The second highest top in Corsica, it is accessed from various sides.
This is the northern view from Bergeries de Cappellaccia. Snow will stay
well into summer above 2000 m. Special equipment is not required on
The 1600 m ascent from the valley is quite strenuous, one of the
highlights is the pretty Lavu di l'Oriente. The picture below was taken
Lavu di l'Oriente (de l'Argente)
et Monte Ritondu
A few hundred meters below the summit of Monte Ritondu is the charming Lavu
encased in a dramatic cirque. This was in early June.
The same lake in early autumn has a very different atmosphere and light.
Refuge de Pietra Piana
Down from Monte Ritondu this hut is a comfortable overnight stop. It is on the GR20, that goes further towards Monte d'Oru, in the background.
Lavu di Capitellu
A way to return to the valley is to follow the GR20 for a couple of hours up to a dent in the jagged crest.
Below are Capitellu and Melu lakes on the way out to the popular Restonica
snack-bar and car park.
Corsica - Parc Naturel Régional