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The GR20 in Corsica

The GR20, legendary hiking trail across the Corsican mountains

 

INTRODUCTION ON THE GR20:



The GR20 the legendary hiking trail across the Corsican mountains is about 200km long , and probably one of the most demanding trails in Europe (although any hiker in good physical condition can do it). It can be especially dangerous during bad weather conditions such as rainstorms or snowfall, etc.

So the best time to go is between June and September, when the climate on the island is at its mildest.
If you are an experienced hiker, it will take you about two weeks to do the entire trail (nonetheless about 7 hours of walking per day).

The classical route is from the north to the south, from Calenzana to Conca, and it is divided into two main stages: the first from Calenzana to Vizzavona, the second from Vizzavona to Conca.

However, for less experienced hikers there are easier stages such as Mare E Monti and the Mare a Mare both of which are less difficult hikes.

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THE DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE GR20


Classic route :


1st stage of the Gr20 :

From Calenzana to Vizzavona (northern part)

- Calenzana to Ortu di Piobbu
About between 6 and 7 hours to the refuge

- Ortu di u Piobbu to Carozzu
About 7 hours to the refuge

- Carozzu to Ascu Stagnu
About 6 hours to the refuge

- Ascu Stagnu to Tighjettu
About 6 hours to the refuge

- Tighjettu to Ciottulu di i Mori
about 4 hours to the refuge

- Ciottulu di i Mori to Manganu
About 8 hours to the refuge

- Manganu to Petra Piana
Between 6 and 7 hours to the refuge

- Petra Piana to L'Onda
About 5 hours to the refuge

- L'Onda to Vizzavona
About 6 hours to the refuge

 

2nd stage of the GR20 from Vizzavona to Conca (southern part ):

Departure in Vizzavona to Conca :

- Vizzavona to Capannelle
A bit over 5 hours to the refuge

- Capannelle to Prati
A bit over 6 hours to the refuge

- Prati to Usciolu
About 6 hours to the refuge

- Usciolu to Asinau
About 8 hours to the refuge

- Asinau to Paliri
About 7 hours to the refuge

- Paliri to Conca
About 5 hours de marche to the refuge

Easier hikes : The Mare e Monti, between the sea and the mountains

1st stage from Calenzana to Cargese (northern part):

Starting point in Calenzana:

- Calenzana to Bonifatu

- Bonifatu to Tuarelli

- Tuarelli to Galeria

- Galeria to Girolata

- Girolata to Curzu

- Curzu to Serriera

- Serriera to Ota