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Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezkoa/Hiriberri – Ochagavía/Otsagabia

Distance/elevation: 20.6 km / (+840 m), (-1,000 m)
Time: 5h45min (walking time whitout stops).

Difficulty: medium, due to the accumulated elevation gain and loss as well as distance covered. Signalling of the route is excellent. You will just have to take extra precaution, in case of fog, to make sure you do not lose track of the signs in the exposed areas between Paso Tapla and Paso de las Alforjas.


(0h0min; 0 kms) Villanueva de Aezkoa (920m). You head to the top of the village, where a path leads north, through fields, towards Sierra de Berrendi. You pass a drinking fountain and join a path, which you follow on the right to the end (drinking fountain), where it gives way to a path that rises forthrightly up through the beech forest.

(1h10min; 3.2 kms) Paso de Ollokiate (1,275m). Close by, to the left, stands the peak of Berrendi (1,351m). The GR11 turns right and continues through woodland, in the proximity of the edge of the mountains. After Portillo de Martxate the path comes out into open terrain where it joins a track leading to...

(3h05min; 9.6 kms) Paso Tapla (1,367m), crossed by a small road that links Ochagavía with Casas de Irati. The route rises up towards Idorrokia (1,492m), leaves it to the left and continues along the top of the Sierra de Abodi, through fields, towards the trig point in...

(3h35min; 11.5 kms) Abodi Occidental or Harrizabala (1,496m). You leave it behind and continue as far as the...

(3h45min; 12.6 kms) Paso de las Alforjas (1,440m). Mountain hut in the vecinity (free, in precarious condition). The GR11 abandons the higher ground and heads down across grassy terrain, via the south side of the mountain. The narrow path follows the edge of the woods until, upon reaching a ridge, veers to the south, and drops directly down in search of a track. Follow it to the east, although it is not long before you leave it, and descend along paths until you join another one going south – uphill – along a ridge which leads you all the way to the Santuario de Muskilda. Before that, you will cross the road coming from Ochagavia down below.

5h10min; 18.9) Santuario de Muskilda (1,020m). This spot is well worth a stop before taking on the steep descent to...

(5h45min; 20.6 kms) Ochagavía (750m).

Where to sleep:

In Hiriberri/Villanueva de Aezkoa: Casa Rural Aguerre.

2.5 kilómetres from Hiriberri, in Aribe, Hotel Rural Aribe offers to pick up walkers in Orbara or Hiriberri upon previous request, and will drive them back the next morning.

At the end of the stage, in Ochagavía, there are several hotels and holiday cottages: Hotel Auñamendi , Hostal Orialde , Casa Rural Bidezarra , Casa Rural Mantxoalorra , Apartamentos Pistolo and Casa Rural Burret.


- Alpina: Valles de Irati y Aezkoa (Scale: 1/25,000).
- SUA edizioak: Selva de Irati (Scale: 1/25,000).

Perfil de la etapa

Stages - GR11

- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun
- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera
- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka
- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo
- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba
Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)
Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)
Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú
Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú
Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana
Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara
Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación
Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)
Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso
Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa
Shortcut: The pipeline path from Bachimaña to Brazato
Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo
Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz
Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Fuenblanca)
Stage 17v (GR11.9): Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Faja de las Olas)
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 20v (GR 11.2): Biadós - Ref. Ángel Orús
Stage 21v (GR 11.2): Ref. Ángel Orús - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 21v (GR 11.5): Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de la Renclusa
Stage 22v (GR 11.5): Refugio de la Renclusa - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles
Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca
Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers
Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré
Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta
Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón
Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán
Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu
Stage 30: Areu - Baiau
Stage 31: Baiau - Arans
Stage 32: Arans - Encamp
Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa
Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu
Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá
Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles
Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria
Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter
Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló
Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà
Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà
Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol
Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens
Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle
Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva
Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus

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