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This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Fantastic experience with great group of people and excellent leaders in rugged mountains.
Accommodation and food better than expected from being in such a wonderful area.
Too many wonderful scenes and experiences to choose one.
The Cirque de la Solitude has to be among them , plus ascending Monte Cinto (weather could have been better!), the ridge walks , the scrambling and the final walking day which had all previous days in one!
Mountain scenery as good as anywhere.
The leaders Chris and "Tug" were excellent and were a great team together.
Both professional and helpful / friendly at the same time. Good company too.
Read the trip notes well as they give a good indication of what to expect.
Great holiday if you enjoy great walking / scrambling in the mountains for extended periods.
Fantastic experience in a region of outstanding beauty.
Our GR20 trip was a very successful one. We had a group of 14 which was really a great number. Almost all of us finished the whole route. Sharing the trip with a bigger group was really uplifting and a larger group made it easier to adjust sleeping arrangements. The weather was perfect, we had no rain at all and it was sunshine every day. The group climbed all three of Corsica's highest mountains along the way, although it was a small group that climbed Cinto. Exodus organisation was like clockwork from start-to-finish. There is a strong inclusive ethos which helped the group bond as a team. Having said that everyone on the group was up to the trip.
From seeing the mountains as we flew in, to an afternoon on the beach when we arrived to the first dinner on the first day the build-up to the trip is fabulous. The scenery is wonderful from day 1 and although it changes every day is really breathtaking in places. Having the Cirque so early on is a highlight and the last day, although long and hard is really a wonderful climax. The trip builds up nicely to the final crescendo, climbing up among the Aguille de Bavella, all aches go away. As we hit the col and saw the sea there was a rainbow in the valley. A wonderful sight.
Our leaders were Tug and Chris. Together these two guides are a fabulous team. My memories of Tug are leading from the front telling jokes, helping and inspiring us all on when we were tired, and leading us all to a laundry on our rest day (bliss to have some clean clothes). Not to mention carrying melons as a treat for us. Chris was amazingly experienced and he always chose the right routes and had the right plan for every day. We all loved his understated briefings about the next day just before dinner. He made us all tea on his stove by a river on the way to Corte. Often Chris took the rear helping along the slower team members and patiently encouraging them, although he was equally as capable of pushing the pace at the front. Together Tug and Chris were fabulous, their leadership was crucial to us enjoying the experience so much despite the hard work. Thanks Chris for swapping packs on the last stretch down from the Cirque!
The Cirque is wonderful, but is not as scary as the internet suggests because the steep bits are broken up into small sections. Also the guides instill a lot of confidence. Being organised with the kit and getting mentally prepared for me was almost more important than absolute fitness. Carrying too much weight is a killer. I took 2 very heavy sleeping bags and regretted it. Get a light 2 season (I went in early September). I took lots of snacks and didn't need many. Maybe 1 bar or snack a day. What I really needed was High-5, re-hydration tablets. I took an old ruc-sac and regretted it. I upgraded to an Osprey in Corte-much more comfortable. Hydration is an issue. Half the group or more used Camelbak's and swore by them. Either way you could need to carry up to 2-3 litres of water each a day, some days less. A head torch was vital. Organising the bag is key as often there isn't much room in the huts and often not much time either before dinner. The turn around time in the morning is very limited too and often you are doing this by head torch. I found lots of medium and large Ziplock bags useful for this. Other people used lots of drysacks. Toilet roll, wipes and hand sanitiser are useful too.
I had plantar fasciatus before I went and worried that it would stop me. With worn-in boots, stretching and orthotic soles it was no problem. Other people suffered from swollen knees. Lots of ibuprofen tablets and cream were taken and it seemed to help. Walking poles seemed to help everyone. We did it when it was warm, however, there was one day when the weather looked as if it was about to turn and that reminded me that a warm hat and a thin pair of gloves even in the summer would be a good idea. Finally, a big thanks to Tug, Chris and Exodus for such a great trip.
I was a first time Exodus holiday participant. I committed to the Gr20 15 day Corsican trek. It exceeded all my expectations. Not only was the trek magnificent but the organisation, group of people, safety was all first class. In twenty - five years of various trips around the world - this was the best. I would have no hesitation is using Exodus again - as a matter of fact I certainly will.
I think the camaraderie whilst having a beer at the end of each day at the Gitte was great. Also a older woman who struggled to a degree was supported and encouraged by the group as well as the group leader.
Chris was brilliant! First class support, knowledge, practicality. He should be commended by Exodus management by the professional way he conducted himself throughout. I always felt safe. He lead brilliantly and also imparted his knowledge to Tug (Tim) Wilson ensuring his knowledge and capabilities would be enhanced.
For GR20 - good pair of boots, ear plugs for dormitory sleeping, healthy dose of tenacity, multi-compartment big bag makes for Gitte staying easier, reasonable level of fitness. Ensure there is at least one Aussie (ha ha)
I have no criticisms at all! Could a similar style holiday details get forwarded to me!
The GR20 is notoriously difficult due to the lack of water and extremely poor accommodation in extremely overcrowded mountain huts (with up to 150 people in one room) along the route. This new itinerary takes away the hassles as we stay in privately owned refuges, allowing us to enjoy the beautiful walking.
We spend 3 nights in a 2* hotel in twin or double room with en suite facilities. 9 nights in private gîtes with dormitories (4 to 16 beds), hot showers and toilets. There is only 1 night in an official GR20 refuge with 6 to 8 people per room, hot shower and toilets, as well as 1 night at a shepherd's hut in tents of 2 (simple toilets and shower available). Please be aware that facilities will be basic and normally on a shared basis (except at the hotel). Hot showers should be available at each accommodation, but water may be limited and demand high.
Rachel George - Europe Operations
The main luggage is driven from base to base for us on most days, so we only have to carry our gear for the day and perhaps a packed lunch. However, on two occasions our accommodation is inaccessible by road, therefore we will need to carry our sleeping bag and overnight belongings for two consecutive days. Please ensure your daysack is big enough to carry all the necessary equipment.
Rachel George - Europe Operations
This long and tough trek is graded C/D.
The GR20 requires a good level of fitness, mountain walking experience and sure footedness for the rocky landscape and mountain ridges, as well as a head for heights.
Although the GR20 is not technically challenging, it involves plenty of ascents and descents, scrambling and the occasional use of fixed chains and a ladder (via ferrata). Each day we can expect to walk for an average of 6 to 9 hours (not including stops) with considerable daily ascents and descents with rough paths underfoot (averaging +800m and -800m per day, not including the optional summit ascents/descents).
We have two tour leaders walking with the group on all departures for added flexibility in our routes.
Anna Dambrosio - Product Manager
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