join the refuge of Sega (1 200 m) for night.
Day 6 - Thursday
HORSES, TACK AND RIDING EXPERIENCE
Recommended riding level
To join this trail, you have to be comfortable at all paces in open spaces, even if the most part of the ride happens in the mountains and the principal pace is walk. We will ride about 30km a day, 5 to 6 hours in the saddle. A good stamina is necessary. If you're more than 90kg weight, please consult us before booking.
Maximum weight : 100 kg
This trail is guided by an experienced and qualified guide. He leaves all year long in Corsica and knows this region better than everyone else. He'll make you discover the Island of Beauty of total safety.
Our support vehicle will join you every evenings with your luggage and sometimes during lunch time.
Maximum luggage weight : 20kg.
This trail takes place in a particularly wild environment, but with comfortable accommodations in guesthouse, shelters (dormitory) except on night 7 of the Great Crossing of Corsican Mountains which could be a bivouac night. The first and last nights will be spent in bungalow or shelter/cottage in Corte.
Take your sleeping bag with you anyway.
For lunch, picnic will be taken from saddlebags. Dinners will be hot meals. You'll have the opportunity to taste local specialties (cooked pork meats, cheeses and local alcohols).
DATES AND RATES
- the trail ride as described in full board basis, including wine during meals,
- the transfers from and to Bastia airport or port at required time schedules,
- Total and unlimited financial guarantee (APS) of all payments made to us (see "why ride with us ?"),
- Protection of the French Law for travel consumers who book through French travel agencies (see "why ride with us ?").
- the transport to Bastia (contact us if you require a flight or a boat trip, and any extra stay in Corsica),
- any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- a tour to discover other regions of France before or after the
trail (castle life, golf training, thalassotherapy spas...), see
our "after ride proposals".
- optional insurances.
BOOKING - MORE INFORMATION
8 days / 7 nights / 6 days on horseback
English / French speaking guide.
From 4 to 7 riders
Meeting point to Bastia airport or Bastia port.
Mild climate all year long in Corsica, but be careful of mountain storms. Evening can be fresh, so don't forget your sweater and rain coat. There is sometimes wind on Coscione plateau.
There are no specific health formalities and emergency medical treatment is as widely available in the country.
A valid passport is required of all foreigners entering France, except people living from a Schengen agreement country for who a valid ID card is enough.
All foreign citizens who wish to come to France must be able to present regulatory proof of the purpose of their stay, means of support and accommodation. In some cases, they need a visa to enter France. Visas must be applied for before leaving for France at a French consular office.
France is a member of European Union. No visa is required for citizens of other EU states.
Please check these informations at your local French embassy.
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