- 6 days walking.
- Altitude maximum 2400m, average 2000m.
1 night in a 2* hotel in twin or double room with en suite facilities. 4 nights in private gîtes with dormitories (4 to 16 beds), hot showers and toilets. 1 night in a nice official GR20 refuge with 6 to 8 people per room, hot shower and toilets. 1 night at shepherd's huts in tents of 2 (simple toilets and shower available).
Please be aware that facilities will be basic and normally on a shared basis (except at the hotel). Hot showers should be available at each and every accommodation, but water maybe limited and demand high.
All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included.
Grade: 6 (Challenging/ Tough) The GR20 is a long and tough trek which requires a good level of fitness, mountain walking experience, sure-footedness for the rocky landscape and mountain ridges, as well as a head for heights. Although the trek is not technically challenging, it involves plenty of ascents and descents, scrambling and the occasional use of fixed chains and a ladder (via ferrata).
Each day you can expect to walk for an average of 6 to 9 hours (not including stops) with considerable daily ascents and descents with rough underfoot (averaging +800m and -800m per day, not including the optional summit ascents/descents).
The main luggage is driven from base to base for you, so on most days you only have to carry your gear for the day and perhaps a packed lunch. However, on 2 occasions your accommodation is inaccessible by road, therefore you will need to carry your sleeping bag and overnight belongings for 4 days of the trek.
Please ensure your daysack is big enough to carry all the necessary equipment. The paths are well marked with red and white painted signs on rocks, trees and other convenient objects. However, your itinerary diverges from the classic trail at times to take you to see more fantastic scenery, as well as taking you to less crowded and more comfortable gites for the night.
Normal group size and age
Self-guided tour, minimum 2 people travelling together. Luggage is transferred and will be accessible most days of the tour. Minimum age 18.
Self-Guided trips are only available to cycling enthusiasts in Europe. These holidays are the perfect choice for those who like to travel independently and at your own pace, yet still benefit from our quality research, back-up and support. We'll arrange your accommodation, provide you with detailed maps and route notes, and transport your bags from one hotel to the next.
In order to provide a more accurate grading system, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Challenging/Tough. Occasionally, there are optional activities available en route, in this case the optional grade is indicated in brackets, for example Grade Challenging (climb Tough+). Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide only. In all cases you should refer to the respective holiday's Trip Notes for further details.
Exodus is always looking to improve our current itineraries and to offer something different. With many new trips this year, there is something unique and different to try every year.
Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.