GR20 in 12 days

The length of time it takes to complete the Corsican GR20 depends on the walking pace you are willing and able to set yourself each day: Completing it in 12 days means going a little faster than planned from Calenzana to Conca. Don’t forget that the trail is designed to be completed in 16 days, so if you plan to do it in 12 days, you’ll be doubling some of the stages. So there will be days when you stop at refuges in the evening, and days when you walk faster and come across a refuge in the early afternoon for lunch, for example. If you’re planning to spend 12 days on the GR20 in 2024, here’s some advice on how to make it a success.

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A magical atmosphere on the GR20

The stages of the GR20 in 12 days

Here you’ll find a list of all the stages of the GR20. The table below gives you an example of how to divide up the GR20 into 12 days – it’s not compulsory, it all depends on what you want to do! You can also take into account the variations.

For example, stage 7, which we suggest in the breakdown below, is done via a variant that avoids Vizzavone. However, you won’t be able to do the variant ascent of Monte d’oro, which takes you straight back down to Vizzavone.

In the same vein, stage 10 below is a variant that avoids Matalza, an old stage of the GR20 when it still had 15 stages.

The estimated walking times given below are calculated for a standard hiker: depending on your physical condition, you should normally go faster.

1Calenzana à Ortu1114502506h30Plus d'infos
2Ortu à Ascu
(en mangeant à Carozzu)
131520159013h00Partie 1
Partie 2
3Ascu Stagnu à Tighettu9120010008h00Plus d'infos
4Tighjettu à Ciottulu di i Mori77003404h00Plus d'infos
5Ciottulu di i Mori à Manganu2492013008h00Plus d'infos
6Manganu à L’Onda
(en mangeant à Petra Piana)
18.51330150011h30Partie 1
Partie 2
7L’Onda à Capannelle
(en évitant Vizzavona)
26,51700170013h15Partie 1
Partie 2
8Capannelle à Prati179007506h00Plus d'infos
9Prati à Usciolu117007505h45Plus d'infos
10Usciolu à Asinau
(en évitant Matalza)
2195011408h30Partie 1
Partie 2
11Asinau à Paliri1560011007h00Plus d'infos
12Paliri à Conca13.537011005h00Plus d'infos

Refuges for eating, refuges for sleeping

Here is a list of all the refuges on the GR20. If you want to do it in 12 days, you’ll come across 1 or 2 refuges a day: the one you leave in the morning, the one you might come across halfway along the route (normally for a lunch break) and the refuge where you sleep in the evening.

ArrêtAltitudePlacesPlus d'infos
CalenzanaDépart Jour 1280 mPlusieurs lieuxPlus d'infos
Ortu di u PiobbuDormir "Jour 1"1520 m32Plus d'infos
CarrozzuRepas "Jour 2"1270 m36Plus d'infos
Station d’Asco StagnuDormir "Jour 2"1422 mPlusieurs lieuxPlus d'infos
Tighjettu Dormir "Jour 3"1683 m48Plus d'infos
Ciottulu di i MoriDormir "Jour 4"1997 m26Plus d'infos
Manganu Dormir "Jour 5"1600 m32Plus d'infos
Petra pianaRepas "Jour 6"1842 m28Plus d'infos
l’OndaDormir "Jour 6"1431 m28Plus d'infos
Vizzavona Repas "Jour 7"954 mPlusieurs lieuxPlus d'infos
E CapannelleDormir "Jour 7"1586 m15Plus d'infos
Prati Dormir "Jour 8"1820 m22Plus d'infos
UscioluDormir "Jour 9"1750 m31Plus d'infos
Matalza Contournement
Asinau Dormir "Jour 10"1536 m28Plus d'infos
I Paliri Dormir "Jour 11"1055 m22Plus d'infos
ConcaArrivée fin du jour 12280 mPlusieurs lieuxPlus d'infos

Stories of the GR20 in 12 days

Do you have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments section or on the GR20 forum. Discover here the stories of hikers who have completed the GR20 in this timeframe

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Letizia and Raphaël’s GR20

These two thirty-somethings from Switzerland completed the GR20 in 12 days, doubling stages 4 and 5 as well as stages 10, 11 and 12 in just two stages. To find out more

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They did the GR20 in 12 days and offer you the chance to discover their story: stages, breakdown and equipment)

All the other ways of doing the GR20 :

  • Doing the GR20: the stages
  • Do the GR20 in 10 days
  • Do the GR20 in 8 days
  • Do the GR20 in 7 days
  • Do the GR20 in 5 days
  • The GR20 in autonomy
  • The GR20 Comfort
  • The running GR20
  • The GR20 Grand Luxe
  • The GR20 on your own

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