Monte Cinto, highest summit of Corsica, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan
N 42° 22.780 E 008° 56.730
32T E 495513 N 4691933
Quick Description: Monte Cinto (2,706m / 8,878ft ASL) is the highest mountain of island Corsica, Region of France and 5th most prominent mountain in Europe.
Location: Corse, France
Date Posted: 11/29/2013 8:03:13 AM
Waymark Code: WMJKFF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

Monte Cinto (2,706m / 8,878ft ASL) (Corsican: Monte Cintu) is the highest mountain on the island of Corsica, a région of France. Its elevation is 2,706 m and so is its prominence, making it one of the most prominent peaks in Europe (according to, Monte Cinto is ranked 5th in the list of most prominent european summits).

Its location gives it a theoretical panorama of mountains on mainland Europe stretching from near Marseille to Rome. The most distant mountain theoretically visible is Monte Rosa in Switzerland, just west of north, approximately 405 km (252 mi) away.

The first known ascent of Monte Cinto was by a party led by Édouard Rochat on June 6, 1882, who reached the summit via the mountain's southern slopes. On May 26, 1883, a party led by the English mountaineer Francis Fox Tuckett, and including the guide F. Devouassoud and the landscape painter Compton, also ascended the mountain by the pass that now bears Tuckett's name.


Our group hiked to Monte Cinto from camping area above village of Lozzi, situated approx. 10kms southwards from Cinto mountain range. We passed by lonely cabin, then another refugee in better condition, available for trekkers to sleep overnigth and further up to glacial valley to lake Cinto. From lake it take about 2 hours to reach the Cinto summit.

Ascent is relativelly long, but technically not too difficult. Hike took us whole day (7am - 6pm), we walked about 22kms with total ascent over 2000 metres with same descent on the way back. Summers are very hot here, so it's wise to plan your trip rather for May or September. There is enough water on the way (stream, glacial lake), so it is necessary to carry just 1-2 litres with you. Views are breathtaking all around, weather use to be nice and stable, thus be prepared for one of most beautiful hike in lifetime!

More useful information: best maps available online, wikipedia (source), gallery of our hike

State/Province/County/Territory etc.: Corse (Corsica), France

Elevation: 2706

Elevation Measurement: Meters

Access: Hiking Trail/Foot Path

Fee: No

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