Corsica Haute Route - Trekking the GR20
- Classic coast to coast walking across the length of Corsica
- Bavella to Calenzana, trekking the famous GR20
- Hiking, scrambling and ascending of serious ridges
- Vehicle support with access to bags wherever possible
- Europe`s most challenging long distance trekking trails
A classic walking holiday along the complete GR20 Haute Route in Corsica. The GR20 Haute Route in Corsica, is classed as one of the finest and hardest mountain walking routes in the whole of Europe. Rising abruptly from the Mediterranean, with granite peaks soaring to over 2500m, Corsica is known as 'the Scented Isle'. Famous for its dramatic coastline and pretty, perched mountain villages, the rugged island of Corsica reveals its most spectacular scenery only to those who are prepared to explore it on foot. Starting out by trekking in the south-east amongst the towering pinnacles of Bavella, the trail takes us through the heart of Corsica and to the North. Our unique itinerary includes the 3 final stages of the GR20, with the mountain cirque of Bonifatu and a real sense of achievement as we walk proudly into Calanzana, the village that marks the end of the trek. The route covers a total of 180km of mountainous terrain with approx 12,000m altitude ascent and descent over the 2-week holiday. The variety of terrain is inspiring from rocky, forested slopes to high pasture, airy ridges and alpine valleys. It is unquestionably one of the great walking adventure holidays in Europe.
Is this holiday for you?
The Corsica GR20 is a trekking route for walkers who are in good shape, have good stamina and the ability to move confidently and safely over rocky rugged mountainous terrain. Though well-established and well-marked, the paths on the Corsican GR20 are often very rocky with numerous steep ascents and descents that are rough under foot. The itinerary is constant, with scrambling sections and high ridge walks on the majority of days. The average distance covered each day is between 10 and 15 km with 800-1000m ascent/descent (equating with 6 to 8 hours of walking, not including stops). The longest day is 28km. The days are very full, typically we set out at first light and arrive at our nightspot at 5pm in the evening. Because this route cannot be fully vehicle-supported, group members will carry their sleeping bags, rain gear and the days food, along with essential overnight items on most of the walking days. Trekking poles are highly recommended and you should be adept at using them before you come. The reputation of this GR comes from the nature of the terrain. It is very technical, you need to be sure footed, have agility and plenty of relevant mountain experience.