GR20 - La montagne Corse

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  1. Name GR20 - La montagne Corse (GR20)
  2. Length of trail 200 km, 124 miles
  3. Length in days 16 days
  4. Start of trail Calenzana
  5. End of trail Conca
  6. Traildino grading DW, Difficult walk, bushwalk
  7. Hut tour grading T3, Demanding mountain walk

GR20, CorsicaGR20 , Calenzana - Conca, the travers of Corsica, 200 km, two weeks

You've hit on a very popular walk: the GR20. This trail follows the high ridges of mountainous Corsica, an astounding wild and beautiful landscape, dramatically changing from day to day. The GR20 is rewarding and enjoys universal admiration.

The trail is said to be the hardest of the Grand Randonnées. Looking on the map you will be surprised why you need two weeks to cover this small distance. The hardships are many: steep, often smooth plates, tricky in wet weather. Other sections need the help of your hands. Whenever necessary, you will find cables. Another problem is that you won't find many shops. Actually, if you don't like to descent to villages for provisions, you have only one shop halfway, in Vizzavona. This is also the first road you cross in one week time! Therefore, you have to carry food for a week.

Water in late summer can be difficult to find. You must take enough bottles or whatever to carry your water supply for a day.

The weather is probably best in spring, but you will have some patches of snow. From july to september thunderstorms develop in late afternoon. And it is hot! October is more calm, less hikers, but also dry. 

One point on the downside must be noted here: the shamefully ill-conditioned facilities. Maybe you don't mind; fine for you. Camping or bivouac is forbidden anywhere but near the "huts" (sometimes "shack" is a better word) and there you will hardly find a place to pitch your tent but you will still have to pay. There is almost no food in the huts, often no meals, frequently no light, maybe one gas-burner for the entire overcrowded hut. We do not know if the situation has improved the last years. From 2009 onwards a reservation system has been introduced, also for camping. This is barely a solution for the bad welcome you get anyhow.

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20, 193km
.20 alt, 31km
20 alternative, 3.4km
20 alternative, 9.8km
GR 20 Aralarko itzulia, 94km

Opinions

Rate 9.0 | 7 votes | No 3. in France
  • Lennart June 2017
  • Rate 9
  • Positive The mountains from Calenzana to Vizzavona
  • Negative The heat south of Vizzavona. The prices of camping and food at the refuges
  • Goldwine July 2013
  • Rate 8
  • Positive We did the entire 200 km hike in 7 days instead of 16. Landscapes are amazing and change a lot between the North part and the South part of the island. This is quite a demanding hike even for the one used to hike, but you will have plenty of occasions to feel rewarded. Sea transport cheap from France, especially from coastal cities like Marseille, Toulon or Nice.
  • Negative Prices ate refuges are not serious... People working in the refuges not always welcoming, most of the time seing hikers as walking-wallets.
  • bigkev June 2013
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Tough walking / scrambling. Refuges, the facilities are much better than I'm accustomed to. Swimming spots, views, meeting fellow walkers from all over the world.
  • Negative Crowds, being obliged to camp at the refuges
  • pc22 August 2009
  • Rate 8
  • Positive demanding trail.....wild camped often, found that once it got late the crowds disappeared and I had the route to myself.....really hot but had streams and pools to cool off in
  • Negative they were changing the rules the year I went and you now are supposed to sign in with the rangers your intent to walk and give a rough itinerary, you are also supposed to pre book huts (though the hut owners do not like or want this system). Wild camping is technically not allowed, but I had no problems. In short too many rules now I walk to get away from all that.....still a great walk though
  • Michael July 2012
  • Rate 10
  • Positive The GR20 is an excellent experience and lives up to it's reputation of being the hardest Trail in Europe. The water is crystal clear and clean enough to drink straight from the source. The locals were amazing and greeted you like one of the family. The Refuges were well kept, all facilities in working order in a healthy, clean and tidy environment. The Views were needless to say, ... Spectacular.
  • Negative Took me 4 weeks to recover my knee caps, though this is more about my not being physically prepared enough for the venture. You really need to be physically fit and capable of ascending and descending over rocky terrain all day long with a back pack on.
  • Troncquo June 2012
  • Rate 10
  • Positive Technical, demanding hike. many different landscapes. Tough hike!
  • Negative very expensive to buy food at the refuges.
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Map

