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Stage 30: Àreu - Refugio de Baiau

Distance/elevation: 15,4 kms / (+1.345m),(-80m)
Time: 5h40min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: the elevation gain.
Water: there are several streams along the way where water can be taken.

(0h0min;0km) Àreu (1.245m). Leave Forca d'Àreu along a track – paved surface to begin with – that is often busy with traffic in summer, until you reach the La Molinassa car park, the starting point for ascents to summits such as Pica d'Estats. After 3 kilometres the track changes sides and soon afterwards, the GR11 leaves it to follow a rather muddy path on the right. The path crosses the track a couple of times before reaching...

(1h35min; 5.4kms) Pla de la Selva (1.695m), where there is a picnic area without drinking water. Follow the track, then shortly afterwards turn off it on the right along a path that will eventually rejoin it, close to the car park at...

(2h50min; 9.1kms) La Molinassa (1.815m). Keep on the track, passing the crossing to Vallferrera refuge, Pica d'Estats and one of the connecting routes to the GR10. You continue along the track.

(3h05min; 9.7kms) Pla de Boet (1.865m), where there is another connecting route to the GR10 via Port de Boet. You leave it on your left, and continue your gradual climb to...

(3h45min; 11.2kms) Pla de Arcalis (2.015m). The path advances through black pine forest and fields with an abundance of livestock. The path heads away from Riu de Baiau and reaches Estanys d'Ascorbes lakes, while in the distance the metallic Baiau shelter can be seen. You reach Estany de Baiau lake, then finally...

(5h40min; 15.4kms) Refugio de Baiau o Josep María Montfort (2.517m).

Where to sleep:

In Àreu, we recommend Hotel Vallferrera (Tel: (+34) 973 62 43 43 / (+34) 629 07 41 58; Very comfy. It also has apartments, restaurant and grocery.

During the stage, Refugio de Vallferrera (/).

At the end of the stage, Baiau or Josep María Montfort shelter (free, 9 places, blankets).


In Àreu there are a few bars and restaurants and a small supermarket.


- Alpina: Alt Pirineu (Scale: 1/50.000).


The Aigües Tortes Park bus passes through Llavorsí, with Alsa buses. From Sort, there are bus connections with Lleida and Barcelona (Alsa). There are also connections between Sort and La Seu d'Urgell with the taxi firm Passem el Cantó. There is a daily public service (2 trips per day). In 2013 the price per person was 4€. To reserve, call 689 495 777 or 610 952 001. You can also get the train to Pobla de Segur or Seu d'Urgell (RENFE) from Lleida and Barcelona and then take the bus (Alsa).

Activities in the area:

In La Força de Àreu, you have La Fusta museum (science and technology, tel: 973 621 002; e-mail:

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

Ferrino Lightec 800
Salewa Fusion Hybrid
- T.confort: +3ºC
- Peso: 760grs
- 300grs de pluma 80/20, 550cuin
- T.confort: +2ºC
- Peso: 1020grs
- 500grs de plumon hidrófobo y primaloft

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