GR20 North Trek
Panoramic view from GR20 North Trek

GR20 North Trek

8 days

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Enjoy this 8-day self-guided trek from Calvi to Corte experiencing the beauty of Corsica

The GR20 is the iconic trekking trail through some of the most incredible landscapes on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. On this self-guided trekking tour, you’ll spend ten days exploring the north section of the GR20 trail from Calvi to Vizzavona.

Starting along the coast, in the pretty town of Calvi you trek across the spectacular mountains to Vizzavona.  Along the way explore lush green valleys, mountain lakes and more as the GR20 takes you through breathtaking scenery at every turn. You’ll enjoy clear mountain streams, full of lovely waterfalls and refreshing natural pools. Watch for peacefully grazing wildlife, such as wild mouflon sheep and wild horses, in their idyllic natural environments.

Best-suited for experienced hikers, the GR20 North trek is a feast for the senses that you won’t soon forget. Book your self-guided GR20 adventure today!

Highlights of the GR20 North Trek

Explore some of the best trails in Corsica on this self-guided tour of the Northern section of the GR20.
Visit the amazing Spasimata footbridge, which is suspended above a beautiful waterfall.
Experience the majesty of Corsica’s amazing peaks, such as Monte Cintu, Paglia Orba, and Monte d’Oro.
Explore lush green valleys that are home to wild mouflon sheep.

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8 days
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GR20 North Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Calvi

Welcome to Calvi! Arrive today and explore this wonderful town, but get a good night’s rest in your hotel, tomorrow you start the GR20.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Les Arbousiers, Calvi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Taxi to Calenzana and trek Bonifatu

First thing this morning, take a taxi (included) from Calvi to the village of Calenzana. This is the official starting point for the GR20 trail. Hike through the forest today, passing amazing scenic overlooks where you can see the historic villages of the Balagne region. After about 4 hours of walking, you’ll come to Bonifatu, your stop for the night.
Overnight Location: Auberge Foret, Bonifatu
Distance: 4 hours, 11 km, 700 m of ascent, 450 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to Haut Asco

Get an early start after breakfast today and be prepared for a long day. Leaving Bonifatu, you’ll cross several rivers, then come to the famous Spasimata footbridge. This bridge is 30 m (98 feet) long and is a great location to take photos of the beautiful waterfall below it. Continue to the Muvrella Valley, named for a type of wild sheep also known as mouflon, where you’ll find a small lake. You’ll pass many incredible viewpoints where you can pause to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings. Finish today’s trek at the foot of Corsica’s highest summit, Monte Cinto (2,706 m / 8,878’).
Overnight Location: Le Chalet, Haut Asco
Distance: 8 hours, 9.5 km, 1,300 m of ascent, 600 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek by Monte Cintu to Vallone

The traditional GR20 route has been rerouted to avoid the Cirque de la Solitude, an area which has been closed by park authorities since a huge landslide occurred there in 2015. Today’s trek is long and strenuous but crosses the amazing terrain around Monte Cintu and the Pointe des Éboulis (2,602 m / 8,537’). After you reach the Bocca Minuta (2,218 m / 7,277‘), which marks the end of the Cirque de la Solitude, you’ll descend into the Straciaconne Valley. Watch for the wild mouflon sheep that call this valley home. Stop for the night at the shepherd’s hut in Vallone, where you’ll spend a beautiful night camped out under the stars. Note that your bags will not be transferred to the Bergerie tonight, so you’ll take a small bag with you during the day. Your bags will be waiting for you in Verghio.
Overnight Location: Bergerie, Vallone
Distance: 8.5 hours, 9 km, 1,200 m of ascent, 800 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Verghio

Explore the heart of the island of Corsica today as you hike through the Niolu Valley. Today’s views include some of Corsica’s most incredible and beautiful summits, the Paglia Orba (2,525 m / 8,284’) and the distinctive Capu Tafunatu (2,335 m / 7,661’). On a clear day, you can see an incredible view all the way to the Gulf of Porto. Then descend again into the Golo Valley and the Verghio forest. In Radule, visit the shepherd’s hut, and pause to refresh yourself in the natural pools along the trail. Spend the night at the Castel di Verghio.
Overnight Location: Castel di Verghio, Verghio
Distance: 6.5 hours, 13.5 km, 971 m of ascent, 1,017 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Manganu Refuge