Map of GR20

Hike Reports

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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The GR20 Corsica
  • Guidebook to walking the GR20 through Corsica's high mountains. A challenging trail between Calenzana and Conca that includes hands-on scrambling, the 190km trek can be completed by fit walkers in about two weeks. The guidebook includes high and low-level alternatives, plus extra mountain climbs, and all you need to know for this tough route. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • The GR20 Corsica: The High Level Route
  • This guidebook describes the classic GR20 trek, the north to south traverse of the rugged mountains of Corsica. Starting in Corscia`s north-west, in picturesque Calenzana, the route winds south-east, through the heart of Corsica, finishing on the eastern side of the island, just north of Porto Vecchio in the township of Conca. Described in 16... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Trekking the GR20 Corsica | Cicerone
  • Engelstalige beschrijving van de mooiste wandeltocht op Corsica. De gids voldoet aan alle verwachtingen die je kunt hebben. Wel heb je voor de zwaardere gedeelte voor de zekerheid goede kaarten nodig ...... The GR20, on the mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica, is reputated to be the toughest waymarked trail in Europe. This ambitious... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Great Walks Of Europe
  • From the high-level route across the Pyrenees to the scenic Kerry Way in Ireland, from a descent through the Samaria Gorge in Crete to an ascent of Helvellyn in the Lake District, this book identifies the greatest walks in Europe: twelve of the best long-distance walks (taking from four to fifteen days to complete) and twelve extraordinary day... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids 256 Korsika GR20 - Corsica | Rother
  • Uitstekende beschrijvingen van deze steeds populairder wordende tocht! Met alle noodzakelijke info. De route is alleen beschreven van noord naar zuid. Zie voor meer informatie de Duitse tekst hieronder .... Alle Etappen – mit Einstiegen, Gipfeln und Varianten 192 Seiten mit 95 Farbabbildungen 54 Höhenprofile; 51 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Wandelgids Corsica Trekking GR20 | Trailblazer
  • Goede wandelgids van de hele route van Calenzana naar Conca. Met veel detail zijn alle etappes beschreven. Tevens informatie over overnachtingen en highlights van de stadjes op Corsica. A mountain range rising from the sea, Corsica holds the most arrestingly beautiful landscapes in the Mediterranean. From its cobalt blue gulfs and shell-sand... Read more
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2008
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Corsica North Didier Richard 08
  • Northern Corsica at 1:60,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Didier Richard with a base derived from IGN’s topographic survey, highlighting both local walking / hiking routes and the GR network of long-distance paths, gîtes and mountain refuges, interesting natural and cultural sites, etc. The map covers the northern section of the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Southern Corsica: Ajaccio - Bonifacio - Corte IGN Top100 Map 176
  • Map No.176, Ajaccio - Bonifacio, at 1:100,000, part of the TOP100 series from the Institut Géographique National (IGN). These exceptionally detailed, contoured and GPS compatible road maps which include English language map legend are ideal for exploring the French countryside by car, by bike, or even on foot. Used by millions of locals and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • GR20: À Travers la Montagne Corse FFRP Topo-guide No. 067
  • À Travers la Montagne Corse, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 067, covering one of Europe’s most popular and demanding long-distance hiking walking trails, the 200km/125 miles-long high-level route across the mountains of Corsica. Current edition of this title was published in March 2014.To see other titles in this series please click on the series... Read more
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Netherlands
2016
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Netherlands
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • GRP: Corse entre Mer et Montagne FFRP Topo-Guide No. 065
  • Corse entre Mer et Montagne, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 065, covering various trails across the mountains of Corsica which provide shorter and/or easier alternatives to the popular but longer and more strenuous GR20. Current edition of this title was published in April 2016.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES:... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids 065 Corse - Corsica entre Mer et Montagne | FFRP
  • Franstalige wandelgids van een aantal west-oost routes over Corsica, niet de GR20. Uitstekende beschrijving met gedetailleerd kaartmateriaal en veel praktische informatie over zwaarte, hoogte en hutten. Onmisbaar voor het lopen van deze route. De gids bevat een lijst met overnachtingsmogelijkheden, inclusief telefoonnummers. Ces cinq... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Corsica North 3-Map Set Kompass 2250
  • The northern half of Corsica at 1:50,000 on a set of three double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible maps from Kompass with highlighting for walking / hiking trails including the GR20, cycle routes, campsites and mountain shelters, recreational facilities, etc, plus a road map of the whole island and town centre street plans of several... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 2250 Corsica-Noord Korsika Nord | Kompass
  • Wandelkaart Corsica - Set van 3 Kompass wandel-/fietskaarten 1:50.000 Dubbelzijdige kaart. Duidelijke wandelkaart en fietskaart met hoogtelijnen, bezienswaardigheden, hutten, campings, ingetekende wandelroutes en fietsroutes, etc. Deze kaart is bruikbaar in combinatie met een GPS. Gevaarlijke/moeilijkere wandelroutes zijn duidelijk gemarkeerd... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Corsica South 50K Kompass 3-Map Set No. 2251
  • The southern half of Corsica at 1:50,000 on a set of three double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible maps from Kompass with highlighting for walking / hiking trails including the GR20, cycle routes, campsites and mountain shelters, recreational facilities, etc, plus a road map of the whole island and town centre street plans of several... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Corsica South Didier Richard 09
  • Southern Corsica at 1:60,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Didier Richard with a base derived from IGN’s topographic survey, highlighting both local walking / hiking routes and the GR network of long-distance paths, gîtes and mountain refuges, interesting natural and cultural sites, etc. The map covers the southern section of the... Read more
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eBooks.de
Germany
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Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Le GR 20 - Corsica | IGN
  • De hele GR-20 op 1 pocket-sized kaart. Toeristische informatie en outdoor aktiviteiten zijn gemarkeerd op de kaart, GR-paden zijn duidelijk zichtbaar, wegen en sporen worden ook getoond en de kaart is compatible met GPS. Dat is alles in een superhandig klein formaar van 11,5 x 7,5 cm! The whole of the GR20 on one pocket sized light weight map.... Read more
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  • Frankrijk - Corsica
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