Top tips for doing the GR20

Paddy Dillon is a man full of wise words and advice and here he gives us his top tips for doing the GR20 - probably the toughest trek in the world.

Top tips for doing the gr20


  • Don’t start too early or too late in the year.
  • Make sure you are fit and well prepared.
  • Keep your pack weight as low as possible.
  • Be sure to carry enough food and water.
  • Walk slowly and steadily with care.
  • Be aware of your options each day.
  • Obtain a weather forecast each day.
  • Consider using two trekking poles.
  • Use a high-factor sunscreen and wear a hat.
  • Learn at least a few words of French.

and remember...

  • It is a tough trek but not a rock climb.
  • The mountain refuges are always open.
  • The refuges have well-equipped kitchens.
  • Refuges must be pre-booked –
  • Facilities outside the peak season are scarce.
  • Snow can lie well into June and even July.
  • Mobile phones only rarely get a good signal.
  • Waymarking is usually very good.
  • Many other trekkers are going your way.
  • English is not widely spoken in Corsica.

Happy trekking,


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