GR20 North & South


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GR20 North & South - Self-guided. 14 nights / 13 days of tough walking

A bucket list mountain walk, not for the faint-hearted; the GR20 is one of the hardest mountain walks in Europe. 

GR20 North & South

Duration: 14 nights

Walking: 13 days' walking: 6-9 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: Bavella to Haut Asco. Fly into Figari / out of Calvi

Departure dates: Sundays from 2nd June to 8th September



Our 14 night package tackles 13 of the full 16 GR20 sections and traverses the island diagonally, travelling from south to north. This challenge will test your fitness and resilience to the max.

The walks are long between 6-9 hours a day, maybe more. You can expect steep uphill and downhill sections with maybe up to 1000m altitude gain some days. The temperatures will range and weather conditions can be severe. You must be fit and have good trekking experience. 

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: London to Figari / Calvi to Stansted
  • 13 nights' on Full Board
  • 1 night on B&B
  • 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 Bavella, Coscione, Col de Verde, Capanelle and Vizzavona in the south and Col de Vergio, Haut Asco and Calvi in the north.

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

For safety reason we do not accept single person reservations.

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