Summit of Monte Renoso
Smiles all round as we arrive at Bavella
Cooling off on the GR20
Easy rock slabs at Bavella
Il Croce tents for hire
GR20 southern section

Corsica GR20 Trek South

Challenging hiking in Corsica

Trek the southern section of the world famous GR20 Haute Route in Corsica, one of Europe’s most challenging and beautiful long-distance walks. The local people call the route 'Fra li Monti', which means 'across the mountains', it is a magnificent journey along the southern part of this challenging route.  Here the precipitous rocky trails of the north give way to a landscape that is more mellow in nature, but still spectacular. This fabulous trekking holiday offers the perfect combination of Mediterranean sunshine, inspiring scenery and challenging walking. Or combine the north and the south and hike the entire route. The GR20 is a trek of a lifetime that should be on every hikers 'bucket list'!


  • Experience the extraordinary beauty of Corsica
  • Take on the challenge of Europe's toughest trek
  • Join the elite group of GR20 long distance hikers
  • Witness a truly spectacular island mountain landscape
  • Six days of stunning hiking and light 'scrambling'
  • Good quality hotels, private gîtes, and high mountain refuges
  • Luggage support on every day of the trek
  • Finish by the famous town of Porto-Vecchio by the sea 

Rising abruptly from the Mediterranean sea, with granite peaks soaring to over 2500m (8200ft), Corsica is known as 'the Scented Isle'. Famous for its dramatic coastline and pretty mountain villages, the rugged island of Corsica reveals its most spectacular scenery only to those who are prepared to explore on foot. Over the course of a truly spectacular week we will cover 108km (68 miles) and climb 6212m (2037ft).

Is this trip right for me?

The GR20 in Corsica is a very tough trek with long walking days in succession.  It certainly earns its reputation as one of the toughest treks in Europe. You must be fit and accustomed to walking in the mountains, and happy to deal with sections of rocky scrambling where you might need to pull on chains, and climb ladders. Please read our full trip grading here to check if this is the trip for you.

I am really pleased I saw the real Corsica with its enormous mountains, beautiful streams and forests, and colourful local characters. The accommodation was much better than I had anticipated…apart from some thunder storms the weather was kind to us - not the unrelenting sun I was expecting. Emma was a great leader, knowledgeable and always positive. Our group was fantastic - fun and always supportive.

- Ineen, Australia 2016


  • Your GR20 adventure begins at Bastia airport, where we will meet for our transfer to Corte.  For more details consult the 'Arrival & Departure' section under 'Trip Information'. 


    Your guide will meet you at approximately 1915 hrs; here they will brief you on the trip ahead and answer any questions you might have about the itinerary and terrain. 

    Note that dinner is not included on the first evening, however, your guide will book a restaurant as Corte can be quite busy. If you would prefer not to eat with the group please let your guide know.  

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • This morning we leave Corte and start our day with a transfer of around 45 minutes to the start of our hike at the tiny hamlet of Vizzavona. By now we have reached the southern section of the GR20, and the terrain has changed to a slightly gentler landscape. We will have less rocky scrambling, and more opportunities to take in the views.  On arrival at Vizzavona, popular with tourists since the Victorian era, we join the route of the GR20 with a climb through beautiful beech and pine forests to the Bocca Palmente which sits at 1640m (5379ft). At the top there are great views to the island of Elba, and behind us we have the imposing bulk of Monte d'Oro which rises above Vizzavona. From the pass we wander down to the shepherd's huts at Alzeta and then to the U Cardu ridge, and a spectacular view is unveiled, including tomorrow's objective, Monte Renoso which sitting at 2352m (7714ft) is one of the highest mountains in the southern part of Corsica. The island of Corsica is famous for its granite backbone of mountains, about forty of which are higher than 2000m (6560ft). All are located on the s-shaped spine of the island which winds from north to south. At the end of our day we arrive at Capanelle and our gîte which has an excellent terrace for an evening aperitif.

