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    How basic are the Corsican gites?

    The GR20 is notoriously difficult due to the lack of water and extremely poor accommodation in extremely overcrowded mountain huts (with up to 150 people in one room) along the route. This new itinerary takes away the hassles as we stay in privately owned refuges, allowing us to enjoy the beautiful walking.

    We spend 3 nights in a 2* hotel in twin or double room with en suite facilities. 9 nights in private gîtes with dormitories (4 to 16 beds), hot showers and toilets. There is only 1 night in an official GR20 refuge with 6 to 8 people per room, hot shower and toilets, as well as 1 night at a shepherd's hut in tents of 2 (simple toilets and shower available). Please be aware that facilities will be basic and normally on a shared basis (except at the hotel). Hot showers should be available at each accommodation, but water may be limited and demand high.

    Rachel George - Europe Operations


    Do we carry our own gear on the GR20?

    The main luggage is driven from base to base for us on most days, so we only have to carry our gear for the day and perhaps a packed lunch. However, on two occasions our accommodation is inaccessible by road, therefore we will need to carry our sleeping bag and overnight belongings for two consecutive days. Please ensure your daysack is big enough to carry all the necessary equipment.

    Rachel George - Europe Operations


    How difficult is the GR20?

    This long and tough trek is graded C/D.

    The GR20 requires a good level of fitness, mountain walking experience and sure footedness for the rocky landscape and mountain ridges, as well as a head for heights.

    Although the GR20 is not technically challenging, it involves plenty of ascents and descents, scrambling and the occasional use of fixed chains and a ladder (via ferrata). Each day we can expect to walk for an average of 6 to 9 hours (not including stops) with considerable daily ascents and descents with rough paths underfoot (averaging +800m and -800m per day, not including the optional summit ascents/descents). 

    We have two tour leaders walking with the group on all departures for added flexibility in our routes.

    Anna Dambrosio - Product Manager


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    We hope you enjoy using the Departure Lounge to meet your fellow travellers and continue to contribute right up to the start of your journey with Exodus.


    Are 2017 dates and prices available?

    Our experts can access lots of 2017 departures now, and we’ll be loading them on here soon. Meanwhile, you can call, email or use live chat to check 2017 dates, prices, availability and to book.


    How do I compare trips for my next adventure?

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