World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 1.2 (160 votes)

GR20 Walking Trail

Listed under Walking in Corsica, France.

  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
  • Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
Photo of GR20 Walking Trail
Photo by flickr user Garrulus
Pin It

Walk Corsica for the GR20. At 200kms over two weeks it’s one Europe’s toughest mountain treks, not because of the terrain but because the weather can turn on you suddenly and there aren’t many points where you can walk out safely. The tricky legs are all during the first half of the walk so if you reach half way and you’re still going strong you know you should be fine.

Unfortunately as with a lot of the great European Walks the tricky bits are the most spectacular. You can walk it the other way, which is probably a good idea if you’re going in the peak season in July when it can be quite busy, but then you’ll have the tough bits at the end.

There are huts to stay in along the way where you can get food, it’s not particularly good but it saves you having to carry your own. You can also camp near the huts. You’re not supposed to camp along other sections of the trail and I‘ve been told that they have guards who do check so even though I was tempted I wasn‘t game enough to try it. If you go off season there are no rangers in the huts so you have to carry your own food.

This may all seem a bit much for you and you may be wondering why I’m recommending it alongside the more civilised European walks I normally embark upon, the scenery is beyond spectacular. Some of the best sections of the trail take walkers past the Lac de Nino, a glacial lake sitting in the middle of a flowery field, Monte Incudine, the highest point in the journey, which offers panoramic views and the Aiguilles de Bavella cliffs.

Several companies will transport your luggage for you along this route which may be worth considering if you’re out to enjoy yourself rather than prove how tough you can be. If you’re not up to the GR20 you can try the Sea to sea trail.

Written by  Russ Claridge.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

Walking the Grande Route 20

All around me there are granite peaks shaped like crumpled druids hats and below me lie thickly forested valleys and velvet mountain meadows...

http://www.travelintelligence.net/php/articles/art.php?id=3263

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Southern Alps via the Milford Track

    Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand. This vast area includes Mt. Cook, where Hillary trained for Everest, as well as the…

  • Nakasendo Trail

    During Japan's feudal period the Nakasendo Trail linked Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo) via the mountains, rather than the Pacific co…

  • Walking in the Annapurna Region

    This is probably the best long distance trek in the world, no doubt. The terrain, culture and scenery are constantly changing, …

Nearby Experiences

  • Corsica

    Corsica, called the "Island of Beauty" by the ancient Greeks, lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful island in the Me…

  • Golfo di Sogno Beach

    Softly sloping into turquoise Mediterranean seas, what this beach lacks in fine sand and palm trees it makes up for with shallo…

  • La Tour de Calanca

    This tower was built in the 15th century as a watchtower looking out for pirates, so, despite the slit windows perfect for arch…

Related links

Contribute to this page