11 days walking including 4 days light backpacking, 1 rest day in Corte. Altitude maximum 2400m (optional ascent of Mt Cinto 2706m), average 2000m.
3 nights in a 2* hotel in twin or double room with en suite facilities. 9 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, 12 lunches and 12 dinners included.
This long and tough trek is graded C/D (Challenging/Tough).
The GR20 requires a good level of fitness, mountain walking experience and a sure footedness for the rocky landscape and mountain ridges, as well as a head for heights. Although the GR20 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 we 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 us on most days, so we only have to carry our gear for the day and perhaps a packed lunch. However, on 2 occasions our accommodation is inaccessible by road, therefore we will need to carry our sleeping bag and overnight belongings for 4 consecutive days. 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, our 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
Normally 8 to 16, plus 2 leaders. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
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.
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