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Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Alternative (former GR11): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú

Distance/elevation: 13,7 km / (+635 m), (-715 m)
Time 4h20min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: none. The walk is well signalled.
Water: Throughout the stage you will find several points where you can fill up with water. The only problem may be the presence of cattle along the route.

(0h0min; 0kms) Aguas Tuertas (1.620m). The Aguas Tuertas valley is without doubt one of the most beautiful in all the Pyrenees, a vast meadow surrounded by mountains and with a zigzagging river plotting impossible meanders. The path heads up the Aguas Tuertas valley on the left bank until it reaches the headwaters, just before it picks up water from the Barranco de la Rueda. You turn left at this point (E) and cross the river –not always a straightforward task- and follow the valley to the left towards the...

(0h50min; 2.9kms) Escalé Pass (1.660m). At a crossing, a sign indicates Escalé pass to the left (1.635m) and Estanés lake to the right. You keep right until you reach...

(1h35min; 4.8kms) Toronez d'as Cabretas col (1.910m). As you embark on a short descent, you need to pay attention to the signs – especially in foggy conditions – so as to avoid going all the way down to the lake, because in order to skirt round it you will need to walk half-way up and thus avoid the outcrops that surround it along this side.

(2h05min; 6kms) Ibón de Estanés (crossing) (1.806m). The new GR11 stretch of the route no longer goes down to Estanés lake on the way to Candanchú (2h45min from here) via the Chorrota de Aspe path (former GR11). Instead, it heads towards the auberge in Lizara via the valley of the Sarrios. So you leave the lake down below to the left, and walk ahead (E) along a small valley – punctuated by a slender trickle of water in summer – while sharing the path with the Senda Camille route (green and yellow markings). Further ahead (15mins), upon reaching a plain (O Cantal), the GR11 turns south and climbs up in search of the valley of the Sarrios, leaving the ravine on the right. The valley of the Sarrios represents a perfect glacial valley, and the GR11 crosses it along the left bank of the stream (cattle usually present) towards the cirque of Olibon, until it eventually turns right (W) to cross the...

(2h55min; 8.7kms) Bernera Pass (2.102m). Lake Viejo lies to the left (S). The path drops down towards the Plana Mistresa along the left bank (stream, cattle usually present). Ahead lies Bisaurín (2,670m).

(3h15min; 10.1kms) Plana Mistresa (1,980m). A basin where waters coming from numerous torrents converge. Follow the water course, to the south, towards Bernera ravine and cross over to the right bank. After 5mins you pass the Forestales shelter and 35mins later, the Ordelca shelter. Lizara auberge is now visible. The path heads down in a south-easterly direction until it joins a wide path (GR11.1) at which point a sign indicates 10mins to Lizara. Follow the path on the left as far as a small col, just above the auberge, where you take a path on the left that leads to the...

(4h20min; 13.8kms) Refugio de Lizara (1,540m).

Where to sleep?

At the entrance to Aguas Tuertas valley, you will come across the Aguas Tuertas cabin (free, good condition, basic).

During the stage, close to the end, you pass the Forestales free shelter (good condition, clean, with a fireplace, for 12 people) and the Ordelca free shelter (condition just about acceptable, with a fireplace, for 5-6 people).

At the end of the stage, Refugio de Lizara (/) (staffed, half and full-board, with bar, accessible by road).


- Editorial Alpina: GR11. Senda Pirenaica and Valle de Canfranc (Scale: 1/25.000).
- SUA edizioak: Aragón-Canfranc (Scale: 1/25.000).
- Prames: Valle del Aragón (Scale: 1/25.000) and Valle del río Aragón (Scale: 1/40.000).
- Editorial Pirineo: Valle del Aragón (Scale: 1/40.000).

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

Map of the stage