    Ascent: 1079m (3539ft) Descent: 352m (1154ft) Distance: 15.1km (9.5 miles) Duration: 6h00-6h30

    Accommodation: Gîte - beds in dormitory

  • This morning we leave Capanelle to begin our climb of Monte Renoso, which is an excellent goal for the day. With the summit sitting at 2352m (7714ft) it is the highest mountain in southern Corsica. It's a great peak that is seldom visited by most people on the GR20. The view from the summit includes both coastlines, as well as Monte Cinto , Monte Incudine and Bavella. Monte Renoso is no tougher than previous days, and is there are just small easy sections scrambling. While the highest and most impressive mountains can be found in the northern parts the 2000ers in the south are more isolated and offer better views. Once we have enjoyed the summit we have a steep descent, mostly with only a faint trail, down to the shepherds huts in the lovely valley of I Pozzi. Then it's a hard to find trail through the forests to the plateau de Gialgone, where we have a further few hours to the Col de Verde. For those who want a more relaxed day, and who do not feel the urge to climb Monte Renoso, you can opt to stay on the true GR20 route today which is considerably easier: this is also the route we take in bad weather. If you decide to do this you will be self-guided as your guide will lead the team ascending Monte Renoso.

    Ascent: 953m (3125ft) Descent: 1270 (4165ft) Distance: 15.7km (9.8 miles) Duration: 8h00

    If we take the lower route: Ascent: 600m (1968ft) Descent: 110m (360ft) Duration: 5h00

    Accommodation: Gîte - beds in dormitory

  • We leave our overnight to climb steadily through woodland aiming for a high ridge and the Refuge de Prati. The views from the ridge are stunning and if the weather is clear then yet again we can see both coasts with the island of Elba on the horizon.

    Elba is the largest remaining stretch of land from the ancient tract that once connected the Italian peninsula to Corsica. It was also to Elba that Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled after his forced abdication in 1814. He may have been in exile but he was allowed to keep a personal guard of six hundred soldiers! He was nominally sovereign of Elba, although the nearby sea was patrolled by the French and British navies. During the 300 days that Napoleon stayed on the island, he carried out a series of economic and social reforms to improve the quality of life, but not sufficient to keep him there! He escaped to France on 26 February 1815.

    Once we leave the Refuge de Prati the climb continues and we enjoy a section of scrambling. There are some exposed sections as we make our way to the Col de Laparo before a long descent to the traditional Corsican village of Cozzano.

    Ascent: 750m (2460ft) Descent: 1300m (4264ft) Distance: 20km (12.4 miles) Duration: 8h00

    Accommodation: Gîte - beds in dormitory

  • Today we start by climbing through 'macquis', a type of shrub that grows densely on the mountains in Corsica, and is often scented by aromatic plants. This gives way to chestnut trees as we arrive at the impressive Arête a Mondi. As we arrived at the ridge we have a view down on the 'tented' community that surrounds the Refuge Usciola. We follow this ridge line which takes us to the Punta d'Usciolu at 1815m (5953ft), and then to the Punta di a Scaddatta at 1834m (6015ft) and then to our final pass today at Bocca di L'Agnonu. For the next few hours the route weaves through exciting notches on the ridge, sometimes exposed, but with relatively straightforward scrambling with wonderful views. We take a moment to catch our breath and take in the scenery before we start our descent through wonderful beech woodland, and eventually the pasture lands leading to our gîte at Il Croce. In the case of bad weather we will travel on a lower route today via the village of Zicavo. Tonight we will either be in a gîte or we will camp. Tents will be provided you do not have to carry one, but you do need your sleeping bag. Despite the remote location will have access to your luggage. 

    Ascent: 1430m (4690ft) Descent: 742m (2433ft) Distance: 18km (11.25 miles) Duration: 8h00 

    Accommodation: Gîte - beds in dormitory

  • A spectacular day today which begins early morning with a hike to the Col d'Incudine, from where we have wonderful views back towards Monte Cinto, the highest peak in Corsica. We can also see the island of Sardinia in front of us, which lies immediately south of Corsica. It that isn't enough to keep the photographers happy we also have views to the Aiguilles de Bavella where we will soon be heading. First thought we have a descent on rocky slabs to the Refuge d'Asinau. The refuge takes its name from the seven Towers of Asinau which feature on the ridge we are heading for. Leaving the refuge we follow an easy woodland trail before a climb to the Aiguilles de Bavella, this variant offers a spectacular route through spires, and boulders, and we have a section of chains to help with conquering a steep rock slab. The Aiguilles de Bavella are rocky spikes of red granite that dominate the hill of the same name, the word 'aiguilles' means 'needles'. A good indication of the type of terrain we are tackling. 

