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Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - Bujaruelo
Alternative: Bachimaña-Brazato: The pipeline path

Distance/elevation: 21 kms / (+1,100),(-1,430)
Time: 7h20min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: snow may be present at the Cuello Alto de Brazato until July. If you are walking this stage in early summer or in late May, when snow reaches Brazato reservoir, the use of an ice axe will be requisite for the ascent of the slope beyond the reservoir. The route is clearly marked.
Water: On the way up to Brazato reservoir you will find there are no places to get water. Later on, you have water from the reservoir and the mountain lakes, as well as from the streams running off them. The Ara valley is an area where livestock graze at will. There are, however, several streams that spring from the left bank that are hoof-free.

Suggestions: If you are walking this stage in the opposite direction to the one described, you can avoid the descent to Panticosa spa and head on to Bachimaña auberge along the pipeline path avoid the descent to Panticosa spa and head on to Bachimaña auberge along the pipeline path (waymarked with cairns) that follows a section of pipeline coming from Brazato reservoir. Along the way you walk through a couple of tunnels where a torch is not required, as the longest one is just 30 metres long.


(0h0min; 0 kms) Balneario de Panticosa (1,638m) From the Casa de Piedra auberge, the GR11 heads south along a tree-lined path, crosses the bridge over the river Caldarés on the left and continues through gardens and alongside a torrent canal, from Brazato. Continue walking, past a drinking fountain on the left, cross a kind of square and head towards the steps opposite, by the Italian restaurant: “La Fontana del Balneario”. Once on the path, after about 10 minutes, you will see a crossing that to the left heads to Bachimaña. You keep right, zigzagging through the pine forest. At an altitude of around 2,140 metros – after an hour and twenty minutes – you will make out a small shelter on the right, some 150 metres away. You continue climbing for 10 minutes until you reach a picnic area, which is crossed by the pipeline that comes from Brazato reservoir. You walk across it and continue uphill (30 minutes) along the left bank.

(2h00min; 4.8 kms) Brazato reservoir dam (2,380m). From this point you can see a path that heads up the north side of the reservoir, along a stretch that can be delicate if snow is present. Brazato reservoir is now below you. At the end of the climb the Altos de Brazato lakes appear on the left. To the right is Brazato col, which you head towards along the hillside.

(2h40min; 6.1 kms) Cuello Alto de Brazato / Puerto Viejo (2,566m). It is well worth taking a long break to take in the views. To the west, the deep valley that plays host to Panticosa spa, to the other side, the Ara river valley and Vignemale. The path leaves behind the rocky peaks of los Batanes to the north and descends across rough terrain, strewn with boulders, down the ravine of the same name, skirting the Batáns lakes on the left.

(4h15min; 9.8 kms) Río Ara (2,031m). At the point where the ravine and the waters from the river Ara join, there used to be a variant of the GR11 - not waymarked – that came straight from Bachimaña reservoir. From here on, there awaits a long descent following the waters of the river Ara. The path heads down through fields along the left bank of the river, at the foot of the Vignemale massif. It is the Pico de Cerbillona (3,247m) that looms large over the valley, and further down it is the imposing presence of the Tapou (3,151m). After 10 minutes you will pass a rain gauge. All along the left bank a number of water currents that are free from livestock contamination spring up. Further ahead, you will see a footbridge on the right (35 minutes after crossing the Ara) and 20 minutes later you will come to the...

(5h10min; 12.6 kms) Labaza / Zerbillonar cabin (1,800m). The path continues downhill mostly past fields except for the odd patch of woodland. After 35 minutes you pass an area with a drop to the right which is protected by fencing.

(6h15min; 15.8 kms) Refugio del vado de Ordiso (1,580m). The valley of Ordiso opens out to the right. A track reaches this point, and you follow it for some 45 minutes, passing a drinking fountain on the way, until you pass a hairpin bend on the right. The trail continues across the fields of Laña Larga, by the river, as far as the bridge at Bujaruelo.

(7h20min; 21,0 kms) San Nicolás de Bujaruelo (1338m). Auberge, campsite.

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, the Casa de Piedra auberge (/) has a bar, food service and a free kitchen. If it’s luxury you are looking for, you can always stay at the Gran Hotel.

During the stage, on the way down, you will encounter the Labaza or Zerbillonar cabin (good condition, two zones for 8 and 4 people) and the one at Vado de Ordiso (good condition, 2 zones for 4 and 3 people).

At the end of the stage, the Refugio de Bujaruelo (//) , (64 beds in rooms for 2, 4 or 8) has a restaurant, a café, camping facilities and food all day long. Three kilometres down the road, following the track coming from Puente de los Navarros you will find the Valle de Bujaruelo campsite (//) . As well as an area for camping, it has chalets, a shelter, a bar-restaurant plus a small supermarket.

Other services:

The Valle de Bujaruelo campsite has its own supermarket.


There are no bus services to the Balneario de Panticosa. The nearest option is the village of Panticosa which is 7.3kms away. From there, there are regular bus services to and from Sabiñanigo and Jaca with the company Alosa.

Bujaruelo is accessible by car via a track (6kms from Puente de los Navarros). Further information on access to the Ordesa valley is given in the next stage.

Perfil de la etapa
Refugio de Bujaruelo

Camping de Bujaruelo

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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