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What is Europe’s toughest trek?

Posted Sep 26 2009 10:36pm

Who would know?

Cicerone guidebook author Kev Reynolds:

The general consensus of opinion usually names the GR20 high-level route across Corsica as the toughest of the Grande Randonees (SP), but with some justification the Pyranean Haute Route – which teeters across the frontiers of France and Spain – gathers a lot of votes.

GR20 Corsica - by Catching Flies

GR20 Corsica - by Catching Flies

Pyrenees - click for more photos from the Wandering Ostrich

Pyrenees - click for more photos from the Wandering Ostrich

Both are long and demanding, have sections without proper paths, and journey through remote country, often far from habitation.

Yet there’s another long and challenging route that is also a contender for the title …

The Tour of the Oisans, also known as GR54

Tour of the Oisans: The GR54

click image for the tourism-oisans website

tourism-oisans website

All 3 sound great to me.

These are routes that have guidebooks and maps. Not off trail adventures.

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