Begin today by crossing the Col de Saint-Pierre (Bocca San Pedru in Corsican) and the Bocca a Reta. From this magical place, you’ll find a breathtaking view of the rugged coastline as it plunges into the sparkling blue Mediterranean. You can also see the Lake of Ninu, which was formed by a glacial crater and is surrounded by lush green vegetation. Watch for wild horses grazing peacefully beside the lake, which is surrounded by bright green pozzines. Spend your night at the Manganu Refuge.
Overnight Location: Refuge in Manganu
Distance: 7.5 hours, 869 m of ascent, 689 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Trek to Petra Piana

Trek through a plateau filled with streams and pozzines, before arriving at the Capitellu Breach for jaw-dropping views of the Melu and Capitellu lakes. After putting in a strong effort on the way to Bocca Muzella at 2206m, you will make a descent into the Petra Piana refuge, where you will stay for the night.
Overnight Location: Refuge at Petra Piana
Distance: 6 hours, 670 m of ascent, 465 m of descent
Meals: None

Day 8 Trek to l’Onda

A short stage with panoramic views will see you trek between the Monte Rotondo and Monte d’Oro Massifs. Extra caution will be needed to traverse the narrow passages and windy corridors, but on a clear day you will experience beautiful views that extend out to the Gulf of Ajaccio.
Overnight Location: Refuge at l’Onda
Distance: 5 hours, 560 m of ascent, 965 m of descent
Meals: None

Day 9 Trek to Vizzavona

On the last day along the northern section of the GR20, you will make your way towards Vizzavona through the beautifully scenic Agnone Valley at the base of the majestic Monte d’Oro. Once you have crossed the Turtettu footbridge, you will pass by countless streams and small waterfalls set along the forest, before eventually arriving at the end opf the trail in Vizzavona.
Overnight Location: Refuge at Vizzavona
Distance: 6.5 hours, 630 m of ascent, 1140 m of descent
Meals: Dinner

Day 10 Departure Day

Sadly, your GR20 North trekking tour has come to an end. Check out of your hotel after breakfast. Airport transfers can be arranged for an additional fee. Have a pleasant journey!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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GR20 North Trek Dates and Prices

This self-guided tour in Corsica is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group.

The prices below are per person, sharing a double or a triple room.

  • Self-guided groups of 2-3: $1,175 USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 4-6: $895 USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on the GR20 North Trek

This tour is based in hotels and mountain gites (dormitory-style). Dormitory nights (nights 2, 3, 5, and 9) can be upgraded to a double occupancy room for an additional fee.

Hotels on this trip are 2- and 3-star hotels. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Les Arbousiers, Calvi ★★

Les Arbousiers is clean, comfortable, and close to Calvi’s attractions. Be sure to enjoy the picnic area and the sun terrace during your stay!

Auberge Foret, Bonifatu (Dormitory)

Enjoy the shade of the forest and lovely mountain views from the Auberge Foret. You’ll rest well in a peaceful place with friendly, attentive staff.

Le Chalet, Haut Asco (Dormitory)

A hot shower and a good meal go a long way along the trail. Join other GR20 hikers on the patio for a cold drink before turning in for the night.

Night 4

Bergerie, Vallone (Camping)

Camp under the stars at this Bergerie. Tents and sleeping mats are supplied. There is a nearby river for swimming on hot days!

Hôtel Castel di Verghio (Dormitory), Verghio ★★★

Discover why this hotel is so popular with hikers! It’s in a great location and you can enjoy wonderful mountain views.

Night 6-9

Refuges along GR20 trail

Stay in a rustic refuge along the GR20 trail. You will share the living spaces with other fellow trekkers.

What’s included in the GR20 North Trek?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners are included in this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights along the tour as described. Hotel in Calvi is of a 2- or 3-star standard. Spend nights in dormitory-style accommodations and 1 night camping. Several dormitory nights can be upgraded to double-occupancy hotel rooms for an additional fee.

Transportation during the Tour

Taxi transfer from Calvi to Calenzana on day 2 is included.

Also Included

  • Local assistance as needed
  • Luggage transfers (except day 4 and 6)

Not included

  • Transportation to or from the island of Corsica
  • Airport transfers and any other transfers not listed as included
  • Meals not listed as included (breakfast and lunch on day 7, dinners on days 5-6)
  • Beverages
  • Admission to tourist attractions
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Luggage transfers on day 4 and 6
  • Travel insurance

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to hotels (instead of dorms) in Bonifatu, Ascu, Verghio, and Vizzavona: $150 USD
  • Airport transfers (prices below are per one-way trip)

Frequently Asked Questions about GR20 North Trek

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be able to walk for up to 8 hours per day on rocky and uneven terrain. The trails are well-marked but can be challenging. Previous hiking experience required.

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