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Hiking in Corsica, island in the south of France

8 days to Hike and sleep in refuges on the heights of « the Isle of Beauty », in Corsica, in the south of the France to meet the high mountain sheepfolds on the famous hicking trail Gr20.

by carolineAbout Me:Hi, I’m Caroline, I’m 29 and I work like a layer in France since five years ago. I travel in South America during six month. read more

EuropeFrance2 days / May 2022

Highs & Lows

Peace and quiet place for an adventure in the wild

Not all huts have a water supply in the middle of summer

Itinerary Overview

I left by ferry from Toulon, in the south of France, on the night of Thursday 25 May 2022 to arrive at Ile Rousse in the north of Corsica on Thursday midday. Then with another hiker, we took a taxi to go to the starting point of the great hike which crosses Corsica from north to south, in Calenzana. After a first night under the tent, the departure on foot, backpack on the back, and sticks in the hand will be done on Friday morning at dawn to prefer walking in the morning and avoid the high temperatures of the afternoon. I left by ferry from Toulon, in the south of France, on the night of Thursday 25 May 2022 to arrive at Ile Rousse in the north of Corsica on Thursday midday. Then with another hiker, we took a taxi to go to the starting point of the great hike which crosses Corsica from north to south, in Conca. After a first meal prepared with the help of the stove night under the tent, the departure on foot, backpack on the back, and sticks in the hand will be done on Friday morning at dawn to prefer walking in the morning and avoid the high temperatures of the afternoon. We are ten hikers on the departure that day and it is gone for eight days of intensive walking, on 180 km of demanding paths to climb the high summits of the island where there are sometimes some snowfalls to cross, to go down rocky and technical slopes and to cross rivers in which it is not rare to meet hikers to relax their legs a little before setting out again towards new breathtaking panoramas. At the end of this epic adventure, the hiking boots will have climbed with me no less than 11 000 metres of positive vertical drop.

  • 1 Night: Refuge de l'Onda
  • 1 Night: Refuge de Prati
    Hiking and Mountain time.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If I do Gr20 in the future, I won't this alone but with someone, in a team.

  • How was the food?

    On each stage there is at least one place where it is possible to refuel. It is not necessary to carry food if you want to walk as light as possible. Please note that many places do not accept credit cards.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Keep your pack as light as possible, ideally no more than 20 percent of your body weight. Think of the special blisters in your first aid kit!

  • Packing tips?

    Make sure you have a first aid kit in your bag.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Make sure you get used to your hiking boots before you start walking on the very technical Gr20 trails.

  • Any surprises?

    Even if you do the Gr20 on summer, there is still snow on the way sometimes in mountains.

  • Booking details?

    Refuge of Onda in camping area next to the refuge. Refuge of Prati in camping area next to the refuge. Check the availability of places in the huts a few months before your departure on the website dedicated to the GR20 or by calling directly the huts.