    Ascent: 1300m (4264ft) Descent: 1400m (4592ft) Distance: 20km (12.4 miles) Duration; 9h00-10h00 

    Accommodation: Gîte - beds in dormitory, or private rooms

  • The final day is a lovely way to end the stunning GR20. Our hike offers wonderful views across the granite peaks of Corsica, before we enter our final pine forest.  After an easy stroll we begin to make our way up to the Refuge de Paliri where a cool drink is always welcome. This final section to Conca does not disappoint and the scenery remains spectacular right to the official end point of the Corsica GR20. Over the course of a truly spectacular two weeks you will have covered a total of 180km (112 miles), with approx 12,000m (39,360ft) of ascent and descent. That's no small achievement, and it is why this has to be one of the most challenging, but also rewarding long distance hikes in the world. We finish our day with a short transfer to Porto-Vecchio for a night by the sea. Tonight dinner is not included to allow you to venture out on the town and enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful resort. 

    Ascent: 700m (2296ft) Descent: 1670m (5477ft) Distance: 19km (12 miles) Duration: 7h00

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Today you have a free day to explore Porto-Vecchio, famous for its stunning beaches. There is plenty do to in Porto-Vecchio, and if you feel that you have had enough exercise then you can browse the boutiques, or sit by the sea and enjoy a well-earned rest. The history of the town is linked to the Genoese desire to exploit the numerous salt marshes and a citadel was built to keep guard on the port. The old part of the city has kept its Mediterranean charm with lively narrow streets, and many shops. Around the main square and the impressive Saint Jean Baptiste church, the old town comes alive late into the night. However, it is the nearby beaches, in particular Palombaggia for which the town is famous.

    Dinner tonight is not included and you are free to explore the town. 

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • An early start this morning for our transfer back to Bastia airport. 

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment. 


On all our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Note that for this trip we have not provided details of ALL the accommodation we will use. This is because the best accommodation is in short supply and we prefer not to 'give away' our best kept secrets.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender, what we call a 'twin' means two single beds in one bedroom. If you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. In many cases a single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking. Note that it is very rare to have air conditioning in European mountain areas, and most bedrooms do not have this facility.

The accommodation on the GR20 has somewhat of a reputation, but we can confidently say we offer the most comfortable GR20 on the market. For this trip we have chosen hotels and privately-run gîtes which make our trip very comfortable when compared with other companies - but do not expect luxury. The accommodation is basic, simple and clean and includes: 3 nights in hotels, and 4 nights in gîtes. Your luggage will be transported to each accommodation.

A single room may be available for solo travellers in Corte and Porto Vecchio, but will incur a supplement and is dependent on early booking as the number of single rooms is limited. 

Hotel du Nord, Corte


In Corte we stay in the Hotel du Nord which dates back to 1861. It has now been renovated to offer guests comfort without losing any of its charm. The rooms are equipped with an LCD TV with Satellite connection, a telephone, a hairdryer, a fan, and free Wi-Fi connection. The hotel is situated in the mountains, but in the centre of Corte. It does a great breakfast buffet!


Gîte U Fugone, Capanelle


The Gîte U Fugone is full of character. It was built beside the GR20 more than 30 years ago and has been welcoming hikers ever since. It is run by the Maurizi family; Régine, her son Roger-Philippe, and her daughter Laure. It is situated in an ideal spot in a lovely setting. Accommodation here will be dormitory style. 

