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Punta di l'Acellu

Punta di l'Acellu

Punta di l\'Acellu

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Corsica, France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 41.79774°N / 9.21487°E

Object Title: Punta di l'Acellu

County: Bavella, Bavedda

Activities: Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 5210 ft / 1588 m


Page By: AlbertoRampini

Created/Edited: Jul 7, 2011 / Dec 25, 2015

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Geographical classification: Corsica - Corse > Bavella Massif > Punta di l'Acellu

Punta di l'Acellu 1588 m

Punta di l’Acellu – Bird's Peak – is a fine tower rising above the Bavella Col, the admittance to the wild and magnificent stone’s microcosm of Bavella range, quite a wonderful natural museum. Well evident from the pass and also named First Tower, Punta di l’Acellu is the Southernmost amongst the Bavella Towers and frequently climbed, because of its closeness to the Bavella Pass and the quality of the granite. The most interesting routes are E face's routes and South Ridge or Arete de Zonza.

Aiguilles de Bavella from Punta Velacu
Aiguilles de Bavella from Punta Velacu

The name "Acellu" derives from an ancient popular saying, in accordance of which “only a bird could reach the summit”.

A crazy cloud over Punta di l'Acellu
A crazy cloud over Punta di l'Acellu"

Punta di l'Acellu
Punta di l'Acellu

Getting There

Punta Caletta map
Tafunata di Paliri seen from Aiguilles de Bavella
Bavella landscape
Solenzara-Bavella Pass Road
An ancient road sign along the road D268 from Solenzara to Bavella Col

Access to the island

The magnificent island of Corsica, l'Ile de Beauté (the Island of Beauty) belonging to France but much closer to Italy, can be easily approached by plane (airports both in Bastia on the Eastern coast and Ajaccio on the Western coast)and by ferry-boat from Livorno and Savona italian ports. The most convenient destination in Corsica to visit the Bavella area, one of the wildest region of the island, is the airport of Bastia if you’re getting there by plane; the same Bastia port if you’re getting there by ferry-boat.

Main entrance into Bavella group is Col de Bavella m. 1211.

Road approach to Col de Bavella

- From BASTIA (Corsica Eastern coast) follow the road RN 198 towards Solenzara; a few kilometers before getting there, turn to right following D268 to Col de Bavella (km. 130 from Bastia).

- From AIACCIO (Corsica Western coast) follow the road RN 196 to Petreto, then N852 to Aullene, Quenza and Zonza (km. 90 from Aiaccio). From Zonza follow the road D268 to Col de Bavella.

Walking Approach

The starting point to reach the tower is Col de Bavella m. 1211. Wide parking area. It's possible to spend the night at the pass or getting there directly from Zonza, a small typical village situated in the South side of Col de Bavella (9 km. from the pass).

From Col de Bavella follow the GR20 “Alpine Variant” (yellow marks) rising steeply towards the Acellu Pass. Just before getting to the pass, leave the main trail (GR20 Alpine Variant) and turn to left, going down on a slope skirting the SE Face and then getting the bottom of the South Ridge (Arete de Zonza).

Routes overview

Punta di l'Acellu routes overview from left to right - French Scale

“Arete de Zonza” D, 5b 220 mt.


“Quilici Route” D+ 100 mt.
“Precht Route” D

Punta di l'Acellu summit
Punta di l'Acellu summit"

Punta di l'Acellu
Punta di l'Acellu


“Belluno Route” TD, 6a 150 mt.
“Le Temps Peau Noir” TD+,6b 150 mt.
“La JPQ” TD+,6b 150 mt.
“Afanassief” ED, 6c 150 mt.
"La Masino Direct" TD, 6a 150 mt.
“I Brumi di l’Agellu” TD+,6b 150 mt.


“Normal Route”


Punta di l’Acellu was first climbed in 1927 by the Belgian Van Hege-Solvay and Delwart Ganshof along the Etrier Route. The second ascent was realized the same year by an Austrian party (climbing the same route). The third ascent, 18 years later, was realized by Miss Ferrè de Peroux with the Chamonix alpine guides Arthur Ravanel and Alphonse Couttet.

Nature and climate

Nature is wild and peculiar; in Corsica we can find more than the 5% of authoctonous kinds of flower and plants, in addition to authoctonous fauna. On the contrary, several kinds of animal current inside Mediterranean countries are away from Corsica, like squirrels and vipers.

Climate is the typical one of the mediterranean middle-mountain areas situated at these latitudes: often very hot in summer and with cold and snowy winters; early and middle Spring and early Fall are the better seasons to climb. Due to Bavella closeness to the sea, winds are often stronger how much they are at the same height in the Alps. Rainfall sometimes are important and dangerous when joined with strong winds. On the contrary, sometimes we can find some long periods of drought.

An ancient tree
Sunset from Col de Bavella

Red Tape

Bavella is really a fantastic world, a preserved milieu situated inside the Parc Naturel Régional de Corse - Parcu di Corsica. Free camping and bivouac are not allowed. Fires are strictly forbidden. Maximum care is required to keep for the future this extraordinary environment.

Bavella, a wild nature
Bavella, a wild nature
Cyclamen born after the flood...(Bavella Massif)
Cyclamen born after the flood...
Pino Laricio tormented by the wind
Pino Laricio tormented by the wind

When to climb

Best season to climb in Aiguilles de Bavella Group goes from late April to middle October.



Where to stay


-Auberge du Col de Bavella – Hotel and Gite d’Etape

-Les Aiguilles de Bavella – Gite d’Etape


–Hotel L’Aiglon, Hotel de la Terrasse
-Municipal Camping of Zonza, Camping La Riviere

Guidebooks and maps

Corsica road map

Bavedda (Corsica) Climbing, hiking and Canyoning Guidebook
“Bavedda – Aiguilles entre ciel et torrents: Escalade, Rando, Canyon” by Jean Louis Fenouil and Jean Paul Quilici - FFME

“Guide d’escalade en Corse” Vol. I Massif de Bavella by Jean Paul Quilici – Bernard Vaucher

“Rocca è Sole” Massif de Bavedda by Jean Paul Quilici – Francis Thibaudeau

Map IGN 4253 ET “Aiguilles de Bavella – Solenzara”