Corsica France

Hiking in Corsica

The GR20 follows the high granite mountains, which diagonally cross the beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica. The trail offers some fantastic scenery, along with an insight into the authentic and traditional working mountain community.

Walking from south to north you travel through alpine terrain onto high mountain plateaux where prickly maquis rises out of rocky combs and the high ridges give you spectacular views of the sea and the coastlines of the island.

The route weaves in and out of oak and pine forest up onto the ridges, past shepherd huts and the truly magnificent Corsican rock needles, fine red towers and pinnacles. You continue over slabs, boulders, granite stairways, scrambling ridges, sparkling rock pools and refreshing waterfalls: superb days of true mountain walking.

The trek culminates in some fabulously challenging ascents over high passes with the possibility of summiting Paglia Orba (2525 metres). Saving the best till last, the famous Cirque de Solitude is the one of the most stimulating, dramatic and impressive sections of the trek. You will stay in a mix of gites, refuges and camps, situated in places of exceptional beauty. On most days you walk carrying only a small daypack, although on others you will need to carry your overnight gear.

This walk is reputed as the best and most challenging in Europe, an incomparable experience for those who love trekking and the outdoors.

This trip is guided by a fully qualified, experienced, English-speaking professional Corsican GR20 mountain leader. Their knowledge of the GR20 and their ability to be able to communicate with the locals, and importantly (as well as being known by them) the accommodation providers en route greatly enhances the smooth operation and enjoyment of the GR20.

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