Relais San Petru di Verde, Col de Verde


The Relais San Petru de Verde is in the heart of Corsica, near Col Verde at the top of the Taravo Valley. The Relais is set in a natural and wild environment surrounded by a mature forest of Laricio pine trees, beech and firs. There are hot showers and a camping area. We will most likely be in dormitories or in the small chalets scattered around the grounds of the Relais.

Bergerie de Croci, Il Croce


Tonight at the Bergerie de Croci we will either be in a dormitories or we will camp. As stated previously tents will be provided, you do not have to carry them, but you do need your sleeping bag. You will, however, have access to your luggage. The facilities are simple and accommodation basic. A case of feeling like we are way out in the wilds!

Golden Tulip, Porto Vecchio


The four star Golden Tulip hotel is a touch of luxury and a fitting end to your time on the GR20. You could enjoy your time relaxing by the pool and soaking up the views of the port. Alternatively you could walk to the stunning Cala Verde beach and take a dip in the sea.  The rooms are modern and and well equipped with a flat screen tv, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and WiFi.

  • Arrival

    You can take the ferry from mainland France or Italy to the island of Corsica, but would only recommend this if you are travelling with a car as public transport is not frequent. 

    If you decide to fly you will travel to Bastia airport where we will collect you on the Sunday. You can also choose to arrive the evening before and meet the group at Bastia airport for the transfer to Calvi. Alternatively, you may prefer to fly direct to Calvi and meet at the group hotel, particularly those coming from the UK, as there is a direct flight from Stansted to Calvi every Sunday.

    Arrival at Bastia Airport

    We have included a single-timed transfer from Bastia Airport to Corte on the trip Arrival day. If your flight is significantly delayed you may need to take a private transfer and it is worth checking your travel insurance will cover this journey or 1h10. Bastia has the largest choice of flights from various European destinations. 

    For those joining at the airport, you will meet the group between 1100 hrs - 1300 hrs, depending on flight times. We will let you know the meeting time when we have everyone's flight details, usually about two weeks before departure. If everyone arrives on an early flight, we will depart early. 

    There is a choice of airports in terms of flying to Bastia: if the UK flights don't work for you, then you can look at arriving from Paris, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Lille, Vienna and Basel. Skyscanner gives various options.

    Bastia Airport is 17 km (10.6 miles) from the town centre. If you’re staying near the airport, then we recommend Hotel Poretta, Hotel Le Lido or Chez Walter. Or Hotel Pineto in Biguglia, next to the sea, which is 9km (5.6 miles) from the airport. 

    Buses run (infrequently) from the airport to Bastia centre.

    Departure from Bastia Airport at the end of the trip

    At the end of the trip, we include an early single-timed transfer to take us to Bastia Airport and you can take any flight departing after mid-day. Note there is not a great deal to do at Bastia airport (and no lounge), so if you have a long wait at the airport, we would recommend booking a day room at the Hotel Poretta (the nearest hotel to the airport, and it has an outdoor pool).

    Departure from Figari Airport

    We would recommend looking at flights from Figari airport at the end of the trip. It is a lot nearer to Porto Vecchio (25 minute drive instead of 2.5 hour transfer). The only reason we don’t offer it for our group departure is because historically Bastia has offered a much greater choice of flights than Figari. In summer 2022 for travellers from the UK. we would suggest Figari will be a better option than Bastia as there are direct flights from Figari to both London Gatwick and London Heathrow, and NO direct flights from Bastia to the UK.  A taxi from Porto Vecchio to Figari costs around 40€ - 55€. We can help co-ordinate taxi shares for those who would like to take this option.

    Travel in / to Corsica - General

    If you are doing anything different from our itinerary, such as extending your holiday and staying on in Corsica, it is worth noting that the public transport system isn't as frequent as one might hope, and that taxis are expensive. A good resource for onward travel is the Corsica bus website.

    If anyone would prefer a private transfer from Bastia Airport (or town centre) to Calvi, just let us know and we will arrange this for you. The approximate cost is £300. Note that if your flight is significantly delayed and you miss the group transfer, you may need to take a private transfer: it is worth ensuring your travel insurance covers this. 

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. 

