Short GR20 - Southern Half

7 days
T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Complete the southern half of the GR20
> Spend your nights in mountain huts
> Enjoy the beautiful Plateau de Coscione

The GR20, also known as fra li Monti, is a GR (Grande Randonnée) hiking trail that crosses the Mediterranean island of Corsica and runs roughly from north to south. The whole route is about 180 km long with an altitude difference of 12,000 m. This GR route is considered one of the toughest of all GR routes.

The full trek takes 15 days. However, if you want to do a shorter version of the trek, you can do so. The GR20 can be divided into the northern and the southern half. The southern half is 7 days long and starts from Conca. Instead of going all the way to Calenzana, you will finish your adventure in Vizzavona. You can also do it the other way around, starting from Vizzavona and ending in Conca. The southern section of the GR20 is lighter than the northern section, which is considered the toughest half. If you want to get a taste of the GR20 but you prefer a quieter and lighter trek, the southern half of the GR20 is a great option.

Itinerary

Day
1

Conca - Refuge de Paliri

Duration: 05:50 h
Distance: 13.3 km
Ascent: 1060 m
Descent: 260 m
The first stage ascends from Conca (252 m) to Refuge de Paliri (1055 m, the highest point of the stage).

Refuge de Paliri

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Refuge de Paliri
Day
2

Refuge de Paliri - Refuge d'Asinao

Duration: 06:30 h
Distance: 15.4 km
Ascent: 960 m
Descent: 500 m
Today the trail starts in Refuge de Paliri (1055 m) and ends in Refuge d'Asinao (1530 m). The highest point is at Cold de Pargulu, at 1662 m.

Refuge d'Asinao

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Refuge d'Asinao
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3

Refuge d'Asinao - Refuge de Matalza

Duration: 04:00 h
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 490 m
Descent: 600 m
The third stage starts in Refuge d'Asinao (1530m) and goes straight up to Bocca Stazzunara. Here you can choose to see the summit of Monte Incudine (2134m), but note that the usual route goes the other way towards Refuge de Matalza (1410m).

Refuge de Matalza

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Refuge de Matalza
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Included

  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the GR20 for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the GR20 , interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation on the GR20

    We will arrange your accommodation on the GR20 in mountain huts. The mountain huts along the GR20 offer basic shared accommodation and food. These refuges come under the regional Corsican natural park’s authority and can host 25-50 people depending on the hut. In case the mountain huts are fully booked, we will automatically book a tent for you. In Refuge d'Ortu di u Piobbu, you will spend the night in a tent in all cases.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included in the price on the GR20 . You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way or you can get food from the towns below the trail. If you want to have a warm dinner at the hut, remember to ask for it as soon as you get to the hut.

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