Refuges

The GR20 refuges are points along the way that you can count on for shelter, water and in season, food. You will come across one and sometimes two refuges per day. The refuges come under the regional Corsican natural park’s authority. As well as the refuges, there are private structures dotted about along the way.

GR20 Tighjettu

GR20 Capanelle

GR20 Petra Piana

The refuges are managed by guardians, they start their season from the end May and they work through to early October. Outside of this time frame, the refuges are open but not manned and there is no food available. Obviously, there are certain times over the winter when there is snow and this requires a very special set of skills, experience and equipment to contemplate doing the trek in these conditions. 

You can always find a fresh water spring in the vicinity. You can buy food from their small shops, or you can book a hot meal and breakfast that is prepared by the guardian. This has to be reserved  on arrival.

The refuges have an indoor kitchen and dining area with gas and utensils, there are also outdoor camp kitchens.

You can buy a place to sleep inside the refuge, you can rent one of their tents/mattresses for the night, or you can just pay for a pitch if you are carrying your own tent. It is strictly forbidden to do any wild camping on the GR20. You must check into a refuge, or private accommodation.

A few images of the Park Refuges

Refuge tighettu

Refuge de carrozu

Prices refuges

Refuge asinau 1

Refuge prati

Prices refuges

Bed refuge gr20

Meals manganu

Ciotullu

The park refuges in Corsica are old and small.  Here is what you can expect

  • A couple of cold outdoor showers and toilets 
  • An outdoor kitchen with cooking facilities
  • Indoor kitchen and eating area
  • Dormitory with a lower and upper bunk
  • The bunks are on two levels and have mattresses side by side. They have a cover on them that you can place your sleeping bag on.
  • Radio link with the mountain rescue services
  • Bins for rubbish (you do not have to carry everything out)

There are 3 nightstops along the GR20 where you might want to splash out and stay in a hotel. A firm mattress, crisp sheets, a proper night’s sleep and hot water.  You will find various hotel and bed and breakfast options at Vizzavona. A super refurbished ski hotel at Castel di Vergio has comfortable rooms and is particularly well stocked with all manner of essentials. Finally, Haut-Asco offers great hotel rooms where you can really recuperate.

How to reserve your nightstops

Each refuge has a capacity of roughly 35 places inside. The mattresses are covered with a sheet but you need your sleeping bag. You can reserve your nightstops beforehand via the park website, or via a local agency.  The cost of a night in a refuge is 11 euros per person. It costs 6 euros if you want to put up your own tent, or 10 euros if you want to hire one of their tents with mattresses. You can reserve your nightstops via the park website, or via a local agency. If you reserve via the park website you should print out your payment and reservation to give to the guardian on arrival.

Map with all refuges on the GR20

Gr20 refuges
GR20 Petra Piana
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Ortu di u Piobbiu Refuge

Alt 1520m. This is the first accommodation you will come across on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

GR20 : Carrozzu refuge
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Carrozzu Refuge

Alt 1270m. This is the second refuge on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

GR20 : refuge station Asco Stagnu
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Haut Asco Refuge

Alt 1422m. This is the third accommodation you will come across on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

GR20 Tighjettu
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Tighjettu Refuge

Tighjettu 1683m is the fourth refuge you will come across on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

Ciottulu Refuge
Ciottulu Refuge

Alt 1991m altitude. This is the fifth accommodation you will come across on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

GR20 : Manganu Refuge
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Manganu Refuge

Alt 1600m. This is the sixth park refuge that you will come to on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

Vallone 2
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Vallone

Alt 1423m. This is the XXX that you will come to on the GR20 when setting out from Calenzana.

GR20 Petra Piana
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Petra Piana Refuge

Alt 1842m. This is the seventh park refuge that you will come to on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

Onda Refuge
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Onda Refuge

Alt 1422m. This is the eighth park refuge that you will come to on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

Vizzavona : train station, hotel et refuge
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Vizzavona

This is the ninth step that you will come to on the GR20 north when setting out from Calenzana.

GR20 Capanelle
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Capanelle

Alt 1586m. This is a private gite and camping area is enthusiastically managed by Roger Philippe and Laure Maurizi they are a brother and sister team.

Col de verde 1
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Col de Verde

Alt 1289m. This is the XXXX accommodation that you will come to on the GR20 when setting out from Calenzana. It is a private gite, that has road access.

Prati Refuge
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Prati Refuge

Alt 1820m. This is the XXXX accommodation that you will come to on the GR20 when setting out from Calenzana.

Usciolu Refuge
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Usciolu Refuge

Alt 1750m. This is the XXXX accommodation that you will come to on the GR20 when setting out from Calenzana.

Croce
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Croci

Alt 155Om. This is the XXXth accommodation along the way when setting out from Calenzana.

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Asinau Refuge

Alt 1400m. This is the XXXX accommodation that you will come to on the GR20 when setting out from Calenzana.

Bavella 2
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Col de Bavella

Alt 1218m. This is the XXXX accommodation that you will come to on the GR20 when setting out from Calenzana.

Paliri
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Paliri Refuge

Alt 1055m. This is the last one on the trail GR20 !