    At least once each summer we experience unseasonal conditions that really do make every item on the kit list essential. If you do not have the correct kit, our guide may ask you to leave the trip until you have purchased the necessary items. Every year we experience unseasonal snow at least once. It can also rain very heavily and temperatures can go from being around 35° Celsius (96° F) one week, to below ) 0° (32° F) the next. So, if it rains, you will need waterproof jackets AND trousers, and will be glad of several pairs of gloves. If it snows, you will need decent hiking boots (NOT hiking trainers), walking poles, warm clothes and warm hat and gloves. It is also possible to experience a heatwave. If this happens, you will likely require numerous sachets of rehydration salts and will need to carry 3-4L of water. A sun hat will be absolutely essential.

    For a fuller explanation of the kit listed below you can check out Lindsay's tips and tricks for the GR20 here


    • Summer walking boots - these should be waterproof and comfortable. The terrain is very rough and your boots should be in good condition, there is nowhere to buy new kit on the route apart from Corte. We have no objection to you using ‘low cut walking shoes’ if you are used to them
    • Walking Poles – highly recommended. There are very long and steep descents
    • Rucksack – 35-45 litres. Any bigger and it will be too heavy. Check before you arrive that you can fit everything you need for an overnight stay, including your sleeping bag. You may also be asked to carry a small item of group kit. Your rucksack should have a chest and waist strap and you should try using it loaded before your trip
    • Rucksack liner and cover - either a plastic bag or a roll-top 'Exped' bag. It rarely rains, but when it does it can be torrential!
    • Water container – able to carry at least 4 litres of water. We advise a hydration tube system such as Platypus, plus 1 litre Nalgene bottle. It is difficult to drink enough if you have to remove your rucksack to access a bottle. For some days 2 litres will be sufficient, but other days there are no opportunities to fill up
    • Plastic box – eg Tupperware box. This is for your lunch as some refuges provide a pasta or lentil salad. Approximately 0.6-0.8 litres will be enough. Label it with your name, both on the lid, and the box, and if you are vegetarian make this obvious on the box
    • Fork/spoon/spork - for eating picnic lunches
    • Mobile phone – there is phone reception for a large part of the trip. It is a good idea to have a phone in case of emergency or if you need to leave the group for any reason


    • Waterproof jacket - this MUST be waterproof. We can encounter heavy rain showers in the mountains and you must be able to stay dry and warm
    • Waterproof over trousers - You should be able to take them on and off without removing your boots. We reserve the right to ask you to miss a day of the trip if you are not properly equipped for the weather
    • Trousers - walking trousers which allow free movement. You may find it is too hot for trousers, but they offer protection on the days when we walk through the 'macquis' (thorny scrub)
    • Shorts/skort
    • Sun hat
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves – we recommend 2 pairs (a thin pair and a thicker warmer pair)
    • Base layer e.g. t-shirt, thermal tops – wicking shirts are better than cotton as they dry faster
    • Fleece jacket/top
    • Socks - technical walking socks (2/3 pairs)
    • Underwear
    • Duvet jacket / or second warm top
    • Thermal leggings - optional, and only needed if a cold day
    • Lightweight footwear for hotel use

    Dormitory nights in Refuges/Gîte 

    • Sleeping bag - a lightweight sleeping bag, which for some parts of the journey, you will need to carry on consecutive days. It can be chilly at night, but a 3-season sleeping bag with a comfort rating of around 3 to 5° Celsius (37-41°F) will be enough. A lightweight one should be around 1kg (2.2lbs) or less
    • Sleeping bag liner – good for warm nights when a sleeping bag is too hot
    • Pillow - a lightweight/compact pillow or inflatable pillow. In some of the refuges pillows are not supplied
    • Ear plugs - strongly advised
    • Head torch - lightweight
    • Book/Music device – optional
    • Spare clothes to change in to in the evening
    • Wash bag – small lightweight mini-bottles/packets. Most airport departure lounges have a good stock of miniature shampoo, toothpaste, soap etc
    • Travel towel – towels are provided in the hotels, but not the refuges/gîtes
    • Toilet paper - bring a roll of toilet paper as many refuges do not provide it


