GR20 North


Walking  |  GR20

GR20 North Section - Self-guided. 7 nights / 6 days of tough walking

Trek the toughest section of the GR20 over seven days as you attempt to tick off half of this extremely tough walk. 

GR20 North

Duration: 7 nights

Walking: 6 days' walking: 5-8 hours a day

Difficulty level: Tough - read more on our walking gradings

Accommodation: Camping, simple refuges and shepherds' cabins - all shared dorms with limited showers and wcs

Type: Self-guided

Start and finish point: Vizzavona - Bonifato. Fly into / out of Calvi

Departure dates: Sundays from 9th June to 15th September



Your fitness will need to be on point for this section of the GR20.

Starting in Vizzavona and walking your way to Bonifato, you will trek through some of the most challenging mountain terrain experiencing high ridges, deep chasms and bare granite slops for long periods of time. Continuous steep ascents and descents will greet you daily, along with the most stunning scenery. Resilience will need to be at the top of your personality traits! This trek benefits from a luggage service where you will be reunited with your main bag at selected points throughout your trek. 

The GR20 is becoming more and more popular, but it remains the most difficult trek in Europe. To overlook this could put inexperienced walkers in danger. There is a need to prepare for this trip properly and to not overestimate your ability. The GR20 is for hikers in very good physical shape who already have the experience of high mountain trekking over several days, and are able to manage to self guide their walking with all that that involves: determination, effort, map skills and orientation, be aware and can handle adjustments in the weather.

This walk is very challenging, You need to be sure footed and have appropriate scrambling experience - you need to know how to place your feet on rocky ground. 


Getting Prepared

We recommend at least three sessions a week of aerobic exercise and regular hill walking. It is good to get in some hill walks on rough, uneven terrain, to build up ankle strength. Train to walk downhill, get used to knowing where to put your feet. Aim to progress walking downhill at a reasonable pace, two walking poles will reduce the shock on your legs. 

Relevant walks you should have undertaken before the GR20:

1. Ascending Snowdon by Crib Goch

2. Descending from Blencathra in the Lake Dristrict by Sharp Edge

3. Scrambling along the Aonach Eagach ridge end of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands

Key Information

This mountain walk is graded as:

What's included

  • Return flights: Stansted to Calvi / from Calvi
  • 6 nights on Full Board
  • 1 night on B&B
  • Train to Vizzavona on arrival day
  • Luggage transfers on specific days
  • Map and route notes
  • 24 hour assistance service provided by our walking specialist partner

What's not included

  • Meals not stated in the trip notes
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Return airport transfers from/to other arrival airports

Luggage moving and day sack

During this trek you will carry a 35-45 litre rucksack with a water bottle, sun and wet weather gear, camera, tupperware with picnic, trailfood, all your overnight gear including knife, fork, etc, washbag, clean items of clothing, and sleeping bag.
Your main luggage is transported by vehicle to Col de Vergio, Haut Asco & Calvi.

There are fresh water springs en-route so you do not have to be weighed down with litres of water.

For safety reasons we do not accept single person reservations.

For full itinerary, trip notes, technical information and kit list, view our detailed GR20 North web page, or download our factsheet.