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Posted: Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 12:09
Does anybody have experience or can advise me an organization that offers the GR20 with a guide in group ? I already learned a lot here and I know July and August are crowded. But I have to be realistic and when walking alone, 1 unfortunate slip can leave you alone for a while without any help. Never experienced that but there are stories to prove it does happen. Because you will see at that moment or on that particular difficult crossing there is nobody around. Also I am 52 and not getting younger. Still healthy doing sports like running and volleyball, but not overloaded with experience , started hiking again last year with 170km part of the GR11 in Spanish Pyrenees on my own. I realize this will be more technical. I plan to go July/August 2017. A guided trek would cost me more then double, so any advice and thought is welcome. I live in Belgium and till now the best info on guided trek I saw on this website http://walking.europe-active.co.uk. Thanks in advance ! Steven
Posted: Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 14:03
I never went on a guided trek on the GR20, but I met a lot of people who did. Back in the old days, before you could book the refuges, it was very rare to meet a guided trek, and everyone had to carry their own tents and food. That all changed some years ago, because companies can now book beds, organise meals and transport baggage. You're right, it does cost a lot, but many people now prefer to do it that way. For your money, you will get everything organized for you, but you still have to be fit enough to trek. I have come across people who couldn't keep up with their groups, and they were sent ahead by taxi, with instructions about how to get back onto the route and meet up with everyone else in the evenings. Obviously, if you do this, then you are still on your own if anything goes wrong. I don't have enough knowledge to be able to recommend any organizations, but there are both European and native Corsican operators. Track them down and ask them questions before you book and pay money. I know some operators will sell you short, by going direct from Calenzana to Carrozu, instead of going up to Piobbu. At the southern end, I know some operators finish at Bavella, instead of Conca.
Posted: Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 14:09
of course a guided trek is expensive and takes away the sense of adventure the GR20 can give you. But before turning to an organization you may want to try and find someone willing to walk with you. It's not the first time that people on this very forum look for hiking partners so you might get lucky.
Otherwise if an organization is really your thing, you may want to look into www.altre-cime.com
I didn't have any direct experience with them but I follow their facebook page and they seem nice people.
Posted: Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 16:34
If you are UK based both Exodus and KE Adventure offer guided tours; if memory serves me the former (N-S) is less arduous; KE (S-N). Both will cost £2000+! I've done the GR20 five times independently and it has never cost me more than £500 - that for everything UK/Corsica (flights, transport, food, accommodation etc).
Posted: Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 5:06
I met a Corsican organised family group during my trip from the South in 2013 at a few locations.
The very knowledgeable lady leading the group seemed very caring with the mixed range of ages within the group.
I first came across them during the snow covered stage between Petra Piana and Manganu where a more senior guide was awaiting the arrival of the folks to fit them with crampons to enable a safer ascent and be escorted to Bocca alle Porte.
They used the Bergeries de Vaccaghja as an overnight stop and I met up with them again at Auberge U Vallone. On account of the snow problems still around at the Cirque she was arranging to descent from the Auberge to take the Navette round to Ascu to continue their traverse. It all appeared to be well run and with obvious radio/phone contact with her base folks.
I guess that when leading groups the ability to be flexible to meet the needs of the group are essential.
Posted: Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 19:14
GRRR20 + Michele + Oliver + Gaffr , thank you all for your comments ! I will take all in account and the more i learn the easier the decision.
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