    • Sunscreen
    • Lip salve
    • Sunglasses – essential. The sun can be extremely strong in the mountains
    • Small bottle of Antibacterial hand wash
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel as not all the accommodation will supply these
    • Swimwear – Corsica is famous for natural rock pools, so we will swim in these when we can
    • Flip-flops/sandals/crocs – for evenings to give your feet a break from your boots. As light as possible so that you can carry them with you for the nights when we do not have access to luggage
    • Head scarf/bandana to soak in the rivers to cool of - very useful
    • Washing liquid for clothes

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication
    • Antiseptic cream/spray
    • Pain killers/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Re-hydration sachets – eg 'Dioralyte'
    • Throat lozenges
    • Blister plasters/tape - we advise that you use 'Strappal' tape
    • Selection of normal plasters/Band-Aid
    • Diarrhoea treatment - eg 'Immodium'
    • Antihistamine tablets
    • Insect repellent – there are mosquitoes at lower elevations
    • Insect - 'Afterbite' to reduce itching when bitten


    • Passport and a paper copy
    • Mountain Rescue Insurance
    • Credit Card
    • Cash – most refuges do not accept a credit card
    • Waterproof bag for documents 

    Optional items

    • Penknife – to cut up lunch, meat/cheese
    • 'Thermarest' – mattresses are provided on the nights we camp so it is not worth buying a 'Thermarest' for the trip. However, if you have a light one and wish to use it then bring it with you
    • Water purifying tablets – water at refuges is sourced from springs. If you wish to purify your water that is a personal choice
    • 'Buff' – good for extra warmth if the weather changes, or sun protection for your neck on a hot day
    • Pillow case – can be useful for the mountain hut nights
    • Camera – spare memory cards
    • Multi plug adaptor – for charging various items
    • Travel kettle/tea bags- most hotels do not provide tea and coffee making facilities
    • Padlock - for your luggage being transferred 
    • Power pack - for charging phones/gps etc
    • Teabags - some accommodation provide kettles in the bedrooms

    Additional Information

    Walking Boots

    We cannot stress enough that the GR20 is rugged underfoot, and if your walking boots are showing signs of wear, the GR20 will almost certainly finish them off. Make sure your boots are in good condition before arriving as there are no gear shops on the hike, apart from a small shop in Corte in the middle of the trip. If you have any new equipment such as a rucksack or walking boots, it is a good idea to have used them a few times before the trip in order to avoid blisters/sore spots.

    Walking Poles

    Walking poles will really help your knees, and if you haven’t used them before, it would be a good idea to practice beforehand so they are not a hindrance. 


    With regard to hydration we keep up a steady pace for much of the day and it can be difficult to take in enough water if you have to remove your pack to access your water bottles, and for this reason we recommend a hydration system. However, having witnessed various disasters over the years with hydration systems, for example, your entire supply of water disappearing due to a leak, we recommend using a hydration system AND water bottles to avoid this situation. There are not always places to fill up water during the day, so on some days we have to carry all of our water for that day.


    1x Medium sized kit bag/holdall or suitcase, preferably on wheels. Keep the weight to 15kg (33lbs) or below. Luggage with wheels is best. Be aware that your luggage is being transported by taxi and the taxi companies only accept one bag per guest. If you have more than one bag we may have to pay extra and if this is the case we would ask you to refund Tracks and Trails. Ensure you are able to carry your luggage upstairs if necessary, as some of the hotels do not have lifts, and you may have to walk across rough ground on campsites with it. Carry enough dry bags/plastic bags to protect the contents of your luggage bag, which on occasion may be left outside. When it does rain it can be torrential and you may find the contents are wet.


    Dinners and lunches are plentiful, but the breakfasts in the more basic accommodation are standard French Refuge issue, ie dry bread and jam. You may want to bring extra items such as dried fruit, energy bars etc. Supplementary snack bars/chocolate/trail mixes are also recommended especially for those with vegetarian, gluten free or celiac diets. Please read the section under 'Trip Information' which refers to 'Food and Water' as it is not easy for remote locations to cater for gluten free or vegan diets. 

