Run one of the most challenging trail in the world

Corsica’s GR20 is one Europe’s finest and hardest mountain trail. The hiking trail follows 170 km of rugged alpine terrain across Corsica. With considerable daily ascents and descents accumulating to over 18,000 m over the Corsica’s high granite peaks, the Capra GR20 Challenge is reserved for advanced trail runners.  For reference, it typically takes good hikers 14 days to complete the GR20, while the faster time is 31 hours by Francois D’Haene in July 2017.  We offer a 5-day or 7-day Challenge depending on level and seasons.

June 14 – 21, 2020

GR20 Challenge
June 14 - 21, 2020

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Arrival & Welcome

Arrival at Bastia or Calvi airport. A staff member will be there to welcome you and accompany you to your hotel in Calvi.

  • Meet the Capra team.
  • Briefing about the challenge.
  • Checks on equipment and bags, dinner in the village.

Day 1 | U magnificu

  • Leave hotel at 6:30am for 7:30am start in Calenzana after briefing.
  • One of the most beautiful and wild stages of the GR20.  Very alpine and technical stage with +3,200m/-2,100m climb/descent over 28km.
  • Dinner at the restaurant and overnight in hotel room or a gite

Calenzana (270m) – Asco (1420m); dist: 28km; Elev: +3,200m / -2,100m; max alt: 2060m

Day 2 | Tears for Fears

  • Start at 6:00am.  We will reach a saddle at 2,500m altitude in the early morning (a perfect breakfast spot) and continue to work around some of the highest and most beautiful summits of the island.
  • Since June 10, 2018, 3 years after the municipal by-law prohibiting access to Cascettoni (the circus of solitude), this truly amazing place has been re-opened. Depending on conditions,  we may go through the circus of solitude  or opt for the variant: Ascu – Tighjettu Refuge then Tighjettu – Refuge of Ciottulu di i Mori –Col de Verghju.
  • Dinner at the restaurant and overnight in hotel room or a gite.

Asco (1420m) – Vergio (1400m); dist: 25km; Elev: +2,100m / -2,100m; max alt: 2,607m

Day 3 | Why, Why, Why?  because you can…

  • Start at 5:30am with a first part in the forest and on the plateau of Camputile. We will resume the ridges, overlooking the lakes of Ninu, Capitellu, Melu, Rinosu … until the refuge of Onda for a late lunch.
  • We’ll then take the “road” to cross the last pass of the day and the long descent to Vizzavona.  Well done! you have just finished the Gr20 North.
  • Dinner at the restaurant and overnight in hotel room or a gite

Vergio (1420m) – Vizzavona (1150m); dist: 47km; elev: +2,800m / -3,050m; max alt: 2,200m

Day 4 | Tired legs can still run

  • Starting at 6:00am, by a gentle warm-up climb in the Vizzavona forest, followed by balcony trails throughout the morning, where we can finally trot as it is must !
  • After lunch, we will resume a technical part following a beautiful line of ridges.
  • Dinner at the refuge and overnight in a shelter or bivouac near the refuge.

Vizzavona (1150m) – Osciolu (1720m); dist: 47km; elev: +2,900m / -2,300m; max alt: 2,350m

Day 5 | Salvation & Resurrection

  • Starting at 7:00am, we run along ridges bordering the 2 old Corsican departments, climbing the Incudine, the last summit above 2,000m, followed by a steep descent toward the coveted Bavella massif.
  • After our last lunch in the saddle of XX, we will continue the descent to the finish in Conca, but don’t be fooled, it does not only go down! 
  • Celebration dinner at the restaurant and overnight in a hotel in Conca or Porto Vecchio

Osciolu (1720m) – Conca (250m); dist: 45km; elev: +2,300m / -3,800m; max altitude: 2,134m

170km...

Day 6 | Why am I glowing?

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel via private minibus back to the airport
  • Extra day (visits, rest) to Bastia or Ajaccio if your plane is the next day (Sunday)

About Your Retreat Leader

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My promise: together we’ll share unforgettable moments!

As a senior executive in the investment management industry in London and serving on the board of several public companies in the UK, France, Spain and Poland, I sometimes struggled with staying healthy and living a balance life.  My interest in running and endurance sport first developed as a way to balance my busy & stressful professional life, but then has morphed into a passion that brought me back to my love for nature and adventures. I enjoy trail running, especially ultra distance from 80 to 160 km.  My goal is become the best athlete I can while competing at international level in the Master category.  I’m also a UESCA Certified Running as I very much enjoyed the process of coaching people motivated to improve.

Your 7-Day, 6-Night Retreat Package Includes:

  • Six nights’ accommodation in high-quality hotels
  • Daily breakfasts and some dinners & lunches
  • Daily guided runs with local runners
  • Ground transportation and luggage transfers
  • Pick-up & drop off at Calvi or Bastia Airport
  • 4 Workshops
  • Trail snacks/energy food and drinks
Package Per Person (Shared Room): Package Per Person (Private Room): Deposit Amount: Duration: Running Level*:
£4,300 N/A £1,000 7 Days Advanced

This Challenge is Right for You If:

  • you are an experience trail runner, looking to live an unique adventure,
  • build strong bonds with your teammates; and
  • enjoy breathtaking landscape

If you have any questions, please go to our FAQ in the menu

Space is limited to 7. Reserve to secure your spot!