Rough landscapes, loneliness, extreme heat, freezing cold and hardly any drinking water. Every morning at half past five, the alarm rings. Although that may not sound very inviting at first, for many, the GR20 is still a perfect hiking holiday. But, why? The French Grande Randonnée No. 20, or GR20 for short, is one of the toughest and most exciting long-distance trails in Europe. Over the course of 15 stages, it meanders 111 miles (180 kilometers) from northern Corsica through beautiful landscapes to the south of the island. The white and red mark will guide you the entire way from Calenzana via Vizzavona to Conca.
As far as Vizzavona, the northern part of the route is generally a more demanding and beautiful part and is therefore more well-trodden. But, the southern stages 10 to 15 will also make your hiking heart beat faster. Snow-covered cirques, deep valleys and glacial lakes tell tales of the area’s ice age history. The scenery is unbelievable and tough even for experienced mountain goers. As a result, this long-distance trail is one of the hardest and will be one of the best tours you have ever done.
Surefootedness, good physical condition and careful planning are crucial for the GR20. You should also have adequate supplies of drinking water and food in your backpack, since you will not be able to find it at many shelters. We recommend reserving spots in huts, rental tents, or bivouac in advance online to make sure you have a space.
The weather on Corsica is very varied. While hot summers and mild winters are the norm along the Mediterranean coast, the Corsican mountains are characterized by climates that range from continental to alpine. You can find snow fields even in the middle of summer. The managed huts on the GR 20 start their season in May and open until October. It is generally not advisable to start hiking before April. Also, bear in mind that many springs have dried up due to the summer heat by September. The months of June and July are therefore optimal for your adventure. However, you have to expect sudden changes in the weather and bad weather conditions all year round.
If that does not scare you off but arouses your interest, then you’ve come to the right place on the GR20!
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Today's stage starts relaxed - which comes quite appropriate after yesterday's hiking day. From the Refuge di Tighiettu, it goes gently downhill. The climb begins only after half, but the 650 meters you manage easily.After just under one kilometer you will pass a nice bath pump. Why not have a first refreshing break here? The next few kilometers will lead you through a beautiful landscape with fantastic views. Pure hiking pleasure!
After ten days, hiking has already gone into flesh and blood. Today, on your eleventh stage, you can look forward to a nice ups and downs through a - again - fantastic nature. From the Refuge d'E Capannelle you enter the beautiful singletrack. Let yourself be lulled by the beautiful nature and quickly you have found your step. Along the way are gnarled trees and wild stone houses. And again and again you have an incredible view into the distance.