Is Corsica’s GR20 The Toughest Trail In Europe?


The GR 20 (or fra li monti) is a GR footpath that crosses the Mediterranean island of Corsica running approximately north-south, described by the outdoor writer Paddy Dillon as “one of the top trails in the world”.

The whole trail is about 180 km long with 12,000m of elevation gain, clearly waymarked throughout, the walk for most of the 10,000-20,000 hikers per year takes around 15 days. The trail is considered to be the most difficult of all the GR routes and consists of two parts: the northern part, between Calenzana and Vizzavona and the southern part, between Vizzavona and Conca.

Corsica GR20: The Toughest Trail in Europe – Friendly Hiker

The GR20 is the most difficult hiking trail in Europe. Follow 6 Friendly hikers day by day through impressive mountain scenery. And enjoy the fun they have while hiking through it.

Further reading by Cicerone Press: Trekking The GR20 Corsica – The high level route.

HIKING MIRACLES – GR 20 – Beauty Of Adventure

The story begins in a small town named Calenzana, on the island of Corsica. A young girl embarks on a journey along the legendary marked trail, GR 20. Through her feelings, you can experience what it takes to go 180 km away from civilization, in extremely challenging terrain, and in constant weather changes. A story full of unforgettable moments is an adventure of 16 days spent in the wilderness.

A Quick & Dirty Guide to Corsica’s GR20 – The Hiking Life

The GR20 is a spectacular 180 km (112 mi) trail, that winds its way along the jagged spine of Corsica’s mountainous centre. Despite the rugged nature of much of the terrain, it is a hike that is within the capabilities of most backpackers, due to it being exceedingly well marked and sporting regular accommodation and resupply options. I hiked the GR20 in 2009. Click here… to read more.

Solo Hiking the GR20 in Corsica – Floor Denil

In August 2019, I hiked the GR20 – a 190 km hike through the mountains of Corsica. English and French subtitles available!

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