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. The single supplement for this trip is £465.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    Your hiking guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page. 

    We would like to make it clear that due to the wild and rocky nature of the terrain on the GR20 that your guide also has complete discretion to ask you to leave the trip if your fitness and ability adversely impacts on safety. 

  • Is this trip right for me?

    The southern section of the GR20 is easier than the northern section with its precipitous rocky ridges and rocky scrambles. In the south there is less exposure and the days are easier, but the southern section is still a tough trek and very challenging. It is an excellent opportunity to experience Corsica and if you find the trip within your 'comfort zone' you could perhaps tackle the northern section the following year?

    You must be fit and accustomed to walking in the mountains.  There are some rocky sections where you will use your hands and your feet, and one occasion when you will use a chain as security while ascending a rocky section. With this in mind, it is not a suitable trip for those who suffer from vertigo, nor is it a trip for those who are not sure-footed and confident, as there is more technical terrain than you might think for what is essentially a walking path. 

    The GR20 is quite a remote trek, and it isn’t very easy to “sit-out” for a day if you are feeling tired. As the days are long, we cannot afford to go too slowly (as you may be used to doing on other easier treks).  On the GR20 we have an average of 8h00 of walking each day, and some days are 9h00 to 10h00. We are not going to walk fast, but we need to maintain a pace which we would describe as 'steady' without too many stops. Some of the ascents are long, and the descents steep, and these can be problematic for those with weak knees.

    If for any reason your fitness is not at the suitable level for this trip we reserve the right, for safety reasons, to ask you to take public/private transport to the next possible meeting point with you group. Any costs in this regard will be paid for by you, the client. 

    We have graded the trip challenging:

    "Our toughest trips are those we deem to be ‘challenging’. By this we mean challenging physically and mentally. You need a high level of fitness, considerable previous experience of multi day walking trips, and a good attitude. You should enjoy walking for full days and be prepared to cope with regular ascents/descents of between 1300-1800m (4264-5904ft), and crossing passes at up to 3500m (11,480ft). You need to be able to deal with bad weather and to be able to look after your self in terms of being too cold, too hot, too wet, too tired. You do not need to be an athlete or a super hero, but you do need to know what it is like to walk all day to get to where you are going. You should be able to cope with rough and loose terrain, and deal with exposed sections of paths, and occasional sections of cabling or ladders to assist on steep ground. Expect to walk for up to 9 hours a day."

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support each night, which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required. 

    As your luggage will be moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

  • On our GR20 walking trip lunches are included in your trip fee except for your arrival day and in Bonifacio on your rest day. Your kit list will ask you to bring a plastic 'Tupperware' lunch box and cutlery as you will often be given a pasta or lentil salad as well as other items for lunch. Approximately 0.6-0.8 litres will be adequate. Label it with your name, and if you are vegetarian please make this obvious on the box.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • GR20 – Corsica by Paddy Dillon (A Cicerone Guide)

    Corsica Trekking GR20 by David Abram (Trailblazer Guide)

    Rough Guide or Lonely Planet Guide to Corsica

    Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have some maps of the route then the 1:60,000 Didier Richard maps cover the entire GR20 route on two maps – Haute Corse and Corse du Sud.

    If you prefer to have the route in more detail, you need three of the French 1:25,000 IGN maps:

    4252 OT Monte Renoso

    4253 OT Petreto-Bicchiasano and Zicavo

    4253 ET Aiguilles de Bavella and Solenzara

    If you would like to order any of these maps in advance then please let us know and we can add them to your order – we can either post them to you, or give them to you at the start of the trip. The price is approximately £15 each for the IGN maps, and £14 each for the Didier Richard 1:60,000 maps, plus postage if applicable.

  • On the island of Corsica the weather during the summer months is normally clear and warm. The snow should have melted by around late June, and July is the hottest month with the least amount of rainfall, with June, August and September also being relatively dry. The temperatures in the summer can range from  5°Celsius  (41°F) to around 30°Celsius (86°F), but note that in July 2013 and 2015 it did reach 36°C (96.8°F).

    It is generally hot and dry, but due to the mountainous nature of the terrain it is not uncommon to have sudden thunder storms, harsh wind, heavy rain, hail and sometimes even snow, so it is important to be prepared for any eventuality.

    At least once per summer we experience unseasonal conditions that really do make every item on the kit list essential. If you do not have the correct kit, our guide may ask you to leave the trip until you have purchased the necessary items. Every year we experience unseasonal snow at least once. It can also rain heavily and temperatures can be erratic, in the mid 30°Celsius (96°F) one week, to below 0°Celsius (32°F) the next. So, if it rains, you will need waterproof jackets AND trousers, and several pairs of gloves. If it snows, you will need decent hiking boots (NOT hiking trainers), walking poles, warm clothes and warm hat and gloves. It's also essential that you can put your waterproof trousers on without removing your boots.

    It is possible to experience several weeks of heatwave at a time. If this happens, you will likely get through numerous sachets of rehydration salts and will need to be carrying 3-4L of water, and a sun hat will be essential.

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will often only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

    You will need money for dinners in Corte and Porto Vecchio. For dinner we find that between 25-30 Euros per dinner is sufficient, while 10-15 Euros per day for drinks and snacks should be enough.  For your one week trip you should have between 150-200 Euros in cash. Bottled water, wine, beer and soft drinks are available at almost all of the refuges, and you might find that the hot weather makes you consume more cans of soft drink than would be normal for you. There are cashpoints at Bastia airport, at Corte and Bonifacio. Credit cards are not accepted in the refuges, and there will be no money-changing facilities throughout the trip so please do not bring cash in another currency, nor travellers cheques, as you will not be able to use them. Please note that arriving on a Sunday, the banks will be closed.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes.

    The breakfasts on this trip are continental style and usually consist of a hot drink with bread and jam. Some people find they prefer to supplement their breakfasts with other snacks. The picnic lunches are usually tasty, and plentiful, varying from sandwiches to local meats and cheeses to pasta or lentil salad and a piece of fruit. The dinners are hearty, but basic 3-course meals, perfect for hard days in the mountains.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. However, a love of omelettes will be necessary! Corsican mountain refuges/gites have not fully grasped the concept of vegetarian food, and you will almost always be served an omelette, with varying accompaniments. Sometimes they will give you fish, so do remember to tell us whether fish is acceptable. We try to ask for different dishes such as pasta and tomato sauce, but this is met with reluctance. We recommend that you bring with you: nuts, dried fruit, crackers, oatcakes and extra snacks.

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this.  Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets, but in remote refuges in the mountains this is difficult. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/100 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.


    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel or mountain hut is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water.

    Due to rising temperatures in the summer months some mountain huts are having to restrict water usage. Which may mean that you are unable to shower in some mountain refuges.

    At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly.

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

    We ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document. 

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    Plug, Socket & Voltage by Country

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • We work with experienced and professional guides who are passionate about their work. Over the years we have always strived to pursue adventurous routes in special places where you can truly experience the pleasure of a long distance hike which takes you into the wild mountains and off the beaten track. With all our trips we work with qualified International Mountain Leaders who have spent years training to earn the right to work in the mountains. Tracks and Trails is a small company more interested in the enjoyment of our clients than making huge profits, and as a result we tend to have small groups, experienced leaders and happy clients.

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

What's Included

  • The services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader
  • Seven nights accommodation: 3 nights in hotels, 4 nights in gîtes
  • Evening meals, except Corte - Day 1, and Porto-Vecchio Days 7 & 8
  • All transport including airport transfers to and from Bastia
  • Luggage transfers on each day of the trek
  • All packed lunches

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Evening meals in Corte and Porto-Vecchio
  • Lunch on your arrival day and Porto-Vecchio (rest day)
  • Transport, accommodation, expenses; if you cannot do the hikes
  • Personal drinks and snacks


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At a Glance

From Price £2525
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 9 Days
Group Size 4-10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2352m (7714ft)
Countries Visited France
Meet In Bastia, Corsica
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